American breakfasts and more: By Heather Allen

A recent trip to Nimmanhaemin offered me the pleasure of stopping in at the Bake and Bite on Soi 6 for breakfast. There is inside seating but it’s the little deck out front that is quite nice for a morning cup of coffee and a hearty breakfast. The prices are quite reasonable, the service quite good. The bacon was delicious and crispy and the eggs perfectly done. Eggs can be quite difficult but whoever is cooking these knows how to cook a perfect fried egg.

I was joined by my American friend who had the biscuits and gravy, and while not a Southerner, she said the sausage gravy was extremely tasty and the biscuits, while good, would have been better off not being refrigerated. All over, however she said it satisfied her biscuits and sausage craving. The breakfast menu includes such items as steak and eggs, with biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, to be tried on a future visit, certainly, and Mexican favourites such as a breakfast burrito and the always delicious Huevos Rancheros for 120 baht. Again, the eggs were perfectly cooked; the beans were refried black beans, so quite tasty, and enough cheese and salsa on top to satisfy.

On another visit, I had the pan fried potatoes and sausage. The potatoes were well cooked without being oily or overcooked, saut้ed with onions and with some tasty breakfast sausage it was a nice brunch for a reasonable 90 baht. Coffee is a very reasonable 35 baht and orange juice 40.

The atmosphere is very casual, but friendly. The coffee, while not top drawer is quite good and strong enough to wake even the most difficult of non-morning people. The prices are very reasonable, with the steak and eggs with steamed vegetables, biscuits and gravy running 140 baht. The steak, while not of the highest quality was tasty and not tough. A bit on the smallish side but for 140 baht for a generous plate of food, one can hardly complain.

My American friend spotted the American style pancakes which she vowed to try next time, although she was a tad disappointed they didn’t have maple syrup on offer, said she was willing to give them a try nonetheless.

There was a tempting bagel with lox and cream cheese, American style hash browns and more. With a tempting array of hearty breakfast fare at reasonable prices, Bake N Bite is certainly worth a visit.

There are two Bake N Bites, this one just off Nimmanhaemin, at the Tesco Lotus and the other Bake N Bite at Kaew Nawarat. Open daily from 7 to 7, they serve hearty breakfasts and delicious sandwiches for lunch as well. They will be closed from April 8 to 18 for Songkran.


Pumpkin Soup Giuseppina

There was a European executive chef called Santo Zoppis who used to visit at the weekends, and he assures me that this really is one of those secret recipes handed down through the generations, being a recipe given to Santo by his mother, Giuseppina.

Santo puts aside 10 minutes for preparation and 25 minutes for cooking, so it is a quick and easy soup. Santo (or his mother) may kill me for this, but although the recipe calls for fresh thyme, dried thyme could be used if the fresh product is unavailable.

Ingredients    Serves 6
Cleaned Pumpkin     500 gm
Milk                       1.2 liters
Onion                        80 gm
Butter                        30 gm
Rice                          50 gm
Fresh thyme             1 pinch
Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Methodd
Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and cut into small pieces. Peel the onion and cut into slices.

Heat the butter in a soup pot, add the onion and pumpkin, and cook over a low heat for 3 minutes. Add the milk, rice and fresh thyme; simmer gently until the pumpkin is cooked (about 20 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

Now place the entire mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Reheat the soup and serve immediately.