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I call this Grandpa’s Granola because Grandpa says he can eat anything. Now as a family we smile knowingly as Grandma never cooked anything that Grandpa didn’t like. And 92 who is going to argue with him?

I recommend you serve this with heavenly banana.

Grandpa's Granola - Served with Heavenly Banana is a match, well, made in heaven

What you need:

  • 10 cups Rolled Oats (not quick)
  • 1 ½ cups Oat Bran
  • 1 ½ cups raw Wheat Germ
  • ½ cup ground Flax Seed
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 cups mixed unsalted nuts and seeds ( I use trail mix)
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 4 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 cups mixed dried fruits (your choice)

What you do:
1. Preheat oven to 350oF.

2. Thoroughly mix first five ingredients in a very large bowl.

3. In a saucepan heat oil, honey and vanilla until it bubbles. Pour into the Oat mix and stir thoroughly.

4. Add the nuts and seeds and continue to stir until it is well mixed.

5. Spread out on two large baking sheets (with sides).

6. Bake for ten minutes, turn granola in to the center then spread it out again.  Do this two or three times until the Granola is turning a golden brown and looks dry. CAUTION: Watch closely during the last ten minutes so it doesn’t burn.

7. Remove from oven and continue to stir (so it doesn’t clump) until it cools.

8. When cooled add the dried fruits and mix thoroughly. Store in a sealed container.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

This recipe is from our friend Lynn Bischoff  of Anchor Point Bed and Breakfast

Serve these heavenly bananas with Grandpa's Granola for the perfect combo!

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups Sour cream
  • 6 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 3 Teaspoons Grated Orange Zest
  • 4-6 Bananas Sliced
  • 1/2 C. Sliced Almonds (toasted)

What you do:

1. Combine the sour cream, sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Blend well.
2. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Fold in the banana slices and place in serving bowls.
4. Top with the sliced almonds.
5. Serve Cold.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu … to be continued

Tomorrow is the first day of December and for me, that signals the time to begin preparations for the Holiday Season.

I always looked forward to December the 1st as that was the day we put up the tree.  It meant the beginning of Christmas decorating, baking cookies, pouring Amaretto over the Fruit Cakes (and taking a sip!) wrapping gifts, and generally getting ready for the family and friends that would share the seasons festivities with us.

I am a bit behind this year as I have a cold, but I will at least be thinking about what I will do.  My preparations always start with a list. Rick rolls his eyes and says I make lists of my lists, which is true because I need to keep myself organized!  First I need a theme – well that is easy as it is Christmas so the colors are red, white and green or a derivative. This year I will be using the Christmas Tree as my main focus.

My first set of lists is for the Christmas Eve Dinner, the Christmas morning breakfast, a snack list, beverage list and dessert list which will generate my food shopping list. And so it goes, five lists to make a food shopping list!

Speaking of Christmas lists… we can help with your shopping list!! We are offering 40% off our gift certificates until December 10th so if you want to give someone you love a night or two of pampering then send them to Annes Oceanfront Hideaway (or if you just want to buy it for yourself to save the 40% that is ok too… we won’t tell!!). The only catch is that it must be used up before the end of March, 2010.

Christmas Morning Brunch Menu

  • Raspberry Razzmatazz
  • Grandpa’s Granola with Heavenly Banana
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Caramel Pecan Cinnamon Rolls
  • San Remo Frittata
  • Cranberry Nut Toast


Almond Berry Banana Bread

Almond Berry Banana Bread

Today’s the first day of winter…and what a winter day it is indeed! Here on Salt Spring Island we’re covered in a blanket of snow that just keeps on falling. Good thing we’ve nowhere to go today because we are not going to be able to get out of our driveway.

Tomorrow we’re sending out the final Christmas brunch recipe to our Breakfast with the Broads email recipe subscribers. They’ve now got everything they need to prepare an amazing five course brunch…and today I’m going to share with you how that brunch can be ready to go Christmas morning with less than an hour of work!

The Chrismas Brunch Menu


Beverage: Fruit Fantasy

Fresh Fruit Compote with Lemon Cream

Fresh Fruit Compote with Lemon Cream

Cereal Course: Apple Berry Crisp Delight with Yogurt

Fruit Dish: Fresh Fruit Compote with lemon cream

Bread Basket: Almond Berry Banana Bread and Cranberry Orange Muffins

Main Course: Smoked Salmon Strata served with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Fresh Parsley

Christmas Brunch Preparation Tips


You don’t want to get up at 5am to serve brunch at 9am! But, with this menu, you won’t have to. Many of the items

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Milk & Egg Free!)

Cranberry Orange Muffins (Milk & Egg Free!)

should be made ahead of time! And you could even make the bread basket items up to a week in advance, store them in the freezer, then just pop them in the oven for a few minutes to warm them before serving!

If you do that… you can have brunch on the table in less than an hour, and have time to visit while things are cooking.

So here’s how we’d suggest you prepare this low fuss menu:

Salmon Strata

Salmon Strata

7 days before:

Bake the Almond Berry Bread and Orange Cranberry Muffins. Let them cool completely. Freeze the muffins in a large freezer bag or freezer friendly sealed container. You may actually find that the bread is either to slice frozen because it’s a bit crumbly, so freeze it whole if you’d like then slice it as it thaws the morning of brunch.

Day Before:

Make the Apple Berry Crisp and the Salmon Strata – but do not cook! Once they are ready to go in the oven, cover them and put them in the fridge until morning.

Make the fruit compote as per the instructions and put it in the fridge too!

If you really want to sleep in, set your brunch table the night before. That way you will have very little work to do in the morning.

1 Hour Before Brunch:

  1. Pop the crisp in the oven and start baking it. Since it takes about 35 minutes, and you’ll serve it about 15 – 20 minutes before the strata, you want it ready first.
  2. Take your bread basket items out of the freezer and leave them on the counter to let them thaw a bit. Slice the bread if you froze it whole.
  3. Get coffee and tea ready. You can also fill water glasses and get the table set (if you didn’t do that the night before).
  4. Prepare the compote (you will need to make the lemon cream). Put a compote and a juice drink at each table seating.
  5. Once the crisp is ready, pull it out of the oven and put the strata in.You want to let the crisp cool a little bit before serving.

Brunch Time:

  1. Pop the bread basket items into the oven for no more than 5 minutes. Pull them out and put them in a basket with a tea towel wrapped around and over top of them to keep them warm… now it’s time for brunch!
  2. Seat your guests around the table, serve them their coffee and tea. Allow them a few minutes to get settled and start enjoying their compote.
  3. Put out the fresh baked bread basket items 😉 – hey, they ARE hot out of the oven, aren’t they?
  4. If your strata still has more than 15 minutes to go in the oven, take time to sit down with your guests and enjoy the compote and bread basket items.
  5. Once your strata has less than 15 minutes left in the oven, scoop out the crisp into individual servings, add a small scoop of yogurt and a mint leaf. Serve these to your guests, and take 10 minutes to enjoy yours too!
  6. When the timer goes for your strata, take it out of the oven and dish it up right away. You want to serve this hot from the oven.

Brunch and Breakfast Recipes Weekly!

Brunch and Breakfast Recipes Weekly!

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