Toast Français

So I was never a big breakfast person, until my dad started to make breakfast.  He would coax me out of bed with fluffy pancakes, or rich eggs.  This is a dad inspired wake up call breakfast.  It’s the new twist your morning needs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 splash vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of milk

How to:

  1. in a bowl large enough to fit the bread mix: the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Whisk until throughly mixed
  2. mix the milk into the mixture
  3. dip bread into the mixture letting it get throughly covered on both  sides, and allow to soak for a few seconds
  4. place covered bread into pre-sprayed skillet on medium heat
  5. let cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown
  6. add syrup and butter to your liking and enjoy!

this is one of my favorite breakfasts, and about the only thing that will get me out of bed on a sunday.

Triple Olive Pasta Salad

So if you havent guessed, I love olives.  They are the staple in most of my meals. So that’s why I made this pasta salad to highlight this amazing ingredient. 

Ingredients:

  • Olives (kalamata, black, spanish) interchangeable with other types of olives
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1/2 cucumber cubed
  • feta cheese
  • pasta (what ever your favorite is for a pasta salad)
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar and lemon juice
  • dried minced garlic, oregano, salt pepper, dried mustard

How to:

  1. cook pasta and allow to cool
  2. dice up onions and cucumbers and slice the olives so they make O’s
  3. basically you add everything to the pasta once its cut, that’s not the important part, the important part is the dressing.
  4. for the dressing have 1 part oil to 2 parts vinegar. add a splash of lemon juice. add a generous dash of garlic, oregano, salt and pepper, and a graceful dash of dried mustard. whisk. about 1/2 cup dressing for 1/2 pound of pasta. use different amounts if your going to serve it immediately or save it for the next day
  5. add dressing to pasta, stir.
  6. enjoy 😀

Greek-Easy- Delicious. Chicken Souvlaki

If you havent guessed, i love Greek food.  I had been mostly limited to greek salad and humus until i tried a Gyro( a greek wrap typically with lamb).  Unfortunately I don’t like lamb, but i loved all the other flavors or the wrap.  That is where Gyro’s slightly less known less complicated cousin, chicken souvlaki comes into play.  This dish is a little complicated because it has a couple of parts, so im going to break it down into sections, that you just put together at the end.

The Chicken comes first:

Ingredients:

  • chicken breast( defrost before cooking)
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar
  • lemons, or lemon juice
  • oregano
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic
  • orange juice

preparation: this is for 1 large chicken breast, just double for extra chicken

  1. in bowl create marinade/ dressing of: the juice of 1 lemon (around 1/2 Cup or a little more) , add a generous splash of red wine vinegar, add a SMALL splash of orange juice, add 3 dashes of oregano, and 3 dashes of garlic, finish with a small drizzle of olive oil.  Whisk together so its blended.
  2. Pat dry chicken breast and salt and pepper to taste
  3. on a cookie sheet, cover in tinfoil( because the sugar in the marinade could burn) and drizzle with olive oil, coating the pan
  4. place chicken on pan, allowing the bottom to be coated in oil
  5. cover thoroughly in the marinade( can let sit for about 1/2 an hour, or just cook right off)
  6. allow to cook at 400 degrees until the internal temperature is 165. you can flip the chicken half way through, or just leave on one side.  Depending on size, should be around 20 minutes( just remember to make sure internal temperature is above 165!! or it is not cooked!)

The best kind of pocket involves pita:

Ingredients:

  • lettuce (iceberg or romaine) sliced into shreds
  • kalamata olives
  • onions (preferably red) sliced
  • feta cheese
  • tomatoes(optional) diced
  • pita bread or Syrian bread – large is best to make wraps

The dressing:

  • lemon or lemon juice
  • oregano
  • garlic powder or minced garlic
  • salt pepper
  • olive oil
  • red wine vinegar

            – this dressing is 1 part lemon juice 1 part red wine vinegar and 1/2 olive oil. then 1 dash of all the spices. Whisk until smooth and add as much as you want onto your sandwich.

to assemble the sandwich:

  1. put pita bread into microwave for about 10 seconds until soft
  2. the add chicken and all the other good stuff as much as you want
  3. and finish with the dressing
  4. wrap it up, or fold it like a taco and enjoy!

This is simple and delicious, and everyone needs a G.E.D 😀

Pomegranate. I liked them before they were cool

Lets enrich ourselves with a story, because not every fruit gets one:

Persephone was the beautiful daughter or Zeus and Demeter.  She was loved by all and traveled across the word, basking everyone in her beauty and character.  One day when her mother turned her back, Hades ripped open the ground and stole Persephone into the underworld.  Her mother was furious to hear of her daughter being kidnapped, and in her anguish she let the world die, Zeus fearing for the status of the world sent a messenger to persuade Hermes to release Persephone, Hades agreed, but to try to keep Persephone longer gave her a pomegranate, and for ever seed she ate, she had to stay that many months in the underworld.  She ate 4 seeds and  therefore had to stay in the underworld for 1/3 of the year. That is why we have the seasons, for when Persephone is in the underworld, her mother is broken-hearted, and reflects her grief in nature.

I mean since every fruit doesn’t have a significant story i thought id share that with you.  And although this is a recipe blog, this isn’t a recipe.  I know everyone knows what a pomegranate is, but now that they are in season i think everyone should go to the store, pick one up and enjoy it naturally.  Not drink its juice mixed with blueberry or some other crazy combination, but just eat it as a nice healthy fruit.  It is as much fun to eat, as it is healthy.  So go and get a pomegranate( beware of ridiculous prices though) and enjoy this “super fruit” in all its glory!