When I awoke today, it was a bit too late for breakfast. So for want of a better word to describe my morning meal, I had “Brunch”. Looked around in the fridge and found a leftover from my Capsicum Icecream recipe – half of a red capsicum. Hmm… not exactly breakfast food, is it? But then, this is not breakfast, it’s errr… “brunch”.
I’m not sure why that word tickles me so, perhaps it conjures up in my mind the hoity-toity ladies of leisure who have a penchant for dining out with their friends during the day for “Brunch” or "High Tea". Sad really, because for a minute there I might have been describing MYSELF! That is, if I could afford to dine out all the time like other, real Divas of leisure.
Anyway, for my own leisurely brunch, I settled for something that vaguely resembled eggs benedict, with a twist. I stuffed the bottom of the half-capsicum with small chunks of wholemeal bread and then broke a raw egg over it (inside the capsicum). Sprinkled some grated Parmesan cheese, sliced some black olives, poured a teaspoon of virgin olive oil over it and placed the whole thing under a hot grill for about 10 minutes. For the side-kicks, I toasted some more slices of the homemade wholemeal multigrain bread (phew, a mouthful!) and sliced some green apples. The whole combo was oh-so-thumbs up!
The uncooked egg buried underneath all the Parmesan and black olives.
Then I skipped lunch to do some errands, and when I returned it was a bit too late for lunch but too early for the so-called High Tea. So I don’t know what to call the meal one eats at about 2.30pm but that’s when I had it. My meal was a simple, quick throw-everything-together affair but still fairly healthy – I think. What I had, I shall call it “Red Cabbage Vermicelli with Dried Cranberries”. The colours rocked! See for yourself.
The ingredients I used
Boiled the vermicelli (this looks like just a thinner version of spaghetti) for about 6 minutes and drained the water. Then I chopped some garlic and a shallot, fried those in about 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil. Tossed in the red cabbage, which had been sliced thinly beforehand, added a tablespoon of dried cranberries, a teaspoon of ready-made pesto and cooked all that for about 2-3 minutes. I seasoned mine with river salt flakes (hey, since I have it, why not?) and ground pepper, then it was ready to plate. All in all, it took less than 10 minutes to prepare and the colours and taste were simply mind-boggling! If I had fresh basil, I would’ve used that instead of the pesto, but I didn’t so this was the improvisation.
I'm fascinated by the mysterious cabbage folds...
Sliced cabbage, stir-fried with garlic, shallots, pesto and dried cranberries
Aren't the colours just fabulous together?
To wash down the meal, I made a drink out of frozen raspberries blended with skimmed milk plus a teaspoon of brown sugar - just because. Then to round everything off, I had about 2 (ok, it was more like 3) scoops of the ginger-orange-chocolate icecream I made the other day, and Mamma Mia, that was some “Lunner” (what I've decided to call the meal between lunch and dinner). Tomorrow I'm going for a 10K run with my friend, LAZsie so this will all be worked off. No guilt in advance!
Ginger-orange-chocolate icecream drizzled with homemade caramel sauce. Yummsy!