Archive for the ‘Breakfast’ Category

>Spring and Strawberries and Toyohashi’s Morning Fair

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After 6 months in Fuji City, we moved to Toyohashi City last March 28. Although we loved our charming rural neighborhood and our friends there, the convenience and flatlands of Toyohashi were most welcomed. In complete contrast to Hina, we are now at the center of the city where everything is accessible by just a few minutes walk plus the tram runs every 5 minutes for 150 yen! We are in a bigger but cheaper apartment and I can just ride my bicycle to work.

On our first Monday, we went to the city hall for the usual legalities and checked out what Toyohashi has to offer to its residents. I read about its Morning Fairs but it was not only till last Saturday that we had the opportunity to check it out. We woke up early and had a great walk to the site and I was in vegetable shopping heaven and Rad was shutter-excited! Only a small area of the sidewalk was used but after 7 years of doing my veggie shopping in supermarkets where everything has to be in their perfect shapes and so darned expensive, sidewalk vending is such a freshener! Sooo cheap plus you get to see the faces of the people who personally toiled to grow those veggies. It is now more personal and just so charming. It kinda reminds me of home.

Although haggling is not practiced here (except perhaps in flea markets), one old lady gave me a discount for buying the last of her strawberries. She said that it’s because I am not Japanese, I get the discount. I am not sure what that meant but I am not about to question a blessing.

So, those strawberries graced our breakfast plates for two days. On the first, I put them in between and on top some pancakes and on the second day, I made them into muffins. My first time to make muffins with strawberries and I just love how they turned out! Not too sweet and just enough moisture and great texture!

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I’ll find more time to write about the Morning Fair soon. Since we moved, our apartment has not really settled yet (read: been cleaned!).

>Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Bread

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Rad liked the pineapple orange muffin bread so much that he asked for another batch. I think he liked the moistness of the cake. I decided not to go with the pineapple and orange but to do it with banana and blueberry as I had to get rid of the bananas anyway. Plus, I added some oats for a bit of chunky texture.

This is actually a muffin recipe but I used a square baking pan to cook it in.


Ingredients:
2 bananas, mashed
1 1/4 c. flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 c packed brown sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
1/2 t salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 c. milk
3 tbsp melted butter or margarine (I used 3 tbsp salad oil)
almonds
blueberries


Directions:

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In another bowl, beat egg, add milk, melted butter, banana, blueberries and nuts. Boil oats and add to the mixture. Mix the liquid mixture into the dry mixture. Bake at 250C for 20 to 25 mins. Serve warm.


Well, Rad said it tasted like my banana cake only it is more moist and a fuller taste, perhaps because of the milk. Mangantayon!

>Bacon Asparagus with Pineapple

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Still having last night`s dinner`s aftertaste, today`s breakfast is a combination of the Pizza and Pasta. Rad emphatically said “No” to eggs so we no longer see any eggs for meals. ( As long as he doesn`t see the eggs, like in cakes and bread, he is ok.) I was planned to do some bacon asparagus wrap but I was still sleepy and I still didn`t have the energy to do some wrapping and grilling. Thus, a simple and fast recipe on the skillet.


Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • minced garlic
  • 2-3 strips bacon
  • about 4 sticks of asparagus
  • pineapple chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • pepper/salt

Directions:
Heat oil and put in minced garlic. As soon as you smell the garlic cooking, put the bacon and stir. Next, the asparagus and bell pepper and pineapple chunks. Sprinkle some pepper or salt to taste.

I didn`t have any plan of posting this here but he liked today`s breakfast so much so that he grabbed the camera as soon as I served it.

>Potatoes with Spam and Pineapples

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It is not a gratin, although I was thinking of making one before everything evolved into this. Thus the uncreative title… oh well at least it`s not Potatoes with spam and pineapple and pepper with white sauce – which, just about summarizes the whole recipe.


Ingredients:
  • 2 medium-sized Potatoes, peeled, sliced, boiled
  • spam, sliced to bits
  • pineapple chunks
  • red bell pepper
  • white sauce
  • pepper
  • butter

Directions:
Put the boiled potato slices in the baking pan, brush a little butter over it and sprinkle enough pepper. Sprinkle spam tidbits then arranged the red peppers and pineapples. Pour white sauce over the layers. Broil for 8-10 mins.


I was so lazy to make my own white sauce so I just opened a packet of Rumic white sauce powder and dissolved it in milk and boiled to desired consistency.


Rad said he didn`t want gratin but just plain spam with rice but he managed take big bites of it anyway. Mangantayon!

>Soft Honey Dinner Buns

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After a week full of sweets (cakes and cookies), I started getting worried of our sugar and cholesterol level. I wanted to bake something, which doesn’t require a cup of sugar or lots of butter. Even if I was using zero-cholesterol, 50%-off calorie-butter. And I am seriously trying not to include eggs in our food. And so as my Sis at Cells, Orange, suggested, I ventured to the world of baking bread. And my, is she right! It is indeed very exhilarating and more fulfilling!

This soft honey dinner buns recipe is from Cookingbread.com. It is very easy and they have a step-by-step illustrated procedure. It only cooks for 15 minutes tops, plus, it involves no eggs and instead of shortening, I just put an additional 2 tablespoons of butter. I used raisins, sesame seeds and cheese as filling or topping. And they are best served hot.

I have always bought this kind of bread from the supermarket because both Rad and I love the soft texture and they are really very nice for breakfast sandwiches (despite its name). I`ll do it again tomorrow and perhaps I will be able to come out with nicer shapes. Mangantayon!

>Breakfast Skillet

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We almost always skip breakfast so when we eventually drag our bodies from the futon, we are so hungry that I don’t even have that much energy to venture in the kitchen and prepare something. I always have a bread though and often times it would just be different kinds of toast plus coffee or orange juice. Recently, I had that much time and energy to actually make something for brunch.

I liked For-the-love-of-cooking recipes because the ingredients have pictures and the process are so simply written that even a kitchen noob like me can follow. So for this time, I went ahead and did the Breakfast Skillet. I am sure the original recipe tastes good but, I modified it a bit to fit whatever I had in my ref.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of mushroom
  • 4-5 small potatoes (they call it finger potatoes)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • garlic
  • pepper
  • salt
  • cheese
  • bacon, fried and cut to bits
  • left-over Spam, cut to bits

— no green onions and eggs

Directions:

I followed the procedure in the original recipe, except that, when I put the sautéed veggies in the plate, I sprinkled the cheese over it then the bacon and left-over spam and put it in the oven and baked till the cheese melted.

In summary: Fry bacon and spam. Sautee veggies, put in dish, sprinkle cheese then the meat, bake till cheese melts.


It was a filling dish that we didn’t even have to eat rice. I omitted the egg because we have been eating a lot of cakes lately and my cholesterol is already screaming. I was so happy because Rad said, “Your cooking tastes different.” This from the man who said that all my recipes tasted the same! Mangantayon!