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


hooray, labor day!! September 3, 2007

Filed under: brunch,food,friends,holiday,omelet,savory — insomnisnack @ 10:02 pm

I am grateful for today. According to “the first proposal of the holiday”, in the 1880’s, “a street parade to exhibit to the public ‘the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations’ of the community” was in order, along with a festival celebration for “workers and their families”. (Wiki-what? you don’t see too much of this original meaning these days. Today’s SF Gate front page news was about the Bay Bridge closure.)

I did enjoy a day of rest from work, let me tell you! I was invited to brunch with Heather and Arpi (left to right), a couple I find mesmerizing – individually, as well as together in partnership. They celebrated their ninth anniversary this weekend and still made time for me. Wow.

Heather and Arpi

Arpi made a delicious meal! We had gourmet coffee, moist and delicate corn muffins, and omelets. Let’s talk omelets for a moment. These were fluffy, half moon pillows filled with just the right textures, including a perfect dice of creminis, and red bell pepper. Mmm-mmm!

Arpi and Omelet

All that, AND we went on a walk to visit with the neighborhood cats! What a day. Thanks, Heather and Arpi!!