TUSCAN BEANS + TOAST

Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca

Let's sit and have a chat. First we'll make something comforting (beans and toast) but with a more grown up feel by using Tuscan inspired ingredients. Tuscany is a very adult place in my mind. It's dreamy and romantic with beautiful food, wine and rolling hills scoring the countryside. Purchasing property and divorce are two very adult things and Diane Lane does both in Under The Tuscan Sun. These beans are easy to make, very satiating but feel a tad more distinguished than your average frank and beans. But if you're feeling a more classic style but certainly not average, Joy the Baker makes some mean frank and beans.  So, now that we have our meal (and a glass of red wine), let's talk. 

Bra Thoughts: underwire, bralettes, or bare breasts? That is the question.

Bottom line: do whatever makes you feel most comfortable in your body. But for the most part, gone are the days of women strapping on heavily padded braziers that made breasts look like cantaloupes (and felt almost as firm). I have memories of boys touching my breasts overtop my bra and I could barely feel a thing. They were still excited to be caressing spheres of thick fabric no matter how much or little actual breast was underneath. In my teens and early twenties, fashion was more focused around being overtly sexy while sexiness now has a subtly to it. It was all low rise jeans, tight spaghetti string tank tops with gel and air padded bras. Remember those?! Or the low cut tank tops that had built-in underwire, which in hindsight was so you could skip the bra but not for my friends and I! We would wear push up bras underneath giving us lift times a gagillion. Our tits looked like they were grown directly from our neck. It was great. By great I mean it was just what we wanted. This was also the time when girls would pull their thongs above their jeans. This one was too much even for us. Just a hair below stripper is where we drew the line. We were teenage girls with dignity, okay?!?! Drinking vodka by the mouthful, chain smoking cigarettes, and starting Ja Rule dance parties everywhere we went. This was also the era of the furiously popular lower back tattoo. That was a given when I referenced Ja Rule, right? Thank f*#king Christ I never got one. And if you got one, I consider you a survivor and I'm here for you. Or maybe you're totally still rocking that tribal design or butterfly. You go girl. 

My theory on underwire bras and they're diminishing popularity.  

  1. Underwire is uncomfortable. Period.                             
  2. Women are becoming more accepting of their bodies. Well, we are at least trying right!? Maybe we aren't totally there but I do think it's changing. More and more women are speaking out about body image and self love. We can stop pretending our breasts are perfect globes perched atop our clavicle bone. Who knew?! Well, we did. And so did men. So why were we all pretending otherwise?                                                                                                                        
  3. Bralettes are very cute and comfortable. Lacey, sporty, strappy, sexy– they have it all.
  4. Underwire bras feels like lying to me. Lying to myself and to others about my body. Every women has experienced moments of self-consciousness after removing her bra wondering if the person in front of her realizes her breasts are half the size or a different shape than they appeared to be. Isn't it kind of mean to ourselves? Are we telling our breasts they're not good enough or not beautiful just the way they are. Forcing them into a boob dungeon disguised as underwear, like they've been bad or done something wrong for being who they are?! No no. Not anymore! Now I nestle a bralette around them like a cozy boob pocket or I let them sit freely. At first it was an adjustment. I noticed how much smaller they looked and how my clothes looked different on my body. But once I got used to it, I loved it! There was no turning back. I felt sexier and more true to myself, and I swear my breasts look better than ever. They weren't getting enough self love before and now I've finally let them be them and they are happier. If an underwire makes you feel more comfortable, all the power to that decision. I know women with larger breasts who genuinely feel better because they get more support and I understand that. Either way, let's all try and love our breasts just the way they are and in whatever type of bra or no bra that entails. Also, can we all get a Froobs shirt? Yes? Okay.
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca

Let's also take a reflective moment to remember our dead homie fashion trends from the early 2000's: (spoiler: it's bad guys. Real bad.) 

  • Lace up crotch pants. Because buttons and zippers were too practical. And you never know when you might lose the string from your lace up cleavage shirt. Fingers crossed you're not wearing them on the same day! 
  • Jeans with no back pockets. No pockets!? But how will I carry anything? Don't worry, sometimes these jeans came with a teeny tiny pocket on the front, about the size of a Werthers Original.
  • Cargo pants. This time was about having no pockets or twenty-five pockets. We were all or nothing. Very hardcore. You could carry like two hundred Werthers Originals in cargo pants. (They were good candies and not just for old people, okay?!)
  • Halter tops. Perceived as the cutest and sexiest shirt of all time in the year 2000. In my teens I had so many halter tops that an entire drawer was devoted to them. The key to this shirt was wearing a halter style bra that left you with a headache and a deep indent on your neck skin when you took it off at night. Pair one with some pocket-free jeans, tuck your lip gloss into your bra and you're ready for science class or a party!
  • Low rise jeans. My mum and my aunt used to call us “trucker butt". They were right. You couldn't leave your house without seeing at least two butt cracks a day during that time. 
  • Butterfly clips. Wear one to spice up your high ponytail or pull back your hair in seven small segments to show off your unique style.
  • Bootcut jeans. A few years ago, my friend went on a few dates with a guy. She said she really liked him– he was kind, good looking and funny. “He sounds great!" I exclaimed. “There's one problem" she said.  “He wears bootcut jeans... I can't. I just can't." And I respect that.
  • Baggy wide leg raver pants. The photo in that link looks exactly like an outfit I wore in grade nine. I actually owned those exact pants, had the same colourful plastic jewelry and wore my hair in that style.
  • A shrug “sweater". Not quite a sweater, not quite a cardigan. Helloooo sexy-granny. 
  • Yellow Livestrong bracelets. You weren't a good person unless you were wearing one to ten of these. 
  • Denim mini skirts. All skirts were the shortest of the short and on a hot day you could slip on some old navy flip flops, and two tank tops layered on top of each other to show your awesome colour coordination. 
  • Trucker hats. To match your trucker butts. Who or what is Von Dutch anyways? I still don't know to this day.

