Honestly, my daughter is very up to date and usually works with an app called Mealime. She picks several recipes to cook that week, then clicks a button and it creates her shopping list. These are still all home-cooked meals using only fresh ingredients, but for a busy working mum with a two year old, it has been a life saver. It's unusual for her to want to buy a cookbook.
As looked through her copy of Whitewater Cooks: More Beautiful Food - the 4th or 5th cookbook by chef Shelley Adams - the images and the recipes really popped. I decided to order a copy. While there were several creative ideas here I wanted to try first, I found myself giving their breakfast strata a whirl as I had company coming for a couple days and this would be a huge time saver.
It turned out delicious, but I honestly think most bread and egg stratas are created equal. I did love the use of croissants as well as the inclusion of sautéed veggies. I have put the recipe below as it is in the book, but I am going to make 2 changes next time. First I will up the amount of veggies a bit to lighten it. Second I am going to toss all that cheese with the bread cubes instead of putting it in a layer in the middle. It just didn't really combine. BUT if you prefer gooey strings of cheese, then make it the original way. I served it simply with cooked breakfast sausage on the side, but fruit salad would also be great.
Enjoy! And remember, these simple recipes cry out for you to mix it up and make it your own. The options are truly endless.
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