Monday, September 17, 2012

Time for Breakfast!!

OK!  It’s a fact!  Breakfast is one of my…actually our…favorite meals.  Usually we limit ourselves to toast, peanut butter and jam or yogurt and Grape-Nuts (Laurie); a fruit smoothie (banana or strawberry with fresh fruit), or one of about 4 different breakfast cereals, frequently with fruit.

Note: Grape-Nuts were invented by C. W. Post in 1897.  They are actually made from wheat and barley.  Post believed that sucrose was created when his product was baked and he called it ‘grape-sugar’.  His original product came out in solid sheets which he ground up in a coffee grinder…creating nut-sized kernels.  They also had a nutty flavor.  But I digress…
In fact, there are times in one’s life when something extra is required…something to calm the wild beast in all of us.  Well, maybe I’m just looking for excuses, but we both love a good breakfast and if we’re eating at home, I personally enjoy finding ways to use any leftovers in conjunction with two or three eggs.
This was a breakfast I concocted for myself a week or so ago.  I am a mere amateur when it comes to imaginative breakfasts using leftover something and eggs, but I do give it the old college try! (Go Spartans!)

We had some leftover black beans and rice from a recent wine tasting party and I didn’t want to see them go to waste.  So I heated them up in a frying pan, adding lots of shredded cheddar cheese, chili powder, a bit of a hot shot pepper mixture and onion powder.  I melded it all together and then waited for the cheese to brown a bit around the edges.  Then I added 2 fried eggs over easy!  After taking the photo, I added some Tabasco just for a bit more pop… The result was comfort food of a different composition…and it was pretty tasty! 
On a recent Sunday morning, I told Laurie that I’d make breakfast but that I wanted to have fried eggs.  Our side options were left over linguica sausage, meat loaf or boneless beef rib strips.

Laurie opted for the meatloaf with her two easy-over eggs.  Note the concession to good health…a glass of orange juice and 2 slices of 9-grain toast.  Laurie couldn’t miss with her meat selection since she makes a very fine meatloaf!
I went with the left over strips of beef.  I pan fried them to heat them up and to give them a little extra flavor.  Then I fried up 3 over easy eggs.  You may have noticed that there is some white stuff sprinkled on my eggs and beef.  It’s not parmesan cheese!  It’s actually some leftover goat cheese crumbles… Of course, after Laurie took the photos, I added my usual Tabasco to my eggs.

The goat cheese was lost on the beef but it made the eggs a bit creamier when mixed with the yokes and it did add a bit of flavor…in a positive way.  FYI…my juice of choice is diet cranberry mixed with a little orange juice.  The combo works pretty well…
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…
Thanks for stopping by and sharing a ‘healthy’ breakfast with us!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. " I am a mere amateur when it comes to imaginative breakfasts using leftover something and eggs" - doesn't look that way to me - I'd feel good about all of these. I rarely eat cereal but when I do, grapenuts are my favorite. This comment coming to you from Durango.

  2. Now that is a trencherman's breakfast.It sounds delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  3. Dear Dave, Looks like you have a future in the breakfast business! You made a fine breakfast for you and Laurie!
    Have a beautiful day my friends. Blessings, Catherine