All posts tagged: breakfast

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Pancakes fill a special, special place in my heart. It’s soft, pillowy, much like the pillows I sleep on at night. Except better. Plus these ones carry extra flavors of lemon, ricotta, and blueberries. I’ve cooked traditional pancakes before, but ricotta pancakes make for an even softer, more moist and delicate texture. As for the blueberry compote, I had extra so I saved it to spread over toast the next morning. The trick to getting those web marks on pancake tops? Lots, and lots of butter. Oh, and best to eat these cake-style. Servings: 6 pancakes INGREDIENTS Pancakes 1 cup ricotta cheese 2 egg yolks ¾ cup milk ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons lemon zest 1 cup flour 1½ teaspoons baking powder Blueberry Compote 2 cups blueberries ½ cup sugar ½ cup water 1 tablespoon lemon juice  PREPARATION 1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, egg yolk, milk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Whisk until smooth, then add flour and baking powder. Mix this until fully combined. 2. In a separate …

Eggs with Spinach and Mushrooms

Eggs are easily my favorite everyday go-to protein food, especially on those days I have no time to put together a proper meal. While on a regular day I would do the usual scramble or boil, I’d been wanting to put my colorful ramekins to good use. This recipe is straightforward, versatile, and can be made with an endless choice of ingredients and served for any time of day. Even better, it requires no chopping! I used frozen spinach (so great to have on-hand) and with white button mushrooms, I easily broke them into chunks with my fingers. The rest is a matter of layering the mushroom, spinach, and eggs. Don’t forget to season with salt and pepper layer by layer. And to top it off, I used wax paper to cover the top surface to allow for steaming. We had this for last Sunday’s brunch for four and the only complaint I got was that I didn’t make enough. And my personal regret? Cheese. How did I not remember to put cheese? Servings: 4 …

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Nut Breakfast Treat

Rise and shine! I woke up on this beautiful, sunny morning and the second thing on my mind: breakfast. The first thing would be my sleep position, something I’ve been modifying over the last few days to test and see whether changing sleep direction would improve sleep quality. And indeed it has! So instead of laying normally straight in the middle of my bed, I’ve been slumping diagonally. And for some reason, I’ve been waking up feeling more and more refreshed. Not only that, I figured this method helps maximize my use of the bed space! Anyway, back to breakfast. Something hearty, something sweet. Something that doesn’t involve a pan or fire. Nothing worse than leaving bananas go black and icky. So I decided to enjoy them before they do (and more importantly, before my brother gets to them). Naturally, peanut butter made the number one most deserving company to my sweet bananas, and as proven by the domino effect, as did chocolate sprinkles and chopped nuts! The first thing I did was to melt the …

Healthy Breakfast Parfait

Parfait, meaning perfect in French, is originally a frozen dessert that dates back to as early as the 1800s. And although some of us enjoy dessert for breakfast (I know I eat chocolate cake for breakfast sometimes – if it’s there, you gotta eat it), our version of a parfait consists of milk, yogurt, fruit, oatmeal, granola, and optionally, peanut butter and chocolate sprinkles. A perfectly healthy breakfast food. Peanut butter? We’ll just say it’s healthy for its protein. Chocolate sprinkles? It’s dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is healthy, right? The key to this parfait is to make it the night or two nights before so the granola and oatmeal have had a chance to soak in the milk, allowing you to enjoy it soft the next morning. The other steps involve basically layering the different ingredients in medium-sized jars and then storing in the fridge overnight. This recipe is a no-brainer and takes no time at all (except for the part where your patience is tested overnight). Let’s get started! Fruits – I’m using some …

Baconerie: Praise the Lord, Bacon Be Thy Name

Praise the Lord. It is Christmas season after all. Bacon Be Thy Name. Christmas. Bacon. Christmas and Bacon. Why not? Bacon goes with Christmas. Bacon goes with everything! And what say we but Amen to this neighborhood café dedicated to everyone’s favorite protein? Baconerie, despite being the new kid on the block, has quickly become a favorite of many. Especially hunters and seekers of pork. And then the rest of the bacon-loving world population. Am I being presumptuous saying that everyone loves bacon? Perhaps. But you know I’m right. Hosted within The Grove @ Kemang, right by Moe’s Place, Baconerie serves all-day breakfast grub including coffee, scones, cookies, cinnamon buns, pretzels, and sandwiches and burgers, within which their bits of bacon are incorporated. On a Saturday noon, the place was bustling with locals and expats, diners you can tell are morning people. The atmosphere is casual, so feel free to come in your flip flops and last night’s t-shirt (and hair). We kicked off our late brunch with a bite of the chocolate orange scone and a sip of lemonade. …

Breakfast Scones for Christmas Morning!

