Archive for ‘Breakfast’

July 18, 2014

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon

Who needs weekends for brunch? Even though my schedule has cleared up significantly, I’m still working every Saturday and Sunday. I miss weekends. No, I miss brunch. Having week days off is not all that different than having weekends off. I still get to sleep in, run errands (with less of a crowd), meet up with other friends that have weird schedules such as mine… but most restaurants don’t serve brunch on weekdays. I can’t remember the last time I had brunch. So this morning I thought I’d make my own.

Surprisingly easy to put together. I’d say 15 minutes start to finish. 20 if multitasking isn’t your forte.

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HOLLANDAISE

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1.5 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (half a stick) butter
  • salt
  • water

Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave until bubbly and hot. In a magic bullet blender, pulse yolks and lemon juice until frothy. Add 1/4 of the butter to the mixture, close, then pulse until well blended. Continue adding more hot butter, slowly, and blend until homogenous. Add 1 tsp salt and pulse to incorporate. Add 1-2 tsp of water if you like runnier hollandaise.

SMOKED SALMON EGGS BENEDICT (serves 2, 2 eggs each)

  • 4  oz smoked salmon
  • 4 english muffins (2, if you want to cut carbs. just serve on 1/2 the bread)
  • baby arugula
  • 4 eggs
  • vinegar  (white wine or any other clear vinegar)
  • paprika
  • optional: chives, chopped finely (or dill. salmon likes dill.)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Halve and toast muffins. Set aside
  2. While toasting, prepare SOFT POACHED EGGS:
    1. Bring wide mouth pot of water to a boil. Add 1-2 tbs vinegar.
    2. Turn off heat. Crack eggs slowly and gently into the water. Cover the pot and leave heat off for 4 minutes. Drain and remove.
  3. Arrange muffins on a plate, top with a small fistful of arugula, then a layer of salmon, then eggs, then hollandaise. Sprinkle w paprika and chives

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NOTES: 

  • Sprinkle paprika on top of the hollandaise at the end of set up. This adds a nice splash of color. I was dumb and blended the paprika in with the rest of the sauce. Has the flavor, not the aesthetics.
  • Arugula adds a nice peppery kick. Spinach is a good mild/boring alternative.
  • Thomas’ Light Multigrain english muffins are the bomb. 100 calories, develops a nice crunch on the outside when toasted, but still chewy/doughy on the inside. Love them.
  • Toss your leftover hollandaise.

Oh. and Anthony Bourdain says never order hollandaise at brunch. “No one makes hollandaise to order.” That stuff is sitting in their kitchen all day. Gross. And now that you know it’s essentially raw eggs and butter, skip it on the menu and make it yourself at home. You wont miss it.

 

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November 29, 2013

Nothing I’m more thankful for than Huevos Rancheros

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It’s the morning after our Friendsgiving feast last night in Manhattan and feeling a bit homesick. One would think I’d want to curl up with a bowl of congee: light fare after a night of pigging out, food of my people and all. But nope. Jumped out of bed this morning with a inexplicably strong craving for huevos rancheros. R took one look at the heaping plate of chorizo, fried eggs, and warm tortillas and responded with “woa…bIG breakfast..”

You betcha.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 lb chorizo*, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ~ 3/4 can of diced tomatoes, in juice
  • 1/2 can black beans, with liquid
  • optional: 1/3 can of corn
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 white corn tortillas (these dont get soggy as fast as flour)
  • cheese (cotija if you have it, or shredded mexican blend)

*NOT cured chorizo, but uncooked chorizo sausage. Note packaging instructions if you have to remove the casing. I keep it on unless it’s plastic…The type that comes in plastic casing tends to be the ground meat type that breaks up. Either is fine.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Slice avocados. Squeeze over lime juice to keep it from oxidizing/browning.
  2. Toast tortillas in a single layer in toaster oven until they poof up. Start this while you begin cooking, remember to check on it from time to time so you don’t burn them.
  3. Heat pot over medium high heat. Add a bit of cooking oil, and cook sliced chorizos until browned and cooked through on both sides. Stir as needed. Remove and set aside.
  4. In remaining chorizo grease, add chopped onions and bell peppers. Season with chili powder. Salt generously and stir until soft, ~3 minutes. Add garlic. Stir until fragrant, 1-2 min.
  5. Add back beans with liquid in the can (this will help thicken the sauce), canned tomato, (and corn if you like corn). Salt to taste. Cover pot and simmer while you fry eggs.
  6. Fry eggs. In a 8-10” frying pan, heat on high. When pan is just smoking hot (or eggs WILL stick), add oil. Let oil heat to a shimmer, then bring heat down to medium/medium high. Crack three eggs into pan, spaced evenly. If you don’t like super runny eggs, carefully shimmy your spatula underneath each egg, then flip and let the top side just kiss the pan. Turn off heat. Salt and pepper tops of eggs.
  7. Plate tortillas, spoon over lots of tomato-y bean salsa. Top with a runny fried egg. Top with cheese. Squeeze over some lime juice. Add avocado and chorizo to the sides (or keep adding it to your tower if you’re brave.)
  8. EAT.

