Breakfast Pr0n

Mmm… Cinnamon Bread

20170107_103120-1600x1200Cinnamon bread with raisins because that’s how I remember it when I smell the aromas and close my eyes go back to being 6 years old and shouting “Me Me Me” when my mama asked “who wants cinnamon toast”.20170107_103209-1600x1200Spreading melted butter on the rolled out dough makes it hard to seal the seams but I don’t care.20170107_103338-1600x1200That plastic mat is just the handiest thing but don’t let them tell you nothing will stick to it.  Use plenty of flour when you roll the dough out.  I have a silicone baking mat under it ti keep it from sliding around.20170107_125454-1600x1200These aren’t the prettiest loaves.  I went with this bread machine recipe for these and it seems to work ok.20170107_150215-1600x1200You can’t have too much cinnamon.

Soup ‘n Sammy

20161215_162950-1600x1200The soup is a plain potato soup – no cheese or cream,  I made it small to eliminate leftovers, there are three peeled red potatoes, half a medium onion, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper in chicken broth.  The potatoes were diced small to hasten cooking and I used a potato masher to help it along.  Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour.

I had a turkey breast that made a couple of plates worth of sliced turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, and cranberry sauce, and still had enough for a turkey salad.  It has mayo, green bell pepper, Spanish olives, celery, and the other half of the onion from the soup.

Tidbits

20160820_165325(1600x1200)Mmm… wings!  These spent the night in a bag with a dry rub,  Toss with a little oil and arrange them on a rack in a tray and cook at 400, turn every 15 minutes.  At the 30 minute mark I turned them again and set a timer for 10 minutes because another 15 seemed like it would be too much.  TaMara just got a convection oven and that reminds me that I almost always use the convection fan when I bake so conventional ovens might need more time or a higher temp.  The wing sauce on these is the basic hot sauce plus butter and a tablespoon or 2 of honey.  20160820_121405(1600x1200)Not to gross you out but I had a small pot with Scotch Bonnet peppers and the other day I was surprised to see that a caterpillar had eaten everything but the bark on the stems, leaving nothing but a skeleton and a few seeds, plus a pile of worm turds.  He had eaten some leaves on an adjoining pepper plant.  I looked high an low for the miscreant with no luck.  I decided to scrap out the pot and when I busted up the root ball I discovered the culprit – he had burrowed in.20160819_084715(1600x1200)Homie!  He’s a habit of begging for some laser dot play every morning, he pops his head up for a second before dashing back to his starting gate, the small house in the cat tree in the background of the photo.  I was waiting for him the other day with my camera phone poised and caught him.  Yes, I turned the coffee cup beforehand, hoping for just this shot.DSC_2016(1600x1200)We’ve taken to eating breakfast for lunch.  These are BELT sammiches less the tomato and lettuce.DSC03691(1600x1200)I wish someone would adopt Susie.  She very affectionate, gets along well in the play group, runs to greet anyone entering the cat’s room, loves getting scritches.  She’s about 6 years old and has been at the shelter for half that time.  Mrs J is perplexed and saddened that no one has taken her home with them.20160819_191640(1600x1200)Ham and cheese on a hoagie roll with lots of chopped lettuce, onions, and sliced peppers in vinaigrette.  These are always good and don’t require any cooking.20160820_130228(1600x1200)We had some wild rice mix leftover.  Add broth, some chicken leftovers, cheese, milk, and a few broccoli florets and you have a delicious soup.  We like our soups rather thick so this has corn starch for the thickening agent, another way to go about getting to the same place would involve a roux started in the soup pot before anything else was added.20160821_114622(1600x1200)Sunday Lunch!  We love those teeny-weeny breakfast sausages.  I have a gob of my green jalapeno jam on the french toast.

Mmm… Cinnamon Bread

DSC_9496 (1600x1060)We were watching some freezing rain come down yesterday and that had us a bit down so we decided to bake cinnamon bread in the hope that the aromas would lighten the mood.  Pioneer Woman has a nice recipe, we used it and it came out pretty well except the swirls wanted to come apart, at least the top one did.  Maybe we should have given it the full two hours rise in the loaf pan but it was starting to get pretty big and I feared a collapse if I waited too long.DSC_9498 (1600x1060)There’s nothing much better than a slice of cinnamon toast with plenty of butter slathered on.  Wow, talk about aromas – the toaster just added to what was already there.  Mrs J started talking about one of her favorite things: Cinnamon French toast.  She went on an on…DSC_9502 (1600x1060)… so I didn’t really have much choice for breakfast this morning.  Not that I’m complaining, mind.