Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? I'll be honest, I am not much for wolfing down a bowl of cereal and heading off to work with milk spilled on my shirt. In fact, I am simply not hungry until late morning and then I want something salty and substantial. Or creamy and sweet. Or both- and brunch is just the thing.
For me, the quintessential part of a good brunch is hollandaise sauce. Once the sauce is made and eggs are handy, endless variations on the classic Eggs Benedict are inevitable. I like mine with spinach and smoked salmon in place of the traditional Canadian bacon. A bagel half or slice of toast can easily be swapped for the English muffin. Herbs and sauteed vegetables can be served on top or on the side, of course with a healthy dose of hollandaise. And if your sauce separates? No problem, give it a quick whisk and pour it on.
In the summer heat, start with dessert first! July's Spice Dreams has you covered with a variety of unusual ice cream recipes, including some that use herbs fresh from the garden. Check out the recipe for Basil Ice Cream, along with ice cream books selected from the library's collection.
You may have noticed ice cream book displays in your local branches, preparing you for an essential summer staple. I took on the delicious task of testing this recipe for you: