It's been a while since I last posted anything about food from my own kitchen, but last weekend, O.K. and I were here, and had all our meals at home.
On Saturday morning, we tried something new. O.K. had come across the idea on some social media channel or other (I really don't remember), and it a) seemed easy enough, b) looked and sounded delicious and c) I happened to have all the ingredients at home.
slices of soft, untoasted bread
strips of bacon
Cut the crust off the slices of bread and then flatten the slices with a rolling pin. I'll show you further down what I did with the cut-offs.
Grease as many cups of a muffins tin as you need and press one slice of flattened soft bread into each.
Put a strip of bacon into each bread "nest", try to shape it like a ring. Add bits of cheese. The original recipe was with hard, salty Italian cheese, such as Grana Padano or Parmiggiano, but I used Emmentaler and can imagine making this with any other type of cheese, really. And of course, instead of bacon, ham will do nicely, or neither, if you are vegetarian.
Last but not least, add one whole egg to each nest.
Put in the oven at 170-180 Celsius for maybe 15 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the eggs are done.
It should look more or less like this:
Put on plate, sprinkle dried (or fresh) oregano or other herbs on top, and enjoy!
It was nice to cut into the nest and taste the mix of still liquid enough egg, bacon, cheese and toasty bread. The nests would make a very nice touch on an Easter breakfast or brunch table, I think.
For our Sunday dinner, I made Pumpkin, the same way I have described here.The result looked almost the same - with the exception of what drink we had with it; no wine this time, as O.K. had to drive back home the same evening:
We did not manage to eat up the entire pumpkin, which meant I had the leftovers on Monday. I cut the pumpkin slices into smaller pieces, added a handful of boiled spuds and roasted it all in a pan - along with the cut-offs from Saturday morning's bread crusts, cut into small bits (croutons, the way you find on salads):
Usually, when I work at one of my clients' offices, I have lunch at their canteens, often with the clients themselves. But sometimes I find myself more or less left to my own devices, when my colleagues work elsewhere or are on holiday, and the clients are not there, either. This was the case on both Wednesday and Thursday this past week, and I took advantage of it by buying a sandwich at the canteen (and also getting dessert from there) and eating it on my own at my desk, interrupting work only for about 15 minutes.
The bread for the sandwiches is baked on site, and as you can see, they are really very filling. On Thursday, dessert consisted in a delicious mousse au chocolat with cherries.
Here you are, my food post for the next half year or so :-)