Posts Tagged ‘Breakfast Recipes’

The birth of the breakfast June Bug

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

I’m always thinking about food, at least new items for breakfast here a the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast.  Last week I was out planting some vegetables and herbs for the season and while planting the basil it occurred to me that I always plant too much basil.  While I do use some for pesto for our vegan guests I rarely make it for Pat and myself, mostly because Pat does not really care for it.

So what to do this summer when the basil is in full swing?  How about a new first course, so with the basil I have on hand, store bought, I embark on a crazy idea, making a basil mousse, now I do not think the idea of making mousse from herbs is new, but it is for me and our guests as well.  The dish is actually a Basil white-chocolate mousse over a layer of strawberry (did I mention that its strawberry season here in Virginia) greek yogurt.  After they finished the dish and licked the glasses I suggested that they have the honor or coming up with a name and the name they chose was a “June Bug”, sort of a play on a grasshopper, the cocktail made with creme de menthe.

Basil white-chocolate mouse over ripe strawberry Greek Yogurt

Basil white-chocolate mousse layered over strawberry yogurt (June Bug)

The process. Because I knew that this would not be something to whip up in the morning I decided to make it the night before.  Besides the gelatin in the mousse really needed time to set up.

The first step was to puree some of the fresh strawberries that we had picked at the local berry farm.  I always lean towards fresh local ingredients if at all possible and it is the beginning of the strawberry season here in Virginia. Following the pureeing of the berries I grabbed some of my favorite Greek Yogurt and added some of the pureed strawberry to the yogurt and stirred it to combine and placed it in the bottom of 4 - 9.25 ounce martini glasses. I then place the glasses in to the fridge.

The next step was to make the mousse.  I grabbed a pot and put some heavy cream into the pot and then brought it up to a slight simmer and added the basil leaves and removed it from the heat.  I allowed the mixture to steep for 10-minutes, then pureed in my Vita-prep.  I got mine several years ago when Jimmy Snead of the restaurant The Frog and the Redneck closed his restaurant and was selling of his equipment. (more…)

Omelette Mondays beginning in May

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Most everyone has heard of Julia Child (1912-2004). It was in Paris that Julia met two French women, Simca Beck and Louisette Bertholle, who were writing a cookbook aimed at an American audience. They needed an American collaborator. Julia was perfectly suited for the job. She began testing recipes. For nearly ten years, she devoted herself to writing, testing and re-writing. She confided to her sister-in-law: “Really, the more I cook the more I like to cook. To think it has taken me 40 yrs. To find my true passion (cat and husband excepted).”

She was invited to appear on a television program called “I’ve Been Reading”, produced by WGBH, Boston’s public television station. The host of the show was reluctant to take time for a subject as trivial as cooking. But Julia was undeterred. She arrived with a hot plate, giant whisk and eggs, and made an omelet. Twenty-seven viewers wrote to the station, wanting to see more. The station produced three pilots, then launched into production of The French Chef. Produced and directed by Russ Morash, the series broadcast a total of 199 programs, produced between 1963 and 1966.By the end of 1965,

The French Chef was carried by 96 PBS stations. Sales of Mastering the Art of  Cooking” were picking up speed – 200,000 copies sold. In 1965, Julia won a Peabody. In 1966, she won an Emmy. Time put her on the cover in a feature article on American food – “Everyone’s in the Kitchen.”

But this series is not about Julia, although America will miss her, it about Romaine Chatard Champion, the author of of the book “The Art of Cooking Omelettes” published in 1963. (more…)

We Switch to Mighty Leaf Tea

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Breakfast is a big part of being a bed and breakfast and, for us, breakfast is a big deal. Here at Richmond’s premier bed and breakfast inn we strive to serve our guests the very best hearty gourmet breakfast, including local, farm-fresh ingredients and organic products that meet our standards of quality and taste.

A Mighty Leaf Tea Pouch: handcrafted quality to maximize the tea experience

We have now selected Mighty Leaf Tea Company’s artisan teas as our house tea.   Tea connoisseurs know that freshly brewed tea with whole tea leaves has the richest character and Mighty Leaf has created a tea pouch filled with the world’s finest whole tea leaves, herbs, fruits and flavor too big for ordinary tea bags. The pouches themselves are a work of art: handcrafted, silken and biodegradable – stitched with unbleached cotton, no glue or staples.

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Special Stamp for Valentine’s Day

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Here’s an INNsider Tip from the William Miller House Bed and Breakfast lodging in Richmond!  

Did you know there is a Valentines, Virginia? And, yes, Postmaster Kathy Fajna, will hand-cancel your Valentines greetings with a postmark that says “Valentines, VA.” and hand-stamp each with her special red, heart-shaped seal.   (more…)