5 min egg sandwich

5 min egg sandwich

I often time hear people say “they don’t have time for breakfast” or “I don’t have time to cook” in the morning.   Bully!

Here is a breakdown on how to cook a lovely egg sandwich in 5 min.

Stuff you need:  Microwave, toaster, bread or english muffin (preferred), egg, slice of cheese, butter (or substitute), small microwavable dish (bowl, pyrex dish), and salt and pepper to taste.  Oh, a bit of paper towel to cover the dish.

1. Drop the bread or english muffin in the toaster.  This will take about 90 seconds

2. Put a small pat of butter in the dish and microwave for 30 seconds to melt the butter.

3. crack the egg in the buttered dish, break the yolk, cover with paper towel and microwave for about 45 seconds.  Note: it will pop in the microwave when cooked through.

4. Toasted bread/eng muffin should be finished by now.

5.  Construct your sandwich.  Toast… cheese… lay down cooked egg.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Then cover with other toast piece.

Bam!

Optional Items:  You can place a slice of ham, canadian bacon on top of the egg before you cook it.  add 5 seconds to total cooking time.  You can also schmere some mayo on the bread if you wish.

Eat.

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Tomatillo Salsa

Original post:  Rick Sanchez – http://www.rickysanch.com/1/post/2012/10/my-tomatillo-salsa.html

I am reposting on my own site in the event his site ever gets hacked (just kiddin Rick).  Full credit for this recipe goes to him.

Tomatillo salsa

Serving: A blender full of salsa

Ingredients
3 Roma Tomatoes (Roma tomatoes work best because of their texture)
9 Tomatillos
1/4 – 1/2 yellow onion (depending on your taste)
Chile of choice
Mild = 2 jalapeños (seeded)
Med = 2 Jalapeños (1 seeded, 1 whole)
Hot (several options) = Jalapeño (2 whole), 1 Jalapeño (whole) 1 Serrano (whole), or 1 habanero (whole)
1 – 2 garlic cloves – either 1 large one or 2 regular sized
1/2 lime = I also like to zest some of the lime skin into it
1/3 bush of cilantro
salt to taste

Directions
1) Grill (preferably with wood or wood chips on coals) or broil tomatoes, tomatillos, onion, chiles, and garlic. Cook each side for 5-10 minutes or until it is slightly charred, then flip. The tomato and jalapeños will be done sooner and the skins will start to tighten and peel back. The tomatillos and onion will take slightly longer to cook and the skin will not peel back. They are ready when they become soft. Some of them might pop. You want to try to remove them just before they pop. This is an acquired skill ;).
2) Remove cilantro leaves from stems and chop. I usually just cut the whole bush in half and throw away the bottom stems to save time. Seed (if needed) and slice chiles into 1/4’s. Slice the onion into 1/4’s (no need to finely chop since it will be blended).
3) Add all ingredients into blender or food processor (preferable) with a splash of lime and salt to taste, then blend on a low speed. Stop the blender

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

This recipe is worth the effort.  It is a great dish leftover so make a double or triple batch.  My wife and I love Indian food, but never attempted to cook at home.  It always seemed somewhat of an alchemist endeavor to get it correct.  I found this recipe and modified based on some comments that it had from users on the posted recipe.  If you are unable to find garam masala spice at your market (I found it at Target) or area indian markets, you can try to make your own.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garam_masala

Marinade for the chicken

1 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 1 tsp of garam masala <– preferred)
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces.  Thighs work just as well.  You can also keep bone in if desired.
4 long skewers

(note: if you don’t want to skewer, cut chicken breasts into strips and grill)

Masala
1 tablespoon butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
3 Teaspsoons of garam masala
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1.5 cup heavy cream (or coconut milk)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Directions

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Grill

Preheat a grill for high heat.
Thread chicken onto skewers (or simply grill your chicken in “strip” form), and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.  Note: avoid cooking the chicken breasts whole.  You want to maximize surface area of the marinate and grilling.

Masala

Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and coconut milk/cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve with Rice and/or Naan, depending on your North India / South India preference.

Something with Mango…

Had dinner Saturday night at Ruchi Indian Cuisine in Overland Park.  Great food.  Loved it.  I recommend it.  That is… if you like Indian food.

Website: http://www.ruchicuisine.com

Menu: http://www.ruchicuisine.com/pdf/dinner.pdf

Funny story:

We were ordering drinks and the waiter spoke limited English.  He was functional in service but not as attentive as you might need for white people ordering foreign cuisine.  We had a few questions about the menu and did a fine  job answering.  “Yes, Chicken.”   He was very nice and I don’t fault him or want to speak too disparagingly about the restaurant or his effort.  After all the food was great.

We ordered drinks and during the exchange we asked what they had on the menu with mango in it.  The menu was quite busy to read.  He pointed to the non-booze drinks.  We corrected our request to indicate alcoholic drinks.  He replies with “oh, no, nutting with mango”.  We say, “ok, how about the screwdriver.”  Then I noticed…  it… had… mango.

Ruchi man chuckled a bit.  “Yes, Mango.”  [smiles]

Ruchi Indian Cuisine

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

Watch Gordon Ramsay’s video below.  I tried this recipe and it is outstanding.  It is relatively easy, but you need to pay close attention to a couple techniques.

1. Low heat on the eggs.  Constant stirring.

2. No salt until the end.  This is something I never knew but makes perfect sense. (its the little things).

3. He uses Creme Fraiche, but all of us dirty Americans can use sour cream.  However, I was able to find Creme Fraiche at my HyVee grocery.

Vietnamese Shrimp

Vietnamese Shrimp

Vietnamese Shrimp

I want to try this…  I like the idea of cooking the shrimp whole (with head).  The video below describes it to be a better flavor and presentation.  You decide.  I know how white folk don’t much care for food staring at them.

Stuff you need:

1 lb Shrimp, whole with head, peel skin off

rough chop of garlic, 8 cloves

chop scallions, with greens

fish sauce (specialty item)

shrimp paste (specialty item)

olive oil

black pepper

salt

sugar

Prepare:
– oil in pan
– garlic in pan
– add sugar (1/4 cup)

garlic cooks up and let sugar caramelize

– add shrimp, toss around to coat.
– add salt to taste
– add shrimp paste, 3 tsp
– add fish sauce, 2 tbl

let the dish simmer and reduce, tossing the shrimp

– add black pepper

– lastly, toss in the scallions

serve with white rice

Video link to help the unimaginative.

Mr Coffee commercial 2011

This commercial has been bugging me all holiday season. I don’t understand the scenario (other than cute chicks wanting coffee)

The single cup Keurig coffee makers are getting popular and this device shows up on the market (still has a Keurig relationship).

Stanley sits at the machine and brews a cup of coffee to be thwarted by gal after gal until he sees the gal he digs (so it seems).  It’s somewhat flirty or her manipulation.  I don’t quite understand it.

Where is Stanley in the scene?  Is it a workplace kitchenette?  Is this some upscale Hostel?  Soberhouse?  It’s weird.

Watch and ask yourself the same question.