The a.m. food vibe. My own morning habits have gone from merely convenient and tasty to just a little bit obsessive. Smoothies are the norm six or seven mornings a week and I feel a little off if I miss a day. Toast with jam or honey, same thing. Coffee, mornings only, though there are occasional midnight espresso exceptions with a gang of friends trying to be carefree with their caffeine. Friend Poppy’s into granola most days, and nearly every Saturday a fried egg with fresh greens from the farmer’s market. We savor our a.m. habits because they taste and feel good, comfort us, and they accommodate our schedules.
Morning rituals become embedded and, if we’re lucky, move from merely convenient to comforting meditations, beyond just a kick start. Making coffee from scratch, for example. I smell it, feel the steam, notice the iridescent bubbling in the filter, close my eyes and feel grateful for a new day and that I’m here, feeling pretty good. Also grateful that the coffee’s about ready. That first cup – for some it’s tea – a little steamed milk, toast, self indulgent I know, my morning ritual.
Here are a few a.m. recipes from Mixed Greens that are delicious wake up calls for leisurely or fast-paced mornings. Either way, take a moment to smell the coffee and taste your delicious new day.
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Frittatas, granola, smoothies, eggs . . . they all invite creativity and spontaneity, depending on what you have around and what your taste buds crave. Last night, last minute, we made a giant frittata with what was in the fridge: a few bits of pancetta, leek, potato, brassica florets from the garden, all sautéed together in plenty of olive oil. Add a few eggs with some milk or cream, season, cook for just a moment on the burner, sprinkle the top with Parmesan. Pop into 375 oven for just 4 or 5 minutes, maybe less. Embellish with whatever, grated cheese, sour cream, avocado, chives. Voilà, breakfast for dinner.
Switch these recipes around as needed to fit your own ingredients and culinary ideas. Say good morning to yourself.