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FRENCH TOAST WITH MAPLE RICOTTA AND RASPBERRIES

Quick to make, and tasting just as beautiful as it looks, our French Toast with Maple Ricotta, Raspberries and Basil is the perfect bed in breakfast that incorporates everything you could want in a brunch in one delicious bite. Using baguette slices, and a thick ricotta topping with mashed berries, makes for an easy and clean eating meal. Add coffee and mimosas to the mix, and this dish will have you in bed all day long.

Author: Chef Sous Chef

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings 1x

Ingredients

  • ½ baguette, long diagonal slices
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, divided
  • 8 small basil leaves
  • 1 tsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions
No. 1 | Preheat oven to 200°.

No. 2 | In a large shallow dish, beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Place the bread in the pan to soak, for 30 secs, then flip and allow to soak for an additional 2-3 minutes.

No. 3 | Heat a skillet to medium heat with butter. Once the butter begins to bubble, place 3 slices of french toast in the pan and cook for 3 minutes, until browned. Flip and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Remove and place in the oven, then cook the second batch of french toast.

No. 4 | While the french toast is cooking, mix the ricotta and maple syrup in a small bowl, then set aside. In another small bowl, mash together ½ cup raspberries and 2 basil leaves.

No. 5 | To serve, spread a large dollop of ricotta on the toast, then coat with a tbsp of mash raspberries. Sprinkle with the basil and a few fresh raspberries, then dust with icing sugar.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS

Serves 2

Serving Size: 3 pieces

Calories Per Serving: 337

% DAILY VALUE
26%Total Fat 17g
74%Cholesterol 221.7mg
11%Sodium 258.9mg
11%Total Carbohydrate 31.9g
Sugars 17.9g
30%Protein 15.1g
12%Vitamin A 173.1µg
27%Vitamin C 16.5mg
 

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Breakfast Showmanship

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BREAKFAST IN BED WITH MAYER HAWTHORNE

Before hitting the stage at Wake Up

Call: A W Hotels Music Festival, the ever stylish, extra charming, Grammy nominated singer Mayer Hawthorne decided to indulge in one of the perks of always being on the road: a mid-afternoon breakfast in bed at W Scottsdale. Clad in shiny pajamas and his signature specs, we had some pillow talk with the Detroit-based artist known for soulful hits like “Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package” (for which got a Grammy nom) and his new EP, Party of One.

We get intimate over pancakes, talking about the tour lifestyle, his favorite albums and snuggling with his one true love (the Gibson of course).

What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?

Mayer Hawthorne: My vocal exercises, warming up my voice. Stuff like scales, doing my routine…(singing) la le le la la le le le la la.

What was the first album you ever owned? How did you get it?

MH: I believe it was The Police’s “Synchronicity.” It was like the situation where I would borrow my dad’s copy and I just ran it into the ground. I think I finally–it was on cassette tape–I think I finally popped his cassette tape and he made me go buy another one. I think that was the first record I ever bought with my own money.

What was your favorite song on it?

MH: King of Pain. The King of Pain is the shit. Those guys were pretty great. That whole album, “Wrapped Around Your Finger” – it’s great. The Police are so great.

What’s your favorite thing to order from room service?

MH: Anything but eggs. I love eggs for breakfast but even the greatest room service…it’ll be a long time to get the food to your room, so you gotta order something that is good half an hour after. Pancakes are great because you can eat pancakes an hour later and they’re still good. You can nibble on those all morning long and they’re fine.

If you could put together a lineup of any musician for your dream concert who would you choose?

MH: Prince, Prince, Prince.

Who is your style icon?

MH: Mick Jagger. And my grandma Rita who’s really cool. I get all my style from my grandma Rita, but we call her Ricky. She was the epitome of flashy but classy and that’s my style motto.

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Have You Heard Of This Most Terrifying Bed And Breakfast?

Have You Heard Of This Most Terrifying Bed And Breakfast?

stock On Earth, and, at Sea: “The Frying Pan Tower” Coast Guard Light Station The Frying Pan Tower is a Coast Guard Light Station located 34 miles off the coast (seaward) of (Cape Fear) North Carolina that is being restored with the assistance of people like you!

