Thursday, March 26, 2009


Morning Dish
2 potato, bacon, and egg breakfast tacos

Evening Dish
I ate soft-boiled eggs (2) for the first time in a long time last weekend. If ever the cliché, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," could best be applied it was then, the very moment my teeth pierced the inner yolk. Of course I popped the entire egg in my mouth. (Any less and I ran the risk of having a mess on my chin and/or hands.) Not too many things scream glutton more than the sight of me wolfing down a glorified, compact version of an over-easy egg.

Over-easy. Soft-boiled. Suddenly, my thoughts rested squarely on egg nomenclature. When an egg is boiled, the doneness of the yolk ranges from soft to hard, and the egg is classified as such. However, when an egg is fried and flipped, the classification spectrum ranges from over-easy to over-hard. The doneness of the yolk implies...difficulty level (scratching head). Why does the naming convention differ between the two cooking methods? In my opinion, referring to the egg by its texture wins out. I rarely order eggs at a breakfast joint because I'd rather not pay for a dish I can make better at home. On the off chance I do however, you can bet I'll request my eggs "over-soft" rather than "easy-boiled" any day.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Breakfast in Bulk

Morning Dish
Scrambled egg, smoked turkey, and muenster sandwich

Evening Dish
I apologize in advance if the "topic" of the morning dish in future posts becomes monotonous: 2 potato, bacon, and egg breakfast tacos. About a month ago, I read an article from one of the many blogs I subscribe to, The Simple Dollar, in which the author suggests making breakfast burritos ahead of time and in bulk to combat busy mornings. The idea really struck a chord...with my inner staff. Breakfast is crucial in my being able to function during the work week and for the most part, I make and eat a hearty meal prior to stepping out the door; my problem lies within the frantic pace at which I am doing so.

Enter breakfast tacos, smaller, more loosely wrapped versions of the aforementioned breakfast burritos. My cooking methods and ingredients differ, but the concept remains the same. I choose to make only a work week's worth of tacos to be refrigerated. (The decision stems from my disastrous first round experience eating reheated, frozen, rubbery eggs.) The quantities for each ingredient listed below, when cooked, yield what I deem as the appropriate amount of filling for ten tacos. Dispute if you must, but I've rolled a considerable amount of tacos the past few weeks (smile).
  • 10 taco-sized flour tortillas
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  1. Warm a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and when cooked through, remove to a bowl. Blot the bacon with a paper towel to remove excess grease.
  2. Add the potatoes to the skillet in the rendered bacon fat. Cook over medium to low heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove and add to the bowl with bacon.
  3. As for the eggs, I must allude to Alton Brown's Scrambled Eggs Unscrambled cooking directions. "Remember: if they look done in the pan, they'll be over-done on the plate." Remove to the bowl with the potatoes and bacon.
  4. Mix contents of the bowl and spoon filling onto flour tortillas. My preference is to roll the tortillas like burritos so as to prevent even the tiniest morsels of potato, bacon, or egg from escaping.
  5. Allow the tacos to cool before wrapping in plastic wrap. A square foot does the trick for two.
  6. Refrigerate, reheat, and enjoy, not only the tacos, but the extra time you spare in the morning by preparing breakfast in advance!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Morning Dish
2 potato, bacon, and egg breakfast tacos

Afternoon Dish
Hi! What better way to introduce myself to the blogosphere than thru the once rampant Facebook meme I never participated in, "25 Things..."
  1. I like puns, hence the title of my blog.
  2. I like eggs, hence the title of my blog.
  3. Fright Night was to me what Twilight is to some of you; my fascination with vampires began a long time ago.
  4. I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
  5. Nearly 40% of my life was spent in three long-term relationships.
  6. I'm 25.
  7. I am an avid country music listener.
  8. In my last year of college, I acquired a credit card and proceeded to carelessly rack up $4,500 of debt.
  9. Within the first six months of my current job, I aggressively paid down the debt mentioned in no. 8 to zero.
  10. I enjoy watching a variety of sports.
  11. I enjoy playing a variety of non-contact sports: golf, fishing, bowling, shuffleboard, billiards, and darts to name a few.
  12. I won my middle school spelling bee only to misspell hygene hygiene in regional competition.
  13. In addition to the freshman fifteen, I put on a sophomore, junior, senior, and 5th year senior fifteen as well.
  14. I like to think no. 13 may be mostly attributed to muscle mass.
  15. I also like to kid myself. (See no. 14.)
  16. I am prone to breaking or losing good, expensive cell phones I own; the crappy, cheap one I have now has lasted for quite some time.
  17. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. (See no. 2.)
  18. I actually like MS Office 2007.
  19. I cook.
  20. I'm a side sleeper.
  21. I was born in California, spent much of my early childhood in Germany, and have been living in Texas ever since. I consider myself a Texan.
  22. I have been smoking cigarettes regularly since spring 2003. The habit is currently back to where it started -- only when I consume alcohol.
  23. My friends and I formed an aspiring rap group called The 254 Pinoy Boyz; we were on Napster once upon a time.
  24. Replacing my headlights was the furthest I got to "hooking" up my 2001 Honda Prelude. A head-on collision in high school changed that. (Dare I say blessing in disguise?)
  25. I played with such reckless abandon as a kid that ER doctors reported my parents to CPS on several occasions.
Up until now, I managed to avoid the "25 Things..." phenomenon. Seeing as how I finally caved, I can just picture some adolescent girl exaggeratedly saying in a Hills-like voice, "That was so 5 years ago." You know what else was so 5 (and counting) years ago? Me writing anything that didn't involve documentation, code, case studies, technical specs, project deliverables, business correspondence, etc. I blame myself, seeing as how in the time between my last few years in college as an MIS major up until now, well over a year into my IT gig, I never made a conscious effort to pen a paper outside those occupational realms. Call it a lost art I'm trying to find. Goodness (Google Reader Trends) knows, I read enough online posts; now is the time to start writing some.