It’s hard to believe Labor Day weekend is already here. Fall will be coming soon and thoughts of hosting a tea party are on my mind. I would really like to change up my standing menu by changing the tea sandwiches and lightening up my quiche. I thought different fillings on top of crostini would offer a nice change. Egg salad is one of my favorite sandwich fillings so I want to start with that. Instead of the plain mayonnaise I added a little Dijon mustard, fresh lemon juice, fresh chopped chives and salt and pepper. Because I’m a bacon lover I fried up some bacon to add a little something extra. The seeds on the baguette work nicely, adding flavor that works well with the egg and bacon. These little egg crostini turned out delicious and look elegant on the plate. Just what I was envisioning. I will be working on a tuna and chicken salad crostini next. I would also like to lighten up my quiche. My favorite quiche is loaded with three different cheeses. It is delicious but a bit on the heavy side. I’m going for a classic French quiche in which the filling has a delicate custard and crisp diced ham. I love that it’s a light bite and oh so delicious. I’m still struggling with the tart crust. I need to find the perfect dough. My dough turned out a bite gummy. However the filling taste just right. So please don’t judge my crust just yet! It’s a work in progress. I will post my final result soon. But here’s a sneak peak at my French quiche.
Egg Salad crostini:
4 Tablespoons of mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon of Dijon mustard
3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1-2 Tablespoons fresh chopped chives, or green onion
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly cracked pepper, to taste
French baguette, seeded or plain, toasted
Boil the eggs and cook the bacon till it’s crispy. Prepare the mayonnaise dressing. In a small bowl add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, chives or green onion, and salt and pepper to taste and stir to mix well. Chop the eggs and add the mayonnaise dressing over the eggs and gently blend together. Reserve just a small amount of the mayonnaise dressing to spread on your crostini.Toast your baguette rounds in a 400 degree oven for 8-10 minutes till golden brown. Lightly spread the crostini with the mayonnaise dressing place a piece of the bacon on each crostini and top and put a dollop of the egg salad on top.
I was watching a cooking show a few days ago on the cooking channel. The host was making delicious sandwiches with French baguette. I found myself day dreaming of a favorite outing with my children. When we lived in England we would go into town on the weekend. Our destination was the High Street in Reading. There was a lovely coffee shop that sold scrambled eggs and bacon in a French baguette. The baguette was lightly toasted and spread with soft butter. Then freshly scrambled eggs and bacon were stuffed inside. The tasty sandwich was wrapped in parchment so you could manage to eat and walk around the High Street and window shop. My children loved this sandwich with the exception of my youngest son. Timothy was not a fan of eggs but he loved bacon. His sandwich was buttered and stuffed with just bacon. I still make it with just bacon for him to this day.
A few years ago my husband and I got away for a little trip to Lewis, Delaware. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast. It was a large old house and the new owners renovated the house from top to bottom. We ate our breakfast on the enclosed front porch. Very romantic! The breakfast we were served the first morning was southwestern scrambled eggs. It was so delicious I had to recreate it at home. I was feeling inspired so I came up with and Italian scramble as well. I call these lazy weekend scrambles. They do take a little extra time but these delicious eggs are worth it.The only thing you need to know about scrambling eggs is they are a protein and need to cook slowly so they don’t turnout like rubber.
4 large eggs (organic preferred)
1-2 tablespoon of whole milk or goat milk
1 tablespoon green onion
4 tablespoon fresh corn, or frozen defrosted, cooked
3-4 tablespoon red pepper, diced
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
Kosher salt, to taste
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
2 slices avocado
Blue corn chips
Chop the green onion, and red pepper. In a nonstick pan add olive oil and butter over medium heat, add diced red pepper cook 3-5 minutes, add the corn cook 1-2 minutes add green onion. In a bowl crack the two eggs and lightly beat with a fork, add the milk and lightly beat with the fork again. Add eggs, salt and pepper to the mixture. Slowly stir the eggs with a wooden spoon just till they are set. Remove from heat. Serve eggs with two slices of avocado. Serve with a small amount of salsa and a few Blue corn chips.
3 tomatoes, chopped
½ cup red onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
Juice of ½ a lime
3 tablespoons cilantro, rough chop
Place all ingredients into a blender of choice. Lightly blend to mix ingredients. Pour into a bowl chill at least 1 hour 4 hours is best.
4 large eggs, (organic preferred)
1 tablespoon whole milk or goat milk
2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
3-4 tablespoon sweet or mild Italian sausage, remove from casing and break into pieces
3-4 tablespoon red pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 -2 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
Put olive in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add sausage, chopped onion, and the red peppers. Crack the two eggs into a bowl lightly beat with a fork, add the milk then lightly beat again with the fork. Add the eggs into the mixture add salt and pepper. Slowly stir eggs with a wooden spoon just till they are set. Add the fresh basil, lightly stir then add Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat. Serve with warmed baguette and butter.
In the past few years I have grown to love fresh baby spinach. I love to saute it in a little olive oil and add it to my eggs. I picked up a large container of spinach the other day for a quiche I still need to make. I’m hungry for a hearty breakfast this morning so I’m adding it to my scrambled eggs. I am always amazed at the amount of spinach I start out with in the pan and whats left after I saute. The eggs look so healthy and I already have one of my veggies in for the day. I added a good handful of cheddar cheese. I love the flavors together. I suppose I’ll need to get busy on that quiche today as well. I don’t want to waste any of this healthy and delicious vegetable.
Saute the spinach in a little olive oil.
Add 4 eggs whisked with 1 tablespoon of milk. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook on a medium low gas. Gently stir the eggs until they are cooked through. Add a handful of cheddar or your favorite cheese.Sever with your favorite bread.
On Sunday morning’s when I was a little girl two things almost always happened. My dad would get up and go down the street to the local little corner store and purchase Kaiser rolls. On his return home the frying pan would heat on the stove and a pound of bacon would hit the hot pan. Dad would take a fork and pull apart the bacon so it evenly cooked. He then removed the bacon and would start cooking the eggs in the bacon fat. I don’t ever really eat my eggs this way but I will tell you they were delicious. I loved watching him scoop the fat over the eggs till they were perfectly done. The yolk was just right not to runny not too hard. My dad’s name was Harold Cline. Loving husband to Jane cline and world’s greatest Dad to seven children. The second thing that happened on Sunday mornings after breakfast Dad would start to get ready for church which included shaving with a brush, cream and a real razor. I used to watch him and at the end he would put a dab of the shaving cream on my nose. Then he would put on a suit and tie, we would all then be getting ready to go to the Methodist church in the little town of Union Beach where I grew up. My Dad’s birthday was in March and I was thinking of him this morning. I decided since it was a day off I would treat my son Tim to bacon and eggs the way his Granddad used to make and tell him a few old stories of days gone by.