T’was A ‘Hotdogs & Salad’ Kinda Day

I LOVE MEAT! I do not know how vegetarians do it but I will be absolutely miserable if my existence was meatless. But this is not exactly a carnivorous post.

There are times however when all I want is a fresh salad. My favourite dressing is the Japanese sesame dressing. Almost like the sesame dipping sauce for Shabu Shabu. It’s creamy, sweet tang is addictive! Even if I cook another type of cuisine and I include a salad, I will dress my portion with Japanese sesame dressing. See recipe here.

If you are too lazy to make your own. this is the best brand of sesame dressing you can find in the supermarket.

Lately it’s been all about avocado and tofu for me. Cream on cream on cream. Delicious and healthy.

My DCM & I are mad for avocados!

I decided to jazz up my favourite combination a little to make it more substantial as it was going to be dinner for my DCM and me. I was in the mood for tuna-mayo. I know, I’m weird like that. See recipe here.

And I saw broccolini so I had to buy some. It was such a good salad. If you’re not a sesame dressing fan, any other Japanese dressing will probably work fine. But you should be a Japanese sesame dressing fan. See salad recipe here.

Whilst luxuriating in the glory Cold Storage’s pricey but lovely groceries, it suddenly dawned on me that a salad alone would not be enough for my DCM. I was feeling a tad tired from being out all day so the simplest thing came to mind. Hotdogs! My DCM adores hotdogs. I got hotdog buns. What about the sausages? I always have Johnsonville sausages in my fridge. Johnsonville! WE LOVE YOU! All the flavours you export to Singapore, we love! We’ve tried them all. They are all fantastic! Some days when I am too lazy to even cook them proper and just throw them in the microwave, they are still awesome… I know Singapore only carries a few products. What a shame…

Johnsonville sausages are soooooo good!

Hotdogs. Simple. Hotdog buns, good sausages, ketchup, mustard, relish, maybe chopped raw onions, fried onions (it’s a Danish thing), maybe crispy bacon bits, cheese and anything you want to top a hotdog with. The only thing important here is the quality of the ingredients. Otherwise you might as well have an IKEA hotdog.

It wasn’t a gourmet dinner but it was good eating. I love hotdogs as much as he does and he loves salads as much as I do. I reckon there will be many more hotdog and salad days. Some healthy to offset a bit of naughty makes it a well-balanced meal right?

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Gg’s Danish Croque-madame

Egg in a basket met Croque-madame and fell in love with a Danish boy. 

Danish Croque-madame Recipe:
(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 slices of Danish bread or any bread of your choice 
  • 8 rashers Danish streaky bacon (cooked)
  • 8 slices of Danish Brie (as thin or thick as you like)
  • butter
  • oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 sausages 
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes (garnish, optional)

Directions

  1. Set the oven to the conventional cooking setting () at 150 degrees Celsius. Lay a piece of baking paper on a baking tray and set aside.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over a low fire.
  3. With a round cookie cutter, cut a hole out of two slices of bread (tops). Save cut out rounds.
  4. Top the remaining 2 slices of bread (bottoms) with two slices of Danish Brie followed by 4 rashers of cooked Danish streaky bacon and another 2 slices of Danish Brie. Set aside on the prepared baking paper.
  5. Add a little butter and oil to coat the pan.
  6. Place the tops in the pan and crack an egg into each hole. Turn heat up to medium-low.
  7. Once the whites of the eggs are slightly set (about 2 to 3 minutes), remove carefully from the pan and place on top of the prepared bottoms.
  8. Turn fire up to medium-high and cook sausages in the same pan.
  9. Pop the sandwiches and the cut out rounds into the oven on the center rack and bake till the eggs are just set on top. The sausages should be cooked by the time the eggs are done.

Ja-Oui

Breakfast together on the weekends (or holidays) is a treasured luxury. The weekend brings about a better-rested, more relaxed DCM whom I am more than happy to indulge. I try to think of as many ways as possible to make weekend breakfasts interesting. 

This is a little restricted when my DCM does not have a sweet tooth. He’ll have one or two cupcakes I make, some chocolate with almonds as a snack, a bit of birthday cake or try a dessert I’m having if I ask nicely but that’s about it. 

So Gg says “bye-bye” to pancakes and sweet french toasts… I love pancakes… And pancakes are something that you cannot make just for one.

Our breakfasts therefore consists a lot of bacon, eggs and sausages. I’m not complaining (much). I love bacon, eggs and sausages.

Here’s one of my bacon, eggs and sausages variations I call Gg’s Danish Croque-madame which combines the concept of an Egg in a basket with that of a Croque-madame. What makes it Danish is the use of this bread I found at GWC’s CS called Danish bread (a bread version of croissant), Danish brie instead of Emmental or Gruyère and Danish streaky bacon. See recipe here.

Egg in a Basket meets Croque-madame

Danish Brie melts beautifully and its subtle flavour brings out the salt of the bacon. The egg is perfection with the yolk still a little runny; perfect for dunking the toasted cut-out circle of bread. The Danish bread’s crumbly crispness is messy but so nommy. Cherry tomatoes add a fresh sweetness and are good for the prostate.

It sure takes more time and effort than just frying up eggs, bacon and sausages, and toasting some bread but it’s for my DCM so it’s worth it. He liked it plenty and so did I.