I like it simple. I go for the basics. Unless we’re talking about cable subscription. But with food recipes, even though I enjoy experimenting with crazy blends (consequently, making more mess than I like to admit and frequently coming up with unearthly, at times edible food), I try to keep things stress-free in the kitchen. When I’m done having a crack at the kiwi coulis-topped mandarin meringue and whatnot, I’m all about regrouping, and revisiting no-nonsense recipes I can always count on. Like this scone recipe, for example. A quick and easy recipe you can whip up in under 30 minutes. Scones are surprisingly very straightforward and simple to make. Want to try your hand at scones? Play around with this basic recipe! I used raisins for extra flavor and color, but you can always substitute them with blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, and of course, chocolate chips (my first choice, except I could only find raisins in my pantry – but they turned out wonderful!). Scones can be the perfect treat for this holiday, especially that Christmas …

Mango Green Smoothie

One of my favorite things to do in the morning is make a smoothie. In fact, it is also one of my must-have breakfast items! Usually, I’d make a fruit smoothie consisting of some frozen fruits, yogurt, and honey. But since I am sure I don’t consume enough veggies, I decided to infuse my smoothie with some so I know I am at least consuming some greens in a day. For this recipe, I’m using Popeye’s favorite: green spinach. I came up with this recipe one morning when I was out of bread, out of cereal, and out of eggs. What I had on hand was some leftover baby spinach and frozen mangoes and bananas. So I decided to whip them up together. What resulted was a sweet, creamy, and of course healthy drink to fill me up! The great part about it? No precise measuring or fancy technique required! All you’re going to need are some spinach, frozen fruits (here I use a combination of banana dan mango), plain yogurt, iced water, and a dash of …

Homemade Chocolate Almond Butter Recipe

Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Well, I guess some people don’t. Well, guess what? That’s just wrong! What did peanut butter ever do to you that you could not like it? Peanut butter is seriously one of THE best foods in the world (for me, at least). It is literally a lifesaver. Have you seen the news where the one main thing people store in case of emergency or disaster is peanut butter? I’m serious. That’s because it’s full of protein and fat, so it fills you up. It’s also versatile – great on bread, with jelly, with apples and bananas, shakes, as a sauce, and even as is (as is meaning take your biggest spoon that’ll fit into a peanut butter jar, scoop, and eat). Although peanut butter is a delish tank-filler, I don’t know that the household blue-capped Skippy kind is actually healthy. It’s probably not. So I decided to try to make my own. But with almonds instead. And chocolate. Dark chocolate. I figured without all the other “extras” they put into …

Le Café Gourmand

I know I’m a little late on the train to Le Café Gourmand, despite having passed by it countless times. This Saturday morning I finally decided to temporarily brush aside my qualms about cute, fancy places. The first thing that surprised me was the size of the café. Somehow I always pictured it to be bigger and with more seating capacity. What caught my eye next were the art-filled walls illustrating a busy restaurant/bistro with bartenders and saxophonists diligently doing their thing. The ambience was calming and pleasant, garnished with bright hues here and there. But the interior aside, does the food hold up? We shall see. Matcha Latte (Iced/Hot) | 40K Japanese green tea made with shade-grown tea leaves. Rose Cronut Even though a cronut is both a donut and croissant, this rose flavored one passes for neither. The problem? Dryness and lack of flakiness. Sad tale. Croque Madame | 65K Smoked beef and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg, served with a spinach salad and fries. To be frank and blunt, many homemade sandwiches fare much much better than …

Colby’s Farm: Enjoy Milk the Nut(s) Way

I love milk. I love milk with cereal. Love it with biscuits. Love it with oreos. Love it most with soft-baked chocolate chip cookies (the next best part is drinking the chocolate-stained milk down to the very last drop). Excuse my mental eating. But hey, I love milk as is too, hot or cold. A glass of milk can do wonders including helping you to sleep better, alleviating a hangover, taming an upset stomach, and filling you up good and easy. In recent years, milk, along with other dairy products, has gained a bad rep with illnesses, predominantly breast cancer pointing its finger at the supposed bad guy (although of course most everything in medical science and in the world is debatable). Here’s when the “new and improved” hero steps in. Brother from another mother, sister from another father, call it what you may, nut milk has gained a lot of popularity and made its way into the hearts and bellies of milk lovers all over. You already know I love milk. So when Colby’s …