[See disclaimer at the bottom]
I had set my clock for 8:30 this Sunday morning. That, my dear readerly friends, was indeed a bit audacious. But what came next was completely unexpected:
– I smelled bread. Wonderful, warm, fresh bread.
– No, I wasn’t still dreaming!
…and then the amazing part: I got out of bed, without actually hitting the snooze button multiple times! I think that’s a first in years.
You see, I had had the good foresight to prepare bread for my breadmaker the night before, and set the timer to have the bread all finished by 8:34am this morning. I made it downstairs just in time for the bread to finish, and then I prepared myself a wonderful breakfast of Toast ‘n’ Jelly Pepper eggs! This is from a delicious recipe I learned from my mom:
- Toast with jam (the good kind that’s 100% fruit, not the Smuckers high fructose corn sweetened crap! I love the St. Dalfour brand of conserves!) and butter
- A sunnyside-up egg on top [can’t buy those on amazon, sadly!]
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
The bread was from this Hodgson Mill 9 Grain bread mix:
- Upsides: very delicious, rises reliably, good texture (just the right amount of crunch and density), and quite inexpensive!
- Downsides: not 100% whole wheat, not very high in fiber, pretty high in calories.
- Upsides: Cool to the touch, seems to toast/cook very reliably, it times toast+eggs well, and you can even hardboil eggs with it!
- Downsides: This thing is pretty hefty-sized (though no more than is reasonable for the food capacity), the egg cooker thingies aren’t no-stick (even with a dusting of canola oil, I had to use a spatula to get the egg out). And for a single guy (with one roommate), did I really need to buy the larger version (they have a smaller version that toasts two slices of bread and cooks one egg concurrently)?
- A Rada Cutlery large bread knife. Cuts like butta! :p
- A Progressive International Adjustable Bread Keeper (aka, a breadbox!). And yes, I am bigger than it!
- And — though I admit this doesn’t really count as bread’y — it did go well with the toast: Medaglia D’ Oro Instant Espresso Coffee. Not as delicious as I hoped in water, but it does make for a great (and very inexpensive) iced coffee. Take cold milk, stir in some of this stuff, add a touch of sugar or flavored syrup, and WOW. We’re talking major energy, and pretty decent taste to boot. Certainly much cheaper than the 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength Berry bottles that I bought previously (but they also do the trick energy-wise, and are admittedly more portable/convenient)