a little breakfast

Danny surprised me with this breakfast.

He let me sleep in late (we trade every morning) and played with Lu for two hours in the early morning. When I awoke, we danced a bit and drank some coffee. We surprised Lu with something we knew she’d love: her new Wiggles guitar. She gave the widest, most amazing smile of gratitude, then she played it, again and again. (This thing is bound to drive me insane, but it makes her insanely happy. Worth it.)

I looked up and Danny said, “Breakfast!”

A hash of roasted sweet potatoes, onions, cabbage, and spinach, with sesame-crusted tofu seared in olive oil.

It’s a good morning.

I’ve been really inspired lately by Canal House Cooks Lunch. Every day, Christopher Hersheimer and Melissa Hamilton cook themselves lunch as a break from developing recipes for the Canal House cookbooks. (Huge recommendation on these. Love them.) Their lunches are simple and seasonal, inspired and humble. If you sign up for the email list, you’ll receive a photo of their lunch every day.ย 

As much as Danny and I love developing recipes and I love writing longer pieces, we’re both creating food we love in more rapid fashion than we can record on the blog. Or our cookbooks. So we thought we’d take a cue from the Canal House women and give you some shots, once in awhile, of what we’re doing right now. No recipes. Just a snapshot.ย 



25 comments on “a little breakfast

  1. Carrie

    That looks like the PERFECT breakfast for someone who can’t eat eggs. Healthy, colorful and (I’m sure) tasty. I think I’m going to a variation of it tomorrow morning. YUM!

    1. Elaine

      I’m going to add to your fabulous comment that It’s a perfect breakfast for ANYONE as well.


  2. Kristi

    I’ve tried cooking with tofu before and it was a disaster. Maybe you guys could do a video tutorial or a post on it one day.

      1. Kristi

        Oooh, great! I’ve learned a few things from you guys over the past few years. Chopping an onion properly, blanching, and making sure the oil is hot before throwing anything in the pan!

  3. Lisa

    I cook vegan at home, but once in a while I go out and have eggs. One of my favorite foods in the world is eggs florentine (was eggs benedict before I quit eating meat). I hadn’t found a great substitute for a cooked egg until I made the “Eggs Benny” recipe in Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Brunch cookbook (she is a WONDERFUL vegan recipe-writer). Her marinade recipe and method of cooking the tofu, including the use of black salt to make it taste more eggy, are awesome. I highly, highly recommend it. I didn’t much like the texture of her vegan hollandaise (which is nearly the whole reason to make a benedict) but I’m going to find the good recipe that I’ve used when I get home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Leslie DR

    Okay, between you guys and the Canal House women, I’m going to have some really great lunches. I have Canal House volumes 4, 5, and 6. Really need volumes 1, 2 and 3 but they are on back order. I love the way they cook – I always want to send back a picture of my lunch! Today: gently sauteed spinach, home-made roasted tomatoes, white beans and pine nuts with a little Italian tuna, lemon, salt and pepper.

  5. Archer

    I like this! I love the snapshots of the food you’re making and eating, even if the writing it down part is delayed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  6. Caneel

    Mmm, that looks delicious! I love this idea – and I agree, making the food and enjoying it together is so much easier than taking photos, editing photos, typing it all up … We love the Wiggles in our house, too. Well, my daughters are starting to feel like they are outgrowing them but I still enjoy them and love it when they want to dance and sing along. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Amanda

    The pictures are every bit as inspiring as the recipes–sometimes more, because I have to try to figure out what’s in it and it gives me ideas!

    That breakfast looks amazing; what a lucky family you are to have each other. Glad to see you’re thriving without eggs!

  8. Kate Lam Sam

    A million cool points for Danny! Husbands who bring their wives breakfast in bed are the Best!

    Looking at your breakfast made my mouth water and I started thinking that second breakfast wouldn’t be a bad thing – esp when the first one was gf rice flakes. I’m going to have to figure out how to make Tofu!

    Ta for the picture, and just so ya know, I think it’s great not posting the recipe. You guys have lives to live and it’s nice just hearing from you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Ann from Montana

    What everyone else said!

    Looking forward to a tofu video when you get a chance to post it and WOW, another huge thanks for the post on the fermented goodies. I’ve been reading as much as I’ve had time to about fermentation and am gathering info and equipment to try sauerkraut to start.

  10. Stephanie

    That Looks SOOOOO GOOOD! What a great use of my farm share.
    Recipe not required, but brief instruction would be lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. elizabeyta

    i like the idea of a picture of what you are doing RIGHT now. I have a tendency to find that type of thing inspirational and an interesting creative jumping off spot.

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