The Trick to Making Crispy-Edged Fried Eggs

Crispy fried egg with whole grain bread

Foolproof crispy fried eggs

The Trick to Making Crispy-Edged Fried Eggs

Something that seems easy, but isn’t. I love fried eggs on toast (with ketchup (<* , but they don’t always come out the way I like them. Here’s a simple tip from a site I like; Pure Wow:

At brunch, nothing tastes quite as delicious as a runny fried egg with crispy edges (delicately placed atop a crusty piece of bread, of course). But replicating that effect at home is hard. Here, a trick that will help you get golden brown edges—and a soft, yolky inside—every time.

What you do: First things first—let the frying pan get scalding hot. (Usually, this requires letting it sit on the stove for a minute or two.) Next, coat the pan with a thin layer of olive oil. (Two tablespoons should be plenty, depending on the size of the pan.) Crack an egg and let the whites sizzle for two minutes.

Here’s the tough part: No matter what, resist the temptation to touch the eggs as they cook. Just let them sizzle in the olive oil and watch the timer. You’ll know they’re cooked when the white part looks opaque.

OK, kill the heat. Using a spatula, carefully slide the egg off the pan. The result? Crispy perfection.

 

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Spring Veggie Breakfast Scramble

Eggs and fresh vegetables in a breakfast scramble including tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and spring onions

Spring Veggie Breakfast Scramble

 

 

Saute onions mushrooms spinach

Saute onions, mushrooms and then spinach.

Eggs and fresh vegetables in a breakfast scramble including tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and spring onions

Eggs and fresh vegetables in a breakfast scramble including tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and spring onions

Spring Veggie Breakfast Scramble

Breakfast, especially on a lovely spring Sunday morning after a busy week, is one of our favorite meals.  For this dish, I sautéed  Spring onions, spinach, Cremini mushrooms, and tomatoes and added eggs and fresh thyme from my garden for a delicious scramble.

It’s spring and the weather is lovely.  Spring onions are a special treat now in season for a short while. They look like regular scallions with a slightly larger bulb, but they are very different; sweeter and more tender. I use them as often as I can find them at the local farmer’s market or even at the supermarket. (We have a local one that features fresh, local produce.)

(I also added sautéed chopped chicken livers–I love them although I know everyone doesn’t share my enthusiasm.) The secret to making them is not to overcook–they should be pink inside.

Low carb and so delicious and satisfying!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 fresh spring onions, washed and chopped, including white bulbs and green stems
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped, removing stems (I use washed and bagged baby spinach, but if using fresh from garden or farmer’s market be sure to wash thoroughly and use a salad spinner before adding.)
  • 1/2-1 cup Cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • Fresh chicken livers; I used about 4 livers for the two of us. (optional of course!)
  • Tomatoes–cut into quarters
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp butter (I use unsalted, both as it’s my taste preference and for the salt-free aspect)
  • Thyme, herbs de Provence and/or salt-free seasoning/pepper to taste

TO DO:

1. Beat eggs ( I add a tsp. of milk or 1/2 and 1/2- that small amount Rick can tolerate); add seasonings to the eggs, and set aside.

2. Sauté mushrooms in butter; after they’re browned (about 6-7 minutes), add chopped onions and saute until soft, about another 5-6 minutes.

3.  Remove mushrooms and onions to a bowl.

4. Add spinach to the pan; saute briefly, 1-2 minutes until wilted.

5. Sautee tomato pieces in the pan, pushing spinach to the side.

6. Add mushrooms and onions back into the pan.

7. Sautée chicken livers til pink inside (about 3-4 minutes/side) and then chop–add to Mushroom, onion, tomatoes and spinach.

8. Add beaten eggs over the mixture in the pan.

9. Gently cook the mixture, using a spatula around the sides to fold in the mixture as it’s cooking.

10. Cook until barely firm, and serve.

Enjoy!

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SHAKSHUKA–Middle Eastern Brunch Delight

dish of poached eggs on top of chopped vegetables and tomatoes

Delicious Middle Eastern
egg-veggie brunch dish

Shakshuka--final with poached eggs on top of veggies/tomatoes

Shakshuka–final with poached eggs on top of veggies/tomatoes

I want to share a new breakfast/brunch discovery–Shakshuka. This is a wonderful skillet dish that originates from the Middle East; I’ve been told it’s a staple in Israel; (not sure what other countries). It’s very delicious and is easy to customize and prepare. You can change out the spices and throw in whatever vegetables you have on hand. For my version I used chopped red pepper, onions, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, and jalapeño peppers (diced) and plum tomatoes.

