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Monday, August 16, 2010

Broccoli Breakfast Blogaversery

Wow. It's hard to believe that it has only been a year since we decided to start sharing our kitchen adventures with the rest of the world. It seems as if most people who celebrate their first year cook something extravagent to share and celebrate. But instead of sharing the wonderful leg of lamb and buttermilk polenta meal we shared on our actual blogging anniversary, instead I opted for a throwback of some of our first pictures. In other words, giving you something completely unidentifiable, and highly questionable. At least this is slightly more focused than our first blogging attempts.The picture above is of a green egg salad by the way, just in case you were dying of curiosity.

Although the questionable picture is a small reminder of how far (some) of our pictures and hopefully our writing has come since the early days, the recipes really signify the beauty of the blogging world. Like so many of the recipes we've tried on our adventures, even something as simple as a scrambeled egg salad has bits and pieces of inspiration and techniques picked up from browsing the blogging world. One of the first factoids we came across when we started blogging was that you could actually use those huge stems of broccoli once you get done with the florets. All you have to do is peel them, and voila! This was somewhat of a revelation to us at the time, and maybe there's someone out there who is unaware of this now.

Over the last year we've gone on many adventures, from our Ohio Wine Dinner and Buitoni Dinner, to Daniel's two months of non-stop bread baking, and to the many culinary adventures we've been glad to pursue but haven't had the camera or time to turn into a post to share with you. Even when we don't share our posts with everyone, the feedback and encouragement we've received from you all has given us even more ambition and an ever growing desire to share our new adventures with you. So thanks!

Broccoli Pancakes (makes 4)
 2 Broccoli Stems, peeled and shredded, divided
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 egg
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Additional oil for pan
Additional salt and pepper to taste

1. In food processor, puree all but 1/4 cup cup shredded broccoli with garlic cloves, and olive oil. Remove from processor and combine with one egg.
2. In a separate bowl, sift together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Combine with broccoli and egg mixture. Add buttermilk slowly to achieve right consistency.
3. Heat skillet over medium high heat with additional olive oil. When pan is hot, add half of reserved broccoli and divide in half. Quickly saute. When broccoli begins to brown , spread each pile into a thin layer and top each with 1/4 of the pancake batter. When batter begins to bubble, flip.
4. Repeat with remaining broccoli and pancake batter.

Green Egg Broccoli Salad

5 Eggs
2 Broccoli Stems, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove
2 tbsp buttermilk
salt and pepper to taste
1 medium sized carrot, peeled and shredded
1 tbsp soy sauce

1. In food processor, puree broccoli stems, olive oil, and garlic.Combine broccoli, eggs, and buttermilk and whisk quickly.
2. Heat skilled over medium heat. Add eggs and scramble, adding salt and pepper to taste.
3. When eggs are finished (they will be a different texture than regular scramble eggs because of the extra moisture from the broccoli), plate and top with a handful a carrots and a splash of soy sauce.

So, thanks for a great year!!! Let us know if there's anything you'd like to see on our blog in the next year so we can continue to grow and improve. Who knows where the next year will take us!


Fresh Local and Best said...

Happy bloganniversary! I'm so glad to see a recipe that makes good use of broccoli stems, it must add a nice texture to the omelet.

RamblingTart said...

Congratulations!!! :-) Broccoli pancakes sound savory and fabulous! :-)

Ana Powell said...

Congratulations and Happy anniversary.
Keep on posting for many more years your wonderful recipes, I love visiting you.
Have a great week ♥

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Congratulations Dawn and Daniel on your first blogiversary! May you continue to post your culinary adventures for many years to come. And that broccoli pancake is totally up my alley!

Joanne said...

Happy bloggiversary! It really is amazing how much a year of blogging can teach you! The food looks delicious and here's to many more!

Magic of Spice said...

Happy anniversary :) These are great looking pancakes...

Reeni said...

Happy Blogiversary! Have another great year! I, for one learned something today - never used the stalks on their own like this.

A Plum By Any Other Name said...

I think your broccoli pancakes look gorgeous. (Can I legally say that about broccoli pancakes?) Cheers to a whole year of blogging about food!

grace said...

what a fun way to celebrate your blogiversary! i, for one, am guilty of tossing my broccoli stems, but i see no reason not to give this a try!

Angie's Recipes said...

Happy Blogaversary!
Broccoli pancakes look very healthy and nutritious!

Drick said...

wow, all those stems I've discarded could have been eaten...who knew? - have a great 2nd year, looking forward to your great adventures in blogging and cooking

Katie@Cozydelicious said...

Congrats on your birthday! I love this broccoli pancake! The stem is my favorite part. And this looks so tasty! Yum!

Jen Cheung said...

this dish looks healthy! Im also an egg lover. anything to do with eggs - i will put it in my mouth! I can eat eggs every day :) it's simple to make!!

Have a lovely day!!
Jen @

Jessica said...

This sounds delicious! Yum!

Juliana said...

First congratulations on your blog anniversary...then the broccoli pancakes look delicious :-) Great pictures!

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Foodessa said...

One year already...seems like you've been doing it for longer...congrats on time well spent ;o)

I use broccoli stems all the time. Great recipe. Thanks.

Flavourful wishes,

Magic of Spice said...

Happy blogaversery! Great dish :)

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