Monday, January 25, 2010

Breakfast (and burritos! thanks Tressa!)

Thanks to a suggestion from one of my favorite readers, I now deter from my usual course of lunch items and provide you with an extra special all-stock-photo extravaganza (since i mainly blog about what i cook and eat, and i'm not making all of this food in this economy. also, lazy.)


While you can generally scrounge up whatever for lunch or dinner, breakfast is generally the most important meal of the day. So I will provide you with some delicious options for your taking.

Number 1: Breakfast burritos

I am exceedingly excruciatingly fond of really really well cooked scrambled eggs, so that may impact this. However, our methods differ.

As follows:

1) Heat a skillet up to decent heat (mid-high), and put down 2 strips of good bacon. Cook to desired done-ness, but recognize that crispy, not chewy, bacon works best in a burrito or sandwich. seriously. I've had my share of sandwich related disasters.

2) When finished, lay on a sheet of paper towel, turn your stove down to mid-low, and pour out the bacon grease. Wipe down the pan with a little bit of paper towel, and put in some olive oil or margarine

3) Crack two eggs into a cup, with about a tablespoon of milk, a pinch of salt and pepper, and a smidge of dijon mustard. Scramble the crap out of them, and let your pan come down to a nice, light heat.

(serious business)

4) Pour into the pan, and immediately start stirring. This seems counter productive, but you'll be making amazing, delicious soft scrambled eggs. Do NOT overcook here, as these will seem less done than you think, but you want them lightly cooked rather than the kind you get in diners (like some places in downtown Guelph. Feh!)

(extra big for extra detail)

5)When finished, take these off the heat and into a bowl. Preheat your toaster oven to a baking setting around 400degrees. Don't have one? You'll be fine. Begin assembly of your burrito. I recommend the big tortillas for this one:

a) Put a very light coating of any condiments (ketchup, sambal oelek, dijon)

b) Grate (finely) some nice old sharper cheese, like a good old cheddar or gruyere

c) Put your eggs (still steaming hot), on the cheese.

d) Lay down the bacon (if using)

f) If in the toaster oven, pop it in until it starts slightly browning. GBD.

g) Serve with nice fruit, or tomato slices for maximum goodness.


Cheesewise, cheddar will be a nice evenly balanced one. Gruyere will be stringy and a bit sharper, mozzarella more soft. All are good.

Add in some other things, like herbs to the eggs, tomato slices (salt and peppered) in the wrap,caramelized onions, sauteed spinach, or other veggies make a nice add-in.

Number 2: Yogurt and granola

1) Put fruit (blueberries, raspberries, cut up strawberries) in a mug/cup (1/2 to 1 cup)

2) Lay on a good bit of yogurt. (same-ish as the berries)

3) Drop a few heaping spoons of granola

4) Don't be delicate, and mash them all together and enjoy.

(if it's not this pretty, you're doing it wrong. or you don't work for good housekeeping magazine)


Before the granola, blend that sucker up

Toast the granola by putting it in a hot dry pan, for added crunchiness and flavour

Number 3: Hangover delight

Tomato juice, LOTS of hot sauce, and some horseradish.




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