Do come in and make yourselves comfortable - I hope you brought a big appetite because we're treating you to the most indulging breakfast extravaganza ever witnessed! And just in time for the bank holiday weekend (at least for us here in the UK)!
For this 15th instalment of "Waiter, there's something in my..." I have collected a myriad of gourmet breakfast / brunch recipes and just to make life easier for me, this time they're sorted in the order in which I received them.
Rachel of Fairy Cake Heaven in Ireland spices things up a notch and adds a generous sprinkle of garam masala as well as fresh chillies to her oeufs cocotte. Hung over from her birthday party the night before, these were sure to pick her up, even though a tad late for "breakfast" when everybody else was having dinner already!
In West Yorkshire, UK, Sylvie of A Pot of Tea and a Biscuit rustles up some deliciously creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon for us... something I could eat any time of the day, really, if there were someone to make it for me. She's holding back on the home-made jam for another occasion - so stay tuned!
Across the pond in British Columbia, Canada, Vallih is offering More Than Burnt Toast for a change and consults the Contessa, still barefoot and unkempt, for some delicious and Easy Cheese Danishes - now I know a thing or two about such beauties, never mind that we call them Topfengolatschen... but this recipe is the easiest I've seen in a long time!
Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen in London, Canada, might be a veteran vegetarian, but that doesn't necessarily mean she has to be frugal? A bottle of rum in hand she knocks up some scrumptious rum & ricotta fritters, note that they're not ricotta & rum, but the other way round, so they promise to really change your outlook on the world the morning you decide to make them!
Who wouldn't like a coronary with their breakfast? Marie of A Year From Oak Cottage in Chester, UK, gives into the temptations of a Great British Fry-up or the Full Monty as we call it around here. Even though that brings with it connotations of scantily-clad overweight males... don't let this put you off. I am glad someone is keeping the culinary traditions of Britain alive!
Perfect Porridge Plus is served up by my breadbaking mentor Ulrike of Küchenlatein. Bananas and freshly chopped hazelnuts spruce up this love-it-or-hate-it breakfast staple and are sure to convert even the most reluctant of eaters. So don't make this, unless you're willing to share!
All the way up in Estonia, Kat of Food Good to Eat is a big breakfast lover. She cuts her beauty sleep short to share with us her favourite indulgence: buttermilk & banana pancakes with fresh raspberries and a generous dollop of soured cream... perfect on a lazy Sunday morning. If only she could make them for me and I get to sleep in!
Our lovely co-host Andrew of SpittoonExtra out in Henley, UK, serves us a fry-up of a rather different kind: out go the black pudding, mushrooms and fried toast, in comes a vanilla-scented slice of pain perdu with a luscious compote of forest fruits... or freezer fruits, in his case. Ah, I could have that every day! What's up next, Andrew?
Foodfreak Petra is going low-carb and grain-free in Hamburg, Germany, and replaces her breakfast staple of Thai fried rice with something a bit closer to our shores: a Frittata Speziale of leeks, herbs, feta cheese and smoked salmon... definitely one to bookmark!
In the West Midlands, UK, Margaret of Kitchen Delights is spoiling her three-year-old grandson rotten by serving him scrambled eggs with a generous helping of smoked salmon... if only my kids were so adventurous! (Saying that, I just get to keep all the good stuff to myself and let them eat their cereal ;-))
Recently introduced to the wonderful food that make oysters, Ngoc of Professional Bakist might not have been converted to eating them raw, but certainly enjoys adding them to a Fry-up with a difference instead of the usual bacon. A perfect home-coming breakfast in Los Angeles, USA... can things get any more luxurious than that?
Ronell of Myfrenchkitchen in, well, France, of course, is not only an accomplished artist, she also knows a thing or two about tempting me in the food department. Unaware of this round of WTSIM, I caught her in flagranti as she served omlette with asparagus and serrano ham - and got her kind permission to include this in the round-up.
An ode to granola is sung by Apple & Spice in Leeds, UK... great minds think alike! But I am nowhere near as fussy when it gets down to eating mine - Katie insists to savour it in bed, from a mug and using a small teaspoon, so the joy lasts for that much longer. Quite obviously, she has the indulgence of not sharing her bed with two tiny monsters in the morning!
Sandy in New York, USA makes realfoodforrealpeople and would like to sweeten your mornings with orange, cranberry nut muffins. If the fact that cranberries contain tons of antioxidants weren't enough reason to indulge in these little beauties, just pretend you're investing in a healthy urinary tract... that's gotta be worth a few extra calories ;-)
Suganya of Tasty Palettes brings home proper eggs with intensely-coloured yolks and a loaf of fresh bread from her stroll around the farmer's market and whips up deliciously creamy oeufs en cocotte or baked eggs. She uses half-and-half cream, which is so much easier on your wasteline, but won't compromise on taste!
This picture of finger pies, creation of notes from my food diary, transports me back into my gran's kitchen - deliciously flaky pastry with some sticky jam inside... what's not to like? Eliza's addition of chocolate chips makes them althemore addictive - I promise I could eat those all day long!
Kittens in the kitchen are joined by a lovely bunch of zebras one fine weekend - if only in the form of tomatoes with a very peculiar pattern! They are a perfect addition to mushrooms on toast, Kittie suggests to go easy on the garlic should you be planning on an afternoon date... luckily I'm already married!
Heleni in Madrid has sussed the perfect technique for home-made pittas stuffed with Cretan cheese and drizzled with honey - which is A punto de caramelo's contribution to our breakfast extravaganza. She also recommends various more widely available substitutes for the cheese, so you don't have to miss out on trying these delicacies!
A gluten-free treat is served up in California, USA, over at Mansi's Fun and Food, who prepares wonderfully healthy, yet tasty spinach-onion dosa. Using gram flour, these savoury pancakes lend themselves for endless experiments with various vegetables and spices of your choice... time to get creative in the kitchen!
Greedy kiddie fingers hover over a steaming plate of freshly made banana and buttermilk pancakes, which Kit of Food and Family prepared over the May Day Holiday in South Africa. Shame she has to slave away at the stove while her hungry horde enjoys this rare treat - but I can see a lot of *broken* pancakes ending up in someone's rumbling tummy!
blog from OUR kitchen prepares the perfect hang-over food in Toronto, Canada. Fried rice is not only the best thing for a sensitive stomach, it's also the easiest to make... no measurements, using left-overs - perfect for when you wake up bleary-eyed one morning like I did today!
My good friend Xochitl Cooks her way back into blogging with her Egg McXochitl which she poshes up a bit (or rather a lot) with Manchego and Serrano, a version that's heaps better than what you get from a certain red-haired, big-shoed frontman at a fast food joint and it's more chic, more polished and a hell of a lot tastier!
A mystery ingredient of amaranth flour is used in a new variation of a healthy breakfast favourite: Arundathi of My Food Blog joins the cereal brigade with a heart healthy granola which turns out sticky and yummy and wholesome... what more do you need to convince yourself to make your own?
Marriage is hard work, argues Jeanne, the Cook Sister! - mainly because she has to get up early to knock up an indulging anniversary breakfast. But nobody said you need to spoil him with luxurious smoked salmon eggs benedict - unless you signed a very peculiar pre-nup or (like us) got married in a language you don't even speak and therefore don't know what you let yourself in for ;-)
As for myself, the passionate cook, I recently discovered the joys of making my own very nutty breakfast granola and early mornings will never be the same again! Incredibly easy to make and perfectly indulging, this is the best thing you can put on a freshly cut fruit salad with everything that's in season - and it's even good for you...