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view: Frying Pan Tower – Light Station – Southport NCimage source The Frying Pan Tower is located out of sight of land in 50 ft. of clear blue Atlantic waters (lat & lon 33°29′N 77°35′W).Closeup view: Frying Pan Tower – Light Station – Southport NC
It may not boast a spa, fancy dining or swimming pool, but this one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast in the Atlantic Ocean’s hurricane alley has everything guests need when they’re looking for solitude.Frying Pan Lighthouse: A unique B&B for the true adventurer … Guests decide what they want from the refrigerator, freezer and pantries, or from whatBest Restaurant with best View! – Picture of Frying Pan, Southport – TripAdvisorFrying Pan, Southport Picture: Best Restaurant with best View! – Check out TripAdvisor members’ 1,642 candid photos and videos of Frying PanDespite its remote location, the bed and breakfast has some of the comforts of home, including hot showers, electricity, wifi and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances.Guests’ QuartersCaptain’s Quarters A visit to the Frying Pan Tower is an unforgettable experience and a way to truly get away from it all while enjoying the loneliness and endless views of the sea. With no other structure or land in sight, guests feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere as they gaze at the open water and take in spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and stunning displays as stars glitter in the night sky. From $500 a person for two nights (the cost doesn’t include helicopter or boat transfers), there are eight bedrooms (five twin beds and three queen beds) and the accommodation is rustic and basic. Richard Neal, a software engineer from Charlotte, purchased the surplus station when it was auctioned by the US Coast Guard in 2010. In calmer times, guests can admire 360-degree views from a light tower or lower themselves to the ocean’s surface, where they can dive with sharks and turtles, or fish for lobster, black sea bass in waters warmed by the Gulf Stream. With the Gulf Stream close by, we often are pleasantly warm when it’s still cold onshore and mild when it’s too hot to walk on the sand at the beach so don’t let a great weekend go to waste, come be part of history! https://youtu.be/WE31soltwVUDespite its remote location, the bed and breakfast has some of the comforts of home, including hot showers, electricity, wifi and a kitchen with stainless steel appliances.Guests’ QuartersCaptain’s Quarters A visit to the Frying Pan Tower is an unforgettable experience and a way to truly get away from it all while enjoying the loneliness and endless views of the sea. With no other structure or land in sight, guests feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere as they gaze at the open water and take in spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and stunning displays as stars glitter in the night sky. From $500 a person for two nights (the cost doesn’t include helicopter or boat transfers), there are eight bedrooms (five twin beds and three queen beds) and the accommodation is rustic and basic. Richard Neal, a software engineer from Charlotte, purchased the surplus station when it was auctioned by the US Coast Guard in 2010. In calmer times, guests can admire 360-degree views from a light tower or lower themselves to the ocean’s surface, where they can dive with sharks and turtles, or fish for lobster, black sea bass in waters warmed by the Gulf Stream. With the Gulf Stream close by, we often are pleasantly warm when it’s still cold onshore and mild when it’s too hot to walk on the sand at the beach so don’t let a great weekend go to waste, come be part of history! https://youtu.be/WE31soltwVU
 

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When Morning Dreams Are Filled With Imagination

When Morning Dreams Are Filled With Imagination
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When you are half asleep, it means you are not fully awake. It also means you are still in your comfort zone, a state of splendor and ecstasy. On this realm of relaxation, you might find yourself wearing pajamas, a gown or a nightie. Yes in this frame of mind, you can dream BIG and venture anywhere!…

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Just to fill your tummy with a plate of huge pancakes, you might find your way through a forest where an enchanted, happy tree directs you into the porous entries of his rooted trunk. When inside, the enchanted tree transforms into an exciting treehouse restaurant.

There you see lots of patrons. Oh, and there is an aroma of hot pancakes. They smell so good! It is so entertaining to watch jolly cooks batter and platter the fruited herb filled pancakes. Rhythmically they run to and fro mixing, flipping and serving them hot in tall stacks.

When a waitress walks over with a huge stack, you assume they are for you. With your arms stretched out reaching for the pancakes, you follow her. But then your eyes meet the patron who ordered that stack of pancakes. He gives you a daring look, to “Back off”!

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Some dreams are so connected that when one realm closes, the door to another opens up. You could find yourself peering upon a castle and then suddenly your inside.

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Breakfast is just what your heart desires. You are now inside of a castle restaurant with big bottles of syrups scattered about the tables. There seems to be so many flavors… Apricot, maple, assorted berry flavors and peach. It’s so weird, but everyone is dressed in sleepwear and eating huge pancakes. No problem, because you too are in your sleepwear. And, you are a perfect blend with this crowd because just like you, everyone appears to be half asleep or in their own world.

