Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast

2420 Arctic Avenue, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Innkeeper(s): Greg & Yvonne Nelson
 

Eggs Boulangere 18 Jan 2014, 11:55 am

A simple dish easy to serve to many or individual in ramekins.  Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast has taken this Gourmet recipe and created an organic spin.

First use only organic items:  5 Yukon gold Potatoes, 8 Eggs, 1/2 cup  Asiago or Swiss Cheese, and 1/4 cup 1/2&1/2 cream.

Wash 5 potatoes and slice thin.  A food processor works great along with shredding the cheese.  Place sliced potatoes in a skillet with a little olive oil, dash of salt and peper and nutmeg and sauté them with 4 generous tablespoons butter until tender and nicely browned on both sides.  Spread the cooked potatoes in a 14 x 9 inch lightly buttered baking dish and spread grated cheese over potatoes.  Create 8 divots with a spoon and crack eggs into divot.  Be careful to keep yolk whole.  Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over eggs and cover the eggs with cream.  Bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Serve with side of balsamic asparagus, green beans or broccoli.

Enjoy

Apple Baked Pancake 3 Dec 2013, 11:35 am

The trick to this dish is to preheat the baking dish.  This will cause the pancake to billow like a souffle.

Let’s start with the basics, preheat oven to 425 with rack on lower third.  Now it is time to peel, core and slice some apples.  5 Granny Smith yield about 4 cups of medium sliced pieces.  We like to keep the peels to decorate plate and find many will eat the peal just like my kids.  So try organic apples for better health.

4 tablespoons of butter

4 cups of tart apples2 tablespoons of light brown sugar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 large organic eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanila extract

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1/8 teaspoon salt

Place apples in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.  Turn apples until tender about 5-7 minutes.  Remove from heat and sprinkle with brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon and stir to combine.

Preheat 9×13 baking dish in oven for 5 minutes.  Remove and add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in dish and coat bottom and sides by tilting dish.  A little tricky with a hot glass dish, so be careful.  Add apples.

If you have a stand up mixer, great, otherwise in a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanila, salt and maple syrup. When eggs are mixed well slowly mix in flour leaving flour a little clumpy.  Pour mixture over hot apples and place in oven.

 

Bake until puffed and golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and grate cheddar cheese on top.  For those who like their sweets, dust the top with confectioners’ sugar.   Serve hot with a side of bacon.  mmm

Banana Nut Bread 24 Sep 2013, 1:11 pm

The perfect recipe for ripe frozen bananas.  This recipe creates a light airy fruit bread.  Many fruit breads may end up heavy and dense, not this recipe .

Didn’t finish the bunch of bananas before they ripened well spotted.   No waste, put them in the freezer till you have enough to make the recipe.   3 ripe bananas makes 2 loaves.    Preheat oven to 350.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 large ripe frozen bananas, peeled of course
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 3/4 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted melted butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

I like to lightly roast pecans in small skillet for 4 minutes over medium heat.  Then place pecans on cutting board to chop.  Use same skillet and melt butter over low heat.  Put frozen bananas in bowl and mash.  Pour melted butter over mashed bananas and mash some more till consistent texture.

In a mixer add eggs and sugar and mix on high for 30 seconds.  Mix in bananas and butter till smooth, medium.  Pour back into banana bowl and ready mixing bowl for dry ingredients.

Place flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking soda in mixing bowl and lightly whisk.  Make a well in the center by pressing dry ingredients up against side of bowl.  Pour banana mixture into well of dry ingredients.  Change whisk to dough hook and slowly mix till dry and wet ingredients are blended. Do not over mix or overwork flour.

Spoon mixture into bread pans and place in oven for 25-30 minutes depending on size of loaf pan.

Enjoy

 

 

 

Easy to make Ricotta 28 Nov 2012, 11:58 am

This is quick and perfect when you have whole milk and a little cream reaching expiration date.   Use the curd (Ricotta) for Lemon Zest Ricotta Pancakes and the Whey for Spinach & Ham Souffle.  With this silky Ricotta and fresh Whey you are sure to win your families heart.

Combine 6 cups of whole milk, 1 1/2 cup of cream, 2 tea spoons kosher salt and most importantly 3 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Try not to stir but keep milk from browning on bottom of pan.  Once it boils immediately remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes.   The curds should have started to seperate from whey.  If not add one more Tablespoon of lemon juice.

Spoon curds from whey and place them in a fine sieve or use cheese cloth in a regular strainer to drain the curds from majority of liquids.   Serve on crostinis with a little honey or spice it up a notch with homemade pesto.   The perfect beginning to so many dishes.  Enjoy

Spinach and Ham Souffle’ 24 May 2012, 1:05 pm

This souffle’ holds its shape with a little extra effort.  We like to use fresh Whey instead of lowfat milk but both will help hold the shape. We also prefer organic ingredients especially the eggs.   Please ready the following ingredients

  • 10 ounces organic spinach, fibrous stems removed
  • 1/2 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 full tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 full tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 cups cold Whey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt if you substitute with lowfat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 ounces of lean ham sliced long and thin (1 cup)
  • 5 egg whites

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Wash spinach, and place in a skillet.  Cook over medium to high heat for a few minutes, until the spinach is wilted.  Remove from pan and cool on paper towel. Dry spinach and chop coarsely.

