Posts with tag "breakfast"

The Lazy Cook: No Flour Crumble Banana Walnut Oatmeal Muffins

Super easy and healthy as a snack or as breakfast on the go. Or in my case, a lazy alternative to help me get full when I’m too busy for breakfast, lunch (or even dinner ;-)

Ingredients (makes about 12)
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup cane sugar (preferrably light brown sugar)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 egg whites
1 egg
1 1/4 cup of light milk (ie skim, soy, rice, etc)
3/4 to 1 cup of mashed ripe bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup crushed walnuts

1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 tablespoon of all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of butter

1) Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly mist muffin tin with cooking spray / butter / etc.
2) Thoroughly mix the oats, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
3) In another bowl, whisk together the egg whites, egg, mashed banana, milk and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until blended together. Mix in the walnuts.
4) Spoon the mixture evenly between the prepared muffin cups.
5) For the crumble, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Then sprinkle topping over muffins. (Please don’t be like me and forget to actually top the muffins with the crumble :-(
6) Bake uncovered for 18 to 22 minutes or until oatmeal is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean

That’s it and enjoy!

The Red Wagon Cafe

There’s only a few places in Vancouver that makes me crave to go back and try every single item on the menu: Red Wagon is on that list. This old school, no fuss, friendly diner is backed by a chef with quite the local pedigree. His name is Chef Brad Miller and he was worked at notable local kitchens like Bistro Pastis, West, and Au Petit Chavignol. He had a stint in serving food goodness in Paris and you could tell that experience influenced his menu. Red Wagon is simple French cooking with a simple approachable comfortable dining experience.

When you step in, it really feels like your neighborhood diner that has stayed around since the 1950s. But when you take a closer look at the menu, it tells a different story. You can see the French influence with dishes like confit pork belly and croque madame. And pretty much the whole menu shouts gourmet.

I ordered the very fancy sounding country pate sandwich with celery root slaw, apple mustard
cornichon on baguette with side of fries.

Country pate is, in short, a fancy meatloaf of mostly ground pork mixed with lots of spices and sometimes there’s liver in it. A country pate can be quite dense and heavy to eat but the celery root slaw and apple mustard gave it a nice tang and freshness that cut into that density. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s not as heavy as it looked and easily inhaled the whole thing.

My friend ordered the very gut filling The Croque Madame with a side salad

It’s a grilled ham and swiss sandwich, béchamel with a sunny side egg on top. If you ever want a decent breakfast sandwich, this would be it. You got your protein, dairy, and more all in one gooey bite.

The prices here are of course more than your greasy spoon diner. But if you want simple inspired high-quality food, then this Food Network gem is definitely worth checking out.

The Red Wagon
2296 East Hastings Street
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De Dutch Pannekoek House Facebook Competition

Hi everyone..I’m back! I took a bit of a hiatus due to work but hope to start back on the blogging train and bring you new eats and bites.

Right off the bat for the holidays is the De Dutch Pannekoek House Competition. If you don’t know what a pannekoek is, you can sort of guess from its name: it’s the Dutch version of a pancake. It’s thinner, almost crepe like, and larger than the pancakes that we know of. With the pannekoek you can have it just plain, sweet, or savoury.

The popular De Dutch Pannekoek was started by a young Dutch immigrant named John Dys. Through gumption, entrepreneurial spirit, and hard work, he brought this unique traditional Dutch dish to Vancouver.

At these legendary local restaurants, there is a variety of signature and D.I.Y pannekoek dishes.  This past weekend we checked out the De Dutch around Cambie and West 2nd.  It’s a small, quaint, bright, and comfortable restaurant to be at for a quiet Sunday brunch.  We tried the Amsterkoek which had Poached Eggs, Edam, Ham and Hollandaise Sauce, Tomato Garnish. And to satisfy our sweet tooth, we also ordered the Peach Melba which was plain pannekoek with a sprinkle of sugar and served with peach and raspberry topping.

Aside from the light thin pancakes, you can also order other items like burgers, omelettes, bennys, wraps and sandwiches. Our other dining mate ordered the very filling DeBakon & Eggs: bacon, choice of egg style served with Toast, Hash Browns and Garnished with Garden Salad or Fruit.

And here’s your chance to win a hearty meal at your local De Dutch!

De Dutch Pannekoek has a Facebook Competition where you can vote for your favourite sweet vs savoury pannekoek. For the next few weeks, there will be different polls of savoury vs. sweet items that you might prefer on your pannekoek!

There is a 25% off January 2012 Pass available to anyone on Facebook that likes the De Dutch page and each vote in one of the savoury vs. sweet polls on the Facebook wall enters you to win a $500 De Dutch gift card, awarded Dec 24.

Good luck to all those who enter!

De Dutch Pannekoek House
410 West 2nd Avenue
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