BREAKFAST

It’s been said and proven that BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day. I agree completely.

Breakfasts

to be con’t….

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HAPPY “Baptism” CARA

Something I always look forward to is meeting up with my best friends. It’s funny how the plans transpire. Not to mention the car ride bickering (Margie & Monica). It’s just so fun. It takes you back to high school!! It’s like being with kids. Haha. I’m known as just going with the flow when it comes to my friends. Just state the place and time and “bahala na si Batman”. We even carpool when needed. This weekend, I was lucky enough to have my driver, Danny, available. Thanks Danny.

Brassiere CiÇiou was Cara’s choice as recommended by Ianne ya? You know me, I hardly go out the comforts of my vicinity. But I will make the effort to be there to celebrate anything with these girls. Initially, call time was breakfast (8:00a.m.) but I doubt anyone wanted to be up that early on Saturday morn. Those who hitched with me arrived at 11a.m. It was brunch but actually became lunch. It has come to a point where being “late” is forgiven. Haha. But we don’t wait. We order and we eat. Teehee.

EggsBenedictWithSalmon

I was in the mood for eggs. Then again when am I not? Hahaha. Breakfast Bettina! Breakfast (as my angels are shouting in my ear)! I ordered the Eggs Benedict with Salmon & Mix Greens and of course my cup of joe. Too bad they didn’t have Barako. Yes, I actually asked. I settled for the Lavazza brewed coffee instead.

Beef Carpaccio

Fresh Oysters, Les Escargots a la Francaise and Beef Carpaccio to share. I skipped the oysters as I forgot to take my antihistamine meds. Got a taste of Monica’s Braised Lamb Shank, Tajine-style, with Potatoes, Carrots, Chickpeas, Mint and Coriander Salad, Lemon Confit. Yum yum. I think the rest all got eggs as well. Either Eggs Benedict or Eggs Cocotte.

Kouing Aman

And the winner dessert was the Kouing Aman which is caramelized laminated sweet dough and salted caramel ice cream. Could have eaten one by myself but I was stuffed already.

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As always, a great day with the girls. Thank you. Happy happy my dearest Choochoo.
(P.S. That same evening, the word was SMASHED! Haha. Yup yup. They attended a wine crawl event. I asked them to drink for me. I guess they did. Hahaha. Love you girls!)

Baked Eggs

Most of you probably spend your weekends with your significant others, plan or go on out of town trips with the kiddos, drink, go out and be merry. I spent last night at home thinking of what my breakfast would be. Yeah, something as mundane as that. I wasn’t seriously watching the Twitter timeline, it was the same banana. No offense of course. Off to lalalaland I went at 4:30am. I simply couldn’t sleep. After “chatting” with some twitter folk about food, I decided that I would treat myself to Baked Eggs in the morning or whatever time I would wake up. Knowing that I didn’t have my favorite barako coffee (ahem, wink wink) waiting for me in the morning, I wasn’t too keen on getting out of bed or even ask my yaya for breakfast. I decided to NOT be a sour grape and make something instead. Baked Eggs it is then.

I must have blogged about this before and don’t mind blogging about it again. Credit should be given where credit is due. My inspiration for my Baked Eggs are @samanthasotto and @mymomfriday. Thank you very much. Trying to stick to the original recipe as much as possible, we all know that when cooking is involved, one has to learn how to make use of what is available or substitute whenever possible.

I’m the sort of kind of cook who relies on preparations simply because I am hemiplegic. Before I go down to the kitchen, I already call the cook or my yaya in advance to prepare ingredients and chop or grate whatever is needed to my specifications. This is what I needed:

2 strips of bacon, chopped and fried
Half of a small onion, finely chopped or grated, sauteed with bacon
2 or 3 mushrooms, thinly sliced, added to the bacon-onion mixture
2-3 Fresh Basil, torn up or 1 teaspoon dried basil.
3 kinds of cheese, grated (I had Monterey Jack, Cheddar, & Singles on hand)
2 large fresh eggs
Truffle Oil (optional but it makes a difference, sinful in fact)

I line the bottom of an ovenproof Pyrex with half of the Bacon-Onion-Mushroom-Basil mixture and half of the grated cheese. I crack two eggs side by side covering the mixture below. I use two Single Cheese slices to cover the eggs. I finish it off by topping the rest of the B.O.M.B. and bake to perfection (about 10-15 minutes in the toaster oven).

See the creamy yolk goodness? Hmm, next time i’ll poke the yolks to evenly distribute it.

(Drumming my fingers til my Barako coffee comes; praying that it comes). Had to settle with the helpers Nescafe instant coffee, condensed milk, and Gardenia pandesal. Breakfast cheers everyone.

Malunggay Coffee and Bibingka

Breakfast Cheers; First VITA Plus 100% Pure Coffee as the packet states is enough to make 5 cups of coffee. Being so used to the strong Barako coffee, I use half a sachet for my daily coffee. I have been adding condensed milk making it a Vietnamese Style coffee which is usually served in those stainless steel strainer and brewer in one cups which we fortunately have several of. I’m still looking for the strong coffee taste, but I can hear my “guardian angel” to take it easy on the coffee as not to get palpitations and high BP. Well, I’m happy to report that since I have been taking this Moringa Coffee and juice, my BP has been very stable.

My mom brought home Bibingka from Ferino’s over the weekend and we immediately asked for more sliced red/salted eggs. I couldn’t finish half. I’m sure a little mouse did. Food food glorious food!

Brekkie Brekkie Heart

I’m not a fan of sliced bread. I am though of pandesal. Don’t ask me about the calorie content of each. I just eat. My favorite is Gardenia. I like it hot and slightly toasted. Just enough to feel that crisp but soft chewy bite. Delish. Again, make use of what you have on hand. There was longanisa from Rey the Doorman at the club, which I ground and toast a bit and drizzle white vinegar. Kesong Puti marinated in olive oil and cracked pepper. I just added sliced tomatoes. Viola. A sumptuous snack or breakfast.