If you have a long weekend coming up (and I hope you do), perhaps you’re looking forward to it for the same reason I am—three opportunities, three days in a row, to enjoy an unhurried breakfast. What luxury!Truth be told, these scrambled eggs only take five minutes longer to prepare than the standard sort, an investment that might even be thinkable on a weekday. But those five minutes yield excellent returns: they give you a little crunch, a little creaminess, and a lot of herbaceous wake-up in your bowl. And yes, it’s really just scrambled eggs and toast, but if you have never crouton-d your toast into your scrambled eggs you are in for a nice surprise. Continue reading
We are fortunate enough to live in a walkable neighborhood of a walkable city, and sometimes days go by between car trips. I made up for all those blissful carless days in one fell swoop today, though. President Obama was visiting Seattle and I got stuck in traffic for almost two hours with five little girls in the back of that darn minivan.
Luckily, we were well-stocked with snacks, and the girls were full of songs and laughter. My four-year-old told a detailed and breathlessly-enunciated story to anyone who would listen featuring characters named Macinnanin, Skingerque, Banana Peel, and Spoon Guy. (The spellings of those first two names are approximate at best.) The baby practiced her shrieks of joy at top volume. Other drivers stared at the ruckus my passengers were making and then laughed.
Did you think this was going to be a post about how I came home hours late and cooked a nice dinner? Heavens, no. I collapsed on the couch with a beer and let J hustle the kids off to bed. (Thanks, honey!) We ate leftovers: this soup, that salad, those beans. Leftovers are a cook’s reward, I say.
But if you don’t have a fridge full of good leftovers, make migas at the end of a frazzled day. There’s a reason I mostly cooked scrambled eggs for all those months when life was so hectic: they’re fast, filling, and delicious. The kids call these migas “cheesy chippy eggs” and eat their plain version (no salsa, no green flecks) without complaining.
Migas take various forms in various countries, but this surely-Americanized version is basically scrambled eggs with lightly crushed tortilla chips, green onions, tomato, cilantro, cheese, and salsa, maybe with a warm tortilla on the side. Dinner will be served in ten minutes. Continue reading Migas (click for recipe)
What does the inside of your fridge look like? If I could peek inside, what would it tell me about you?
My fridge is always packed to the gills. Grains, flours, beer at the back. Root vegetables, sometimes of indeterminate age, in the bottom. Cheeses in a drawer. Condiments piled (piled, I say!) into the top shelf and door. Milk and yogurt up front. And everywhere else: more vegetables, so many vegetables, and leftovers.
It’s a reflection of who I am in many ways: it says that I like food. That I’m a packrat, maybe, but also an optimist, thinking I’ll cook dinner six nights a week and always snack on vegetable spears instead of the kids’ cheese and crackers. It is not the fridge of a meal-planner; instead, our meals are often dictated by what’s in the fridge rather than the other way around.
But this week, after coming home from a trip, there’s not much in the fridge. It’s rather refreshing. It’s so easy to see the back wall. But it won’t last, because both of our CSAs start this week. (Another personality/fridge correlation: the kind of person likely to sign up for two CSAs is the kind of person likely to have an overflowing fridge.)
In the meanwhile, it’s an opportunity to let a few great ingredients shine.
I usually scramble my eggs by letting the bottom layer set then rumpling it up along the bottom of the pan so the uncooked egg runs off and also sets, then I turn the eggs over briefly. How do you do yours? I never gave any thought to scrambling eggs until I tried this “poached scrambled eggs” method, and then I read Julia Child saying not to touch them for the first three minutes, and now I’m wondering what other techniques are out there that never would have occurred to me. This is an important question in my life because, as you know, I rely heavily on scrambled eggs. Continue reading Sweet Corn Scramble (click for recipe)