This sort of goes with an earlier discussion, but it seems that breakfast seems to be the man's meal of the day. It seems OK for men to cook pancakes, eggs, sausage, etc. I want to see what kind of manly breakfast recipes or traditions the Men in the Kitchen can come up with.
The following recipe came out from the diet my wife and I are one (I'm at 26 lbs in two months!) and watching the Food Network. They had one show where they have different FoodTV chefs talk about their favorites foods. The theme from this episode was breakfast and one chef had this crazy breakfast with bananas and eggs. I thought "We could do that!". So below is my version. I'm not giving amounts -- that part depends on how much you want to make!
hot salsa or hot sauce (not optional!)
Slice the bananas fairly thin, then chop the veggies fairly small. The beat the eggs (add a little milk if you want). I make this short-order style so having everything ready is important! I heat up a skillet, add a little oil, and throw in the veggies. Cook until they are almost done then make a space in the pan for the eggs (I usually make a line down the middle of the pan with the veggies). Pour in the eggs in one space and scramble them. When they are almost done, carefully put the banana slices on another space. When the eggs are done, move everything to one plate, and try to layer the eggs on the bottom, then the veggies, and the bananas on top. Put on your hot sauce or salsa on top and dig in!
The heat from the salsa mixes well with sweetness of the cooked bananas with a flavor sensation like no other. The veggies enhance the flavor and the eggs are the medium for all this. It's fairly easy, healthy, and manly
Although I consider myself to be a good cook, when it comes to breakfast I am fairly simple. I am currently training for the NYC Marathon. My breakfast consists primarily of a cup of oatmeal (not instant) and a half cup of granola. Follow it up about an hour later with either a piece of fruit or a lowfat yogurt...
Mike, you're spot on with that one mate. I like adding some Manuka or wild honey to it sometimes. Walnuts are great to through in there too. I like a hearty breakfast (not overdoing the calories tho) and don't like low-fat or sugar free anything.
Ahhh breakfast, for me it varies between cereal, oatmeal, or a piece of toast, but when i feel like getting fancy i usually go for a hearty scramble.
Thin shredded cheddar cheese (however much you prefer)
Onion (how ever much you like, personally for me about 1/4 of a medium onion)
Red bell pepper ( a little less then the onion)
tomato's ( a little less then the bell peppers)
couple slices of deli meat (preferably honey ham)
salt and pepper to taste
Add butter to a non stick skillet
and add onions and bell peppers
over medium high heat, cook until onions are lightly browned
add eggs to pan and scramble
add salt and pepper to taste
when eggs are done cooking remove heat
and add tomato's and deli ham
remove from skillet when ham is warm
and sprinkle cheese on top
and there you have it, extremely simple, and a pretty tasty breakfast
add some toast or if your like me, take out the tapatio hot sauce and warm up a couple tortillas.
if you can tell I'm not big on measurements, and i encourage that you add, remove, or replace anything on this recipe.
Improvise! To me cooking is about creating something that you and your friend and family can all enjoy together.
Here's the deal. I need protein in the morning. I'm talking bacon, sausage, ham, eggs or a combination there of. Keeps me thin, no pangs to deal with mid day, nice midwest farm food makes for a good life. Now I end up in Iceland and this stuff called skyr comes into my life. This strange yogurt like cheese with no fat and more protein than a can of tuna. It is like eating desert except it piles on the muscle like steak and eggs. Strongest men in the world are Icelanders. I had to search all over and the only place you can get it in the U.S. is whole foods. Now I have to go an hour and a half away to stock up. Its worth it but I need it to catch on in the mainstream grocers. Skyr is man food, find it and love it.
Here's the typical Australian Breaky which I enjoy:
1 beef sausage (full size, not the little breakfast ones in Canada or USA)
2-3 eggs (usually sunny side up, or easy-over)
2 slices of thick toast with butter or olive spread
1/2 tomato (fry it face down)
2-3 strips of bacon
I had this for the first time when I landed in Brisbane back in 2007. It's not really different, but has a unique twist I think. Also, the bacon over here is larger cut and not as salty as in Canada or the US. I like the saltier and smaller cut kind as I was raised on it!
I recently discovered how much better making hashbrowns from scratch can be. I had been eating those preshredded hash browns forever but changed it up and grated my own. Flavor was awesome, just made sure to squeeze the excess water out after I grated, added salt pepper and a little paprika, fried it up and good to go. These with some eggs and sausage and I'm ready for the day.
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