Thursday, October 1, 2009

CEiMB - New York Breakfast



This week's Craving Ellie in My Belly pick was compliments of Sara of imafoodblog. I love Sara (and her boyfriend Nick, who I swear grinds his own flour and would build a pizza oven from scratch if she gave him a chance). Sara is our fearless leader and she does a fabulous job of keeping us entertained and motivated.

This recipe reminded me that above all else I am cheap and lazy. Let's just say I'm selectively cheap and, well, lazy most of the time. Since there are only two of us, I wasn't buying a loaf of pumpernickel bread just to make this (partly because I thought it was supposed to be rye bread; when I discovered it was pumpernickel, it was a complete surprise). I did look for rye bagels at two different stores before I decided to go with the whole wheat bread in the pantry. I also didn't buy the whipped cream cheese because I have regular cream cheese in the fridge that needs to be used. I also went with the regular cucumber and skipped the red onion. And I added capers because the sandwich screamed "capers!" at me so I complied.

I served these open face as a late lunch and it was really good. I should have seasoned it more, and taking photos of toast dooms you to eating a sandwich that isn't at the peak of freshness. I used way more than 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream cheese, and that was a nice foil to the salmon. When I make this one again, I'll add more capers, cucumbers, chives and maybe even a touch of lemon juice or a light vinaigrette. I felt like it needed more acid to balance the creaminess of the cheese and the salmon.

Many thanks to Sara for picking one of the recipes I've never noticed but which has so many things I enjoy. If you'd like to see what the other Ellie cooks did with this one, click on their names in the left hand margin here.

9 comments:

paula said...

Hey Leslie, Is your hand alright? Sure hope so. Another thing I thought about--did you mix all ingredients together except butter and vanilla before cooking? Just milk and sugar as you mentioned would boil up super quick.

Like the colors in your photo today. Nice.

AppleC said...

Looks good. The lemon suggestion is a good idea. I thought about it but then just went with the recipe.

Kayte said...

This looks wonderful with everything piled up and just waiting for someone to eat it. Capers are a great idea with this...need to pursue that avenue soon. Great photos.

Imafoodblog said...

Haha, I think you have pegged Nick pretty good :)

This is totally something that should be tailored to your own tastes, and capers seems like a natural addition here. I also used regular cream cheese.

Your sandwich looks really good, though I would never have thought about dressing it with a vinaigrette before, but now that you say that, it would probably be good.

pinkstripes said...

I've never tried this before. I know people really like it.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Looks great. I'm going to check out the recipe now. I like the lemon idea.

comfycook said...

I didn't get to make it, this week but I am going to. I love the cream cheese but then, I am a cream cheese and lox gal.

thenotsoskinnykitchen said...

Looks great!

We have one cat who only goes after things like this salmon and then the other cat prefers lettuce. Like, if he hears us open a bag of salad, he goes crazy. He will literally chase me around and grab lettuce out of my bowl. Just plain lettuce. This is why I said they are Ryan's cats LOL

Maria Salomon said...

BEAUTIFUL!
and I like the acid addition idea....