breakfast #25

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I don't know if this is really breakfast #25.  But it might as well be.  There's a lot of breakfasts in here.  So I'll start at 25 & number them from now on.  Just to amuse myself. 

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For those of you visiting from the Crafty Crow, welcome!  I always love seeing what Crafty Families link to here.  It's an interesting snapshot of the world from my laptop ~ some of you are into natural birth, others into home styling, some into homeschooling.  It's a random cultural intersection, as are we.  

This morning we're enjoying our usual heap of white rice + fried fish + sweet onions caramelized with soy sauce & lemon juice.  If this sounds good to you, you should know it's not as good as Toyomansi, which is soy sauce + calamansi juice.  Those are fruity-lime-like citrus from the Philippines.  But you can buy the little trees & have your own supply, if you keep the tree warm.  It's worth it, because the bottled stuff has MSG, which I didn't know until just now.  

Gluten-Free Pain de Purdue, aka Mom's Christmas French Toast.  It's basically baguette (we get ours from Farmer's Kitchen Cafe) that was soaked in a mixture of eggs, milk, cinnamon, sugar & oj.  And lots of butter.

Mint Tea + Local Honey + Soy Milk for all.  I love the name of our local honey farm:


I think the special dish here is the Maple-Dijon Brussels Sprouts. This is from Mollie Katzen's Vegetable Dishes I Can't Live Without.  That's such a fabulous, fabulous cookbook.  She has you split them, brown them a bit, steam for a moment, then add something like 1/4 of Maple Syrup + 2 T of dijon mustard.  Genius.  It is so savory & sweet & tastes so good with the rice & fish.  Plus, it's really elegant.

Speaking of elegant, here is the proper way to have your morning meal at a table with Pacific-Islanders: 

Sit on the kitchen couch with one leg folded in front of you.  The other leg should be up, so your knee hits the table.  Make sure to scoop up your rice in a cupped right hand, grabbing as many other little extras as possible.  Raise your elbow into the air so you can get it all into your mouth.  Finish talking and laughing over one another. Otherwise the food won't taste as good, you won't role your eyes with happiness, & that would be rude.

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