Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Breakfast for Lunch

It's not unusual for me to fix a traditional breakfast meal for dinner, but I don't think I've often done the same for lunch.

Long about 11 o'clock this morning, my stomach was signaling me it was EMP-ty and needed some refueling.  What sounded good?  French toast with haskap berry syrup.

I've whined and complained plenty in past blog posts regarding the sour and unpleasant taste of haskap berries fresh off our bushes.  Heck, we've even put them in a bowl swimming in cream and they still aren't pleasant to eat.

Other than the cordial dear daughter made with some of the berries this past Christmas time (the contents of that bottle of deep purple liqueur disappeared in no time and was excellent), I've found another way to use the berries that we simply love.

I tried making jam with them following my blueberry jam recipe adding no more sugar than I do in that recipe.  The end product didn't come anywhere close to jam consistency, but wowzer!  Do we have several jars of a really good tasting syrup.

Not the least bit sour, bitter or otherwise unpalatable.  We've been eating it over pancakes, waffles and French toast and enjoying it very much.  (I have a strong feeling the haskap berries would make an excellent wine, too, if anyone in this family ever got around to doing that.)

Haskaps are so loaded with high nutritional value including many times more antioxidants than even blueberries that we don't feel hesitant to slather the syrup on.

Today's lunch:  French toast made with sourdough bread we've been getting from a young entrepreneur who has been baking his bread in an outdoor oven all winter, part of it with some of the haskap berry syrup already ladled over it, homemade coleslaw from veggies from our root cellar, homemade applesauce from our orchard's bounty, and a sausage pattie not home grown, but made from bulk sausage purchased from our co-op in town.

Gotta say that lunch took care of my growling tummy.  I could eat that for breakfast, lunch or dinner any day.  Plus, now I'm loaded with a good dose of antioxidants from the haskap syrup. 


Vera said...

Nice lunch! And all provided from the home larder, which makes it even better to eat knowing that you have provided it all yourself.

Sandy Livesay said...

Mama Pea,

Looks real Yummy!!! I'd have breakfast anytime of day. I've never heard of Haskaps berries at all.


coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Breakfast for supper is one of my husband's favourite meals. Before reading your blog, I had never heard of haskap berries. I'm not good with sour fruit, so I would definitely have to make jam (with the usual ton of sugar). Have you ever made any kind of wine? -Jenn

Susan said...

Hurray! A good use for those pesky haslap berries. Now you don't have to go out and dig up the bushes. Heehee. I prefer breakfast for almost any mean EXCEPT breakfast.

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

I must say I am not a fan of breakfast for anytime of day except breakfast. My mum would sometimes make bacon and eggs for supper and I would get so peeved! BUT! This looks GOOD! :) I would eat that for breakfast, lunch or supper. Yes I would! :) Maybe in our new space I could look at growing some haskap. Wonder if the deer don't like them? I need to get in the head space of planting deer resistant everything. There is apparently a plethora around our new parts. Sigh. Cactus anyone?

Athanasia said...

Looks delicious. I love breakfast foods, no matter the time of day.

Mama Pea said...

Vera - Well, ALMOST all from the home larder. There was the day when the sausage would have been, too, but we're trying like heck to simplify and cut back!

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - I'm a breakfast lover, too. I wrote a couple of posts on haskap berries if you're interested.

Mama Pea said...

Jenn - No, although we talk about it all the time we've never ventured into wine making. The closest we've come is making homemade root beer!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Now that we're actually finding ways to use the darn berries (!), I'm glad we DIDN'T dig them up when I wanted to!

So, may I ask, what DO you eat for breakfast?

Mama Pea said...

MrsDM - Haskap berries were originally developed in Canada so I'm betting you'd have good luck with them. Unfortunately, the deer like them. :o( There is no way we could garden at all without a good fence keeping the deer out.

P.S. Your new area might be a smidge bit cool for a cactus farm. ;o)

Mama Pea said...

Athanasia - You and me both! Something "comforting" about breakfast foods.