Friday, September 2, 2011

cooking with gp: breakfast

breakfast is wonderful. i actually went years of my life without eating breakfast, and i definitely paid for it later. i heard my whole life growing up that it was the most important meal of the day. well, not necessarily when you have to get up at 6 a.m. to catch the bus at 7 a.m. so i usually just skipped it. sleep was more important to me, then once middle school hit, looking as cute as i could when i was 12 and hella-awkward was even more important. then when i started driving, i was usually yelling at my siblings to hurry up or i was going to leave them at home, because i was not going to lose my driving privileges for being late (again). however, once i started living a healthier life and trying to eat better, i realized i freaking love breakfast. i also love the ritual of it. getting up when it's still quiet outside, making coffee, pouring juice, deciding what to eat, making it, sitting at the counter and reading things online while i eat. that to me is a great way to start a day. i don't know if i'll ever be a morning person, but as long as i can make my breakfast in peace, i think i can learn to love it.

so for the love of breakfast, here are a couple of gwyneth's breakfast recipes i have tried recently.

the first one started off because i bought a bag of apples from foodfair (never again, ff. never again.) that were really mealy and gross. one of them i cut in half was completely black. gross, foodfair. so i thought i could bake with the non-rotten ones and they could be put to use and taste better than just trying to eat them alone. gp's spiced apple crumb muffins sounded perfect. plus, i had all of the ingredients i needed without having to go to the store. yippee!

i made them last monday morning before work, and although i accidentally skipped a step for the topping, they still turned out pretty great. the recipe calls for spelt flour, which i didn't have, but gp says you can just use regular flour, so i used whole wheat. there are no eggs in them, and the recipe overall is pretty simple. you know, if you don't read too fast and skip something then have to go back and try to fix your mistake. then it's pretty easy. the topping has brown sugar, flour and oats, but i forgot to add the wet ingredients to the mix to make it crumbly. i just sprinkled the dry mix on top of the batter in the muffin tins, which i thought was weird, but didn't realize i had forgotten something. (it was early. give me a break.) but even though i kinda messed it up, it was still tasty. i'll just know for the next time, which will probably be soon.

then on wednesday, i made something i have been dying to make since i bought this book. slow-roasted tomato, basil and smoked mozzarella fritatta. oh.emm.gee. i wasn't a big fan of eggs until recently, but now i love them, and if i can eat this forever and that be my only egg intake, i would be totally fine with that. if you aren't familiar with what a fritatta is, it's basically eggs that you cook in the oven in a skillet. for gp's recipe, you butter a cast iron skillet, whisk up 6 eggs and some milk, pour that in the hot skillet, add the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, cook for a few minutes, then put it in the oven for about 10 minutes until it is all set up. then, cut it like a pizza and enjoy. i didn't have smoked mozzarella, but i did have some plain, and i also used spinach and a sprinkle of fresh parmesan on the top. it was seriously delicious. my dad and sister loved it. i made turkey bacon, too, and we all had a nice brunch. (it was 11 a.m.). i enjoyed the last piece for breakfast the next day, just heated up in the microwave, and it was still great. i'll definitely be making that again soon, too.

kyle and i are going to savannah this weekend to see our people down there. superrrr excited. :) maybe i'll cook for them...? we are getting there saturday night, and they will be at the beer fest during the day that day, so maybe they will want some hangover food sunday morning. ;) either way, i'm pumped to see them and get away for a while. work is killing me this week, so i need a trip. also -- just a side note -- we are taking a dog with us down to georgia as a favor/good deed for our friend brittany brownfield. :) he's a service dog, and he just so happened to need to get to georgia. so we are helping out. should be fun/interesting. i'm sure i'll have lots to tell next week.

happy weekend! enjoy labor day. :)


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