Not so slow Sunday

Sunday’s around here are usually a bit slower. I get to sleep in, win, and we hang out, bake, craft and play outside. But today was a bit different, Cupcake’s friend from dance turned six and had a fantastic birthday party at the West Edmonton Mall’s Sea Life Caverns, and then cake on the Santa Maria Pirate Ship. Cupcake had a great time – even though the birthday girl was not feeling well. Poor thing broke her arm, but she is a trooper. Strongest, now 6 year old I know.

While Cupcake was at the party, Mini cupcake got a Mommy-Daddy- Mini Cupcake date at Galaxyland rides. Woo hoo. She had a great time riding the dragon roller coaster, solar spinners, balloon ride, little space shot and all the other rides she was tall enough to get on.

It was a very busy, and we knew a very busy day needed some good meals before we had cake and candy and what ever other sugar filled treats they would get at the mall. Mind you, we did score FREE Nutella snacks from a promoter at the centre of the mall. We are big Nutella fans in this house.

Back to our morning meal – a couple of weeks ago I signed up for the local Williams Sonoma Cook Book Club, which was featuring Chrissy Teigen’s Craving’s cookbook. OH MY GOODNESS! Amazing cookbook. Chrissy if you ever read this blog – THANK YOU and John for this sandwich. So amazingly delicious. I really hope you give these a try, after we made it at the cookbook club, I was so excited to share them with my family – which was a hit on our kitchen.

Breakfast sandwich

I know, you’re thinking, brussel sprouts for breakfast…you have to be kidding me. Try them. You will be a convert. So let’s get to making this breakfast sandwich.

John’s Breakfast Sandwiches
Makes 4 sandwiches

1/2 pound ground pork (or turkey)
1/4 cup minced onion
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp garlic
1 1/2 tsp ground sage
1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil for frying
4 english muffins
4 slices cheese
4 eggs cooked over easy

  1. Prepare sausage patties by combining first eight ingredients.
  2. Form mixture into four evenly formed patties. I like to do these the night before and let them sit overnight in the fridge. The ingredients will mingle and get happy and really bring the flavour.
  3. When you’re ready to make your sandwich, heat a skillet with oil. Add the sausage patties to the skillet and fry until browned and cooked through.
  4. A tip I picked up at the cookbook club was regarding melting cheese. Once the sausage patty is cooked through, add your cheese slices to the patties and place a lid on the pan. This will steam and heat the cheese evenly. Score melty cheese. Now you can transfer the patties to a place and keep warm while we preparethe eggs.
  5. Toast your english muffin, and stack your cheesy sausage patty, then the egg and the top of the english muffin. Delicious.

As for the brussel sprouts. These have seriously been a game changer in our house. I’ve made them three times, green beans, brussel sprouts and with asparagus. That is how good they are. Again Chrissy has hit a nail on the head.

Chrissy Teigen’s Buttery Glazed Green Beans
1/4 cup sugar
1 pound green beans, asparagus, or brussel sprouts
2 Tbsp butter
black pepper
1/4 toasted almonds

Bring water and sugar to a boil. Add vegetable of choice and heat vegetable and water till a thin syrup appears as water boils down. Toss vegetables periodically to coat, about 18 minutes. As syrup appears add butter and transfer to a plate, top with almonds and enjoy.

If you think these recipes are good, check out Chrissy Teigen’s blog and cookbook. You will not be sorry. I hope you try these recipes.


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