Bacon & Egg Toast Cups

Wow! I feel like I made these in another life time. It was about a month that I made these, one morning I woke up and remembered seeing these on Foodgawker, so I made them.

They were quick, and yummy. Not something I would make often because it is a lot of work for bacon, eggs, and toast, but it was a nice little treat. If you are hosting a brunch they would be a great idea for how to wow your guests with something everyone will enjoy.

Bacon & Eggs in Toast Cups

Prep Time: 7 mins | Cook Time: 12 mins | Servings: 6 cups | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with butter non-stick spray.

2. Using a cookie cutter, cut circles out of bread slices about 3 inches in diameter. (I confess I do not have a cookie cutter so I use the lid to my tub of orzo pasta and just cut around the edges ;D)

3. Take bread circles and press them into the muffin pan, set aside.

4. Heat a large skillet on medium-high. Cook bacon on the skillet until partially cooked but still pliable, about 3 minutes.

5. Shape bacon strips into the toast cups, fill with 1 Tbs of shredded cheese. Place in the oven for 5 minutes, allowing the bacon to toast just a little more. Remove from oven.

6. Crack your egg and separate out most of the egg white. Drop eggs into the cups, sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Place back in the oven and cook until white begins to set, about another 8 – 10 minutes. The yolk should be creamy.

7. Remove from oven when done and pop out using a spoon, serve warm.
Source: http://thenoshery.com/2009/03/29/a-two-bite-breakfast/

Now the best thing about this post, is that I have finally found an easy way to copy recipes onto the blog without having to type it all out again. I use an IPad app called Paprika, it is fantastic. I should have figured this out before, but you can email recipes from Paprika, which is how Chris’s mom and I exchange recipes, and so in order to put recipes in my blog all I have to do is email them to myself and copy/paste them here. UGH. I can’t believe this took me so long to figure out.

It’s one of those things that takes one second to figure out, but you never really think about so you don’t realize it until a time like now when it is embarassing that you’ve waited so long to figure it out. Like when you were younger and realized how a Lava lamp works…. Yepp, one of those moments.

 

Well, while the bacon, egg, and toast cups were a nice little treat. The ‘Beef and Mushroom Burgers’ we had the next night were not.

I would give the Beef and Mushroom Burgers a 4 of 10 star rating.  They were rather bland, or so I found. Chris liked them more than I did, but he said they were nothing he would make again. Nice to try but nothing worth raving over.

Beef and Mushroom Cheeseburgers

Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 10 mins | Servings: 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 8 cremini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 lb (454 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (500 mL) baby arugula
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 whole grain kaiser rolls, halved and toasted

Directions:

In food processor, finely chop mushrooms with onion; scrape into large bowl.

Add beef, thyme, mustard, salt, and black and cayenne peppers; mix until combined. Shape into four 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick patties.

Place on greased grill or in grill pan over medium-high heat; close lid and cook, turning once, until digital rapid-read thermometer inserted sideways into centre of each reads 160°F (71°C), 10 to 12 minutes.

Top each patty with cheese. Sandwich with arugula and tomatoes in rolls.

Nutritional Info:

Nutritional Info Per serving: about – cal 451 pro 36 g total fat 18 g sat. fat 8 g carb 39 g fibre 7 g chol 82 mg sodium 780 mg potassium 914 mg % RDI: – calcium 25 iron 33 vit A 18 vit C 22 folate

Source: http://www.canadianliving.com/food/quick_and_easy/beef_and_mushroom_cheeseburgers.php

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Peanut Butter & Jelly…. COOKIES!

I read about these cookies a long time ago in a magazine issue of People (I think??) the one with Eva Longoria on it, about her cookbook. Anyway, there was an article in it where these cookies were shown and I fell in love with them… It just took me a long time to actually make them.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies:

Preheat oven to 375F. Form your peanut butter dough into 1 inche balls, and place on baking pan, flatten slightly. When all the balls have been slightly flattened, sprinkle them with the sugar. Bake for 7 minutes, then working quickly, remove the pan from the oven, and use the back of the 1/4 Tbsp measure press into each cookie leaving a dent in the middle of the cookie. Then use the 1/4 measure to spoon jam into each dent. Place the tray back into the oven and continue to bake for 7 more minutes. Remove from oven and move to a cooling rack.

Be careful about eating the cookies right out of the oven, the jam is like liquid LAVA. But so, so, so yummy. I made them with crunchy peanut butter, Omnomnomnom. A definte make again.

Oh, and earlier that day I decided to do a little food art- Yepp, I am a loser like that =D

I called him Octo-Naner. Ahahahhahaha!

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

        Alright, so, what feels like forever ago Chris and I had Buffalo Chicken Burgers for dinner. We used pre-breaded chicken filet thingy’s from Janes and Dipped them in our favorite Hot Sauce. We didn’t invent the hot sauce, but we use it all the time.

How to make the hot sauce:

  • Butter
  • Hot Sauce, about 1.5X the amount of butter (We like it hot so we use a little more than that)
  • White Vinegar, just a splash

Melt butter, mix in hot sauce and white vinegar. Easy as pie.

It was a pretty easy main for dinner that night, so to dress it up a little I mixed together a Strawberry Spinach Salad with a homemade Poppyseed Dressing.

The poppyseed dressing was really yummy. Here is the recipe, I’m not sure where it comes from, I got it from Chris’s mom.

Poppyseed Dressing for Strawberry Spinach Salad:

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Onion, grated
  • 1/2 Tsp Dry Mustard
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Poppyseeds

Combine sugar & vinegar in a small saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add grated onions, mustard & salt. Whisk in oil until well blended, then stir in poppy seeds. Pour dressing in a jar, cover & refrigerate until ready to use. Add about 1/3 dressing to salad. Excellent when chilled for about an hour.

The Salad was great and light on the side of the spicy Buffalo Chicken Burgers.

Greek Food!

Food from my trip to Greece ❤

There are a lot of pictures in this post, about 30… yeah, it took forever to upload. This is not everything I ate, just an idea. The greek food I had while Island hoping in Greece was DELICIOUS!! (After about a week of nothing but Greek food, I did crave food that was more normal to my usual diet, but still… delicious)

 

So, this is the first thing I had in Greece, a smoothie at the airport. The problem was that neither Chris nor I could figure out the other flavours, so we had to get the one with the picture on the front 🙂

Alright, well, fresh squeezed orange juice. Yummy, yummy yummy. It is also EXPENSIVE. The waiter asked if I wanted Orange Juice with my breakfast so I said yes, and he brought fresh OJ… then when the chit came, it was €5. €5!! That’s about $8 for a glass of juice!! A glass of wine was €5 and I paid the same for a glass of OJ. Let’s just say, I did not make that mistake again, and will not fall for it in future trips.

The first of many crepes. I never knew that the Greek’s LOVED Nutella so much. I mean, it was everywhere. I had a lot of crepe over the two weeks I was in Greece for.

A traditional greek salad. This was Chris’s. I do not like tomato or olives… or in this one’s case, capers. So, whenever I had a greek salad while we were there I shared it with Chris (and left him all the tomatoes)!

When Chris had that greek salad, I had this fruit salad ^^. How adorable right? I was not ecpecting this fancy deliciousness when I ordered a fruit salad, it was a nice surprise. And so refreshing on the beach.

Alright, so this is a hot dog… just a normal old hot dog in bun with ketchup and mustard. But, instead of slicing the bun open, they stick it on a metal pole kind of thing then squirt the ketchup and mustard in, then slide the hot dog in. I have NEVER seen hot dogs made this way, I think it is so cool! No ketchup sloping onto your clothing, it is next level hot dog skills.

Chris’s Greek Omelette- all the fixings of a greek salad in breakfast form.

Turkey Sammig. Yupp, not much more I can say about that.

 

Fresh made Baklava from a tiny little shop in Mykonos. We enjoyed this sitting at a little table outside the shop, while the shop dog watched us eat. Apparently dogs wandering around is normal for Greece, I felt kinda bad for the little guy.

More crepe, yummynummynummnumm.

Gyros Pizza. Pizza with gyros meat on it. Oh, I did have regular Gyros but I forgot to upload pictures of them.

Chris had a full breakfast, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, tomato. The sausage was a little different than the sausages we usually have, but it was good.

Gyros Meat- at first I found this very cool and intriguing. By the end of the trip, however, I couldn’t look at these because I was so grossed out by the fat seeping down the meat. Blah.

