Chef Dez.

On Cooking: Ideas for breakfast

On many occasions I have mentioned great ways to transform your dinner-making experience into a special event, such as pouring a glass of wine and putting on some great music.

But what about breakfast? Isn’t this the most important meal of the day?

Yes, to most health professionals it is, so this is dedicated to making that pinnacle feast into something extraordinary.

I understand that many adults have day jobs and that making a spectacular breakfast on a weekday is far from being at a top priority. These ideas are more geared towards your days off or if you work evenings.

This is the perfect circumstance to forget about the bowl of cold cereal or toast and jam, and blow the dust off some old cookbooks to try something new.

One of my wife’s favorite breakfast pastimes is making and perfecting different pancake recipes from around the world. It seems that every walk of life has their own version of what we know as the traditional North American pancake.

Making it a tradition to do a different pancake recipe every Saturday or Sunday morning is a fantastic journey around the culinary world.

French toast is another common breakfast that many people enjoy, but we prepare it differently on many instances.

Instead of the traditional method of dipping bread in batter and frying in a pan, we often will make a large casserole dish of French toast the night before, letting the egg mixture soak in, then bake it the next morning. Not only is it an extraordinary display at the breakfast table, it also allows us to have more free time in the morning to sip our special coffees and enjoy each other’s company.

Actually, there are many recipes that you can get mostly prepared the night before, like muffins or biscuits.

Measure and combine all of the dry ingredients, then all you have to do is incorporate the wet ingredients in the morning.

Incorporating fresh baked breads or unique types of bread will also enhance an ordinary breakfast.

One way to make this easy is to prep the loaf the evening before, cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.

The bread might rise slightly in the fridge, but you will need to remove it from the fridge an hour or two before baking. Remove the plastic wrap, let it rise in a warm place until it doubles its original size and bake as usual.

If all of this seems like work, there is one quick way to help transform your regular breakfast of cold cereal: top with a handful of fresh in-season berries or some slices of banana. There is a reason why all the photos of cereal on the cereal boxes are like this: better presentation equals more of a chance of you buying it.

Chef Dez is a chef, writer and host.

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