Monday, March 24, 2008

the rituals of the easter meal......

the makings of eggs benedict: perfectly creamy poached eggs await.....a whole wheat english muffin (so American this dish....), Canadienne bacon (across the border we ran), spinach (health factor for moi), drizzled with hollandaise sauce (or for special occasions aka holiday sauce at my house) with blueberry ice tea on standby mode.....

Easter Sunday is always a good excuse for eggs benedict.

It is an avid ritual that I have picked up from my *luv's* family.

There's a slight adjustment here and there with the addition of fresh spinach leaves slightly sauntered in boiling water with a dash of sea salt.

I doused it with cool running water with a slight conditioning of red wine vinegar to whisk away the slight aftertaste of cooked spinach.

Straight off the griddle, I have placed the delicate slices of Canadienne bacon on top of toasted whole wheat english muffins.

Another *must do* on my list of things to do is to make sure to use good n' healthy eggs. Organic, cage free, eggs from chickens roaming about their property able to do this and chitter chatter about in the sunshine make tasty eggs ~

I had fun poaching these in simmering water....let the water simmer but not dance to that threatening boil. Always at a high sustained simmer.

Then crack an egg in a bowl.

Lovingly slide in that swallow of an egg into the simmering water and watch it poach to creamy perfection.

the first bite is the deepest....

I am a bread freak.

When I was growing up in San Francisco, my family ran a deli in the Mission District.

I remember the mornings when the baker would arrive with freshly baked french bread snugged tightly in brown paper bags.

With that said.....wheat bread.....and WHOLE wheat bread has always been a slight issue for me.

Until I relented to think outside of things and try things outside of that safe house of my thinking.

Yes, I know it's just wheat.....in all it's plain glory.

Long story short ~ I like wheat bread now.

I actually love WHOLE wheat bread and whole wheat anything now.

Now about dinner......

baby baby lamb chops from Australia......I am not a vegetarian in case you were wondering what was up. Here they are all in the raw with my marinade of minced garlic, fresh rosemary + basil + thyme + parsley w. sea salt + freshly ground black pepper and of course a good douse of very good olive oil


hot off the grill and ready for the taking


lamp chops marinated with fresh herbs, sea salt and olive oil


you know they actually tasted like filet mignon with a juicier meat content....it was a very nice way to celebrate a feast day


'now....I am back to eating good & green ~ so let's be good.....well at least for awhile.

23 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look absolutely PERFECT. We are having eggs benedict as part of our bunch reception for our wedding - hopefully they will look as good as this! :)

thedudewhisperer@yahoo.com said...

Your pictures are wonderful. It's only ten in the morning here, but those chops are sending me to the grill right now. Where was your deli in the Mission? That's where I live...

Jacqueline Leonard said...

My mouth is so watering from this!

Elle said...

You had me at Eggs Benedict. One of my favorite things to indulge in, ever. It looks absolutely perfect! And the lamb--I'm not a huge fan of lamb, but oh, I could be swayed by your marinated and grilled baby chops!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Corinne Martin said...

Those eggs benedict look amazing! I usually am not a fan but wow I can't say no to those!

I am going to sound like the post above mine but thanks for spending some time on my blog! I appreciate the comment!

I love your blog by the way!

Abhishek said...

Man! These pics are awesome. I feel hungry just by looking at them!

Good blog by the way!

Tim said...

I don't usually eat lamb but i wouldn't say no to that they look lovely lol

mdsurfisher1820 said...

Being of Greek descent I love lamb and your pictures and description of marinade are awesome. The eggs benedict also looked very delicious.

Kaelyne said...

Lovely pictures! I have never had Eggs Bededict before, but maybe I should try it. :] I really like the blog, I am currently trying to get mine up and running.

taste memory said...

jenn ~ mucho thanx, hey congrats on the wedding!

dude ~ definitely grilling & chops go hand in hand....

jacq ~ me too, thnx for visiting

elle ~ likewise; lovely blog you have and you got me hooked in with garlic shrimp & new england...way to go!

corinne ~ hiya, likewise too....you're veggie stuff sways me back for visits & omg that photo of the goddess!

abh ~ mucho thx

tim ~ :)

kaeylyne ~ worth the try, thanks for visiting & good luck on yours too.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I had a close relative who died of colon cancer and she never touched a morsel of meat in her life, so please to indulge in lamb so perfect now and then can only add years of pleasure to your life.

My first visit and I have bookmarked your blog - I love the way you think about food....

taste memory said...

Hello Nina ~ welcome & thank you for visiting...yes about the lamb & pleasures in life...trying not to take it for granted & can be a challenge to be moderate about things since I enjoy extreme foods!

I've been enjoying your kitchen posts ~ very bountiful :)

Renegade said...

Now I'm really hungry! Great blog!

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tinymango! said...

firstly, yes, that was beautiful, glorious fresh pasta hanging to dry in those pictures. <3 oh, carbs.

beautiful poached eggs, and beautiful pictures that truly do them justice. blueberry tea?! be still, my heart. heh. i agree with you about the eggs. i get my eggs from a local organic farm, and they are gorgeous, they taste like butter. yours look lovely in the pictures, the yolks look bright and thick.

how neat that your parents ran a bakery in the mission! i love san francisco with a passion. my friend, who i used to visit out there quite regularly, moved back to LA, which made me sad. i think sf is one of the best food cities in existence. it remains my goal to one day move there (when i have some money)

yum, lamb. that was our topic in meat fabrication class yesterday, so i've actually been excited about lamb this week. great entry, cheers!

taste memory said...

katyK ~ got it, plan for my next post about moi @ who+what+where+ate+more.....hey bloggers out there, you may be next :)

tiny mango ~ yeah that housemade pasta on your site looked too fab n' chewy!

good deal about insight about eggs from your farmer ~ farm stuff not too accessible out here, there are some farmer's mkts though @ St. Aug + Fernandina Beach that are quite gorgeous.

my family owned a classic S.F. style delicatessen in the mission - luved those days.

meat fab class ~ chefdom?!

Nicole said...

Love love love the eggs benedict. What isn't fabulous with hollandaise? Do you have a good recipe for it? I could drink the stuff!

The lamb looks amazing too! Yum. I don't eat lamb too much. I am pickier about it than beef. For some really silly reason I am insecure about cooking it myself. Maybe because my mother never did. Do you get the chops at your normal grocery store or a specialty store?

Jessica said...

Now that is how you do Easter!

taste memory said...

nicole ~ yes, holiday sauce is like mayo or ranch dressing for me....quite endless. I haven't constructed a healthy version of this can you? It's the basic egg+butter recipe & when all else fails a packet of knorr's.

jessica ~ trying to shrink my stomach this week :)

thanks for visiting ladies.....

taste memory said...

oh....btw, chops are from the regular grocer....since i left SoCal ~ i left the luxury of gourmet markets :(

Nicole said...

I don't have a healthy version for hollandaise sauce. Personally I feel like just going for it with this kind of thing and then during the week or on every day occasions I can try to be healthy. I don't want to skimp on my favorites!

Antonio Tahhan said...

this is not what i should be looking at not having had any lunch, but i can't help myself - everything looks delicious!

taste memory said...

antonio - hey there; thanks - glad it is enticing.....