Mix the Panko crumbs and 3 tablespoons of the parmesan cheese together in a small bowl.  Using 1 teaspoon of the butter, grease the sides and bottom of a 6 cup gratin dish that is about 1 1/2 inches deep.  Pour crumb mixture into dish and rotate until crumbs coat sides and bottom.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in medium saucepan, add oil, add flour whisk for 30 seconds over medium heat.  Add whey and whisk with ground pepper and bring to a boil whisking continuously.  Mixture should thicken now add the egg yolks and mix.  Remove from heat and add spinach and ham. Let cool

Beat egg whites until they are firm but still soft.  Fold them into spinach/ham mixture along with cheese.  Pour mixture into the prepared gratin dish, sprinkle the remaining Panko crumbs.  Gently slide into 375 degree oven for about 35 minutes.  Remove when souffle’ is brown on top and puffy.

Serve immediately by spooning servings onto plates with a side of mixed roasted root vegetables.    Enjoy!!

 

Farmer Cheese Blintz with Berry Compote 9 Jan 2012, 3:43 pm

I love this dish because anybody can create various flavors that please any palette.  Let’s first talk about Farmer Cheese.    Farmer Cheese is typically found in dairy section of local grocery store.   However, I like to make my own by mixing some homemade Ricotta(recipe on blog)  and Cream Cheese. Blend with a mixer and add some lemon zest and a little Honey, adjust accordingly.

Now take crepes prepared in advance or even from the freezer, (future recipe), spoon 3 tablespoons of cheese mixture in center of crepe and fold into a square, refer to photo.  Place a table spoon of butter in a pan and place 4 cheese crepes into pan and brown on both sides to a crisp texture.  Place on plate and top with Berry Compote (future recipe).  Enjoy!

Lemon Zest Pancakes with homemade Ricotta Cheese 27 Jun 2011, 7:36 pm

The lemon zest ricotta pancakes have been winning our guests over for years.  Now we have taken one step further and added homemade Ricotta Cheese.  Oh so Gooood!!

Lemon Zest Ricotta Pancakes

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups home made ricotta cheese  (reference blog recipe page)
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  3. 4 eggs, separated
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  6. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  7. 1/2 cup of buck wheat flour
  8. 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  9. 1/4  tsp. kosher salt

 

Directions:

In a seperate bowl wisk whole milk with  juice of a lemon and set aside.  This can be done a day ahead.  You can substitute this part by using buttermilk instead of whole milk.     In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, lemon zest and sugar.Now use a third bowl and gently wisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.In another large bowl, the fourth bowl, using a whisk, beat the egg whites until frothy.   You should have four bowls, it’s time to bring all the ingredients together

Now that the milk has had time to seperate and thicken softly poor into egg yolk bowl wisk gently.  Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until mixture is consistant with lumpy batter.  Now, using a rubber spatula gently fold egg whites and ricotta into batter.

Preheat a griddle over medium heat 325-350 and lightly butter before ladling batter to make pancakes. Cook until bubbles form on top and the pancakes are golden underneath, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer to a warmed plate. Repeat with the remaining batter. Makes 12 to 16 pancakes, all depends on the size of pancake.  Top pancakes with berry compote or roasted pecan syrup.  Enjoy

July 4th Celebration at the Beach 27 Jun 2011, 7:12 pm

Visit the Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast and catch the grand celebration at the oceanfront.  We are central to all the action without being in the noise.  Watch the illuminating fireworks while sipping wine on our front porch or take a stroll and you enjoy the symphony on the beach.     The Beach Spa still has a few rooms left.  So hurry before they are gone

Fourth of July Virginia Beach Style

Beach Events 3 Jun 2011, 11:17 am

Stay at the Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast and you are central to all the great entertainment without being in the noise of it all.  Find great entertainment and night and then retire to our secluded neighborhood Bed and Breakfast.  When you stay with the Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast you will be front and center to all the great events.  For instance grab one of our comfortable lawn chairs and have a seat and be entertained at the 24th street or 31st street stages, a very short walk from the Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast which is on 25th street.

This weekend you will find great music by Power Play, One Love Steel Band Two Tone Cadillac and lots more.

Isn’t it time for you to relax and enjoy.

The Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast will rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.

This weekend you will find Artists that have left their mark.

Virginia Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast Strawberry Recipe 12 May 2011, 6:52 am

Fresh Organic Strawberries are ripe and ready to pick.  Come stay with the Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast and experience incredible Strawberry delights.  Today we will focus on combining strawberries with other fresh organic fruit, Organic Kiwi from Trader Joe’s is the special recipe this week.  Recipe:

  • Ten Fresh Organic Strawberries
  • Four Fresh Ripe Organic Kiwi
  • Ten Organic Mint Leaves
  • tbl Sherry
  • tbl Honey

Cut Strawberries cross section about 1/8″ thick.  Chop mint.  Combine cut strawberries, mint sherry and honey into a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes mixing occasionally.  Peal Kiwi and cut into 1/8″ cross section and place one cut piece on dish, then layer a cut strawberry from bowl onto kiwi, continue layering till one kiwi is stacked high and finish with tip of strawberry.  Spoon sherry/honey from bowl onto stack and finish with whole mint leave.  Serve or fridge for 10 minutes then serve and enjoy.  Serves Four