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Basted Eggs on Corn Tortillas with Avocado

Eggs on Tortilla

There are some things in life that on the surface appear involved, but actually make life easier. Take dresses for example. There’s something about wearing dresses that people perceive as putting in effort. I view it as taking one thing out of the closet and being dressed from head to toe. There’s no need to coordinate a top with a bottom or to find the right socks to go with the right shoes.  I realize that this is something most of us do every morning with absolutely zero hesitation but for some me, that’s far too many decisions to make whether at 5:30 AM or a more reasonable 10:30 AM. I want to put one thing on, look put-together, and get on with my day. These days it’s not unlike how I view food and meal prep. Essentially, I want something that looks and tastes like I’m not a lazy turd without any of the effort. Especially when it comes to something as important as what I put in my body.

Eggs on Tortilla

In the past, I could spend hours in the kitchen, mucking about, creating, tasting, re-creating. The elaborate was not out of the ordinary. Don’t get me wrong, most of the time this was a pleasure. My life has changed drastically over the last few years. In the midst of the loss of a love, a father, my grandmothers, my health, my dog, and in some ways an entire extended family, I had to learn to let go. As a result, I’ve also learned to make my life simpler. I had to let go of making absolutely everything from scratch, keeping a spotless house and relax self-imposed standards that no longer served me. I still have a long road ahead when it comes to taking it easy (I am occasionally reminded that my version of taking it easy is some else’s go-go-go). So it makes sense to start with breakfast. Just like a dress, eggs on tortilla with avocado looks like more effort than is required. 

Eggs on Tortilla

Basted egg on a tortilla with avocado. Eggs make my brain turn on. Forget the egg whites. The light switch for the brain is in the yolk. Then there’s the soothing richness of an oozing creamy yolk. It smears itself of a crispy shell of mild sweet corn and lends itself well with the buttery avocado. This breakfast almost makes itself in about 3 minutes and offers me the sustenance I need to get me through until lunch. That’s my kind of result. I’ve also served this to breakfast guests, and it can also be bulked up for a brunch feast with tomatoes, salsa and refried black beans with feta. 

Basted Eggs on Tortilla with Avocado
Serves 1
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Total Time
3 min
Total Time
3 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1 white corn tortilla
  3. 1/2 avocado
  4. Optional Toppings: Feta, Parmesan, Cheddar or your favourite cheese, hot sauce, refried beans, salsa, sour cream and or cilantro.
Instructions
  1. Place a fresh tortilla in a small 6-8 inch frying pan over medium heat. Crack an egg on top of the tortilla. When the pan is hot add approximately 1 Tbsp of water to the edge of the pan. Cover the pan immediately with a tight fitting lid (preferably one that does not have a breathe vent). Allow the egg to baste. A white layer will cover the yolk. Cook to desired doneness. Basted soft will take approx one minute. Meanwhile, cut and slice your avocado. Slide the tortilla onto a plate and serve with avocado, cheese, hot sauce and/or salsa.
Notes
  1. I keep my tortillas in the freezer. If you are starting with a frozen tortilla, cook one side of the tortilla first. Once it has warmed through, flip the tortilla and then crack the egg on top. This will take anywhere between 30 seconds to a minute. Continue as per directions.
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Eggs on Tortilla

I’m going to continue with this line of thinking for the time being as I am certain I am not alone in feeling that, at times, easier is better. Here are a few of my favorite quick and easy recipes from the past.

10-minute Coconut Spinach Soup

Coconut Spinach Soup

3 Ingredient Savory Pancakes

3 Ingredient Savory Pancakes

Maple Adobo Glazed Salmon

Maple Adobo Salmon

Brie and Walnut Baked Portobello Mushrooms

Baked Brie and Walnut Portobello Mushrooms

Pan Fried Scallops with Golden Almonds and Creamy Cauliflower 

Scallops with Browned Almonds and Cauliflower Mash

 

 

By on January 12, 2016 in Blog, Breakfast, Brunch, Eggs, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Vegetarian 0

Tomato Fennel Sausage Stew

Tomato Fennel Sausage Stew

The back story.

Eating processed food or eating out too often takes a huge toll on my energy levels and my clarity of thought. It also enjoys tipping the scale and turning my digestive system into an MMA match. Needless to say if the motivation was a bird, I’d have enough for a flock. Guess what? I still can barely muster giving a goose. As a result, my weekly lunches are often Sunday’s stew which I force myself to make. Maybe that’s the norm for some of you, but for a food blogger, that’s horrifying. My breakfasts and dinners come from simplicity and laziness. However, there are some benefits. I’ve held onto the simple yet tasty recipes and those easy enough to put together even when I’m catatonic. In other words, life savers. Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be sharing these with you. Hopefully, you enjoy these as much as I have until I get back into my cooking and blogging groove.

Today’s story starts with a Pig.

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Recently I’ve had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with a family that raises Berkshire pork. The kobo beef of pigs! Get in my belly! What a score.
With some convincing I was able to get my hands on enough meat to last me through the year. Moving to a new city means finding all new sources of sustainably raises animals, a CSA, farm fresh eggs and local dairy. It’s been a process, to say the least, but getting access to Berkshire pork far exceeded my expectations of finding quality local products. It’s like a won the jackpot and it’s living in my freezer.

