Check it out. It’s not breakfast this time.
Instead, I decided to go all out and make a dinner that was totally good wine worthy. It’s amazing how much time you have on your hands when the kids are away for a week.
When we went to Lina’s yesterday, I went a bit wild and bought some nummy deli meats, and cheeses, some basil, gnocci, and a loaf of crusty bread.
Tonight I decided to put some of that wholesome goodness to good use. I got out the last of the Smirnoff and made a vodka tomato cream sauce for the gnocci. And, then I sliced some chicken breasts and stuffed them with Brie and pesto (thanks Miss M for that great idea) and baked them until the pancetta that I wrapped them in was all crisp and the cheese was soft and bubbly. A few steamed broccoli tossed in some butter and truffle salt and a light green salad completed the meal.
I tell you, it was so good, I had to have TG remind me to take a picture before I ate it all.
And, now, I need to go knit a bit and do some serious digesting. Luckily, TG is taking care of the dishes tonight.
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I wrote a few weeks back about Sunday brunches being something important and special, here at chezDarts and this morning was no exception. The kids asked for French Toast, which in my opinion is generally a nasty business.
I don’t really have much of a sweet tooth. And, your traditional egg coated and syrup smothered bread lumps don’t do much for me. So, I decided to take a traditional french toast recipe and give it a bit of a twist.
Turns out, a little bit of work and a lot of fresh ingredients really go a long way to making a french toast that is tasty and rich (without being overly sweet) and these bread lumps were a hit with the kids, as well as the grown-ups.
I started with eggs and milk, but then I added real vanilla, some honey, a little salt, and, a little something extra – orange zest.
Then, just to top it off, because syrup is not my thing, I added a scoop of berry compote and some ricotta cheese mixed with honey and more orange zest.
Next weekend? Maybe some crepes. Maybe.
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