Turns out when you’re pregnant, you wake up at night. Repeatedly. As far as I can tell, this is due to three main reasons:
Baby throws all night “how hard can you thrash around” ragers.
My bladder is now the size of a shelled pistachio.
At some point around 4AM, my stomach realizes it hasn’t eaten in SIX WHOLE HOURS and the situation needs to be rectified, ASAP.
I have therefore spent far too many 4AM time slots contemplating what I will eat for breakfast. After I made this for the first time, I’m happy to report my contemplation has changed from “what” I will eat, to “when” an appropriate time to go eat might be.
3 cups old fashioned oats
slightly less than 3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
big pinch of salt
about 1/3 cup honey
slightly less than 1/4 cup vegetable, canola or coconut oil
dash vanilla extract
you can customize anyhow you like, but for my part, I like slightly more than a 1/2 cup each of the following ingredients:
unsweetened shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix the oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Set aside for a moment.
In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, oil, and a dash of vanilla. Slowly mix together with the dry ingredients, until all oats are coated.
On a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread the oat mixture in a thin, even layer. Bake at 300 for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix together your add-ins: coconut, cranberries, and almonds, in my case.
Remove the oats from the oven and gently mix in your add-ins, so they’re evenly distributed in the pan.
Pop the whole thing back into the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the oats are golden brown.
Remove – and as hard as it is – let cool for about 10-15 minutes before stirring and breaking up the crumbles. It’s worth it, trust me.
I can’t believe how late in life I came to this epiphany: granola is amazing. Serve on top of a big bowl of plain Greek yogurt (I find the granola sweet enough) and berries, and watch your hunger dissipate for at LEAST 2-3 hours.
The Husband and I hosted the beaux-parents (that’s the in-laws, but in French it sounds less contractual and more like a relationship that was entered into lovingly) this weekend for a few days of eating, drinking, and Hoyas hoops watching.
We also exchanged Christmas gifts, and Hubs and I received Jawbone bracelets to track our movement – but that’s another story, since it doesn’t go too well with the theme of eating and drinking. (There’s a larger metaphor to ponder.)
To get us (back) into the Christmas spirit, I had planned on making what the Husband’s family normally enjoys on Christmas morning – a bread/egg casserole. And then I thought about trying to recreate a decades-plus tradition, and thought again. Instead, I took a look at the long-suffering bagels in our freezer, my new Smitten Kitchen cookbook, and got to work recreating Deb Perelman’s New York Breakfast Casserole (with a few minor tweaks, obvi).
Bagel, Tomato, and Cream Cheese Breakfast Casserole
3 large bagels, cut into cubes (bonus if they’re sesame, everything, or onion)
1 bar chilled cream cheese, cut into small bits
1 red onion, diced
2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 and 1/3 cups milk or half & half
a good handful each of salt, pepper, crushed reds
optional: bacon, cooked and cut into small, crispy bits, capers for serving
Prepare the casserole the night before you want to eat this. Spread about a third of the bagel cubs in a 9×13 baking dish and place a small bit of cream cheese on the bagel cubes. Mix in about a third of the onion and tomatoes. Repeat again, adding more bagels, cream cheese, onion and tomatoes. If adding bacon, do so now.
Whisk eggs with the milk, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Pour the mixture evenly over the bagels/onions/tomatoes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
The next morning: preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the casserole, uncovered, for about an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, until it has puffed, turned golden brown and cooked all the way through. Let it rest a few minutes before serving.
Serve with a grind of salt and black pepper, maybe some sriracha, and a side of fruit salad, to even it all out and make your Jawbone happy. Note: this feeds 6-8 people comfortably. If you have leftovers, it reheats beautifully over low heat in your oven or toaster.
There was universal agreement around the breakfast table that this was really good – but would have benefited from the addition of bacon. I loved the creamy puffiness of the cheese bits, combined with the sweetness of the roasted tomatoes. The bagels, nice and crisp, also add a good crunch to the dish – not something you’d normally expect from a casserole. A definite winner – with bacon!