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Side Notes:

  • I love Tortilla Factory tortillas. I’ve said this many times before. I keep packages of it in my freezer at all times. Great chewy texture.
  • AVOCADOS:
    • Buying: avocados should be tender and give slightly when you press firmly on them (grip the whole thing in your hand, dont just poke it or youll bruise it). Skin should be dark, almost black, but NOT wrinkly or dimpled in any way. When buying avocados, I always get varying degrees of un-ripeness. ‘Cause you don’t eat five avocados in one day…. so get some that are a few days a way from ripening, that way they’ll be perfect when you finally get to it.
    • Cutting: I rock the knife from tip to end of one side, then back up to the tip on the other side (the pit will obviously prevent you from simply chopping it in half). Firmly chop down on the seed, twist the knife, then pull the pit out. Wrap the pit in a paper towel and gently pull it off the knife (be careful). Peel the skin off. If it is properly ripe, it will come off in sheets. Then slice and squeeze lime juice over it to keep from browning. IF the skin does NOT simply peel off (it’s probably not ripe enough), carefully slice with skin side down, then try to spoon out the slices. Messier, but will suffice.

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September 4, 2013

Breakfast.

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Moving to LIC means more time in the mornings for real breakfast. Stole this idea from Inspired by the $3 yogurt cups I was getting at the Pret A Manger by work. Look what my shitty salary has encouraged me to create!

plain greek yogurt + mangos + raw almonds + honey + crumbled dark brown sugar

I love brown sugar. I get mine at the Chinese supermarket. Crumbly. Grainy. Like wet sand. Not to be confused with turbinado, or “raw sugar”. That stuff just doesn’t melt into your food like this does. I also rub this REAL dark brown sugar over pork spare ribs before browning them for stew. Caramelization is your friend. I think I’ll make some stew this week…

I am so getting off topic.

January 5, 2013

Healthy Eggs Benedict + Wilted Spinach and Truffle Salad

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Weekends = real breakfast.

EGGS BENEDICT:

  • 1 multigrain English muffin
  • 2 eggs
  • white vinegar (or any non colored vinegar)
  • 4 slices canadian bacon
  • shredded cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fill a small sauce pot half way with water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add 1 tbs vinegar. Carefully crack eggs into hot water (or crack into individual small ramekins and dip ramekins into water and slide out egg). Cover pot and set aside ~4 min. 
  2. Halve and toast English muffin.
  3. Heat small frying pan on medium high. Add a tsp or so of oil and fry canadian bacon until crisp on edges, flipping as needed.
  4. Remove bacon from pan onto each slice of toasted English muffin. Top with cheese. Return to toaster oven, set on broil, and let cheese melt. (If you dont have a toaster oven, put cheese on bacon while it’s still in the frying pan and let it melt with heat on medium).

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WILTED SPINACH and TRUFFLE SALAD

  • 2 handfuls of clean baby spinach
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • truffle oil

In remaining bacon fat, fry shallots until soft. Add spinach and a pinch of salt. Toss until just wilted. Remove and plate. Drizzle a few drop sof truffle oil on top.

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May 6, 2012

Avocado and fried egg on toast

  • siracha
  • avovado
  • fried egg
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • lime
  • toast
  • optional: grilled shrimp adds extra snap and texture.

Squeeze lime over sliced avocados. Place on whole grain toast. Top with fried egg (and shrimp). Drizzle on siracha and season with salt and pepper. Best lazy breakfast EVER.

January 5, 2012

Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos

I promise I’m not under endorsement contracts, I just happen to be rather brand loyal. When I find something that works, I stick to it! Also, I promise I did not intend to create something with so many specific brands in the recipe, feel free to substitute. I just happen to particularly like the end result with this combination of flavors, so I’m including the brands for my own future reference.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 package of Upton’s Naturals Chorizo Seitan
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 medium bell pepper, diced finely
  • paprika
  • chili powder (Mexene is my favorite brand)
  • cayenne pepper
  • 8 mini tomatoes (2 buches, still on the vine. )
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 lime
  • salt/pepper
  • olive oil
  • 9-10 small corn/wheat tortillas

