Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Breakfast Fit for My Queen

Welcome to Breakfast in Bed Saturday 

I am incredibly lucky in love.  No small feat because there are some lonely people out there.  So how can a contented husband cook show his appreciation for his lawyer?  Saturday morning breakfast in bed.  Workweek breakfast is nonexistent in the Lazaro Cooks! household, but the weekends were made for rewarding the lawyer's hard graft.

Have I ever told my theory on what came first the chicken or the egg? Well it’s interesting actually…I'm just kidding…who really cares.

Chicken & Egg

6 Organic eggs
2 tbs Organic Valley butter
1 tbs Creme fraiche
Fleur de Sel
White pepper
Chives - finely chopped

Whole eggs beaten become firm when heated or COAGULATE at a temperature of about 156 F. Adding liquid to it will raise the temperature slightly. 156 F might not seem a very high temperature, but a sauté pan over medium-high heat can exceed 156 in a very short time.

I cook my scrambled eggs in a method of constant stirring, and a game of on-the-heat and off-the-heat. The goal of the exercise is to have a finished product of cooked, creamy, luscious scrambled eggs.  Once cooked to desired doneness add the creme fraiche to drop the temperature of the eggs.  Season with fleur de sel, white pepper.

2 Organic free range chicken thighs
Wondra flour
Sea salt
White pepper
Ground coriander
Ground dry mustard
Onion powder

Bone the thighs and cube the meat.  In a glass bowl mix the sea salt, white pepper, ground coriander, onion powder, Wondra flour and a pinch of dry mustard. Mix well. Dust the chicken in the flour mixture, and shake off any excess. Heat about ¼ inch of peanut oil in a skillet. Get it nice and hot. Add the chicken and fry till golden brown.  Remove chicken to a rack to drain.
To plate:

1. Spoon the scrambled eggs onto the plate.
2. Top with the chicken.
3. Garnish with finely chopped chives

French toast is all about the bread and custard.  If the custard sucks then you won't want to eat it.  I let my custard infuse in the fridge for 15 hours.  Colombian bread is buttery, kind of like brioche, and absorbs custard like a sponge.  The Grand Mariner bananas are dangerous.  I do not know if I want to recommend them you.  Please do not hold me accountable if you find yourself under a bridge quivering...covered by my GM bananas.

Grand Mariner Bananas French Toast

For the custard:
Egg Yolks 
Marx Foods Tahitian Vanilla Beans - split
4 tbs Organic Florida Cane Sugar
1.5 tbs Vanilla infused agave syrup
1/2 cup Whole milk - well chilled
2 cups Heavy cream

In a glass bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until thickend.  Whisk in the cold milk, heavy cream, vanilla infused agave syrup.  Add the split vanilla beans.  Cover with plastic wrap and fridge for 15 hours.

For the bread: 
1 loaf Colombian bread - store bought - (Brioche is a viable substitute)

Cut the bread into 1 inch thick slices the night before.  Keep in a plastic bag.  I do not serve the crusts.

In a deep dish, add half of the custard.  Soak the bread slices for 1 minute on each side.  In a saute pan melt 2 tbs butter.  Allow the butter to BROWN.  Please not BLACK, black no good.  Add the bread slices cooking for 2 to 3 minutes per side.

For the Grand Mariner Bananas: 
4 bananas - cut into 1/2 inch slices on the bias
1/4 cup Grand Mariner
3 tbs orange juice
2 tbs caster sugar
1 tbs water

In a saute pan, heat 2 tbs butter.  Add the bananas cook for 2 minutes until lightly browned.  Off the heat, add the Grand Mariner, orange juice and water.  Bring to the boil.  Reduce to a simmer.  Add the caster sugar. Simmer for five minutes.

To plate:
1. Center a slice of bread.
2. Dust with a combo of ground cinnamon and caster sugar
3. Add the GM Bananas
4. Drizzle some of the GM sauce on the plate.

French Toast That Pops & Rocks

The lawyer named this one.  Add Pop Rocks to your French Toast and give your taste buds a new sensory experience.  It's amazing how these little candies maintain thier poppy qualities even on the toast.  Try's pretty cool ~

Make these dishes for your significant other, who knows you might get lucky!

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. What a lucky woman! That all looks delicious!

  2. Wow I must say your right about alot of things here, lucky to have the love of your life, talent, and this is diffinitely fit for a King! Its good to be the King (Mel Brooks) lol this looks fabulous! well done :)

  3. What a lucky woman indeed, these creative dishes bring a whole new sense of fun and flavor to that first and very important meal in the morning.

  4. That is definitely a breakfast worth staying in bed for! My mother scrambled her eggs in the same way and she swore she taught the technique to James Beard. I have never been able to authenticate this!!


  5. Hi Lazaro,
    Awww.... sometimes the way to a woman's heart is through her stomach ;) You are so fortunate and lucky to be together! Loving the pop rocks for breakfast. And your breakfast in bed is making me extra hungry. I really shouldn't read people's food blogs before I eat breakfast.... *grumble grumble*.

  6. Woo hoo! Way to go for a great breakfast! She is one lucky lawyer! Wish I had a fork in each hand to dig in and enjoy!

  7. Lucky you having someone for whom you want to cook!

  8. Hmm I wish I had this for breakfast this morning rather than my toasts and coffee! Those French toasts are simply delightful with all the vanilla flavors you added (I am a vanilla nut) - yes indeed your wife is a lucky one!

  9. Breakfast looks like a delicious leisurely affair at your house, lol, the pop rocks looks more like a midnight snack for a house full of kids at a slumber party where nobody sleeps!

