The bagel that grew into breakfast overnight

So there’s this bagel Santa who keeps us supplied with all sorts of wonderful bagels, I used to beg him for bread instead of just bagels but he’d already decided that bagels are what I need. Shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth I suppose. I’ve never met a horse bearing gifts but in the spirit of not jinxing a good thing I stopped asking for bread and embraced the bagels. I piled them into the freezer instead of turning around and giving them away, like I used to.

Come Saturday night  I realized it was almost Sunday morning as we got ready to turn in so I officially nixed our normally filling Sunday breakfasts and announced that we’re having a quick bagel and coffee for breakfast. Sammie being Sammie insisted on asking me what kind? Of course I didn’t know or care what kind so my response was appropriately unprintable. Undeterred he plodded back to the kitchen to rifle through the freezer and call out what he found, so I tiredly agreed on the sun-dried tomato bagels. My dreams featured more than the usual number of dancing bagels and tomatoes that night, I woke up in a very bagel-ed and tomato-ey state of mind. The upside was that I managed to chase one of my dreams into the kitchen and trap it in a skillet, so instead of just coffee and bagels we had a pretty satisfying breakfast after all.

Prep time: 5 min | Total time: 30 min | Servings: 2

The Bagel that Grew into Breakfast

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Start-the-Weekend-Right Pan Fried Rainbow Trout

Would I love to wake up to a meal that looks like this every day of the week! But that’s not going to happen any time soon, I barely have time to crack an egg on week day mornings. Plus, I’m not really a morning person. But weekends are a whole different plate of fish. One has to do weekend breakfasts right. Right?

Sammie likes fish for breakfast and I’m not exactly from a wake-up-to-kippers part of the world, the British influence had its limits. It took me a minute to get used to the idea of fish for breakfast and I rather enjoy it now. Oily fish that taste and smell a bit too fishy were out for breakfast. So we finally settled on rainbow trout as the perfect breakfast fish for us. This skillet fried trout should be just as good for a quick weeknight dinner with robust  vegetable sides and maybe a little buttery sauce for the fish.

Prep:  20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes  | Servings: 2

Fried Trout (by Jay)

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Sunday Morning Movies and Egg in Toast

About 10 maybe 12 years ago, on a bright Sunday morning in what was then a pretty little (not yet overcrowded) metropolis  called Bangalore, I nursed my morning coffee and settled down to watch a movie on the telly. Dad was in his favorite seat reading the papers, periodically peering at the TV over the top of the papers and the top of his glasses, that’s how I still envision him in nostalgic moments. I had just found Moonstruck, a movie I was going to fall in love with and a movie that introduced me to what has turned into one of my favorite breakfasts. There is scene where one of my favorite actresses, the brilliant Olympia Dukakis, is whipping up breakfast for her daughter played by Cher, she did this thing where she cooked her eggs IN the bread. Dad, turned to look at me and I knew exactly what he was thinking. I was in the kitchen during the next commercial break and that was the first of many times would eat egg in toast.

This is one of those deceptively simple-to-cook eats that turns out to be surprisingly delicious.

Prep time: 10 min | Total time:  20 min| Servings: 2

Egg in Toast with Bell Peppers, Onion and Bacon (Jay)

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