Sauce for bread with dinner- I am not sure what it’s called but it’s made wit hcaviar and is the same colour as Pepto Bismol. This night was not a good night for me, it was our first night in Santorini and had a late dinner with the group, and we went to a balcony style restraunt (which most restraunts are in Santorini) and not being able to see in front of me because it was dark out and there was nothing in front of us (just sky and sea) but blackness, which made me feel sick to my stomach. But Chris had a good dinner.

The next night Chris and I went for a sunset dinner along the Caldera, since it was lighter out I felt a lot better. This was our appetizer, Saganaki. Saganaki ended up being my favorite food on the trip.

For our romantic dinner ,Chris had a chicken dish with a cream and mushroom sauce. Very very yummy.

I had Carbonara- for some reason I craved pasta for pretty much the entire trip.

And for dessert Creme Brulee. My favorite dessert, watching the sunset in beautiful Santorini, with my handsome man… Yepp, pretty good life just then.

Toast- a sandwich which has been toasted, like a griled cheese with extra fillings.

A Super Burger. A really long bun with a hamburger sliced in half and placed along it, regular burger toppings, bacon, and egg. Chris was expecting a fried egg on it (as was I) and when it came it was a hard boiled egg sliced up. Kind of a disapointment, but oh well- apparently it was still enjoyable.

More crepes 🙂

And more….

And another crepe.

 

And Chris and a waffle, instead of a crepe. The reason we went to the crepe place so much was because they had one of the best internet connections of the trip 🙂 and you could go on for as long as you wanted while at the restraunt.

Alright, well, booberella I know, But the picture is supossed to be about the chip bag. Greek Salt and Vinegar.

I told you the Greeks love their Nutella. So do I though, so I loved every second of it.

MCDONALDS! Thank goodness. I really needed some food I knew and loved. In Greece they put the drinks in the bag with the food- SO COOL!

And Finally- a menu in all greek. It wasn’t until we got to Loutsa that we got a menu that was in Greek. There had been greek on all the menus we had, but this one had no English, it was pretty cool… But I had no idea how to order, teehee.

 

Alright, well, that is some of the food from Chris and I’s trip to Greece. We had a great time travelling through Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, and Loutsa/Athens… and I definatly want to go back to Greece, mostly Santorini again in the future, but first I have a bunch of other places to check off before heading back. 🙂

 

 

June Cooking

 

Okay. I suck at blogging. Hopefully now that my trip is out of the way I can catch up and get back to normal. But, this post is not about my trip (which was AWESOME), that will come later.

This post is about all the meals I made in June so that I can catch up a bit.

 

So this ^^ is a low fat Alfredo dish that I got from a Food Network magazine, google it. I didn’t like it very much, it was too thick and pasty in my mouth, but that can be easily fixed… If I make it again I will add some more liquid to make it a bit creamier.

Turkey Quinoa Chili, I think I have posted about this before. It’s SO SO yummy. I hate beans so I eat around them, but other than that, I love this chili- such a rich flavour.

Curry Beef Stir-Fry.. I did NOT like it… at all! I think I might have done something wrong, but I can’t figure out what. It was bland, just gross. I got the recipe from Canadian Living, which usually means it will be delicious, but this one just didn’t work for me.

Darth Taters. Eat, Shrink, and Be Merry. Anything from that book it bound to be good. Chris’s Aunt made these when we went to dinner May long weekend… and we fell in love with them so when we had company we made them.

To go with the Darth Taters, we made Katie Lee’s Logan County Hamburgers: Think grilled cheese making the woo-hoo with hamburgers. Yepp, that good.

These did not work. They were on my list of things to do this summer, and they did not work 😦
They are supossed to be Turtle Feudge Chocolate Chip cookies… but they are smushy mud puddle cookies. As Chris just referred to them: “The Suck Cookies”

Chicken Fajita Lettuce Wraps, from 200 under 200. Love that cookbook. Healthy version of Fajitas, how can you not love them. Cucumber Salad from Canadian Living, restored faith in the fact that Canadian Living does not indeed suck ass.

Teriyaki Pork Chops, I made the sauce myself 🙂 Got the recipe from Healthy College Cookbook.

Yummynummy.

Superby Herby Sauce Exposed Pizza’s from 200 under 200. A light dinner for a hot day 🙂 Served with Raspberry Poppyseed Salad.

Sweet Chili Thai Chicken…. Just chicken breasts covered and cooked in a sweet chili thai sauce. Easy, Quick, Yummy…. nummy.

 

 

Oh thank goodness that is all out of the way. Now, I can go make todays dinner 🙂 ❤