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This past week, there have a lot of late nights in our family. Spring is in full gear with all the kids’ activities and we are still trying to settle into a routine (although I’m not sure we’ll ever get into one). I am a night owl, not a morning person (just ask my husband), so mornings have been especially tough for me as I’ve been rolling into bed around midnight each night. My day starts at 6:15AM when I make breakfast for the two older boys and pack lunches, before heading out the door to drop the boys off. Breakfast has been quite boring for the two older boys since I’m barely awake, typically consisting simply of a bowl of oatmeal, a banana and a glass of orange juice.
However, by the time my youngest son wakes up and gets ready for school at 8AM, I’ve had a cup of coffee, and caught up on emails, so I’m wide awake and a little more creative when preparing his breakfast. Some days, I’ll reheat some vegetarian refried beans and top it with a poached egg, salsa and hot sauce; on another day, I might just layer sardines, avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice and some fresh ground pepper on a piece of gluten-free toast. I also make yogurt parfaits with berries and granola. These are all quick and easy to make, but even easier when I’m more awake.
The other day, I asked my Facebook friends what they preferred for breakfast, something savory or sweet. I was surprised to find that eight out of ten of the people who responded chose something savory. I actually prefer savory breakfast foods to sweet too.
This week, I came across a simple idea for breakfast by Nigella Lawson – Breakfast Bruschetta topped with tomatoes and avocados. While serving bruschetta for breakfast sounded a bit odd at first, I decided to give it a whirl. Bruschetta is one of my kids’ favorite appetizer or afternoon snack in the summer. This recipe idea was also the perfect way to use up some gluten-free bread ends (an expendable edible) that I had saved in my freezer.
I made a few tomato bruschetta, a few avocado bruschetta, and one tomatoes and avocado bruschetta. I wasn’t sure how my little guy would react to the idea of bruschetta for breakfast, but was pleasantly surprised when he critiqued it. “I like how it tastes sweet and salty.” I think we might just have an up and coming food critic in my house.
Today, a group of bloggers is celebrating Nigella Lawson, one of the Top 50 Women Game Changers In Food. Nigella Lawson is an English food writer, journalist and broadcaster, known for her casual approach to cooking. Though not formally trained, she managed to write a best selling cookbook in 1998, How To Eat, and went on to write seven more cookbooks, including How To Be A Domestic Goddesss, which won the British Book Award for Author of the Year in 2000. Nigella has hosted a cooking show series called Nigella Bites in the U.K., Nigella Feasts on Food Network in the U.S., and additional TV cooking series in the U.K. Her Nigella Feasts, Nigella Express and Nigella Kitchen series are currently showing on The Cooking Channel in the US. She is in the process of writing a new cookbook, Nigellissima, which will have a distinctively Italian inspiration.
As Nigella notes when it comes to Breakfast Bruschetta, “Something that is served from California to Tuscany as an evening savory or appetizer may not seem an obvious choice for breakfast, but I say: Think again. This is quick to make, absurdly easy in fact. The strange thing is that it is as easy to eat, even first thing. I can wolf this stuff down.” So true.
For more breakfast inspiration, check out my Start The Day Off Right Pinterest Board.
If you’re interested in joining our group as we cook our way through this list of 50 influential women in food, just ask Mary from One Perfect Bite. Please stop by and take a look at what the rest of the group made this week in celebration of April Bloomfield:
Annie from Most Lovely Things
Linda from There and Back Again
Val from More Than Burnt Toast
Taryn from Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan from The Spice Garden
Heather from girlichef
Miranda from Mangoes and Chutney
Mary from One Perfect Bite
Sue from The View from The Great Island
Barbara from Movable Feasts
Nancy from Picadillo
Kathleen from Bake Away With Me
Veronica from My Catholic Kitchen
Mireya of My Healthy Eating Habits
Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook
Alyce – More Time at the Table
Amrita – Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades
Martha - Simple Nourished Living
Jill – Saucy Cooks
Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink