Six Minute Breakfast Taco

Most of my weekday breakfasts are bowls like this pomegranate yogurt bowl or this blueberry cheddar cereal bowl or even this chocolate coconut chia pudding.  Bowls are quick, easy to pack, easy to make in advance and assemble at work.  I rarely have the time or energy to cook before I’ve had my coffee in the morning, and I usually get up, work out, grab my belongings, and have biked halfway to work before I’ve really shaken off the sleep.

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So how’d a breakfast that requires me to actually turn on the stove end up with a prominent place in the breakfast rotation?  I’d started making these quick breakfast tacos on the weekends, and when I realized how quick and delicious they were, I began craving them during the week, too.  Their creation is a precise but uncomplicated ballet, and I timed the whole process, from opening the fridge to loading the dishwasher (with a few photos thrown in), and it took me precisely six minutes. 

So here we go.  Start the coffee.  Open the fridge and grab the eggs, corn tortillas, cheddar cheese, salsa and guacamole.  Put a small frying pan and a cast iron skillet on the stove, both over medium high heat (electric stove owners, I’m sorry, you’re probably looking at an eight minute breakfast taco).  Toss one corn tortilla in the cast iron skillet and slide a tiny pat of butter into the center of your frying pan.  Choose an egg and crack it into a small bowl.  Scramble quickly.  Slice two thin pieces of cheddar cheese.  Flip your tortilla over, and place the cheddar slices in the center of your tortilla.  Slide your scrambled egg into the frying pan and season with salt and pepper.  Your butter should be melted but not browned.

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Here’s a link on how to make perfect scrambled eggs.  We’re not going for perfection here, and the egg is probably going to be scrambled before you have time to contemplate the appropriate technique.  Slide the tortilla with melted cheese onto a plate, and top with your scrambled eggs.

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Shoo away photo-bombing cat with dire warnings about curiosity and burned noses.

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Top with salsa and guacamole.

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Shove everything back in the fridge, pile dishes in the sink, and enjoy!

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Oh wait, pour your coffee.  Then enjoy, and marvel at your ability to pull together a hot weekday breakfast prior to caffeination.

Pomegranate, Walnut and Yogurt Breakfast Bowl

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Monday breakfasts are hard.  Every Sunday night, I’m hit with a solid case of Monday-is-imminent blues, and this severe case of nearly-Monday-itis makes it unlikely that I’m going to prep tomorrow’s breakfast that night.  Then Monday morning arrives, and if I can make coffee and stand in front of the fridge blinking my tired eyes, that’s a success.  Luckily this breakfast practically assembles itself, with some earlier in the weekend prep work. This winter we’ve been picking up pomegranates at the farmers’ market or at the grocery store, depending on how much time there is in the week.  J takes … Continue reading

New Year’s Cinnamon Rolls

I made you cinnamon rolls!

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Er… Hi.  Remember me?  It’s kind of been a year.  13 months if we’re being exact.  But that’s why I brought cinnamon rolls!  To help jog your memory.

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2013 was a whirlwind of work, life, wedding planning, seven cross country trips, marrying my best friend, an incredibly honeymoon to Fiji, and a Sunday that was 41 hours long.  Through it all, I cooked and baked, but I didn’t share any of it with you.  I missed this space though, and I’m happy to reclaim it.

So, cinnamon rolls.  I know it’s January, but if you’re looking for resolution recipes, allow me to point you here or here or here.  I love salads and vegetable soup and stir fries as much as the next girl, but how often have you welcomed someone with a bunch of kale?  Don’t get me wrong, if you show up on my front door with a bunch of kale, I’m going to happily bring you inside, put it in the fridge (to make into this salad later), and then feed you a cinnamon roll.  Seriously, cinnamon rolls are a much nicer welcome for the new year.

I wish you a 2014 full of cinnamon, sugar and other sweet things.  Hope to see more of you very soon.

Race Recap: California International Marathon 2012

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It has taken me nearly a week to get a handle on my race last Sunday at the California International Marathon.  All the runners who lined up at the start knew what they were getting into.  I’m sure everyone else had spent the week before obsessively checking the weather too, thinking that there was still time for the chance of rain to become something less than 100%.  By 6AM on Sunday, standing in the dark at the start with thousands of other equally crazy runners, I knew we’d be running in the rain.  I knew it was likely parts of … Continue reading

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Spicy Maple Dressing

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Fall at the farmers’ market has a whole different feeling, and while I miss the fresh berries terribly, I do love how forgiving fall produce can be.  I lugged home a heavy bag today, filled to the brim with butternut and delicata squashes, onions, garlic, a bottle of apple cider and several pomegranates.  One of my pomegranates escaped and went rolling down the sidewalk in front of me, but I just scooped it up and it was really no worse for wear. Fall produce can be just as pretty as it’s spring and summer brethren (I love the colors of … Continue reading

Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You probably don’t need another chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I grew up in a house where my mom always kept the cookie jar full.  Chocolate chip cookies were a staple, as were her oatmeal scotchies.  I needed a new chocolate chip cookie recipe though, because my mom’s recipes never taste quite right when I make them.  My mom’s rolls are a perfect example of this unfortunate phenomenon.  She swears her rolls never taste the same as her mother’s even though they use the same recipe.  I’ve only attempted to make my mom’s rolls once in my own kitchen, and they … Continue reading

Pan-fried Vegetable and Tofu Dumplings

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Once I’d discovered how easy spring rolls were to prepare, vegetable dumplings jumped to the top of my list.  These are a much more significant time investment than the spring rolls, but they freeze beautifully.  I made a batch of about 60 while watching an episode of Bones on my laptop (so 45 minutes, give or take).  My first try with dumplings, I followed this recipe for golden potstickers from 101 Cookbooks.  I always trust Heidi to carry me safely through any new recipe or technique with carefully crafted instructions.  I bought gyoza wrappers at Berkeley Bowl (same aisle as … Continue reading

Race Recap: Nike Women’s Half Marathon 2012

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I’d almost forgotten about this race.  I signed up for the lottery on a whim and was shocked when I got the email that said I’d gotten into the race.  I’m training for CIM (the California International Marathon) in December, so my goal for this race was to use it as a training run.  I wanted to run 10:00 minute/mile (my marathon goal pace) for the whole race and end up at the finish line feeling like running another 13.1 miles was possible. I’d heard some horror stories about this race being incredibly crowded, and the expo did nothing to … Continue reading

Eggplant Ragu

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When we planted the garden this year, along with the zucchini plant, the tomatoes, the basil and kale, we had a lone eggplant seedling.  I really didn’t think we’d have much luck with it, but our neighbor thought it would be fun to try.  Last year’s “fun to try” plant for the garden gave us more than 100 serrano peppers, so perhaps I should have been more optimistic about this little eggplant seedling. Our little seedling has given us nearly 12 small eggplants so far this season.  I’ve made eggplant parmesan and eggplant sauce with sweet corn polenta.  When I … Continue reading

Kitchen Disasters: The Worst Thing I Ever Made

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Kitchen failures are common.  Cookies spread out and run together into one giant flat cookie pancake.  The bread doesn’t rise.  You overestimate your spice tolerance and make a stir fry so spicy that just breathing near the pan makes your eyes water.  All of these things have happened to me.  Kitchen disasters are so much simpler than life disasters, though.  A flat cookie pancake might not look pretty enough to take into work, but it still tastes pretty delicious.  Even if you’ve concocted something truly inedible, the worst kitchen disaster can almost always be solved by ordering pizza. At this … Continue reading