Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Surprise Brunch!


As I am sure most of you know, I took a very graceful spill down the stairs and broken my foot as well as sprained my ankle. I am in a walking boot and its a pain {in both the expression and the literal meaning}.

Anyhow, Kyle has been taking extra special care of me since then and has been more than wonderful. So I thought why not surprise him with brunch?

Here is what I made and played:

On the Menu: Turkey Bacon Wrapped Frittata with Foccacia Bread 
Orange Juice and Lime Water {Kyle had been wanting to try it}
Turkey Bacon Wrapped Frittata 
{Adapted from the Katie Brown Workshop}

Serves 2


6 slices of turkey bacon {or regular bacon}
Olive Oil
1/2 shallot {I used red onion}
1/2 bag {thawed spinach} or fresh arugula or spinach
3 eggs
1/2 cup grated cheese {I used an Italian Blend from Kraft}
salt and pepper

1/2)preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1) grease 2 small ramekins with olive oil. Place 1 strip of bacon around the edge of the ramekin. Place another strip of bacon around the edge that covers the gap from the first. Take the 3rd strip of bacon and cut it in half with cooking sheers {who knew this worked?!?} and place both halves on the bottom of the ramekin as best you can. 

2) mix eggs, cooked shallot {onion}, thawed spinach {or wilted arugula or spinach}, and grated cheese together with a whisk. Season with salt and pepper.

3) fill bacon lined ramekins with egg mixture using a measuring cup. Do not fill to the top as the egg will rise. 

4) bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until the tops of the eggs are golden and puffed up.
5) carefully remove from ramekins with towels or pot holders {they are hot!} and serve immediately. {they lose their fluff as they sit}.


Onion Herb Foccacia Bread
{also adapted from the Katie Brown Workshop}

serves 4 {we made it serve 2!}


1 package of pizza dough {the kind that comes in a roll}
chopped rosemary {eye ball it}
chopped thyme {eye ball it}
olive oil {for brushing & drizzling}
thinly sliced red onion
grated Parmesan {eye ball it}
salt and pepper {if desired}
1/2) preheat oven to 425 degrees
1) open package of pizza dough and roll out on parchment paper. Brush half of the dough width wise with olive oil. 

2)Sprinkle chopped thyme and rosemary on top {don't hold back}. Lay out onion slices and finally sprinkle with Parmesan cheese {again don't hold back}. Fold the other side of the dough over the top. 

3) repeat on the top of the bread. 

4) salt and pepper if desired
5) bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes {until golden brown}
6) cool {a bit} and serve with olive oil for drizzling.


final plate:

Yummy and Pretty

So that is what we ate and let me tell you Kyle was not only surprised and appreciative but thoroughly enjoyed the meal. See?

On the Playlist:

Frank Sinatra:

They Can't Take That Away From Me
I've Got You Under My Skin

Rosemary Clooney:

Be My Life's Companion <3

Natalie Cole:

Almost Like Being In Love
Thou Swell
Paper Moon


You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You - Bobby Darin
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin

There were plenty more, but I thought this gives a pretty good idea. It was a great morning. Made me dream about the future. The peachy keen future. :) {wouldn't it be nice}.

surprise someone with a gesture of love today.


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