Another chef in the kitchen! This is usually not a good scenario, but I welcomed this guest chef with open arms, a kiss and a hug! My handsome son arrived mid morning yesterday to serve his mother (and father) brunch. What was on the menu, you ask? Something gourmet, of course. He is definitely a better cook than me. He's more daring with his ingredients and he always comes up with tasty results. He needs to "throw down with Bobby Flay" He would be a great competitor!
|Handsome chef at work|
He swooped into my kitchen and began his smooth orchestration of slicing strawberries, mixing ricotta with chocolate shavings, peeling and deveining prawns, etc. Just watching him work is a thrill to me. But I am very partial!
When he was 3- ish he'd watch me in the kitchen and try to put his spatula into the skillet! He's always had the knack and ability for creating whether it's his music or something he cooks up in the kitchen.
Today I'll feature the cannoli filled strawberry french toast he made me for Mother's Day! His prosciutto wrapped prawns and asparagus will be on a later post.
For the filling:
1 container of part skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp orange or mandarin zest
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 of a 3.5 oz. dark chocolate bar, grated
Mix all the ingredients and set aside.
Slice a 16 oz. container of strawberries and set aside.
1/4 inch slices of rustic Pugliese bread. (12 slices for 3 healthy servings)
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated is best
1 Tbsp vanilla
a splash of milk or cream
In a bowl, mix the eggs and spices, whisking well. Start assembling the french toast by laying down one slice, cover with ricotta mixture, arrange sliced berries and close with another slice of bread. Do this until bread is gone. Have a large skillet or griddle ready with a little melted butter. Dip the "sandwiches" into the egg mixture, turn to coat the other side and carefully put into the waiting pan. Cook on both sides until golden. Dust with confectioners sugar and drizzle with maple syrup (optional, but good).
|A brunch a mother could love!|
Thanks, son for an amazing brunch! Surely the best in town!