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French Breakfast – Croque Monsieur

French Breakfast – Croque Monsieur

This popular French snack is warm and crisp and contains ham and melted cheese. There are many variations of croque — which comes from the verb croquer, meaning “to crunch” — although butter on both sides of the bread is non-negotiable. Some cooks will then grill the sandwich, while others of a more decadent persuasion will fry it — in more butter. There might be a fried egg on top, which transforms it from a monsieur to a madame because, according to some sources, it ends up looking like a woman’s hat.

A standard in French cafés for more than a century… for good reason. Say “bonjour” to this ham and cheese sandwich dipped in French toast batter and baked until crunchy.

Mango Macadamia Caramel Rolls

Mango Macadamia Caramel Rolls

There are some mornings when savoring the warm gooey goodness of a sticky bun provides an escape from routine. What better way to give this American classic fresh new flavors than adding the tropical tones of mangos and macadamia nuts. The world’s most popular fruit, mangos, naturally sweet and lively flavors make them incredibly versatile and complement everything from breakfast to lunch. Because of their year-round availability, mangos are perfect for any occasion.

Batata Vada

Batata Vada

The batata is a root crop that is a type of sweet potato. It is grown in the Caribbean and has a flavor that is similar to a sweet potato, yet more starchy. Because it is a sweet potato variety, you can use the batata in any recipes where sweet potatoes are required. However, batatas are an exotic vegetable.

When preparing to use a batata, if the batata has been peeled, make sure that you place it in cold water prior to using it. This will prevent the batata from becoming discolored. Some common uses for the batata include baking them whole or peeling them then boiling, roasting, or microwaving them. You can also use the batata as a substitute for the sweet potato in “Sweet Potato Pie”, or as an ingredient in vegetable soups. An especially good use for the batata is when combined with butternut squash, black beans, and other seasonings to make a Caribbean-style stew.

Cauliflower Pakora and Tomato Chutney

Cauliflower Pakora and Tomato Chutney

Pakora is a snack that is best eaten with coriander, mint chutney chili or chili sauce. This dish is popular among adult and love by kids as a delicacy that will make your mouth water. Cauliflower pakora and tomato chutney are a delightful combination of flavors and textures. And they’re a great informal snack or buffet itme because they’re for dipping and eating with your fingers!

You can make almost any vegetable into pakoras with this recipe. Be sure to cut the veggies small enough to cook through, but large enough to hold up during cooking.

Zucchini chips with cayenne and curry flavour

Zucchini chips with cayenne and curry flavour

Zucchini are grown on vines not underground. Zucchini, like all squash, has its ancestry in the Americas. However, the varieties of squash typically called “zucchini” were developed in Italy, many generations after their introduction from the “New World”.

In a culinary context, the zucchini is treated as a vegetable, which means it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Botanically, however, the zucchini is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower. The zucchini fruit is low in calories (approximately 15 food calories per 100 g fresh zucchini) and contains useful amounts of folate (24 mcg/100 g), potassium (280 mg/100 g) and vitamin A (384 IU [115 mcg]/100 g. 1/2 cup of zucchini also contains 19% of the recommended amount of manganese.