About a month ago, I tried a recipe for breakfast cups. They are really just a very small sausage and cheese quiche. I really liked their flavor and thought they would be a great breakfast food to have in the freezer whenever needed.
The recipe told me to bake them in metal muffin cup liners. It also told me that it would work beautifully to wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them for later use. I followed the instructions.
So, when I was trying to think what to give the girls for breakfast this morning, I remembered the quiche cups in the freezer and decided to try one myself before they got up and I made the offer to them.
Do you see a problem?
They are frozen hard as a rock, they are encased in aluminum foil and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the aluminum cup to let go of the egg filling. It just wanted to come off in tiny little pieces! So, there was no way I could microwave it in the metal wrapping!
Having to put some of these in the refrigerator and let them thaw a day or so before eating them seems to be my only option. But, that sort of defeats the purpose of having them in the freezer as a “quick” breakfast item. Not a recipe I’ll make again.
Soooo, now what was I going to give the girls for breakfast?
Hubby offered to go to the grocery and get cinnamon rolls and donuts — you know, healthy stuff. But, after he left I decided to make a fruit combo to have with the sweets to make the meal a little healthier. I’d make it out of a mixture of canned and fresh fruit, like I had many times before.
Unfortunately, n.o f.r.e.s.h f.r.u.i.t !! The strawberries that I got really cheap, are too far past only a couple days later (big surprise!). Bananas are gone.
Okay. Canned fruit it is — peach slices, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges will work. Rats! No mandarin oranges. But, I DO have some diced pears. I combined the peaches, pineapple and pears.
Can you say c.o.l.o.r.l.e.s.s ?? But, I just could not think of another fruit to add that would give it color.
Wait a minute! Stop the presses! Canned sugar-free cherry pie filling to the rescue!! I mixed the cherry pie filling I always keep on hand (for a favorite dessert) into my bland fruit bowl and it worked — it gave the combination some color and while cherries aren’t a normal addition to my fruit bowls, it tasted good — ‘interesting” but good.
The fruit-version of “stone soup” — kind of made from nothing. But they liked it, and that’s what is important.
We love having our grandchildren here but probably the most stressful part of their visit is planning meals. I’m not used to planning meals for more than two people any more, and definitely not used to planning meals for childrens’ tastes.
If they didn’t like the fruit, they didn’t tell me. They’re considerate like that. And, of course, Papa’s contribution to the meal — the donuts — were a big hit!