Eggs for Breakfast

For my first meal from the chicken eggs, I decided on something simple and decidedly eggy- an omelet.  It is amazing to see the difference in color in the egg yolks (bright orange) and the taste.  They just taste better.  I know that is hard to quantify, but trust me; the difference is there.  Made homemade biscuits to go with and had some of the last of the homemade Olallieberry jam.  Breakfast was basically as local as you could get.  Well, I guess I could mill my own flour, but I think that I have enough committments at the moment.

See how orange!

Breakfast was delicious

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Quick updates

No time to write a full post, but some interesting stuff that I have to share a la bullet points:

  1. First off, Modern Family.  Has to be the funniest show on TV currently.  If you are not watching it, you need to.
  2. There are four main types of clowns:  The Whiteface, Auguste, Character and Tramp.  Look it up on wikipedia here.  (Kudos to Modern Family for bringing it to my attention)
  3. Lighters + fireplaces = bad idea.  The lighter will explode sooner or later.  It was sitting on the hearth, pretty far away from the fire, but after a couple of hours exploded and a piece of the shrapnel hit Whitney.  She clawed her way over Nate and I to get to safety in .4 seconds.  I guess when it comes down to survival; she will fuck up anyone in her way.
  4. Snow.  In Sacramento?  Whhhhaaaa???!!!  Yup.  For sure.  Colder than a witch’s nipple right now.
  5. Chickens are little laying machines, through snow, rain and freezing temperatures.  They have laid 10 eggs so far with Fifi being the dependable one of laying an egg a day (sans Sunday).  I had a delicious breakfast with the first eggs, but that deserves its own post.
  6. Doctors can suck.  Especially when they admit their cluelessness and don’t offer reassuring words of comfort to people.  They should have a mandatory customer service class.  Leaving people hanging when they are at their most vulnerable is not cool.

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Sunday Brunch

So after my amazing experience at Sideboard in Danville I decided to peruse the internet for a recipe for what they called their Breakfast Pudding.  Sure enough, after a couple days of investigative work, looking and reading about the dish in the Joy of Cooking and searching all through the internet, I found something that could possibly rival the delectableness of it.  So I decided that I would make Whitney and I a nice Sunday Brunch.  We had boiled Yukon gold potatoes with a Garlic and Shallot Aioli, what they call breakfast pudding I am calling “Crustless Quiche” (technical term Timbale) and orange juice and grenadine spritzers (Couldn’t do champagne, since she had to work).  The meal was excellent and everything was really nice.  A great way to start a Sunday!

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I of course deviated from the initial recipe, (mainly because it calls for asparagus, and it is not in season, and because I always want to do it my way) so here is Nick Crespo’s recipe for Crustless Quiche, Baked Eggs, Timbale, Breakfast Pudding or whatever the hell you want to call it:

Crustless Quiche

(Serves 4 people in individual ramekins)

7 eggs

1/2 cup of milk

8 strips of cooked bacon, chopped roughly

1/4 cup of drained, steamed, chopped spinach

1/4 cup of shredded cheese (Could be extra sharp cheddar, gruyère, or goat cheese)

1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese (I use Parmigiano Reggiano) 

Salt & Pepper (about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper plus additional cracked pepper before being served)

Whisk eggs and milk thoroughly, and then mix all ingredients together and place in individual six-ounce ramekins.  Place in hot water bath (roasting pan filled with water almost to lip of ramekins) and bake for about 45 minutes to an hour, in a 375° degree oven.  The dish is done when a ramekin is jiggled and the mixture no longer trembles (or you can stick a knife in the middle of one and take a look if cooked through).  Careful when taking them out of the hot water bath!  Happy cooking!