With the Christmas Season upon us you may be entertaining or hosting overnight guests. What to serve for breakfast or brunch is always a consideration. Something delicious but quick and easy is the best solution, in my view. But such a meal must have a bit of a WOW factor to impress your guests.
This is my favourite go to easy breakfast/brunch. Prosciutto and Cheese Baked Eggs. Begin with a muffin pan. Spray a touch of Pam in the pan and arrange thin sliced prosciutto in the pan depending on how many you are serving. A little grated cheese in the bottom followed by one fresh egg, a touch of pepper, more cheese and a tablespoon of whipping cream. We use grated Parmesan but you could use Cheddar, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, or for a spicier touch, maybe a Jalapeño Monterrey Jack . You don’t need much salt since the Prosciutto and the Parmesan are already pretty salty. I like to sprinkle in a few red pepper flakes but not everyone likes that heat.
Put the pan in a pre heated oven, 375F for 12- 15 minutes depending on how well cooked you like your eggs. I like them runny so 12 minutes usually works. I use a broad knife and a large serving spoon to extracate the bundle from the pan. Seems to work well and doesn’t break the egg. Serve them up with some mini croissants (Quality Foods) and a fruit cup and you have a delicious easy presentation that looks like this. And it is so delicious.
Well, you could kick it up with a MIMOSA! There you have a romantic brunch for two or any easy brunch for a bunch.
Breakfast for guests made easy.
Over the past year or so we have become pretty regularly consumers of pizza from SALT PIZZERIA at French Creek Landing. Their pizzas are excellent and the owners and staff are really nice, friendly folks. Whilst picking up our favourite CAPRICCIOSA pizza the other night the owner mentioned that they now offered Lasagna, ready to take home and reheat. She suggested I try one. We like Lasagna, so try one we did.
We enjoyed the meat lasagna last night and it was really delicious. Great flavour, with 4 or 5 layers of pasta. We added a little Parmesan Cheese on top. It was large enough for 4 regular or 2 extra hearty eaters. Pair it with a nice salad and dinner is served. They make meat and vegetable lasagnas although we would always go for the meat.
Don’t feel like cooking? Try a take out Lasagna from Salt Pizzeria. Call first to make sure they are not sold out.
By the way, you can eat in at Salt and they do have a Beer & Wine License and. a selection of interesting beer.
If you fancy dessert, try the Salt Spring Island GELATO! Yummy. Take some home.
We always order the Capricciosa Pizza but our friend Lorna highly recommends the mushroom pie. Might try it next.
Salt Pizzeria have a website. https://www.saltpizzeria.net and are also on Facebook.
Open Thursday through Monday from 3:00 to 8:30 PM.
201, 897 Island Highway. 250-586-2121.
Our Campbell River friends Marv & Judy told me about the quite new eatery in their neck of the woods. The BIG ROCK GARAGE AND RESTAURANT. They advise that the food is really good and they particularly enjoyed their huge bowls of Won Ton Soup. It’s not a Chinese Food Restaurant but does have very Asian flavours. The menu features mostly seafood including sushi rolls.
We have not been yet but the Big Rock Garage is definitely on our list. I checked out the food photos on their website and it does look good. Check it out here;
Next time you are in or around Campbell River you may want to drop in. Open for lunch and dinner. Big Rock Garage is located at 906 Island Highway South on the way into Campbell River.
RICKY’S ALL DAY GRILL opened six weeks ago on 19A in the south end of PARKSVILLE. My old colleague and friend Neil, from Victoria, was in Nanaimo and wanted to meet for lunch. RICKY’S seemed like a good choice since I had never been in a RICKY’S before. Maybe my fondness for White Spot since 1952 caused me to overlook Ricky’s.
It’s in a brand new building next to the Arbutus Grove Motel at 1182 Island Highway East and owned by the Aarbo family, owners of the motel since 2003. We found it to be very nicely done, in a White Spot sort of way. I guess the owners would say a Ricky’s sort of way. Mostly booth seating with a few counter spots. Very bright with big windows all around. The menu is as one would expect. Sandwiches, Burgers, Fish & Chips are the norm here. Neil, not known to shy away from hearty groceries, opted for the Blackened Chicken Fettuccine and rated it as excellent.
I chose the $12 quick lunch special, a Burger with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, served up on a wood plank with excellent fries. The burger was right sized for me, not too big, but really good. Here is the lunch special menu. They serve up half sizes of these sandwiches.
Service was prompt and friendly. The staff trainer did a good job. Parking is ample too. Here is the full menu. https://rickysrestaurants.ca/menus/
I liked my first encounter at RICKY’S and will go again. If you have not yet been to this new joint, put it on your list.
This week we enjoyed having overnight guests for a couple of nights. Last night our thoughtful guests treated us to dinner at the C View Restaurant at the Qualicum Beach Inn. What a pleasant surprise!
The C View has a new chef and they just launched a new dinner menu. And a good one it is, too. My favourite girl and I shared a Caesar Salad that was unusual in that it included delicious green beans. Then she chose her favourite, Crab Cakes that were pretty much just chunks of crab. I opted for the mussels which were done in a Tomato, Coconut Curry sauce that was wonderful. There were so many mussels I could not finish them all. Some bread was included and the dish was only $22. Our guests chose Butternut Squash Ravioli which she declared was really outstanding. He ordered Seafood spaghettini, which he said was pretty good.
Our server was yet another foreign chap, South African, who met a Canadian girl in a bar and, of course, ended up in Bowser. He was an excellent waiter. Efficient and charming.
Added to the evening was a continuous serenade of live classic guitar. Very nice touch.
Looking for a delightful evening with you true love…try the C View. I think you will be impressed with their new menu choices. We sure were. Here is their website https://cviewrestaurant.com
By the way, our friends Lorna & Mike recommend early dinner at the bar sharing a dish and some wine, something they do regularly.
The foodie ladies that give me kitchen tips told me about a must visit cookware shop in Duncan. So, since Saturday was a beautiful, sunny, fall day, an afternoon drive with my favourite girl seemed appropriate.
We pointed the red ILX south and an hour later found POTS & PARAPHERNALIA!
Wow! What a fabulous store it is. It’s in a beautifully restored old red brick building at 838 Canada Avenue in Duncan. The first step through the door almost takes your breath away as the displays are so artfully done. It’s a very spacious store full of glassware, dishes, pots, pans and pretty much everything else you might need or want. Don’t miss the upstairs where you will find stunning Duvet Covers and a grand assortment of sheets and towels and other things bed and bath.
The very friendly staff said one must visit in December as the store is decorated in a spectacular fashion. They also mentioned that they have a sale on all bedding every August.
POTS & PARAPHERNALIA, the ladies advised, has been in business for 39 years, 13 at the current location. The experience shows as much of the stock is tasteful, so elegant. Some of the best product displays I’ve seen anywhere. Absolutely a must visit even if you don’t need anything.
So if you are out for a drive or headed to Victoria or planning a winery tour in the area, include this wonderful shop on your itinerary.
For a sneak look check out their website at https://www.potsandparaphernalia.ca/
We took the slow road home through Maple Bay, Crofton, Chemainus and Saltair, a lovely drive on a country road. As our timing was good the ILX found its way to the CROW & GATE PUB for a 4 o’clock late lunch early dinner sometimes known as Linner.