Because of all these terrible pants were considered normal or cool, when skinny jeans and form-fitting pant legs began revealing themselves as the new and ONLY pants to wear, I think I had a mini heart attack. Real thoughts I had:

  • But why does anyone want to wear pants that make their legs look like .... legs?!".
  • My body will look distorted if people see my true leg shape?!"
  • Is this style really going to last though?! Maybe it'll just be a year or two and then flares with rhinestone pockets will be back and everything will be okay!

I'm very happy we now wear pants that fit our legs. I am also happy to say I don't see bootcut, low rise or lace up crotch pants in my future, but you never know... but I probably wouldn't hate if flares came back in a big way. 

Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that makes an easy + delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner. White kidney beans (cannellini) and poached egg make it high in protein and can be made vegetarian easily without the pancetta. Dairy free.  || creamandhoney.ca

Wishing you and your breasts a free flying week!

xx


TUSCAN BEANS + TOAST

the magic

inspiration:               franks and beans + Tuscan daydreams 

the feels:                   comforting, soft and savoury

eat with:                    pesto on top, arugula salad, braised/sauteed                                      kale, sausage, ground lamb instead of bacon,                                      sliced avocado, fresh mozzarella, red wine,                                        amber ale

might like if you're into:   British comfort food, tending herb gardens,                                         rolling Tuscan hillsides, white bean + kale                                         soup12 ways to cook cannellini beans                                     

the science

serves 2 - 3 || time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 

  • 1 can cannellini beans (white kidney), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup tomato passata (strained and pureed tomatoes)
  • 4 strips pancetta or bacon, diced (optional, but if you are not using you will need to add more salt for flavour)
  • 1/2 large spanish onion, diced
  • 2 dried arbol chiles, finely chopped (or 1 tsp chile flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh parsley and basil finely chopped, 2 tablespoons of each
  • two garlic cloves
  • 4 slices bread
  • optional: grated hard Italian cheese, (pecorino or parmesan) to top
  • eggs, (for poaching or frying if desired) – one per toast slice
  • salt + pepper to taste

method: 

  1. Cook chopped bacon in a large saucepan until fat is rendered or about 5 minutes. 
  2. Move bacon to separate bowl and set aside. Remove bacon fat from pan except for one teaspoon. Add olive oil and onions to pan and cook over medium heat until translucent, usually 5 - 8 minutes. Add dried chile for the last couple minutes of cooking.
  3. Add tomato passata and simmer for 5 minutes. Add beans and cooked bacon to pan and simmer for another 5 minutes. Taste and add salt if desired. I find it depends on the the saltiness of the bacon. You may need to add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt if it tastes a bit bland. Try adding a little at a time.)
  4. Toast bread and poach/fry eggs (if desired). Cut fresh garlic cloves in half and rub directly on to warm toasted bread.
  5. Place toasted bread on plates, layer on beans and one egg on each (if using). Top with grated cheese and chopped herbs. Serve with side arugula salad. 

 

BREAKFAST PIZZA: BACON, EGG + PESTO

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca

Pizza is the perfect meal in my opinion. You can make it however you like. Thick crust to thin crust, goat cheese to parmesan, herbivore to omnivore, red pizza to white and healthy to indulgent. The possibilities are endless!  One of my favourite things about pizza is its versatility–it suits any meal of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, late night snack after a few drinks, then full circle back to breakfast the next morning. Breakfast foods are equally as versatile and I always keep them in the fridge as a last (or first) resort. 

Therefore, the equation is as follows:

pizza + breakfast = breakfast pizza = one million heart eye emojis!!!!!!!!!!!

I encourage any creative ideas or cravings you have for your homemade pizza. Treat it like a blank canvas. Once in college a few friends and I made a hotdog pizza with barbecue sauce as the base. We were all very high, (clearly) and it ended up being a pretty terrible pizza. The only person who liked it was this dude who was known for never eating fruit or vegetables and drank maple syrup straight from the jar. Very unique fellow, to say the least.

For this pizza, all we need is...

