Category Archives: Breakfast

Champagne and Caviar: Breakfast fit for the jetlagged

All good things come to an end. After a good 3 weeks of traveling around, I am back in Boston. With jetlag forcing me awake at 5 am, inches and inches of snow falling down and eventually turning into slush and dirty puddles, I decided to to pseudo prolong the vacation with breakfast composed of bubbly and caviar (I got some from the Duty Free Shop in Moscow’s airport) blinis to spoil the roomate and the boyfriend.”Wicked fishy” was the boyfriend’s first reaction to the caviar blinis. Hope everyone’s first day at school went by well!

Ingredients: 2 eggs, 1 cup milk (use more than 2% milk), 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda,1 cup hot water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, butter for frying the blinis

Add eggs, milk and sugar to a bowl

Slightly whisk together. Add the water, flour, salt and baking soda.

Whisk together until smooth

Refrigerate the mixture for an hour. Heat a crepe pan and add a small piece of butter. Once the butter melts, pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and spread evenly.

Cook the blini until the bottom browns and then and cook the other side for same browning. Repeat until the batter finishes. Let the blinis cool for at least 10 minutes before stuffing with caviar (or any other more modest stuffing) and rolling.

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A Gourmet Sandwich

Recently my friend came to visit me from New York. On Sunday I decided to take him to one of my favorite brunch (and dinner) spots. Gaslight, located in the South End, is intended to resemble a traditional Parisian brasserie, which it does with traditional French dishes such as Steak Frites and Duck Confit. For brunch they offer the usual egg dishes as well as French lunch and breakfast dishes. While I did not get a Croque Monsieur while I was there, it made me think. Why do I never make Croque Monsieur for lunch at home? Croque Monsieur is a traditional French ham and cheese sandwich served with béchamel sauce and is very popular in France for lunch. Here is what I did:

Ingredients (4 sandwiches): 8 slices of white bread, 8 slices of good quality ham (I used Virginia ham), 2 1/2 cups grated gruyere cheese, 1 cup of favorite cheese (I used grated mozzarella and parmesan mix), 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, 1 cup milk, 1 1/2 tablespoon flour, 1 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper to season, pinch of nutmeg

Preheat oven to 400 and toast bread for no longer than 5 minutes on each side until the bread becomes crispy and golden. Take the bread out of the oven and brush with Dijon mustard. Add 2 pieces of ham on top of 4 (of the eight) slices of bread.

Add 1/2 cup of grated gruyere on top of the ham.

Close the sandwich with the other slices of bread and place on a buttered baking tray. For the sauce, heat the milk on a stove or in a microwave. To a small pot, on medium heat, add the flour and the butter.

Stir continuously until the flour and butter become one mixture. Slowly whisk in the hot milk. Let the sauce thicken while stirring occasionally and then add 1/2 cup gruyere cheese, 1/2 cup cheese of your choice (again I used parmesan and mozzarella), salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Stir the sauce together and add on top of the closed sandwiches. Sprinkle with the remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

Broil in the oven for 5 minutes and enjoy!

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Brunch Frittata with Spinach and Hash Browns

I love brunch. I love eggs. I love bacon. I love toast.I love coffee.I am a big brunch food person. It can be anytime of the day and I will be happy to eat brunch food. You can imagine why I like IHOP very much indeed. This frittata is great for many reason. 1st of all it’s brunch food (so I am in with both knives) and 2nd of all it’s great to make when you have a lot of people coming over for brunch which is what happened last week to me. This frittata required 10 eggs but was also enough for everyone at the table. Obviously I cheated and used frozen hash browns instead of cooking the potatoes myself. We pick and choose our own battles.

Ingredients: 10 eggs, 8 frozen hash brown patties, 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese (get only this kind), 1/4 cup of milk, a big bunch of fresh spinach,1/2 tablespoon butter, salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400. Begin by cooking the frozen patties. I threw mine in the oven for 15 minutes.Do not switch off the oven after.

When the hash browns are cooked, roughly chop them into small chunks

Lay the hash browns in a buttered lasagna pan. Next in a skillet on medium high heat add the butter and the spinach. Cook the spinach for 5 minutes. Add to the lasagna pan.

Next crack the eggs into a big bowl

Add salt, pepper and milk and whisk together. When the egg mixture is ready, pour it over the spinach and the hash browns. Add the shredded gruyere cheese.

Throw in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the top crust browns.

Cut into squares and serve. Mornings have never tasted this good.

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Russian Syrniki for Breakfast

This traditional Russian dish is served for breakfast or dessert. It is made with quark (tvorog in Russian) which is an Eastern European fresh cheese which can be found in many international food stores. If you are unable to find quark, you can substitute it with cottage cheese. It is usually served with sour cream.

Ingredients: 2 cups of quark or creamy cottage cheese, 2 tablespoons white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, 3 tablespoons of flour for dusting, 1 egg, canola oil or butter for frying.

Take a large bowl. Add 2 cups of quark. The quark that I used was in a pressed packaging. Usually I use loose quark but either one works well.Add 2 tablespoons of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of flour.

Add 1 egg and mix all together.

Shape the mixture into oval cakes and dust in flour on both sides.

Fry on both sides in butter or canola oil.

Serve with sour cream, jam or honey.

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