watermelon bowl…You make conferences fun May 18, 2008

Filed under: breakfast,food,pintos,salad,watermelon — insomnisnack @ 7:13 pm

I loved my continuing education getaway. Long walks, pie, christmas tree lights, strawberry farms, fireworks, tangy frozen yogurt, periodic roller coaster screaming and especially…app-le ched-dar qui-i-iche quiche!!

Not too many people would get creative in a strange kitchen, let alone a hotel kitchen, but those rules seem not apply to Alice! She thought to secure tortillas, salsa, avocado, pintos, watermelon, and sardines, which led to a handful of delicious meals.

Half a watermelon serves as more than just breakfast. It serves your breakfast!

(Updated May 20, 2008 )
The breakfast consisted of pintos, salsa, and avocado on corn tortillas with watermelon on the side. Didn’t realize it looked like a watermelon salsa (which to me also would be good). I ended up having all of the watermelon “juice”, shown in cup, because I am greedy-greedy with fruit. Mmmm!

Alice, are you enjoying that delectable bite of sardines in mustard on yer rye toast?

i like mustard sardines on rye toast

Highlights include accordion solos, and a trip to the Crystal Cathedral – replete with
“free” bus ride. Is there such a thing? No, I guess not. No matter!

Get a load of this organ [my photo didn’t come out in the low light so I appropriated this
(lower front view of organ) from the crystalcathedral dot org etc website]. All the rest are legit.

MMM! When we got back we had 2 salads extraordinaire, featuring lettuce, garbanzo beans,
cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, and another with jicama, lime, and chili powder. Topped with fried
egg! Usually I expect to freak out at least once when traveling with another…this trip – I slept
like a baby.


Oat and Brown Sugar Coffee Cake January 21, 2008

Filed under: baked goods,breakfast,brunch,dessert,food — insomnisnack @ 8:53 pm

This one was a great recipe from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Delish! I only made it (honestly it was before the holidays and I forgot to post the photos) because I wanted some breakfast cake, but didn’t want to go shopping. Well, look no further. This one was so short, I will include the recipe. Moisty!!!

1 cup rolled oats, preferably noninstant
1/4 pound (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup Pecan Streusel, which is just your choice of nut (I used almonds), sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a 1/2 cup flour all crumbled together

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray or butter and flour a 9 x 12 inch baking dish.

Pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over the oats and set them aside. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time. Scrape down the bowl and continue beating until the mixture is smooth, then add the vanilla, cinnamon, and oats. Combine the dry ingredients and stir them in with a rubber scraper or wooden spoon. Pour into the prepared baking dish, cover with streusel, and bake until a skewer comes out clean – about 35 minutes.

whole oatmeal coffee cake

oatmeal coffee cake


frittata: potatoes, black beans, salsa verde September 11, 2007

Filed under: breakfast,brunch,food,produce,savory — insomnisnack @ 9:58 pm

This frittata is great if you’re following along and making your own versions of these other recipes, finding yourself with leftover eggs, a bit of cheese, some potatoes, and an heirloom tomato. Okay, I did buy an onion, 5 tomatillos and a $.99 can of black beans, but that’s it. Leah gave me the avocado1 (in that way when people want to let you know they care so they stuff miscellaneous objects into your hands when you leave. I am the QUEEN of that move! Two important statements or inquiries I’ve had since the inception of this blog are 1) that I’m lucky to live in California and have access to bountiful, fresh produce, and 2) do I find myself needing to shop all the time or do I have unused food. Yes, California grocers do have a lot to offer and yes lately I’ve been foodshopping more frequently. But it is the better type of shopping, where I spend $5-$10 and make a concoction that lasts for several meals. For example, that pizza was extremely tasty and fast to make but after 8 meals of it, enough was enough. I hate to lose the glamour edge of my blog posts, but that’s the truth. (Added 9/15/07 – Not worth losing the glamour edge!! I was happy to move on to another dish after I finished my pizza groceries, but even after the 7th time it was way better than getting Cybelle’s. Again, I want to encourage others to give over to the joy that is foodart. And you’re always welcome for a meal and doubly welcome to take leftovers with you.) The frittata contents are those potatoes from last time, shredded zucchini (oops, I bought that too!), cheddar cheese, and slices of tomato. Yum!


This won’t last long! Final frittata moments…

final frittata moments


food 4 kids: booby trap egg sandwich September 9, 2007

Big kids, too. Mmm – today I made an egg sandwich and decided to put a child-at-heart twist on breakfast. I hollowed out a poppy seed roll, and hid within it a fried egg on a bed of sharp cheddar cheese. Next, I placed arugula and spinach leaves on top for unsuspecting passers-by, and propped up the bun lid with toothpicks. Finally, I constructed a woodland/jungle scene of veggies (baby artichoke, blue lake beans, The Tomatoes, red onion, pickled daikon radish, bok choy, mushroom caps) and potatoes as the backdrop, on a lagoon of seasoned dried seaweed. At one point I was thinking of crafting a creature that set up this elaborate trap, but I then realized two things: that creature is me, and I’ve got to eat sometime!

booby trap egg preparation

egg close up

back view

finished breakfast!