As soon as you sit down, a waitress comes over takes your order for pancakes. After ten minutes of anxiously waiting, the waitress serves you one, big… GIANT buttery, cinnamon-covered pancake in a plate. But, each time you reach for the tasty bread of love, the pancake, like a mirage, just keeps disappearing.

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The most unfortunate place to wander while not fully awake is to a haunted mansion.

It looks eerie on the outside but you believe you are smelling Buttermilk pancakes. So, you take your chances and head inside. The interior is dark and dreary, and there is no one in sight. But the kitchen looks as though “breakfast” is about to happen, because all about are the fixn’s for a huge breakfast. You call out “hello, hello! Is there anyone home”? You repeat this callout three, four and five times… and still you get no answer.

Who could imagine the many bottles of syrups, buckets of dripping butter and a huge pot of coffee percolating and yet, there is not a soul in sight? What is also strange is a rectangled table with plates and cups has been neatly set. But then you hear hissing, sizzling sounds.

Slowly, you follow the sounds into the cooking area of the kitchen. And there upon a grill, giant Buttermilk pancakes are being cooked. You don’t know who is doing the cooking, because, still, there is no one in sight.

Breakfast will be a waste if the pancakes burn. So you take on the job to rescue the pancakes and struggle to flip them. Incredible! You handle the huge pancakes and put them into a delicious stack on a plate. But then suddenly, out of nowhere, a transparent figure of a young lady appeared and grabbed the plate of pancakes and began eating them.

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(You are awakened by the musical sounds from your phone device. It is 7a.m.)

(you pickup and answer) Hello
(It is your cousin Allen)

Hi Allen!”

“Trace!” (he says) “–you won’t believe this, but I had the most crazy dream about you.

(he chuckles and continues) I dreamt you were stealing food from restaurants. Everything in the dream seemed so real.”

(there is a long pause and then he continues) “I hope everything is okay with you, Trace. How about us going out for a pancake breakfast?”

(there is a long span of dead silence. You observe that your feet and sleepwear are filthy dirty)

Story originally posted on: AmericaOnCoffee ©2018 Doro Dancer (AmericaOnCoffee/AOC)

 

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From Summer Heatwave to An Icy Chill : A Hotel Made of Ice… The IceHotel

From Summer Heatwave to An Icy Chill : A Hotel Made of Ice… The IceHotel

Featured image: icehotel.com/art-suite-acanthus

The entrance of ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, 2007, with two kicksleds outside

An ice hotel is a temporary hotel made up of snow and sculpted blocks of ice.[1]Ice hotels are dependent on sub-freezing temperatures, are constructed from ice and snow and typically have to be rebuilt every year. Ice hotels exist in several countries, and they have varying construction styles, services and amenities, the latter of which may include ice bars, restaurants, chapels, saunas and hot tubs.

The Icehotel (styled as ICEHOTEL) is a hotel rebuilt each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjärvi, in northern Sweden, about 17 kilometres (11 mi) from Kiruna. It is the world’s first ice hotel.[1]
The entire hotel is made out of snow and ice blocks from the Torne River, even the glasses in the bar are made of ice. Each spring, around March, Icehotel harvests tons of ice from the frozen Torne River and stores it in a nearby production hall with room for over 900 t (990 short tons) of ice and 27,000 t (30,000 short tons) of snow.

The ice is used for creating Icebar designs and ice glasses, which are used for ice sculpting classes, events and product launches all over the world while the snow is used for building a strong structure for the building. About 900 t (990 short tons) of what is left is used in the construction of the next Icehotel.
When completed, the hotel features a bar, church, main hall, reception area, plus about 100 rooms for guests.
[3] The room rate starts at 1500 kr. The hotel hosts also an ice restaurant.[4] The furniture is sculpted blocks of ice in the form of chairs and beds. The thick walls, floor and ceiling are made of ice. Even the beds, the fittings and decoration are carved from ice. No two rooms are the same; the rooms are unique works of art. At the Icehotel the beds are bedded with reindeer furs and people are given special equipment to use while sleeping in the hotel. The guests sleep in polar-tested sleeping bags. There is no heating and the bedroom temperatures are constantly around −5 °C (23 °F). There’s no plumbing at the hotel, but there’s a sauna that is run on the premises of the Icehotel with hot tub outdoors.[1]

