sunday breakfast

this morning i decided to make breakfast for my boyfriend and me. a Monte Christo type sandwich and a large salad.

Monte Christo:
1 loaf stale Italian bread cut into thick slices
1 tsp ground ground red pepper
1 tbs pure vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk/ soy milk
3 slices no nitrate bacon
3 slices Swiss cheese
pure maple syrup to taste

Summer Salad
large handful watercress
medium handful cilantro
1/2 yellow bell pepper – cut into strips
1 vine tomato – cut into 1/8ths
1 large radish – thinly sliced
handful baby carrots – quartered
1/8 cucumber – thinly sliced and cut in half
1/4 red onion – finely chopped
1 scallion – chopped
1/2 lime
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

beat red pepper, vanilla, 2 eggs and milk together in large bowl. place all pieces of bread into mixture and allow to soak while preparing the other parts. Next cook bacon in a large skillet. After it is cooked place on a paper towel to drain. Pour the grease from the bacon into a clean container, leaving a little in the pan. Flip the bread in the mixture and begin to prepare the salad. Thoroughly rinse watercress and cilantro in colander, tear into bite size bits and as you do mix the cilantro and watercress; plate. Next, place the yellow pepper, tomato slices and carrots in a radial pattern. On the edges place the cucumber slices, if they are cut thin enough you can make them look like petals. In the center, place the radishes and scatter the red onion and scallion over everything. Salt and pepper over everything, squeeze lime and drizzle olive oil over top. Set aside, the flavors will combine while everything else is prepared. In the skillet, heat small amount of bacon grease till extremely hot and place slices of soaked bread in it. Cook on each side for about 5-6 minutes pressing occasionally with a spatula; cook till each side is golden brown and slightly firm. Place slices on a plate, layer bacon and a piece of Swiss cheese on two pieces then another piece of bread, more bacon and a half slice of cheese; put into oven at 250 degrees to melt cheese. Pour a small amount of bacon grease into skillet and bring temperature back to “high.” Crack each of the other two eggs and fry over easy, salt and pepper to taste. When eggs are done take bread out of the oven and plate individually. Pour maple syrup over layered bread, bacon and cheese. Place an egg on top of each and then place the end piece in top. Serve hot and enjoy!

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