Hello Book and Breakfast Lovers!! — Two of my favorite things rolled into one morning– breakfast with friends and books, lots of books. A couple tables-full of friends came in last week for these eggy-spinach-avocado open face breakfast sandwiches. We talked and ate and poured more coffee and talked some more.
Then we gathered round and pulled out favorite books to recommend. I borrowed a copy of The Light Between Oceans on the spot (thanks Janet!) and made a list of others I’m going to track down to read. It was great bookish fun. I love being with those smartsy ladies. Here’s our breakfast recipe– and a few book recommendations…
8 slices sourdough bread
6 slices bacon, cut to bits
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 tab. cream (or whole milk)
2 tab. butter
4 cups fresh spinach, chopped into slivers
1 cup grated cheddar
1/2 cup chives, chopped, divded
2 avocados, peeled and cut to nice chunks
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 tab. red onion, cut fine
a mini red, orange & yellow sweet pepper, cut to thin rings
Lightly toast the bread in the toaster and set aside.
Cook up the bits of bacon until nicely browned and set aside for now.
Carefully fold together the avocado, tomato and red onion. Set aside.
Whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper and cream until frothy. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Then pour in the beaten eggs. Let them cook on medium heat until slightly set and stir a bit– not too much so you have nice fluffy curds.
When the eggs are still a bit runny, not cooked clear through, drop in the spinach, cheddar and 1/4 cup of the chopped chives. Stir this all together until it is just set.
Now the fun part. Scoop out the spoonful of eggs onto the toast, Top it with the avocado salsa and top with the colorful little pepper rings and a sprinkle of chives.
To start us off we passed around bookmarks with these book loving quotes:
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” –Cicero
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
. —Groucho Marx
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” –William Styron
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
. –Desiderius Erasmus
“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” –Fran Lebowitz
And here’s a handful of the books that were heartily recommended:
#1. Falling Upward —by Richard Rohr
(Comparing the two halves of life, finding all God has for you in the 2nd half)
#2. All the Light We Cannot See —by Anthony Doerr
(A Blind French girl connects with a German boy in occupied France of WWII)
#3. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up —Marie Kondo
(Best selling Japanese author tells how decluttering frees you and finds joy)
#4. The Goldfinch –by Donna Tart
(Pulitzer prize–orphaned boy, a stolen painting, complicated life in N.Y.)
#5. The Light Between Oceans –by M.L. Stedman
(Australian childless couple finds a baby and later discovers her actual mother)
#6. The Other Wes Moore –by Wes Moore
(Two men grow up in Baltimore-one a Rhodes Scholar, business leader the other in
trouble with the law. Both named Wes Moore.)
P.S.– thanks to frenchlarkspur.com for the books on the plate photo