  10. I should have you talk to my husband! haha...Indeed your wife is one lucky lady! Yummy

  11. Those are some pretty awesome breakfast treats! I would have to be the one doing the cooking. I would fall over in shock if my husband did that. He did make me a grilled cheese once when I was sick!

    How nice that you can show her how much she means to you! Beautiful job well done!

  12. Lucky indeed! I only get chili dogs, not in bed thank goodness! ;-) I love finding great recipes for breakfast, thx so much!
    Your writing is hilarious! I will try to use moderation and self control when eating the bananas Marnier! maybe....

  13. These all looks amazing. I can just reach for those Chicken and Eggs. The French Toast, lovely flavors, and pop rocks great touch.
    You have one lucky lawyer.

  14. Some great and fun recipes!...The Grand Mariner Bananas French Toast sounds divine!...A lovely tribute post to your beautiful wife=you guys are both very lucky to have found each other and wise enough to appreciate what you have while you have it!!...Sending hugs to you both and kisses to your sweet kitties; have a wonderful weekend friends!

  15. Oh my, it all looks good, love the whole chicken and egg thing, funny, but yummy!

  16. may you cook me breakfast toooooooo? I love to try your breakfast!! hehe. looks too delicious :). it still interests me about chicken or egg first!! But we'll never get the answer! hahaha. funny.

    PS: Have a lovely weekend!

  17. I have to say, I think you have one very lucky wife to get eggs that perfect.
    Reminds me of the Julia Child 1/2 hour eggs. Insanely creamy and delicious. Lovely recipe and sentiment.

  18. Yum! I will have to forward this to my husband... see if he'll make me some breakfast in bed. That french toast? Yum!! And pop rocks... I'll have to give that a try... great job, yet again :)

  19. Your wife is a lucky woman. Glad to hear life has blessed you with love! I've had a pop rock martini but never a pop rock french toast. neat!

  20. This is wonderful, and I loved the Grand Marnier Banana Foster French Toast. That sounds abundantly flavorful. Thanks so much for sharing this, and I'm sure your lawyer loved it!

  21. Three beautiful and intriguing dishes - how lucky you both are! If you have time, you might want to check out the entries for the Culinary Smackdown - we've got some fine ones.

  22. Your other half is a lucky lady! I need to remind Mr. Bunkycooks that he used to prepare some nice dinners a while back. Maybe you can come and give him a nudge! ;)

  23. what a perfect eggs right is not as easy as it looks..they cook so fast....mine spend more time off the burner than on.....and your french toast looks so very very good....Its nice to be able to take care of the one you love!
    enjoy whats left of the weekend my friend!

  24. Aww, you two are lucky to have each other! Heck, I'm lucky if my hubby even makes me breakfast. Lol. This is definitely a lovely breakfast fit for a Queen. I didn't know those pop rock candies still existed. I used to love those when I was a kid.

  25. That is a breakfast worth waiting until Saturday for! Delicious!

  26. I wish I had breakfast in bed!!!!
    The lawyer is a lucky girl and you are such a sweet hubby, Laz.
    Everything looks so great and they made me hungry agian after a big feast of meat at the bbq. I've tried the pop rocks! It's a fun snack and makes me tickle :D

  27. Lucky is not the word. One of my fantasies is having a man (seriously, I'm down to all and any offers now) cook for me......just me, and waiting with bated breath to see if I approve *sigh*

    Everything looks wonderful, but I want the french toast with bananas and Grand Marnier. Absolutely masterful!

  28. Aww this looks so yummy!Any wife would be lucky to wake up to these dishes :D

  29. note to self. Find a husband who will make me breakfast in bed. With poprocks on it.

    That french toast looks amazing.

  30. Awww, you are an excellent hub! You and Poppa Trix should start a club. ; ) Awesome breakfast.

  31. Wow, pop rocks on french toast:) What a wonderful breakfast I am sure your wife must have been in heaven:)

  32. Lucky wife! This is so sweet. Amazing breakfast! I love the idea of putting pop rocks on french toast, it sounds like fun--how did you think of that?

  33. You are a real gentleman and your wife is a very lucky lady.
    Awesome dishes ♥

  34. Love your chicken and egg dish! Who care what came first? Just eat them together, haha! Also love that you made your lady some breakfast. More guys should do that!!

  35. Cute post! It all looks delicious, but I had a good chuckle at the pop-rock toast. We may have to try that!

  36. Aha...I must show my husband your post :D If he cooks me this to have in bed, I think I would just continue to stay in bed...haha. It just looks so delicious....mmmmm

  37. Lazaro, you may be lucky in love ... and the lawyer may be twice as lucky! What an incredible breakfast! The chicken and eggs dish is not only clever, it looks amazing. LOVE, love it!

    Beautiful post all around. :)

  38. Wow, she is SO luck...what a treat for breakfast...everything looks fabulous!

  39. OMG!So tempting pictures! Ur wife is really lucky!

  40. I don't think I've ever seen more perfectly cooked scrambled eggs! I've got to try your method!

  41. Lucky lady! Lazaro, your chicken and eggs look wonderful. Thanks for reminding me about the Wondra flour. I haven't used it in years. It was my grandma's favorite. The chicken looks so light, yet crunchy. Putting Wondra on my shopping list!

  42. oh how perfect wonderful for you to spoil her, love it...oh my hubby would spoil me but he leaves such HUGE mess, haha loving the poprocks, my kids would go nuts over this!!



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