CEimB: NY Breakfast

by Joanne on October 1, 2009

This week’s recipe was tettering on the edge of being the first CEimB I opted out of since joining our group.  I don’t like smoked salmon. The texture just doesn’t agree with my tongue receptors.  However, in the spirit of trying anything, I went for it, purchasing the smallest quantity of smoked salmon available, 4 oz.  Ted was all in for trying it so on Monday morning, it was  New York Breakfast, picked by Sara of Imafoodblog.  Sara is at the helm of our CEimB group so make sure you take a trip over to her blog.


I made two changes to this recipe:  I added eggs and I used Rye-Pumpernickel bread. 

It was really easy to make for a weekday breakfast when we are typically bumping into each other in the kitchen while grabbing at vitamins, using the toaster, getting the dogs breakfast… it’s a real “dodge ball” situation. 

When I proclaimed that we would try this breakfast, the kitchen was all mine. The way I like it.  I was in complete control while Ted vacuumed…more of what I like  🙂 .

Ellie’s recipe is easy:  You toast thin sliced pumpernickel bread. Spread 1 1/2 tsp whipped cream cheese on the toast (I used whipped cream cheese with chives), top with smoked salmon (this is where I inserted eggs (over easy=Ted and whites=me) then the salmon), add some thin sliced red onion, a few slices of english cucumber, and some chopped fresh tomato.  Finish the presentation with snipped chives. 


 We shared 1/2 an orange each since no breakfast is complete in our house without fruit… 


Comments:   Ted said “It’s very light tasting.  I like it” and ate 2 servings.   He then put his head down and proceeded to tell me about the slum lord article on the front page of the paper.  He made his contribution to this week’s CEimB recipe. 

As for me, it wasn’t a really bad experience.  I made my breakfast using the tiniest sliver of smoked salmon I could possibly get on my toast without having to touch it too much.  Smoked salmon is also a little…should I say “greasy“? (avoiding the word “slimy”)…to the touch and that is another turn off for me. 

The fried egg white under the salmon was to try to mask the soft fishy texture.  The onions, even though they were sliced thin, stayed with me all morning (burp, burp, burp).  Maybe that’s why everyone stood OUTSIDE my office?! 

I liked the addition of the cool, crisp cucumber.  The tomatoes, …I’m glad they were there but the texture thing just made me want to get it down and never eat it again.   BUT REALLY, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.    The oranges helped clean my palette and the English Toffee Tea washed everything down.  Maybe a lemon would have been better?  I also hear a mouth wash of water, parsley and lemon is good for bad breath.  😛

My sister made this recipe as well with the same amount of skepticism as I had.  Her comment: “It was a pleasant surprise”. 

Nutrition for Joanne’s Version (1 slice of bread with toppings):

  • Calories: 233 (Ellie’s=222)
  • Protein: 12.2 g (Ellie’s=15 g)
  • Carbs: 25 g (Ellie’s=24 g) 
  • Fat:  9.5 g (Ellie’s = 7 g)
  • Sodium: 578 mg (Ellie’s = 760 mg)

Ted and I exchanged oniony kisses and I was off to work at my usual time.

The New York Breakfast on page 25 of “Food You Crave” by Ellie Krieger was super easy, light and if you enjoy smoked salmon, you’d probably think it was delicious.   Good pick, Sara.

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  • At 2009.10.01 08:05, CEimB: NY Breakfast China Best Tea said:

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    • At 2009.10.01 10:04, macduff said:

      Nice! I can see having issues with smoked salmon – it’s definitely one of those things you either love or hate. I didn’t have cucumbers, but I would think that’d be a good addition.

      I feel like Ted and Trevor would have so much to talk about. Trevor’s whole thing is “I ate it, right? I contributed.”

      • At 2009.10.01 12:03, Kayte said:

        You did really well on your conversions and staying close to the numbers! The sandwich looks wonderful and the egg addition is not something I would have thought of doing. It’s always fun to pick up new ideas along the way. Great job on this one.

        • At 2009.10.01 13:32, Joanne said:

          MacDuff: I liked the cukes on this samy but I’m not crazy about them in salads. I guess anything worked to draw my attn away from the smoked salmon.
          Ted’s comments never drag on for too long. If it’s good, he just wants to eat it. He has much more to say when he doesn’t like something.

          Kayte: Thanks.

          • At 2009.10.01 15:22, Lauryn said:

            Good job following through with the recipe even though you don’t like lox! I made this but didn’t take photos, so I’m not posting…boohoo

            • At 2009.10.01 15:46, Leslie said:

              I went with one slice of bread, too, and I think it was plenty. Adding eggs was a great idea. Way to go for making this in spite of your aversion to smoked salmon. Now can you tell me how you get the hubs to vacuum??

              • At 2009.10.01 16:48, Sara said:

                yay, I am glad you were able to come up with a version that you somewhat enjoyed. Thanks for trying it out 🙂 I love the addition of the over easy egg. Also glad that my recipe pick inadvertently got Ted to vacuum, I do what I can 🙂

                • At 2009.10.02 02:47, Liz said:

                  Good for you for trying it! I considered sitting out as well, but I’m glad we both at least gave it a shot 🙂 I think the thinner the piece of salmon, the better. The sliminess of it (there I said it – it’s slimy… and like… something else I can’t quite pinpoint) was a bit too much for me. I think had I not touched it first, I wouldn’t have had a problem. It was more a mental block from handling it.

                  • At 2009.10.02 18:48, Maria said:

                    Anything that gets a man to vacuum is priceless!
                    Great pictures, as always!
                    Way to go out on a limb and try something new…..=)))

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