Scrambled Eggs In Toasted Bread Cases

Scrambled Eggs In Toasted Bread Cases

Breakfast served all day.  The most exciting words you’ll ever see printed on a menu.  Our house is the philosophical equivalent.  When isn’t it a good time to have breakfast?  I can’t think of one.  A dish like this makes you wonder why you ever go out to eat.

I suppose you have to like scrambled eggs.  I was in the camp of hating scrambled eggs for years.  Let’s tally that in a column of “things people and restaurants have screwed up so badly they’ve ruined it for me.”  Thankfully I’ve put my own little world right.  Scrambled eggs made with love and attention, not cooked to within an inch of existence, and given a few minutes of thought are ohmygodthatsunbelievable!!!  Dry scrambled eggs are best used to prop a door open.  I know that’s personal taste, but really, who wants dry eggs? Continue reading

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins – Best Snacktime Ever!

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I have a supreme weakness for this little treat.  I try to convert as many people as possible.  I’ve been called white trash for making this.  If that’s the case I’m donning a stained wife beater and parking a few broken cars on the front lawn.  Call me Cletus.  This stuff is killer.

It’s also almost effortless.  In about five minutes or so you can have a snack that’ll knock your socks off.  It’s hot, it’s Parmesan, it’s bread, and it’s butter.  What more needs to be said?

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I generally make four halves, or two English Muffins.  Often I’ll think I’m not that hungry and just need a quick snack – so one muffin should be just fine.  I’ve never done that and not had to go back and make another serving.  So two English Muffins it is – always.

Split two English Muffins and pop them into the toaster.  I have a vertical toaster, rather than a toaster oven.  The first step you can toast them however you like.  Make it a light toasting.  You want the texture to be firm and toasty but they’re going back in after the next step, so don’t overdo it.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once lightly toasted remove the four pieces and spread some butter on each.  They don’t need to be dripping in it, but if you’re going for it you might as well not skimp.  I have a big block of Reggiano Parmesan in my fridge at all times.  If there’s isn’t any in there…..well let’s just say I’ve gone out at three in the morning to go grab a block.  Parmesan addiction isn’t pretty, folks.  Grate a healthy dose of Parmesan onto each of the four pieces.  I’m sure you could get away with using the pre-grated, crumbly, powdery stuff they sell in glass jars at the store.  I won’t touch but I’m a Parmesan Prima Donna.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once thusly coated in a layer of cheese they need to go back into the toaster.  If you’ve a toaster oven – no problem.  If you have a vertical slice toaster like mine you’ve got two options for yourself.  You can heat your oven up to 350 or 375 degrees F.  You can also just flip your toaster onto its side.  That way the cheese will stay on top and you can make these in a hurry.  Not all toasters and accomplish this feat and other get nervous just looking at it.  Do what makes you comfortable.  If you’re going to try it – there are a few things you might want to be aware of.

Some toasters shut off if they’re tipped over.  Great safety feature – bad for this purpose.  Other toasters have metal gates that come down on the toasted item to keep it in place.  These will mush the cheese and cause you a smoking sticky problems.  Don’t try it.  If you’re going ahead with this – please take these necessary precautions and pay attention to these important points.  Go forth with careful consideration.

  • CLEAN OUT YOUR TOASTER – Turn it upside down and make sure there’s not crumbs or big chunks of bread lurking.
  • DO A TEST RUN WITH BREAD – Check for any hot spots or weird toasting that might cause a problem.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TOASTER UNATTENDED WHILE YOU’RE MAKING THIS - Ever.  At all.
  • WHEN YOUR TOAST IS DONE – YOUR TOASTER MAY FLING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM - Your toaster is designed to pop the toast up.  When it’s on the side it very well may fly across the kitchen.  Far.  Be careful.  Hot butter and cheese is like napalm.  My toaster is old and the spring is bad so it just clicks and releases gently.
Or just use the ovenI do sometimes and it works just fine.
Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

In another minute or two (more if you’re using the oven) you’ll be greeted with the most delightfully toasted buttery Parmesan bomb you’ve ever tasted.  I have to limit myself to a single serving each week, I would otherwise eat this and nothing else for the rest of my existence.  Scurvy be damned.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

For a nice snack for yourself (if you need to share I suggest a spade shovel and a shallow grave to eliminate that problem) you’ll need the following:

  • 2 English Muffins – Split Into Four Halves
  • Butter for spreading – Maybe a Tablespoon Or So
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan – Enough to Cover Each Muffin Generously
  • Love.  Much Love.

