Perfect Eggs Benedict For Two

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Perfect Eggs Benedict

Perfect Eggs Benedict

I just have to let you know, that you’re lucky to see a photo for this recipe. I hadn’t planned on blogging this breakfast, but these eggs were so perfectly delicious, that keeping them all to myself just seemed selfish. My boyfriend and I were enjoying a lazy Sunday morning, when I decided to treat him to eggs benedict, his favourite. I based my eggs benny off of Gordon Ramsay’s recipe, but I modified my ingredients for two people and created some shortcuts. The secret to hollandaise sauce is to watch the heat when you’re whisking the egg yolks – less is more – and to whisk those yolks as if your life depended on it, particularly when adding the butter. The result: soft poached eggs topped with a light, creamy, buttery hollandaise sauce, sitting on top of some crunchy bacon and a toasted whole wheat English muffin. We had breakfast on the balcony, enjoying the warm summer morning and sipping strong espressos. Perfect moments like these are what life is all about!

Perfect Eggs Benedict For Two

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Perfect Eggs Benedict For Two

Ingredients

  • 1 package of thick, smoked bacon
  • 4 large free range eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 85 grams unsalted butter
  • ½ tablespoon peppercorns
  • splash of lemon juice
  • two whole wheat English muffins
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet on high heat, lying 8 strips of thick smoked bacon flat around the pan.
  2. Once the bacon begins to sizzle, turn down to medium high. Rotate the bacon around the pan so that they brown evenly. Turn down the heat to medium low once enough bacon fat gathers, and rotate the bacon in the fat until the edges are crisp.
  3. Remove from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towel, blotting the excess fat, then covering to keep warm.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the vinegar, and peppercorns in a small saucepan until reduced to half. Strain and reserve to the side.
  5. Using a microwave, melt butter in a small bowl in 30 second intervals until melted. Crack two eggs into a coffee cup and set aside. Separate two egg yolks into a small heatproof bowl and set aside. Slice the English muffins and place them in the toaster, ready to go.
  6. In a medium saucepan, boil 4 cups of water and two tablespoons of the reduced vinegar.
  7. With the end of a straining spoon swirl the vinegar water briskly to form a vortex and slide in the eggs so that the eggs stay together when cooked. Set a timer for 3 minutes.
  8. Working quickly, add one and half teaspoons of the reduced vinegar to the egg yolks and whisk very briskly while holding the bowl closely over the boiling water cooking the poached egg. Beat vigorously until the mixture is light and foamy, making sure it doesn’t get too hot otherwise the yolks will cook. To prevent the sauce from overheating, take it on and off the heat numerous times while you whisk.
  9. After three minutes, quickly remove the poached eggs with a slotted spoon – this works best if someone can help you so that you can keep whisking the egg yolks. Crack two more eggs into a small cup, make a vortex, slide the eggs into the boiling water and set the timer for another three minutes.
  10. Place the heatproof bowl with the yolks back over the boiling water and slowly pour in half of the melted butter, whisking vigorously, and continually taking the bowl on and off the heat. Pour in the last of the butter and a splash of lemon juice, and keep whisking vigorously over the heat until the mixture is thick and creamy. Remove the second batch of poached eggs with a slotted spoon after three minutes.
  11. Lightly toast the English muffins and warm up the bacon in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  12. Assemble your eggs benedict. Lay two halves of bacon on each slice of the English muffin. Using the slotted spoon, drain the poached eggs and place on top of the bacon. Pour the hollandaise sauce over the eggs and top with some freshly ground pepper. Serve with additional bacon.
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Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

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Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Each week begins with such promise. I wake up on time, have a relaxing shower, blow dry my hair into a half decent style, make my breakfast smoothie while watching the morning news, and remember to take my vitamins. By the end of the week, after one too many late nights (“just one more drink!” “one more blog post!” “one more episode of Orange Is The New Black!”) my morning routine ends up spiraling into a disaster.   In my sleepy, snooze button-happy state I end up convincing myself of the bare minimum morning necessities (“I didn’t sweat too much yesterday, who needs a shower!” “I’ll do my makeup in the elevator, that will save 10 minutes!”).  When I run the risk of skipping breakfast, overnight oats are my back up plan. Healthy, filling and portable, overnight oats are the morning procrastinator’s dream. I bought this handy jar from the Dollar Store, the size is the perfect portion and can easily be thrown into a bag on the way out the door.

Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

I was inspired to create the black forest cake flavour when I received some samples of chocolate coconut water by Cocozia. Creamy, smooth and not too sweet, I loved how their coconut water tastes just like a refreshing glass of chocolate milk, my favourite post run drink. I added tart cherry juice for the classic black forest cake element, and also because real cherry juice supports muscle recovery, as well as the L-glutamine. For additional sweetness I included some raw honey, real vanilla extract and a handful of dried cherries – delightful bursts of cherry goodness. The almond milk and chia seeds add a bit of creaminess to the oats as well as protein, and chia seeds are also a great antioxidant and are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Using chocolate coconut milk really tied all the ingredients together to create a delectable, fiber rich morning treat. Quick and easy, you can sleep in and have a healthy breakfast waiting for you ready to go. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

What are your favourite fast and easy breakfasts?

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Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup tart cherry juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1/3 cup Cocozia Chocolate Coconut Milk
  • 1/2 scoop vegetarian protein powder
  • 1 scoop of L-glutamine
  • 1 teaspoon raw cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • 15 dried cherries
  • pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a portable, no leak container. Mix well. Place in fridge overnight. In the morning, open the jar and enjoy!
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Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Ultimate Camp Food at Bottle Lake

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Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Our first canoe trip of the summer was out to Bottle Lake, a pretty, peaceful lake just north of Peterborough in the Kawartha Highlands.  After a short 300m portage, we set off on this beautiful morning in our very full canoes across the sparkling, calm waters.  We took our time canoeing across the lake taking in the calls of birds and bullfrogs echoing from the shores.  Our site was one of the furthest from the portage launch, nice and private and we spent the afternoon lounging around our very own sandy beach.

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Creek, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Later in the afternoon, we headed out for a magic hour canoe ride down Bottle Creek, snaking our way along the winding waterway, exploring the marshland and searching for frogs.

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

As the sun began to set we headed out to the middle of the lake, relaxed and fished a bit.  While we didn’t catch anything, we snapped some lovely sunset photos.

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

Bottle Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Ontario

While we were hiking around our campsite we found some discarded tiki torches.  My boyfriend came up with the brilliant idea to turn them into campfire roasters by removing the top portion, sharpening the edges and wedging little pieces of wood in between the base sticks to keep them separated.  There you have it folks…s’mores for everyone!

Tiki torch campfire roaster, Bottle Lake

Tiki torch campfire roaster, Bottle Lake

The Ultimate Smore, Bottle Lake

The Ultimate S’more, Bottle Lake

I shall now bestow upon you a new level of s’more making.  My friend brought along those butter biscuits that are covered in chocolate.  Why has no one thought of this before?  No more drunken fumbling in the dark trying to align all your ‘mellow ingredients!  This biscuit – or two if you dare – holds everything together with one quick smush!  We made some Jiffy pop – another must-have campfire snack – so I stuck some kernels into the oozing marshmellow and BOOM!  Sweet, salty, creamy, compact goodness.

Tiki torch campfire roaster, Bottle Lake

Tiki torch campfire roaster, Bottle Lake

For my next trick,  I would like to bring back those canned sausages, you know the ones I’m talking about…those tiny cans of Vienna sausages that sit around gathering dust on your grocery store shelf.  Forget all you’ve been told about the evils of canned food for the sake of backpacking convenience and give these sausages some love – there’s nothing a campfire can’t fix!  Who doesn’t want a roasted hot dog?  And with this handy dandy tiki torch, everyone can enjoy their crispy, salty perfection together.

Dehydrated Swiss Chalet Festive Special, Bottle Lake

Dehydrated Swiss Chalet Festive Special, Bottle Lake

Finally, we ended off our canoe trip with my favourite dehydrated meal: my homemade Swiss Chalet Festive Special.  After marinading and slow cooking a whole chicken in the Swiss Chalet marinade, I dehydrated the chicken, packed up some instant mashed potatoes and stuffing, and brought along some Swiss Chalet sauce and gravy packets.  Ta Da!  Swiss Chalet, wilderness-style – you can’t get any more Canadian than this!

I loved Bottle Lake – it was the perfect quick canoe getaway for the weekend.  Approximately 2.5 hours from Toronto it’s the perfect balance of portaging and car camping, as the short portage allows for some luxuries like a full Coleman stove, chairs, a regular tent and a small cooler.  I think we’ll have to add tiki torches to our camp list from now on as well…

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