So I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'm slowly, but surely developing recipes for my next cookbook project: a collection of veganized retro recipes from the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. I'm going through old cookbooks and pouring over websites dedicated to preserving the non-vegan versions of those old recipes. And then I'm putting my vegan spin on them.
I came across a few recipes for Bauerfruhstuck online, a popular German "farmer's breakfast" from the 1950s. It probably has origins before the 1950s, but it appears to have been quite popular mid-century. It's basically a hearty omelet made with potatoes and ham or bacon. You saute the potatoes and meat and pour the scrambled egg over the top and let it cook without stirring.
So I made a yummy vegan version with tofu, fried potatoes, and sliced homemade vegan sausages. Here's my German Farmers Breakfast before cutting into four servings:
Over on Retro Housewife, a fun website dedicated to old-school recipes, I found a bauerfruhstuck recipe that included a side dish of tomatensalat (or tomato salad). A simple salad of fresh tomatoes, scallions, oil, lemon juice, and agave sounded like the perfect complement for this hearty meal:
Confession: I actually had my Farmer's Breakfast for dinner, or I guess, brinner. My mom used to cook breakfast for dinner on occasion, and even though I love hearty meals in the morning, they're even better at night.
I'm open to suggestions for retro recipes to veganize. In fact, I've been taking notes on the things the characters eat on Mad Men! Any other suggestions?