1. Dough: Fresh, pre-made, flatbread or naan will do. I made a dough from scratch–a recipe that my lovely neighbours passed on to me from their family. It was a photocopy of the original his mum had typed out. My favourite part was when she specifies, “Keep kneading until it's as soft as a baby's bottom". I followed her directions until it was decidedly butt-like. 

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca

2. Ingredients to top your pizza with. Dream up something wild or stay classic–this pizza is your oyster. Oh my god guys! That sentence just made me think, what about baked oysters on pizza?! Is that a thing? I feel like it should be if it's not. And I'm not even high this time. 

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca

3. A charming pizzaiolo/pizzaiola to form the dough. (Optional of course. But it definitely adds to the experience.) There's something especially sensual about forming pizza dough in my opinion. You need to feel the dough with more than just your hands–with your intuition. And of course infuse it with love.

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
BREAKFAST PIZZA: BACON, EGG + PESTO || Cream + Honey

Work dat dough.

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
BREAKFAST PIZZA: BACON, EGG + PESTO || Cream + Honey

Spring gets me all googly-eyed for fresh herbs, so pesto took the place of traditional tomato sauce for this pizza.

I like to brush the crust with some olive oil before putting it into the oven. It turns it a perfect golden hue, adds more crunch and enhances the flavour.

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca

Add green things and voila! Now it's healthy! (ish). 

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca

It ended up being more of a brunch pizza, hence the wine. I don't drink wine in the am (usually). Unless I'm in Europe. Then it is totally acceptable and no one judges you. And you can be all, What? I'm on vacation".

But if you're making pizza from scratch, it's pretty much like you're in Italy and you deserve a glass in my opinion. No one needs to know but you, me and your fairy god nonna.

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca

Two things about this pizza:

1. Sesame seeds on pizza crust are so underrated. I first found this amazing combination when I lived in Vancouver. Many pizzerias there add sesame seeds to the crust and it's a beautiful thing–extra flavour and crunchy bits. Bellissimo.

2. “Breakfast" pizza includes at least one egg in my opinion. Eggs make me swoon. They are one of my favourite foods in the whole world and nothing says breakfast quite like them.

A note on eggs–I recently found out there are one hundred folds in a traditional chef's hat to represent the hundred ways to cook an egg! Blew. my. mind. I told my best friend who is also obsessed with eggs and we started naming every egg possibility we could think of. We didn't get to 100 but it was still a lengthy list. Apparently it's a pretty fun bar game too. 

This wasn't our first conversation about how much we love eggs. It was probably our 100th. And this is a reason why we only have a few best friends. They are rare and match unique parts of our strangeness. I think it makes us feel less alone.

Without her, I'd be talking to myself about eggs for an hour and that seems like a lonely cat lady life. But with those others who get it, and get meit's a moment in time that I can look back on and makes me smile.

Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca
Breakfast Pizza w/ Bacon, Egg + Pesto || A perfect pizza for brunch, lunch or dinner. This recipe is simple and easy to make and vegetarian with the removal of bacon! || creamandhoney.ca

BREAKFAST PIZZA

t h e   m a g i c

i n s p i r a t i o n :             eggs + their endless possibilities 

f e e l s :                                crispy + chewy

e a t   w i t h :                      a fresh salad, avocado on top, sparkling water, wine (maybe a lighter red or                                                      herbaceous white like sauvignon blanc because of the pesto flavours), sangria,                                                spritzer

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :      cold pizza the day after, pizza freestyling (this is a real thing!),                                                                                 wood burning ovens, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Naples,                                                                                 comfort food, carbs + gluten (they need love too guys!)

t h e   s c i e n c e

This is a bit of a choose your own adventure recipe so the directions are loose and I leave the adaptations up to you.

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 1 pizza dough or flat bread 
  • pesto (or tomato sauce)
  • mozzarella cheese (preferably fior di latte)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • bacon (3-4 slices)
  • 1-3 eggs, cracked and placed in separate bowls
  • big handful of arugula 
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • extra virgin olive oil (to brush)
  • parmesan cheese (optional, to top with)
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped parsley or basil, to garnish

m e t h o d : 

  1. Preheat oven to temperature directions of your particular dough. For homemade thin crust like this one, I cook it on the highest temperature that my oven will go which is 550°F.
  2. Sauté bacon in a pan until almost cooked. It will cook more in the oven so I make sure it's underdone in the pan. Put on a plate with paper towel to absorb grease. Chop into rough pieces when cooled.
  3. Get dough ready. Brush with olive oil. Spoon on pesto/sauce and spread out evenly. 
  4. Add as much mozzarella cheese as you prefer. Sprinkle on cherry tomatoes, bacon and sesame seeds mostly on the outer crust. Place on baking sheet or warmed pizza stone and put into oven. Bake until the pizza only needs 5 more minutes. This will depend on your recipe. (I baked mine for 5 minutes before adding the egg).
  5. Remove from oven, pour egg(s) gently onto pizza. Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and egg is not slimy. 
  6. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. 
  7. Top with arugula, parmesan cheese, and parley or basil.