Today, Andy and I had the ultimate Mexican breakfast. We had to use steak knives and fork for this breakfast. I’ve wanted to try Huevos Rancheros (Ranch Eggs) in Mexico but never got the chance when we were there. Since we have some sour cream, tomatoes and tortillas leftover from the week, I though why not make it myself this time.
I found an easy and flexible recipe here, and below is my modified recipe of the cooked salsa sauce. You can make the sauce ahead of time or the night before so that there is less to do in the morning. Just reheat in the microwave or on the stove prior to serving. This is also good salsa to be eaten with tortilla chips when you have company over.
You can have guacamole and Spanish rice on the side if you prefer to have only 1 egg and 1 tortilla for your Huevos Rancheros. But for us, I actually sandwiched mozzarella cheese between the stove-top heated tortillas in the microwave prior to placing the eggs and salsa on top to make a fast cheese quesadilla.
Ingredients for cooked salsa
- 1 small green bell pepper, diced
- 1 to 1 1/2 large tomato, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 2 or 3 pieces of canned chipotle soaked in adobo sauce, chopped
- Salt to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Sweat the onions in 2tbsp of olive oil in a medium sauce pan or skillet under medium heat. Add garlic and diced peppers and let them cook for about 2 minutes. Stir to avoid them from sticking to the pot or pan.
- Add in chopped tomatoes and chipotles. Add in some sauce from the can if preferred. Stir and let ingredients cook until soften. The tomatoes should produce enough liquid for the salsa after simmering for a while, otherwise you can add a a tablespoon or two of water. It should take about 30 minutes for all the vegetables to be soft enough.
- Season with salt to taste. If tomatoes are too acidic, add a pinch of sugar.
Aside from a few Chinese New Year baked goods, I’ve not made a lot of cookies in my life. Since Andy and I had been living on a shoestring budget, I have deprived him from buying things like cookies. I thought that I should make this phase of our lives a bit more enjoyable, so I had decided to whip up a batch of oatmeal cookies.
I found an easy recipe online from Joy of Baking, and after making sure that I have all the ingredients stocked up in the kitchen, I jumped right into making these yummy chewy cookies. These cookies can easily pass as breakfast if you ask me, LOL!
A few notes about the ingredients that I’ve used:
- I always and only buy pure cane sugar. Dominos brand is cheap and easily available in the US. They make both white and brown sugar.
- I always and only use unbleached flour. King Arthur is sold at Meijer in Michigan and they are not expensive.
- I am an advocate of using organic products whenever feasible. Even though we are tightening our belts, we still buy organic milk and butter.
- Get to know your oven. Every oven is different and it might take more or less time to bake your creations. If you can afford an oven thermometer, check to see if your oven temperature is accurate. It took me more like 25 mins to bake these cookies but I think that is also because I did not flatten them enough prior to putting them in the oven.
- I used Quaker brand oats.
- I used my hands to shape the dough into balls and then flatten them prior to baking. Wet hands first. Besides, when you are done shaping them, the mixture of oats, sugar and butter makes for great hand exfoliant!
And now it’s time for me to make vegetarian reubens (will post that later) and bring them to the riverside for a picnic on an exceptional beautiful day. Seriously, it is like 10C degrees above average and the sun seems to refuse to set.
I went to the grocery store last night, and something struck my nostrils. The grapefruits were really fragrant so I had to buy some. I have days whereby I just crave a certain type of fruit or vegetables. I guess that’s how Mother Nature tells us what our body needs during the various seasons. Grapefruits are high in Vitamin C, and many people were sick at my office recently.
I have read that grapefruits tastes better when broiled in the oven with some honey or brown sugar and cinnamon, so I decided that I should try that this morning. I read that the flesh should be ‘loosened; from the skin prior to cooking, so I ran a serrated knife around the insides of the halved grapefruit. I spread a teaspoon of honey on the top of the grapefruit and placed it in the oven, flesh side up for a few minutes until the flesh started to brown. I sprinkled a dash of cinnamon and it was ready to go with my cup of chai tea.
Some people really dislike grapefruits because they are sour. I don’t mind them so much because they are kind of like pumelos, which reminds me of Mid-Autum Festivals back in Malaysia. Although cooking it in the oven for a few minutes with honey does not take all the sourness away, it was still quite good, for me anyway. I think organic grapefruits would be sweeter, though. 🙂
It’s not dinner, but anyway.. I still had leftover cranberry walnut sauce that I made for Thanksgiving, and a colleague (Janet) suggested that I put them in yogurt, and that’s what I did… with leftover toasted sweet coconut flakes that I simply heated in the oven to brown. So this was my breakfast this morning…