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Savoury Apple Strata

strataI’ve made this dish a number of times throughout the years, preparing the ingredients to be quickly cooked up and then stored in the refrigerator overnight for a quick and delicious Christmas morning breakfast.

Paired with a nice fruit salad, coffee and juice (a mimosa or two if you don’t have to be responsible for little ones), it’s a great way to start such a merry day!

Ingredients

3 Tbs Butter

3 medium Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)

4 cups cubed firm bread

2 cups shredded old cheddar

2 1/2 cups milk

1 tsp dry mustard

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp each salt and pepper

5 eggs

 

Method

Grease a 9×9 baking dish.

Melt butter in a pan, and add apples. Cook until tender-crisp (approximately 3 minutes)

Reduce heat to low and stir in brown sugar

Cook through until apples are tender (just a couple of minutes more)

Using half each of the bread, bacon, apples and cheese, layer in the baking dish, and repeat using the remaining bread, bacon, apples and cheese.

Whisk  together the milk, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and eggs.

Pour liquid mixture over cheese.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but no more than 12 hours.

Pre-Heat oven to 350, and bake for 45 minutes (uncovered)

Let stand 10 minutes before serving

Test  by inserting a knife. If it comes out clean, the strata is ready.

And of course…what you may wish to listen to as you cook….

 

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Savoury Sunday; Breakfast in Bed

Ever thought of planning an impromptu sleepover with that long-time love interest sans jammies?

Romantic Bed & Breakfast
Romantic Bed & Breakfast (Photo credit: visit~fingerlakes)

If you’ve dreamed of a waking up next to your delicious lover AND a sumptuous breakfast to stoke the fires of sunrise amore, I hope this recipe helps.

You think your true-love may not be of the same mind? Have you ever thought about forwarding this little post to your lover to remind them that you are a precious gem worthy of great care?

Surprise your sweetie with breakfast in bed, complete with a mimosa based on Les Etoiles bubbly from one of my favourite home-grown Canadian wineries. It’s a bit pricey compared to my usual Segura Viudus, but doesn’t your first sleepover demand a little pomp and ceremony my sweet, dreamy, darling? Add a little orange juice and voila – good lovin’ in the morning guaranteed.

Almost.

You may also need to prepare your love a pot of joe, just in case they need some internal motivation.

My suggested breakfast in bed also gives you baking time to freshen up while it’s baking.

I present to you ladies and gentlemen – Abbracciando le Uova Pomodori (or, as we say in English, eggs in a tomato).

 

Ingredients

4 large beefsteak tomatoes (fresh from the garden is always best)

4 eggs

2 tbsp. fresh basil

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

4 thickly sliced pieces of fresh bread (sourdough and pumpernickel are both  yummy)

1 halved clove of garlic

2 tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Method

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2) Cut the top off of tomatoes and scoop out seeds and  pulp.

3) Place the tomatoes in a lightly oiled baking dish.

4) Break an egg into each tomato. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper. Add basil and sprinkle with the cheese.

5) Bake for about 20 minutes until the egg whites are set and the yolk is still runny (or longer if your true love prefers the yolks solid).

6) Rub the garlic clove over the bread and drizzle each piece with oil. Bake under broiler watching closely until the bread is golden.

7) Place each tomato on a slice of bread .

***You get luscious lover points for brining breakfast in bed.

You get triple points for arranging it on a tray with the mimosa, coffee/tea, the daily news and a beautiful flower.***

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May I suggest an appropriate song for my delicate morning doves?