I'm always in need of a little fun come Friday, something to make me smile at the end of a long week. Today that comes in the form of this pancake flip video, where a guy flips a pancake, does a double spin, and catches it. But it's shown in slow motion, with some groovy music. What can I say? Silly fun.
I rarely make pancakes at home, but for some reason I always crave them during the long, leisurely mornings of a vacation. And I like to keep those mornings leisurely by bringing along my own DIY pancake mix.
Cooking while traveling can be a tough endeavor. You lose most of the control you usually have at home: who knows how the oven will work, who knows where the local grocery store is... and on. And on. These egg bakes are a good solution to a healthy, delicious breakfast while traveling. The ingredients are basic and easy to track down, and they're infinitely adaptable so you can toss in a little of whatever vegetables or cheese you have on hand.
Everyone knows about birthday cake for breakfast, and we used to beg our mom to let us chase it with morning ice cream too. But what if a frozen treat at breakfast wasn't an indulgence, but instead a healthy snack to grab and go? Meet the breakfast popsicle.
I ate my first kouign amann from the palm of my hand at a farmers market in Oakland almost two years ago, and I will never in all my life forget the taste of those first buttery, caramelized, incredibly flakey morsels. I dream of traveling to Brittany to try a kouign amann straight from the source. Then again, now that I know that making them at home is not only doable, but just as buttery and flakey as anything coming from a bakery, I may not need to. Kouign amann? At home? I'm not kidding. Here's how you, too, can have a fresh batch of kouign amann cooling on your counter right now.
The moment I stepped into the little neighborhood bakery near the coast of Lebanon, I knew I was someplace special. Furn Al Sabaya ("Bakery of the Ladies") is run by three sisters, Martha, Lorenza and Lucie, who work together behind the counter to sweetly and almost magically churn out an array of unusual breakfast pastries from their fiery oven. The one that captured my heart was a thin egg tart flavored with butter and mint, sort of a cross between a quiche and a pizza. This recipe keeps the buttery goodness of the original, but bakes the egg filling into a flaky, free-form crostata that would make a uniquely tempting addition to a weekend brunch or a special lunch alongside a crunchy green salad.
As any coffee addict knows, in places where a decent cup of coffee is hard to find, you'll always find Nescafé. Though the coffee snob in me feels I should turn up my nose at instant coffee from a packet, I have a soft spot for those brown crystals that make it easy to find a steaming cup of hot coffee no matter where in the world you are.
It's true that when the weather turns warmer, I don't bake as often. But when you live in Seattle, that tends to be a slow, evolving process with many people here insisting that summer doesn't actually start until after July 4th. In other words: we've got some baking days left in us yet! I've been experimenting with wholesome quick breads for breakfast and had great luck turning oil-laden, sweet recipes into healthier morning options.
There are many reasons to love a good frittata for lunch or dinner. First, they're quick and require little active cooking time. Second, you usually already have the ingredients on hand. Third, frittata leftovers make a great sandwich, and slices are portable for on-the-go breakfasting or snacking. When I think about what to fold into my frittata, cheese is the first point of consideration. Really, isn't cheese always the first point of consideration?