A Berry Good Breakfast

11 Jan

Wow, I am the queen of cheezy post titles. I think that one took me over the edge.

I wanted to take a moment to highlight one of the holiday gifts I received. I think you can appreciate it.

My brother-in-law and his wife had a whole squirrel-themed box for me. It was filled with delicious organic walnuts, a squirrel nutcracker (naturally) and another choice item that has become a traffic-stopper at my cube at work.

Squirrel Underpants!

Yes folks, squirrel underpants! You can’t quite tell by the picture, but it’s a 2D squirrel cutout with real cloth squirrel-sized underpants. I love it! My backyard is like a squirrel nudist colony, so these would probably be appreciated by some of the other neighboorhood critters.

This morning was Sunday breakfast day. Well, obvoiusly it is Sunday and we ate breakfast. But Sunday breakfast is an event for us because it’s usually the only weekend day we are both home. Before I start in on homework or baking and Jim hibernates in the office to work on his latest multimedia project we have Sunday morning to talk, spin some vinyl and enjoy a good meal together.

I love maple flavored things. Maple extract is my friend, I love maple butter on waffles with veggie sausage stuffed in the middle, I like maple syrup in things, but I do not like maple syrup on pancakes. I have never been a syrup girl. I usually just heat up some frozen fruit, blend it in my handichop and eat that instead, but this morning I wanted something different. At first I thought of making a lemon sauce, but thought it might be too pronounced and wanted something creamy instead.

I love berries and cream, so a Blueberries & Cream Sauce over our blueberry pancakes was in order. It takes a lot to get a food reaction out of Jim and it almost always involves peanut butter. He enjoys his food, but doesn’t revel in eating quite the same way I do. Imagine my surprise when he took a bite and with his eyes rolling in the back of his head said, “You have to put this in the book!” Well, okay!

Blueberry pancakes with Blueberries & Cream Sauce

Blueberry pancakes with Blueberries & Cream Sauce

Along with our pancakes, we enjoyed the tempeh and white bean sausage patties from VWaV. I haven’t made these things in over a year! I think I put them off because there are a couple of prep steps, like simmering the tempeh, that require more time than I like to put into breakfast. I made a double batch so we can whip them up during the week.

The cream sauce was so simple and delicious, I want you all to give it a try sooner than later. My sauce was made with almond milk, so it’s a little translucent but still very creamy. If you want it to look really opaque and thick I recommend using regular soy milk or soy creamer.

Blueberries and Cream Sauce
Makes 1 1/2 cups

1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp. plus 1 teas cornstarch
1 cup milk of choice (the higher the fat content, the thicker it will be)
1/2 teas. good quality vanilla
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and drained

In a small saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch until well combined. Whisk in milk and cook over medium-high heat to a boil, while whisking. Lower to a simmer, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes. Add vanilla and cook for one more minute. Remove from heat and pour sauce into a bowl. Let chill in fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes or until it is a bit more set, but still warm. Add blueberries and lightly mix to combine. Do not overmix blueberries or sauce will look blueish/grey. Serve warm or cold over pancakes or waffles.

Resolution update: Worked out 3 times this week, but otherwise I did poorly. The “likes” just keep on comin’ and I only ate chocolate once. Once! It’s sad, really. I must persevere!


13 Responses to “A Berry Good Breakfast”

  1. ruby red vegan January 11, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    Oh my gosh, I want to rip that squirrel off the picture and give him a big squeezy hug! That is so adorable.

    So I need maple extract advice! Since you obviously own some, what brand do you use? I want to order some online. I love maple everything too! Maple butter is on my “to-try” list, and it certainly sounds like it would be so good the way you have it, with waffles and vegan sausage!

    All right, all this brunchy berry business makes me want to cook breakfast right this very instant.

    • krispycheks January 11, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

      Okay, so I guess what I have is maple flavor. But it’s very good. It’s the top bottle on this page: http://www.frontiercoop.com/products.php?ct=ssbfbf&cn=Maple+Flavor

      Maple butter is good, but it’s expensive. The nice thing is that you need way less than you think you do, because it’s maple concentrate! I like to make pancakes or waffles, put a little EB on, then a little smear of maple butter and toss in some sausage patties, fold and voila! Breakfast sammich. SO GOOD.

  2. jessy January 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    it’s all good on the resolutions – sometimes you get a week where it’s tough to keep up! but hey, at least you got to eat chocolate, even if it was just once, and worked out 3 times! better than nothin’ right?!

    i’m a maple freak as well. don’t tell dan – but i totally put pure maple syrup on a spoon and eat it. oh my gosh, it’s so awesome! but your blueberries & cream sauce looks so amazing i’ve gotta give it a go next time we make pancakes! i’m gonna pick up some blueberries soon & give it a whirl! mmmmmmmmmmmm! i can’t wait!

    hooray for a scrumptious sunday breakfast (and hooray for a fun title to your post. i say, the cheezier the better! ahahhahaa!)!

  3. jumbleberryjam January 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    I just watched Mamma Mia…I’m cheez-immune ;-). That blueberry cream sauce looks divine…almost as scrumptious as my fond memories of MightyO. ‘Tis my first stop upon my glorious return to Seattle this summer!!

    • krispycheks January 11, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

      Oh Mighty O. Portlanders talk about Voodoo, but their donuts are disgusting. I’d rather be donutless than eat that greasy junk. I just wait until I go to Seattle and then I gorge. 🙂

  4. s January 11, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    The berry cream sounds great!

  5. Sandy January 11, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Working out is such a bore! I would rather be eating some of your delish recipes, prepared by you of course!! 🙂

  6. shellyfish January 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm #

    I love cheesy titles – as long as it’s vegan cheese! Your breakfast sounds yum!

  7. Vegetation January 12, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    Hahaha, I LOVE the squirrel undies!

    And mmmmm that breakfast looks amazing!

  8. becks~not a rabbit January 12, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    The food looks great, but the highlight of the post has to be the squirrel underpants! AWESOME! I’m so ammused! >:oD

  9. Celine January 12, 2009 at 11:51 pm #

    the squirrel! there are no words, only love.

  10. The Vegan Conservative November 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    this is my 2nd time looking at this post, but I only just now noticed the Mighty-O cup in the background! Most delicious donuts ever tasted….vegan or otherwise

    • Kris November 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

      Mighty-O is the best!

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