Note: The is a sinful, unhealthy breakfast, definitely not an every day breakfast—or even every week—but it is so tasty.
My wife will not eat bacon as being “too fatty”—although she will sometimes eat a slice of Canadian bacon. I have been making her California benedicts lately, but this morning I only one English muffin and I was out of Canadian bacon. I made her a fairly healthy breakfast avocado toast, for myself I went a bit more old school.
Karl’s “Don’t Tell My Wife” Benedict
Recently, I have been making wife Jan California Benedicts—a toasted English muffin, a slice of Canadian bacon, and a soft poached egg topped with guacamole. Jan travels and eats out more than I do and frequently on these trips she will have avocado toast for breakfast. Apparently, the way the restaurants make breakfast avocado toast is to top the toast and guacamole with the egg. Since she did not want Canadian bacon this morning, I turned my recipe for California Benedict into an avocado toast.
Karl’s Breakfast Avocado Toast
Wife Jan’s Ethno Breakfast has rolled around again. Usually, I will make deviled eggs for these events, but Jan said that someone else would be bringing bagels and she wanted a schmear to spread on them. She suggested that I make an egg salad. Since my curried eggs are always popular, I chopped it up to make my salad and added more of the vegetables.
Karl’s Curried Egg Salad
When we go out for breakfast I will—if it is on the menu—get Eggs Benedict—soft poached egg, on top of a slice of Canadian bacon, over a toasted English muffin half, smothered in Hollandaise sauce. This is my comfort breakfast. My father did not cook a lot, but his making the sauce for this dish is a fond childhood memory.
Karl’s California Benedict
I’m making broiled salmon and steamed broccoli for a week night dinner. Looking for something different for a starch I thought about a wild rice pilaf. I happened to have a bruised apple on my counter—one that I was not going to put in someone’s lunch bag—that I needed to use up. Throwing it into the pot turned out to work very nicely.
Karl’s Apple Wild Rice Pilaf
I have done several variations of shepherd’s pie—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6. The traditional recipe calls for a stew covered in mashed potatoes. For this dish, I decided to try a break from tradition and—instead of mashing the potatoes—covered the stew with my mother’s parsley potatoes.
Karl’s Rustic Shepherd’s Pie
Daughter Miriam asked for tomato soup and melted cheese sandwiches for Sunday’s dinner. She was quite particular about what she wanted on the sandwiches—melted Gruyère cheese with fig spread and Japanese mayonnaise. She had recently had a Blue Apron order that combined these ingredients. I suggested that if she was going to have all that, that you should throw in some Dijon to top it all off—she agreed.
Karl’s Gruyère Melted Cheese Sandwiches for a Crowd
Rice pudding has become a comfort dessert in our house. When one of my girls has had a rough day they ask for rice pudding. Over the years, I have made many variations—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Karl’s Apple Butter Rice Pudding
My wife Jan has her college friends staying over the weekend. Her friends come with a long list of food restrictions—no wheat, rye, barley, tomatoes, citrus, or lactose—so it is quite the challenge. Vegetarian beans and hominy struck me as one solution to meet their needs.
Karl’s Pinto Beans and Hominy
Still making breakfasts for wife Jan’s college friends. The friend with a gluten allergy closes off my usual breakfast standbys of biscuits, waffles or pancakes. Oatmeal is an acceptable breakfast, but by itself it is a bit dreary.
Karl’s Apricot Oatmeal with Blueberries and Coconut