Fin.

The Death Star Tea Ball – The Coolest Tea Infuser You Can’t Buy

That’s no moon….It’s a cup of Earl Grey.  From craftsman/artist Timo Jousimo, The Death Star Tea Ball is a fully operational tea infuser.  It also happens to be formed in the shape of the Star Wars mega-weapon.  Personally I like my tea on the dark side.  Not sure what that says about me.  Unfortunately for the whole world, the tea ball is an unlicensed one-off creation of the artist.  Because of licensing agreements he can’t make any for profit without upsetting the lawyers protecting the Lucas brand.  “It’s a trap!”

As the artist explains:

“Witness the power of this fully operational teaball!”

Yes, it’s a tea infuser made in the shape of the Death Star. It features two domes, one with the dish for the death ray. Also a simple interlocking mechanism for opening and closing and a bit over thousand 1 mm holes drilled all around it. Diameter is 50 mm, so it’s good for whole pot of tea.

Crafted entirely from 925 silver sheet metal (plus the chain).

Do want.  Badly.

The Pancake Font – Need We Say More?

The Pancake Font - Need We Say More?

This breakfast appropriate font looks delicious.  It’s also very cool.  The Pancake Font was produced by Netherlands-based DTM_INC.  From the folks that made it:

“Seeing pictures of  ‘The 3D Type Book’ on internet (and still being pissed at myself for being too busy at that time, to submit my own 3D type when they asked me). I instantly came up with the idea for this pancake font.

In Holland, most of us put raisins on top of the pancakes and eat them with sugar or stroop.” Continue reading

Breakfast Egg Burritos – Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Leftovers

Breakfast Egg Burritos - Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Leftovers

Admittedly leftovers can be a scary proposition.  Some things are better the next day.  I think bubble and squeak is even better the next day.  Which makes it leftover leftovers.

So breakfast burritos aren’t anything new.  You needn’t go further than the nearest gas station convenience store to see that.  Nicely executed ones that can use up leftovers?  That’s another story. Continue reading

Wanna Spruce Up Your Breakfast? Cook An Egg In Onion Or Bell Pepper Rings

Wanna Spruce Up Your Breakfast?  Cook An Egg In Onion Or Bell Pepper RingsOK so it’s a bit of stretch to say this actually a recipe.  It’s more of a little kitchen trick.  What better way to get yourself some functional and edible egg rings and add some taste and interest to your breakfast?  I made a batch of bubble and squeak this evening.  I wanted a little something to go along with it.  I steamed a little broccoli and decided to crack an egg.  I pulled a slice of bell pepper and a slice of onion out of the fridge and used them as edible egg rings.   A nice plate; the bell pepper mold makes a nifty presentation. Wanna Spruce Up Your Breakfast?  Cook An Egg In Onion Or Bell Pepper Rings

Looking for some other egg tricks?  Try egg in half an avocado.

UPDATE:

And on that note.  You’ll notice I got a friendly comment from Vanessa below.  She’s accusing me of theft and plagiarism.  While that’s not true, as I tried to point out in an email conversation, she’s a person that’s not to be reasoned with.  Our email conversation didn’t get much beyond some misplaced passive aggressive stuff before I realized I was wasting keyboard time.

I’m not sure what her affiliation is with Apron Strings Blog – I have to assume there’s some given the vitriol and anger that’s present in here.  No one gets that angry without having a horse in the race.  I’ll just say that we credit where credit is due.  On that note here is the link to the blog she thinks I’m stealing from…

Apron Strings.  That was posted a bit before mine, not very long to be sure.  But let’s parse that out a bit further.  Here are the same recipe, on different sites, posted much before Apron Strings got around to it.  There’s not a mention of any of these on that blog, but I haven’t cried foul nor do I think there’s anything fishy going on.  My mother used to do this for me while I was growing up.  I don’t think she invented it.  We’re a pretty lighthearted bunch around here but for the sake of argument here’s a few links to the same recipe posted earlier than either of us.  This took 30 seconds on Google by the way.

Food RenegadeSkinnyTasteEnjoyYourCooking

Vanessa went on to let me know that I also ripped off the avocado egg slice recipe from Apron Strings Blog as well.  Except that I credited the Reddit user that I got the idea from right in the post.  A Reddit user who posted his “idea” only a day or two before I got around to making it.  Did he rip her off?  Maybe.  I read Reddit, I don’t read Apron Strings.  I think it’s a worthwhile blog so I may pop over from time to time.  Reading doesn’t take very long.  Clearly, sending nasty messages takes even less.