I usually spend my week running from one important thing to the next, and last Sunday I had no errands or obligations. I had time on my hands. This called for a celebration with some sangria and a leisurely GF eggs benny brunch!
I love this quote by Argentinean chef Francis Mallmann:
“It’s very important to have opposites in life. You sleep one night in a beautiful hotel, and then the next night you sleep under a tree. If you always sleep in a palace, it’s very boring. And if you always sleep under a tree, it’s sort of chilly.”
This quote was in an older issue of Food and Wine magazine given to me by my friend Lori. She knows a lot about wine and has a good overall vision on what makes life great! Shoot, she’s an optometrist!
I thought about this quote and how it relates to the beauty of opposites, food, and my desire for something with a little bit more flavor that takes more time to prepare and savor.
Eating fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein is key for health and wellness, but after a while it’s easy to get tired of eating the same ol’ gluten free diet of boiled eggs for breakfast and grilled chicken with steamed veggies for dinner.
During the week, we tend to go for the simple things to eat when we’re busy doing a lot of different things: a smoothie, an apple, carrot sticks, sushi, salad, or veggie roll from the local Whole Foods. Sometimes the line at our favorite grab ‘n go places are just too long. Other times even a salad takes too much time to eat.
When we eat the same things repeatedly, boredom takes over and then those unhealthy, convenience foods start to look more and more appealing.
Eating healthy in a hurry has it’s challenges, but so worth it when the weekend rolls around and we can balance it out with the opposite. Sometimes you want a hard boiled egg and mannnyyyy times a GF Eggs Benny is on your list, but then you save it for a Sunday when you can take the time to savor it.
Opposites keep your dining interesting and you stay healthy!
GF Eggs Benny Brunch (Serves 4)
8 slices thick cut bacon
1 bag Alexa Yukon Gold Hash browns, or—better yet—make your own cast iron skillet fries
You can poach your eggs or fry them, use bacon, ham or salmon. You can also use gluten free bread instead of hash browns. I like going for the single ingredient items, so that’s why I use hash browns. Another option is to substitute a crab cake for the potatoes beneath the eggs and bacon.
I think the secret of a great Eggs Benny is always in the sauce. And it’s really no secret. I fully disclose all facts. Plus, the number one truth is Hollandaise will rock any dish!
For the Hollandaise Sauce:
3 egg yolks
1 stick of butter
One tablespoon lemon (I used key limes)
Use a metal whisk to combine together the three yolks over low heat adding in the lime. Slowly add half the butter, then add the second half and whisk until smooth.
For the Sangria:
1 bottle red wine
1.5 cups rum
Orange slices, apple slices, blueberries
I’ve read that if you’re going to make traditional red sangria, make your base an inexpensive Spanish table wine with plenty of fruit flavor and not a lot of of tannins, which add bitterness. I used a California blend and it turned out delicious. I think the main thing is to not use wine in your sangria you wouldn’t want to drink by itself!