So let me tell you about my Saturday morning.
7:00 rolls around and the dog upstairs scampers down the stairwell (which our bed shares a wall with so we hear everyone going up and down) and wakes Zoe up. Like every morning. Suddenly Zoe realizes she also has to go outside so we get all bundled up in our respective coats, venture out into the world, and greet the day like any good dog should. Come back inside, have some doggy breakfast, and decide to curl back up in bed for another hour or so before her mommas have breakfast.
This has all taken about 45 minutes. We climb back in bed, get cozy, have some petting and cuddling the dog time, and then the sound of a helicopter starts in the distance. This is a pretty standard noise- as are airplanes. Living so close to a massive airport, you get a lot of air traffic.
The sound crescendos as it usually would. But when it reaches its peak, it doesn’t stop. It just continues. And continues.
I get out of bed to see what in the world is going on. Zoe has curled up under the covers to hide from the noise (and get warm) at this point. Sarah and I are both bemoaning the fact that it is 8am and why why why does this need to happen. I look out the window and there is a literal helicopter hovering in what looks like the driveway of two buildings over.
Literal actual helicopter hovering. I kid you not.
My first thought is “what in the…” and my second was “Well, this is going to be a fun one for the blog”
It hovered for a while, eventually flew up to the top of another high rise with something mechanical attached. Hovered up there for a while and flew down with something else mechanical that looked like it had been through hell (that building had had a fire earlier in the week. I’m guessing this was a replacement). Our neighborhood news posted on their facebook later in the day that, yes, it was a mechanical delivery. But at 8am on a Saturday, I don’t care what your excuses are. I want to go back to sleep.
Zoe somehow managed the sleeping thing. Bless.
So 20 minutes later, silence has fallen on the western shore of Lake Michigan. And I cannot fall asleep. Zoe was out, Sarah was out, I was 100% awake and browsing Instagram. Looking at everyone’s delicious Saturday morning breakfasts, I went “I need to turn this morning around. Breakfast is the way to do that.”
And, thus, the vegan tofu benedict with avocado and beer bread was born.
Insert angelic choirs singing here.
Took to pintrest, found this recipe, and worked with what I had in the kitchen. After cooking up a storm and making some much needed coffee, I went to wake the cuddle bugs. Sarah’s reaction when she saw what was on the table was, “Oh man. I am spoiled rotten.” And with that, Saturday was successfully turned around.
Vegan Tofu Benedict with Avocado and Beer Bread (Serves 2)
- 4 thick slices of beer bread (I use this recipe. Will share the full thing within the next few weeks)
- 4 tofu steaks, about 1/2 inch thick
- 1 recipe vegan hollandaise (recipe below)
- big leafy greens (I used Kale. butter lettuce would work great. spinach. whatever you got)
- Tomatoes (I used 2 cherry tomatoes per tower of delicious. slices of tomatoes would work. again, whatever you got)
- 1 sliced avocado.
- Cook those tofu steaks. Season with something tasty. I did salt, pepper, and chili powder. 3-4 minutes per side in some oil over medium heat. Get some color on those babies.
- Warm or toast your bread. Whatever floats your fancy. These slices of bread were too thick and too crumbly for the toaster and we have no broiler. So. I find that 15 seconds on a plate with a wet paper towel on top brings any bread back to life.
- Assemble! Bread, greens, tomato, tofu, hollandaise, avocado.
- Serve with coffee, wake up everyone in the house, devour.
- 2 tbsp vegan butter
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 non-dairy milk
- 1 heaping tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2-3 tsp lemon juice
- salt, pepper, and cayenne.
- Put the butter in a saucepot over medium heat and melt to lightly bubbly.
- Whisk in flour until a paste forms.
- Slowly whisk in the milk until well combined.
- Increase the heat to medium/medium-high and cook until the sauce begins to thicken, 1-2 minutes.
- Take off the heat, add in nutritional yeast and seasonings.
- Optional poor timing step: If you, like me, made this first and then made everything else, your sauce is going to continue thickening and cool slightly. Add a tablespoon of very hot water and whisk in. It will bring it back up to temp and loosen the sauce so it’s, ya know, pourable.
Get ready for delicious! What’s your favorite breakfast food?