If you love breakfast as much as we did during the first week of March, you’re going to love this post. I realized that I was about to have three breakfast-content posts in a row and then thought - why not combine them? MEGA BREAKFAST. Beginning with an ingredient you might not guess.
It’s okay, I don’t often put okra and breakfast together, either. On the morning of Saturday, March 1st, I decided to make a recipe from my Food Network Mag called Southern Grits and Eggs (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/southern-grits-and-eggs.html). It was essentially eggs, grits, and other green things - okra, green bell peppers, and green onions.
I have a confession to make. I never make grits from scratch. I use a packet or two of Cream of Wheat (so much shame!) But when you add a little cheese and even some garlic if you’re feeling fancy, they are seriously so good! And I wasn’t raised in the south, so I don’t exactly have grits pulsing in my blood stream.
I don’t usually make sunny-side up eggs, but I gave it the ol’ college try for the sake of sticking to the recipe (for once), and I think they came out really nicely! I basically just cracked them over the cooked okra in the skillet and waited. There are definitely more complicated cooking techniques.
With a little bit of Frank’s hot sauce on top, this breakfast was a hit for Rob and me. Definitely got that Southern charm, and it was hearty, flavorful, and had a nice dose of green vegetables to keep your momma happy. But this was only our first delicious breakfast of the weekend.
The very next day, we found ourselves back at Lunch (http://eatlunchrva.com/) - you remember when we had supper there with our friend Mallory not long before, right? (http://omnomwithrob.tumblr.com/post/92452947107/it-is-what-it-is). We really wanted to try breakfast there, so we did. Simple as that.
And I am SO glad we did! I had the biscuits and gravy you see above. The biscuits were buttermilk, and the gravy was thick and peppery. Up there with some of the better versions I’ve had in Richmond. I ordered it with a side of sausage and was so impressed when it showed up. They weren’t perfectly circular pre-sliced patties or tiny links the size of your pinky finger. They were…real! I’m not sure how else to say it. Like, they were made of actual ground sausage, thrown onto a hot griddle and pressed to unperfect perfection with a spatula. Mad respect.
Rob had the “train wreck” (not the first time he’s ordered something with “train wreck” in the title, just let it be known - http://omnomwithrob.tumblr.com/post/71318411277/how-could-i-forget). This train wreck, instead of involving cornbread and barbecue, was actually not too unlike what I had gotten - two biscuits with gravy, sausage, eggs, and cheese, with an order of their delicious home fries.
This was some breakfast dream fulfillment, I tell you what. I thought Lunch made an amazing breakfast, and I loved that the home fries had perfectly cooked little julienned bell peppers in them. Plus, the price was pretty good (Rob’s was $8.50 for all of that!) But this breakfast trifecta post is not yet complete.
On the morning of Thursday, March 6th, Rob and I met for a donut at Sugar Shack (http://www.sugarshackdonuts.com/). We’d had Sugar Shack donuts from their Lombardy Street location before (http://omnomwithrob.tumblr.com/post/62187115019/love-is-sweet), but wouldn’t you know it, arguably the best donut shop in Richmond opened another location ACROSS THE STREET from our downtown apartment. This is providence.
Sarah (left) and Maggie (right) are pretty much always there and are always so nice to Rob and me! They make delicious drip coffee and offer a really nice variety of homemade donuts. This trip in particular was an actual breaking of the fast for me - since it was now Lent, I had decided to fast one day a week, usually on Wednesdays since I had no plans to operate heavy machinery on Wednesdays or anything like that. So this Thursday morning, I was ravenous for this classic - a chocolate-donut dipped with sprinkles.
Mannnn did it hit the spot. Going the chocolate route shouldn’t surprise anybody, nor should anyone have any doubt that Rob had the cinnamon sugar. We were truly being ourselves that day.
I have to say, the chocolate-dipped wasn’t the best donut I’ve had from them! Of the ones I’ve tried (glazed, chocolate-dipped, powdered, and samoa), I think the glazed is somehow still my favorite. It just melts in your mouth. It really does.
Well, there ya have it, folks - a homemade breakfast, a diner breakfast, and a donut shop breakfast. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, consider this a very, very good week.