Being asked for feedback on the sausages prompted me to get into the kitchen and that’s how this stew was born.
I feel a warning is in order. I can guarantee that your stew will end up tasting different from mine no matter how closely you follow the recipe. The flavor of your sausages will undoubtedly be different. Your tomatoes might be a different variety, grown in a different climate or maybe they came from a can. Your fennel bulbs might be larger, your garlic more potent. In the end, none of that will matter because this is one of those foolproof recipes. I’ve included the variations I’ve made in the past that have been successful, but feel free to play around. This stew can handle it!

Tomato Fennel Sausage Stew

My favorite addition to date is a drizzle of black truffle oil. If you want to serve lasts night’s stew to some special guests, this is the way to go. Garnish with fennel fronds and feta, crumbled goat cheese or parmesan pedals. The color contrast ads visual interest and layers of flavours. I love that this stew is so pliable.

Tomato Fennel Sausage Stew
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 onion, roughly chopped
  3. 4 galric cloves, minced
  4. 6 cups of roasted tomatoes or 2 756ml cans of whole tomatoes
  5. 1 cup of chicken stock
  6. 1 can tomato paste (156ml)
  7. 2 fennel bulbs, core removed and sliced
  8. 2 tsp dried thyme
  9. 3 Tbsp of honey (or more to taste)
  10. 1 Tbsp Hungarian or Spanish paprika (sweet or bitter)
  11. 6-8 sausages (approximately 2 lbs)
  12. Chopped fennel fronds to garnish
  13. Drizzle with black truffle oil (optional)
  14. Additional toppings: cheese such as feta, goat cheese or Parmesan.
Instructions
  1. Preheat pven to 350 F. In a cast iron pan or oven proof pan, brown the sausages on all sides. Place the sausages in the oven and cook until no pink remains and their juices run clear. Depending on the thickness of the sausages, this will take 20-25 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven, cook onions with olive oil over medium heat until they begin to soften, approximately 5 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients except the sausages and stir to combine. Simmer for 25 minutes or until fennel becomes tender.
  3. Once the sausages are cooked, add all the juices and fat from the cooked sausages into the stew and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more honey if the stew is too acidic (depends on your tastes and the tomatoes).
  4. Serve stew with slices of sausage and top with your favourite garnishes.
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The basics:
-Add 1 1/2 cups (or 1 can drained and well rinsed) white beans and serve it over angel hair or spaghetti. Garnish with Parmesan petals.
-Add 1 1/2 cups (or 1 can drained and well rinsed) of cooked chickpeas, garnish with feta and serve with crusty bread and butter
-Add shrimp and cooked diced chicken and 1 can of drained and rinsed clams and chilis flakes to taste. Serve over rice with grated aged cheddar.
-Add 3 cups (approximately) of chicken stock and serve as a soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
-Add 1/2 cup of sour cream  and serve with Pappardelle and toasted Panko crumbs

Maken’ it fancy:
Serve it over creamyParmesan polenta and drizzle with black truffle oil and garnish with fresh grated Parmesan and fennel fronds
Serve on top of zucchini fritters and top with grilled halloumi cheese

By on November 17, 2015 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Lunch, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Pork, Recipes, Tomato 2

4 Ingredient Maple Adobo Glazed Salmon (15 minutes flat)

Sweet and Spicy Salmon

There are days when simplicity is best. When it’s just about getting something tasty, flavorful and easy into the belly. Especially when the mind is too cluttered to give much thought to dinner.  Serve it with greens and dinner is done. Thank gawd because sometime….we all have those days. 

Sweet, spicy and tangy. What could be better all smothered on top of a thick slice of wild salmon?

4 ingredients, 15 minute sweet and spicy wild salmon. Is there really any need to say more? I didn’t think so. Continue Reading →

By on February 2, 2015 in Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Salmon 2

Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs and Parmesan Risotto

Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs 

Stout Braised Beef Ribs! Perfection for a cold winter’s day where the snow hangs heavy in the trees, the cold clings to your skin and you can hear the snow creak beneath your feet. When it’s paired with a cheesy risotto (basically fancy mac and cheese in my books) it instantly becomes one of my favorite comfort foods. Put this dish/meal on your stove top to cook before heading out for a snowshoe or set it in a slow cooker in the morning, and it will be waiting for you at the end of the day. Continue Reading →

By on January 15, 2015 in Beef, Blog, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Course, Main Ingredient, Recipes 7

Vietnamese Braised Chicken with 5 Spice (Vegan? Try it with Winter Squash)

Braised Chicken with 5 spice

Isn’t one of the best things about traveling exploring the food that is so uniquely of that culture?

The different flavors, vegetables used in different ways, spices I’ve never heard of, food I’ve never seen. What can I say but amazing.

Well it is for me, but I’ve always been a little bit of a gourmand, aka piggy.

What can I say. I love food. LOVE it.

It seems a little strange to be thinking about Vietnamese dishes as I sit and look out the window. It’s currently snowing and -12 degrees C (Joshua is American, so that’s 11 F for all of you South of the border). And even though it is cold, it is stunningly beautiful. The tiniest snowflakes are falling with almost no wind by the thousands every millisecond. In Vietnam, the high today is 31 C/89 F. In a country that rarely experiences cold except in the far reaches of the north western parts of the country, the majority of vietnamese food is a little spicy and almost always hot, braised, in soup form or stewed. I don’t know about you, but if I lived in a country that rarely saw temperatures under 22 C/71 F, I think I’d choose to live off salads, not eating Beef Pho  (beef and noodle soup) for breakfast. But that’s just me.

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By on December 3, 2013 in Blog, Chicken, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb, Main Ingredient, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian 20

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