The ice suites do not have any bathroom facilities but bathrooms for guests are found in a warm building close by. There is also warm accommodation available next to the hotel. The Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi is known to be the biggest hotel of ice and snow in the world, spanning over some 6,000 square metres (64,600 sq ft).[5] Each suite is unique and the architecture of the hotel is changed each year, as it is rebuilt from scratch. Each year, artists submit their ideas for suites, and a jury selects about 50 artists to create the church, Absolut Icebar, reception, main hall and suites. When spring comes, everything melts away and returns to the Torne River. The Icehotel only exists between December and April, and has been listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Sweden.[6] The northern hemisphere’s aurora borealis can be seen during the winter month in the location.[2]

Documentaries that focus on this hotel can be seen from time to time on the Discovery Channel[7][8] and National Geographic.[9] The hotel appeared in a sketch about Sweden in one of the shows of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, courtesy of Lynda Woodruff. The Icehotel has guests from many countries. There are many charter flights to the nearby Kiruna Airport, directly from London.[10]

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SWEDISH COFFEE
Swedish coffee – better than Irish coffee? You decide! You make the coffee drink simple with punsch, coffee, cream and cocoa. Excellent to serve after dinner or when you want to warm up with something more luxurious than usual coffee!

INGREDIENTS
PORTIONS: 1 glass
2 tablespoons punsch
About 1 1/2 dl freshly brewed coffee
2 1/2 tablespoons light whipped cream
Cocoa or coffee beans for garnishing

DO THIS:

Pour the punch into a heat-resistant glass (for 1 glass).
Fill with hot coffee and spice with cream.
Sprinkle some cocoa or garnish with a few coffee beans and serve.

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James Van Der Beek’s ‘Famous’ Mung Bean Pancake Recipe 

James Van Der Beek’s ‘Famous’ Mung Bean Pancake Recipe 

James David Van Der Beek is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson’s Creek. (wikipedia.org)

When you’re jet lagged in James Van Der Beek‘s household, pancakes are just the solution for an easy breakfast.

After flying home from London, the Dawson’s Creek alum got to work in the kitchen on Sunday, whipping up what he calls his “famous pancake recipe” on his Instagram story — and even got a little help from his adorable kids.

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“And try to ignore the chaos,” he says as he zooms over to his daughter Annabel, 3, crying about a very serious coloring matter.

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He says to set the griddle to 250 degrees, pour the mixture on and flip when they bubble.

The 40-year-old revealed his “secret ingredient” for his flapjacks is mung beans, which he boils with rice before before blending and adding to classic pancake batter.

“It’s what you make dal out of,” Van Der Beek says, referring to the traditional Indian stew that uses the beans.

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“And try to ignore the chaos,” he says as he zooms over to his daughter Annabel, 3, crying about a very serious coloring matter.

The actor also has a smart tip for prepping the ingredient: “When you boil the mung beans, the shells come off so you kinda just pick them out like that and that’s how you deshell them.”

Van Der Beek’s son Joshua, 5, then makes a cute cameo as he was put to work on stirring duty, mixing up the rest of the ingredients.

James Van Der Beek’s Mung Bean Pancakes

¼ cup mung beans, rinsed
¼ cup rice, rinsed
Chopped dates
3 eggs
3 tbsp. coconut oil
3 cups pancake mix
1 palmful cinnamon

1. In a saucepan, boil beans and rice in 1 cup water until tender. Transfer the mixture to the blender, add dates and puree until smooth.

2. Stir together the remaining ingredients with 2 1/4 cups water, then whisk in the mung bean puree.

3. Heat a griddle to 250° and ladle the batter into circles. When the tops start to bubble, flip the pancakes and cook on the other side.

Source: http://people.com/food/james-van-der-beek-mung-bean-pancake-recipe/

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Spinach Omelet Brunch Roll Recipe



This recipe uses the combination of veggies from one of my favorite recipes and the rolling technique of another. The result is this stunning presentation which tastes as good as it looks. —Laine Beal, Topeka, Kansas

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.

MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

2 cups egg substitute

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/4 cup chopped red onion

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

5 turkey bacon strips, diced and cooked, divided

1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms

2 teaspoons canola oil

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with parchment paper; coat paper with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the egg substitute, eggs, salt and pepper sauce. Stir in the spinach, onion, Italian seasoning and 1/4 cup bacon.

Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, saute mushrooms in oil for 6-8 minutes or until tender. Drain on paper towels; blot to remove excess moisture. Keep warm.

Turn omelet onto a work surface; peel off parchment paper. Sprinkle omelet with mushrooms and 3/4 cup cheese; roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a short side. Place on a serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bacon. Yield: 8 servings.

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