Breakfast for Dinner

Tonight I had my stupid face on while standing in front of the fridge.  Seriously.  It was one of those moments, where you just can’t figure out exactly what you want to eat.  I honestly have no idea how this came to me, because the chipped beef was hiding way in the back of the fridge, but I decided to go for a southern breakfast fave tonight.

Creamed Chipped Beef over an ezekiel english muffin and some canteloupe.

If you’ve never had it before, it’s pretty much sausage gravy minus the sausage, plus chipped beef.  What?  You’ve never heard of chipped beef?  Well you’ve obviously never lived south of the Mason Dixon Line either ;).  Allow me to introduce you.

King of Processed Beef 😉

First you chop and rinse it.  That’s right.  Rinse it.  Why?

That 1370 mg of sodium is why :P.  It even says to rinse it on the container.  And it’s what my grandpa told me to do

Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat making sure not to burn the four.  We’re creating a roux for the gravy here folks.  Now start adding  in your milk and wait until each addition thickens until you add more.  I added half of a third of a cup at first (I was using a 1/3 cup measurer :)).  After the first addition…

Add in 1/4 to 1/2 cup increments until all of the liquid is added.

When making a gravy, the general rule of thumb is one cup of liquid to each tablespoon of fat in the roux and for the fat to flour ratio in the roux, it’s 1:1.  And I always err on the side of too thick, because you can always thin it out by adding more liquid.  Making it thicker after the fact is quite a bit trickier!

I topped an ezekiel english muffin with mine.  So good and thick!

Maybe the ezekiel english muffin was a subconscious effort to balance out the fortuitous featuring of processed beef here ;)!   Add some delicious canteloupe and you have breakfast for dinner!

Oh, and my actual breakfast was equally amazing, but will require no instruction.  Just a few friendly tips ;).

I sliced up some bresh baked cracked wheat bread from the grocery store and sliced it up into 1-inch thick pieces.  I let them sit out for a few hours before I started.  This lets them dry out a bit so that they can soak up more egg. 

The best french toast you will ever have will be made from “almost hard enough to kill people stale bread” ;).  Seriously.  The recipe did originate as a means to use up stale bread instead of throwing it away!

On top are frozen peaches thawed in a saute pan with a splash of water and some sweetener until the water reduces a bit and the peaches are warmed.  Plus a few tablespoons of real maple syrup (which I hadn’t added yet!).  I will spare you the lecture, but please treat yourself to real maple syrup and never look back!  It’s worth it!

Until tomorrow… 😀


Don’t Forget Your Pictures!

OK, this whole taking pictures of what I eat before I start eating them is going to take a while.  I totally almost finished my breakfast before the idea of photographing it even crossed my mind.  I did do OK the rest of the day, even though I almost took a bite of my lunch before I remembered.  Also, I’m being totally covert about the whole taking pictures of my food thing at work because I’ve still got a pretty gnarly learning curve going on and I’m pretty sure everyone at work would think I was insane 😛

Anyways, breakfast was an egg white puff with spinach cooked into it served open face on half of an ezekiel english muffin.  I’m totally addicted to these and wanted to save the other half of it for my honey curry hummus!  Here’s brekkie:

half eaten egg white and spinach puff

 Also, I put this awesome hot sauce on it that I got in St. Lucia!  It’s made with Scottish Bonnet Peppers, which I had never heard of before, but apparently it’s in the same pepper family as a habenero (haha, enough said!).  Here’s a photo of it with my painfully messy desk in the background.

Rockin Caribbean Hot Sauce

 Lunch was leftover vegetable curry with whole wheat coucous and some of the other half of the ezekiel english muffin with the honey curry hummus.  Sooo tasty.  Curry and I are very good friends and next to catch up more often!

Veggie Curry

Afternoon snack was some almonds that I ate before the camera came out and some strawberries and the last of that ezekiel english muffin with some pumpkin pie hummus (oh yeah, you read write!!).  I’ll post the recipe tomorrow, I promise.  Super awesome thing to do to your strawberries:  sprinkle sugar (or a sweetener like I did) on them.  Did you grow up eating whipped cream on your strawberries??  Because I did, and it was superb.  So guess what – sprinkling sugar on them tastes exactly the same, but without the fat.

Strawberries and English Muffin with Hummus!

And finally, my super uninspired dinner, because I did not get home until 9:30!

Kashi Cereal with Raspberries

What can I say?  I was very hungry, it was already past 9, so Kashi cereal, almond milk, and raspberries I picked up at the store tonight were on the menu!  And with that, it is past my bed time.  Good night!