breakfast without milk

i love sundays, but morning brunches are always tough if i haven’t planned them into our meal plan for the week.

today, i woke up to a largely empty kitchen. our produce consisted of spinach and rosemary–if you consider rosemary produce. and we had no milk, no cream, no dairy. it was time to be creative.

We had four eggs left, and i scrambled them as best i could without milk. I dug into what little was left in the fridge: spinach, rosemary, garlic, butter, and parmesan cheese.

I made a foray in our pantry and decided oatmeal would be a hearty, healthy pairing on this cold wintry morning. I toasted some sliced almonds (left over from alien babies), tossed in golden raisins, along with honey, a cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and ground cloves.

Things I liked:

1) It’s always surprising to me, the things I can come up with when I think there is no food left in the house. Lately, I’ve been challenging myself to plan one less meal per week because we usually end up a) with tons of leftovers, b) it’s cheaper and less wasteful, and c) with enough extra odds and ends to throw something tasty together, like this meal. Also helpful is a deep pantry. If I hadn’t had oatmeal, raisins, almonds, and spices just hanging around, we would have missed out on this tasty morning treat.

2) The rosemary in the eggs was delectable. I would do it again in a second.

Things I would change for next time:

1) MILK. The eggs weren’t all that malleable, and the oatmeal had a tinny, harsh quality to it. It was still a tasty meal, but milk would have made it much more pleasant (and I could have actually enjoyed my coffee).

2) SEASONING. The eggs were way too salty. I wasn’t tasting as I went–I rarely do with eggs–but the parmesan cheese provided enough saltiness without having to add any. I didn’t finish mine–but B finished his AND mine. He’s less picky than I am (lucky for me!).

3) SPICES. I would totally add cayenne and orange rind to the oatmeal next time (along, of course, with milk or cream). It needed a good kick.

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3 Comments on “breakfast without milk”

  1. Leslie says:

    You’ve got this food porn thing *down*. I may have to hire you as my official blog photographer. Do you accept payments in milk (raw, pastured, whole, of course).

  2. Alison says:

    Glad you like the photos! I’d be happy to be hired. Milk is of course my preferred method of payment, especially when it has been chemically altered into the form of cheese.

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