Breakfast

Mexican Baked Eggs

Mexican Baked Eggs

Quite some time ago I made a recipe for Oeufs Cocotte {French Baked Eggs} which was so simple and delicious, that when I came across a recipe for Mexican baked eggs on pinterest the other day, I just had to try it. I’m not a breakfast person at all, and TexMex is probably my least favorite cuisine, so I was actually really surprised by how much I loved this TexMex breakfast! Haha. Secretly, the more I make TexMex food, the more I am starting to love it, plus this dish actually made a really great dinner! The combination of melted cheese, fresh lime, and tortillas dipped in soft-eggs was just so good, I can’t wait to make this dish again, maybe even for breakfast this time!
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Lemon Orzo Eggs Benedict with Asparagus and Prosciutto

Lemon Orzo Eggs Benedict with Asparagus and Prosciutto

The other day I made chipotle eggs benedict with asparagus and chorizo, and it. was. TERRIBLE! I think if i just ate a spoonful of cayenne powder and washed it down with some melted butter I would have saved myself a lot of time and effort! Then I started brainstorming a little and somehow came up with the GENIUS idea of serving eggs benedict on top of lemon, parmesan orzo. I threw in some asparagus, because it’s seasonal and seems to be the popular thing to do, then a slice of salty prosciutto, because let’s face it… bacon just makes everything taste better! Then topped it with a classic, delicious hollandaise sauce, and it looked a-mazing! I had pretty high expectations for it. Then one bite exceeded all those expectations, as it was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth! In fact, I would quote bad lip-reading Edward here, and say: “it was my most bestest creation!” So everyone needs to make this recipe, pin it, share it, love it, and eat it everyday because it’s really good for you! Okay, that part’s a lie, but if it was, I would FOR SURE eat this on a daily basis!

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Green Monster Smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie

Last week was St. Patrick’s and I had every good intention of posting all kinds of cute cupcakes and cookies, Shamrock Shakes, and Irish Flag Trifles– and then I decided I didn’t want to make all of that–because I didn’t want to eat it! I know this Healthy Monster Smoothie sounds WAY less exciting than all of that– but I think most of us are on the same page around this time of year; ready to get back into shape after a long winter, and feel GREAT again! So, I decided to make a really GREEN healthy smoothie, which was still in keeping with my St. Patrick’s theme! This smoothie is so rich, creamy and yummy that’s it’s hard to imagine how much spinach is in it! Usually i’m against smoothies, because I like to eat berries rather than blend them up and drink them… but there’s no way i’d ever eat this much spinach first thing in the morning, so blending it up with some banana, peanut butter and greek yoghurt is definitely the way to go– because you can’t even tell it’s in there! It’s pretty awesome!
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Recipe for English Pancake Day

Recipe for English Pancake Day

Today is pancake day in England! The tradition comes from fasting and praying for 40 days before Easter — many people made pancakes to use up their butter and eggs which were often forbidden during lent (which starts on Ash Wednesday: tomorrow). I didn’t know this, but they celebrate Shrove Tuesday around the world–in Brazil with Carnival, and in New Orleans with Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”). I mean, I knew about the holidays, but I didn’t know they were all celebrated on the same day! So basically the world are all out having wild parties today, while the English are staying home eating stacks of delicious pancakes! I like their style… {those kind of parties scare me!}

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American Stuffed French Toast with Peaches

American Stuffed French Toast with Peaches

I have come to find that English French Toast (also called “Eggy Bread”) and American French Toast are eaten in entirely different ways! In England our French bread is savory, (all that goes into it is egg and bread) so it’s quite normal to eat it with ketchup, or alongside a fry up! I even had a friend that ate her french toast with marmite… although i’m not sure that’s quite the norm! While in America, French bread is really sweet–they put cinnamon in their egg mixture, and serve it with syrup, berries and cream. I wish someone had told me about this sooner, because when I had french toast here in America, I would eat it with ketchup just the way i’ve always done… and it was SO gross!! I got some funny looks from my American family too… they still love to tease me about that! Anyway, I think in this instance, Americans have got it right! French toast was meant to be served with fruit and syrup and all things sweet, and this stuffed french toast recipe, which takes it one step closer to perfection with all that delicious cream cheese, will prove it! P.S. Whenever I think of maple syrup I think of ELF: “You like sugar don’t you?” “Does syrup have sugar in it? Then Yes!” My husband and I probably quote that every time we have it! I hope you guys like this recipe, especially my English friends who have been eating it all wrong! ;-) Ok. Not wrong, but just not in the BEST way!

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