eat local challenge, eat local challenge 2008Just a couple nights ago, I wrote about how we never really eat breakfast so we had “breakfast” for dinner.   Today we had breakfast and it was so simple and so ordinary that I wanted to share it.  As well since we are have been doing the Eat Local Challenge, I have been receiving emails asking if we eat local at dinner or all our meals;  the answer, we try to at every meal.  So for the next couple of weeks I will give a recap of our entire day.

It was a cold and dreary day out this morning, so when we woke up we drank lattes, watched the news, read and just kind of hibernated.  It was really nice as usually we are heading out for a bike ride or separately to ride bikes, meet friends or worse, do errands.  It was really great to hang out with each other.  After about 5 cups of coffee, we decided to make breakfast.  We had this baguette and great hunk of cheese on our minds, which then wandered to some lazy breakfasts in Germany I had years ago, so I added some soft boiled eggs.  There I go again, contradicting my feelings about the runny egg.  Back to my first trip to Germany where I had a breakfast of soft boiled eggs and warm bread daily – it was sublime!  I loved these breakfasts and this morning it returned to me, some 20 years later.  Today’s breakfast was so good that it flooded my mind with these warm feelings of this first trip to Europe and my first German Breakfast.  I decided then, that I don’t mind “runny eggs” as long as they are not raw and as long as they are not on pizza.  Warm “runny eggs” with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, well, it is still sublime!

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soft boiled eggs, warm crusty baguettes, cheese, blood orange marmalade & lattes …..(got to love natural light …. someone make a light bulb that does the same!)

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Moving on to dinner.  Last week after we finished our dinner of Pancetta Chicken, I took the bones and leftover juices and froze them.  Yesterday, I took them out of the freezer, added a yellow onion, some carrots, celery, bay leaves and water and let them simmer for about 3 hours.  The end result was a fantastic stock.  I put it in the fridge and forgot about it until tonight as which time, I skimmed off all the fat, removed all the meat, tossed out the over cooked veggies and bones and put it back on the stove.  Adding fresh carrots, celery, onion, turnips and simply seasoned with salt and pepper, it came out really nicely, so much so that I took a couple containers and put it into the freezer for a rainy day!

We normally eat a lot of baguettes around here but tonight I decided to do something different by adding some dumplings.  I wanted them to be ultra light, so I sifted the dry ingredients a few times, as well I wanted to make this our entry for GYO*, so I added fresh Thyme from the garden.  The end result was an ultra flavorful broth, slightly crunchy veggies (just the way we like it) and light and savory dumplings – fantastic meal for a cold fall evening!

Grow your own (GYO) is a fun twice a month event that was created by Andrea of Andrea’s Recipes.  I always love this event as it is fun to see what people from all over the world are growing and eating at basically the same time, just different locations and cultures. The event is every two weeks and Andrea has been sharing the hosting event with a different food blogger, which makes it so fun to see everyone’s personal take on the event.

Breakdown for this meal & the Eat Local Challenge:

Eggs – Local & Cage Free

Baguette – Local

Blood Orange Marmalade – Local/Homemade

Chicken from other meal  – Organic & local

Parsley – Organic & from California

Carrots,celery, onions & turnips – Local & Organic from SF Farmer’s Market

Flour – Organic

Milk – Local & Organic

Butter – Local & Organic

Thyme – Local & Organic

Salt & Pepper – what we have on hand

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