Sunday, June 27, 2010

Welcome to my Whirlwind!

Just in case any of you have been wondering where on earth I have been and looking for more yummy recipes, please bear with me a little longer. Longtime readers of my blog may recall that about this time last year, I was in the middle of moving from London, England back to the US. Almost exactly one year later I am once again in the middle of moving, only this time it won't be overseas, but just 25 minutes away from where I live now. The good news is that after this move, I should stay put for a while (I hope). Once I am settled in and I get my kitchen set up, I will be back to bringing you more of my recipe creations and taste tests. So hang in there loyal readers and all of you new visitors...I hope to have things up and running again over the next month and hopefully be able to bring you video demos as well.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Childhood Cooking Memories: I'll have mine yellow & white please!

I can remember sitting around the table at the local Friendly's restaurant with my family on a typical Sunday. Sundays were very often the day we'd go out for breakfast or if we had slept in too late, brunch. On the day in question, I can recall quite clearly my reply to the waitress when she asked me how I'd like my eggs.

"I'd like a yellow & white please!" I declared.

She looked at me as if I had spoken in another language.

"Oh.. do you mean Sunny Side Up?" she asked.

"Nope, I want a yellow & white.. you know.. half white, half yellow?"

Still confused, the waitress turned and stared pleadingly at my parents for some assistance. They kind of shrugged and weren't much help, they didn't really have any clue about what I was asking for either. My dad asked me to explain and finally deciphered from my childish babble that what I really wanted was two fried eggs, their yolks popped immediately upon hitting the pan, and spread ever so slightly so that the yolks and the whites cooked through, but in separate clear patches of solid white and yellow. This would be what happens to tired parents who serve their kids food that turned out not quite right and tried to be sly and give it a cute name, in order to get their kids to still eat it. "I made you something special today... look.. it's a yellow & white egg, I made it on purpose, just for you! Because I love you!"

I'm pretty sure I ended up with scrambled eggs that day at Friendly's, a minor yet lingering disappointment.

Since I am still eating way more eggs than I thought humanly possible while trying to stick to a lower carb eating regimen, I have been trying to come up with new and exciting ways to serve my eggs. Having already long exhausted the standard varieties this month, today I produced a variation on the yellow & white, adding some chopped colorful bell peppers on top of the freshly cracked in the pan eggs, just after popping the yolks and giving the pan a slight swirl.

Yellow & White Eggs
serves 1

2 eggs
salt & pepper to taste
1 Tbsp bell peppers, seeded, finely chopped (any color you like or a medley)
nonstick cooking spray or butter

Heat a small skillet over medium, adding some butter or cooking spray if needed. Crack in 2 eggs (I left out one of the yolks but that isn't necessary). With the edge of your spatula, quickly pop the yolks, and swirl the pan gently, to give the egg a marbled appearance. Immediately sprinkle with the peppers and season to taste. After edges start to firm up, flip the egg over and cook for a few more seconds to brown the other side. Serve immediately.