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a skillet, heat plenty of olive oil on medium high. place tomatoes, still on the vine, flat on the skillet. Let them sit until charred on the bottom ~10 min. Flip and char other side.
  2. In a separate non-stick pan, heat another tbs or so of olive oil. Saute onions until soft ~5 min. Season with chili powder and a pinch of salt. Add bell peppers. Saute another 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add chorizo and break it up in the pan. Stir until heated through. Remove and set aside.
  4. Add another tbs of oil if needed, and brown potatoes, stirring frequently to avoid sticking. Season with a generous sprinkle of salt, lots of paprika, a pinch of cayenne, and another pinch of chili powder. OPTIONAL: add a dash of chicken stock and cover, letting the potatoes soften under the steam. This is my way of using less oil when the potatoes begin to dry out. Otherwise, add more oil and continue cooking until potatoes soften and brown on the outside. Remove and set aside.
  5. Toast tortillas.
  6. Beat eggs. Add onion/bell pepper mixture into eggs. Reduce heat to medium and pour eggs into pan and scramble. Set aside.
  7. Slice avocados and drizzle generously with lime to prevent browning.
  8. Serve everything in separate bowls/platters and let everyone make their own breakfast tacos.

I think the charred fresh tomatoes are rather paramount to this recipe. The taco is otherwise composed of rather dry ingredients. Other alterations to consider: keeping the eggs separate (or mixed with the potatoes) and making a sort of onion/bell pepper/tomato salsa. The reason i didn’t go with a salsa is because for some reason I had a very specific craving for charred tomatoes. On the vine. Drizzled in olive oil and with lots of black pepper. I think I’m gonna go open my left overs container now…

November 30, 2011

Blueberry Muesli

I’ve been rather obsessed with muesli lately. Even in bulk, it’s been costing me quite a bit at whole foods (HEB stopped carrying it! wtf…).
Solution? make it yourself:
  • rolled oats
  • rice krispies
  • dried blueberries
  • raisins
  • sunflower seeds
  • flax seeds
  • almonds, raw whole unsalted

+ cold milk

tada!

October 31, 2011

Smoked Paprika Squash, Topped with Poached Egg

Mmmm… brunch.

Adapted from Encas

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 med acorn squash
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • garlic salt
  • olive oil
  • 3 poached eggs 
  • black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

Peel and cut squash in to wedges. Toss wedges in plenty of olive oil, seasonings, and onions, and let sit ~30 min+. Preheat oven 20 375F. Bake squash until just cooked through. Crank up heat to 400F and broil for 5-10 min, or until a nice crust forms on the squash.

Top with poached eggs and fresh ground pepper. (Eggs can be made ahead of time, slightly undercooked, and placed in an ice bath. When ready to serve, place in a small pot of water, and bring to a low simmer until warm.)

Just look at those pretty fall colors (:

Happy Halloween!

October 2, 2011

Spiced Zucchini Bread

Adapted from allrecipes.com

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I’ve discovered turbinado sugar! Similar to brown sugar, turbinado sugar is less processed and ‘healthier’ than refined white sugar. It’s commonly seen in restaurants in packages under the name of “Sugar in the Raw”.  It’s a very course grain, so you’ll actually be using less sugar compared to an equal serving of refined white.  Another interesting fact about turbinado sugar is that it tends to retain more water, so baked goods come out super moist. For this recipe, make sure you drain your zucchini gratings to prevent sogginess! Also, if I was using normal brown sugar for this recipe, I’d cut it by half a cup, ’cause even with turbinado, this bread came out plenty sweet!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups grated unpeeled zucchini, drained
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups turbinado sugar*
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 whole clove, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (2 4oz cups)
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup crushed walnuts

*feel free to use 2 cups of brown sugar instead!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease one 9×13 inch pan, or two bread pans.
  2. Place grated zucchini in a colander and set aside to drain. Press to get as much water out as you can!! You don’t want soggy zucchini bread.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl until well blended.
  4. Beat the eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl until smooth.
  5. Fold in the flour mixture, then stir in the zucchini and walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. It’ll be pretty liquid-y. That’s ok. It’s a very moist cake.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, ~50 minutes, 1 hour if using bread pans. Allow to cool completely before cutting!

mmm… tastes like carrot cake.

September 26, 2011

Mexican Baked Eggs

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 can diced tomatos
  • 1/2 can black beans
  • 2-3 tsp Mexene chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 eggs
  • handful of shredded cheese, mexican blend
  • cilantro for garnish
  • salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat cast iron skillet on medium to high heat.
  2. Add a bit of oil and saute onions until translucent. ~3-5 min
  3. Add bell peppers and saute until soft. 2-3 min
  4. Add tomatoes and beans and heat through until it bubbles.
  5. Season and salt to taste.
  6. Crack 3 eggs on top and place in oven to broil for 5 minutes. Eggs should still look a bit runny.
  7. Sprinkle on cheese and return to broiler 1 min or until cheese melts.
  8. Remove from oven. Top with cilantro and serve with warm bread/tortillas.