We had it for brunch recently and were knocked out by the combination of sweet tomato flavor, vegetables, spicy undertones of the jalpeno (but not too spicy) and the creamy, rich eggs. It’s now one of our favorites.

This is a great dish to serve company or enjoy with your family when you have a leisurely weekend brunch. I suggest you serve with crusty whole grain toast to mop up the delicious sauce!

I’ve been out of town and apologize for not posting for a few weeks. Fall is in the air; next I’ll post a hearty fall vegetable stew–my version of Ratatouille. Please follow–stay tuned!

Shakshuka

INGREDIENTS (serves 2-3)

  • 4-6 large eggs (for 2 eggs per serving)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped into 1/2″ pieces (1 Cup)
  • 1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup chopped mushrooms (I use Cremini)
  • 1 cup carrots; chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 small can diced Jalapeño peppers (more if you like it spicier–or add tabasco)
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. sweet or smoky paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground tumeric
  • 1 28 oz. can of diced plum tomatoes, including the juice
  • no salt seasoning or 1/2 tsp. salt depending on your situation; ground black pepper
  • Feta or Goat Gouda, depending on your tolerance (Rick only eats goat cheeses, so we use that)
  • optional: Cilantro and/or oregano for garnish

TO DO:

1. Heat the oil in a large deep skillet (I use an AllClad pan)

2. Add onion, sweet pepper, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, jalapeños, spices, seasonings. Saute until tender, but not browned–about 10 minutes.

3. Stir in tomatoes and juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer about 10-12 minutes, uncovered; stir occasionally.

4. Crack each egg individually into a small bowl, and and carefully add, one at a time, on top of the vegetable mixture.

5. Cover, reduce heat and cook 5-8 minutes, until the whites are set and yolks are firm but still soft.

6. Serve with grated or crumbled cheese, oregano and/or cilantro.

That’s it! Pretty easy and delicious- a feast for the eyes and…!

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Spinach, Mushroom and Fresh Tomato Omelette

Omelette ready to be enjoyed!

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Fresh eggs, spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes make a delicious omelelette

Brunch is one of our favorite meals. On almost every Sunday we relax in the morning, Rick works in the garden and I cook a brunch for both of us. Omelettes are a treat I often make, with a variety of ingredients.

Now that it’s summer and our tomatoes are ripe, I try to include them every time. We also are lucky to have a source of fresh eggs from friends with chickens- the yolks are so golden orange they make a beautiful sight, and taste really different, rich and flavorful.

I always add at least two vegetables to the mix. This omelette has spinach, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes from our garden.

Often we also have chicken sausages, and whole wheat toast (Rick has one slice, and usually I do too); with goat cheese (me) and Almond Butter (Rick) for a satisfying low carb meal. And yes, I have to have my coffee!

Fresh Vegetable Omelette 

INGREDIENTS (serves 2-3)

  • 4-6 eggs, depending on size (we get whatever size our friends’ chickens lay!), lightly beaten
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, washed, and stems removed (I use baby spinach if possible so I don’t bother chopping.)
  • 1/3 large or 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • Tomatoes, chopped into 1/2″ pieces; I use 1 cup as I love them!
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup mushrooms- chopped or sliced; your choice (I used fresh Shitake mushrooms this time, but also Cremini, and others that are fresh in the farmer’s market near us.)
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Tarragon, savory and/or Herbs de Provence; salt free seasonings and pepper to taste

TO DO:

1. Melt 1Tbsp. of butter in a medium frying pan, on medium heat. Add the Tbsp. of oil, and when hot, the onions (they should sizzle). Saute until transparent, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes, and saute til soft, another 4-5 minutes. (most of the skins will come off – remove some from the pan at this point if you wish)

3.  Rinse the spinach and add to the pan, stirring quickly for 1-2 minutes.

4. Add the remaining butter. Turn the heat to med low or low. Add the beaten eggs and, with a flexible spatula, go under and around the edges of the mixture, until the bottom is firm, about 5-6 Minutes. Fold the omelette over, so that the middle cooks to your liking.

5. Season to taste.

6. Serve with whole grain toast, sausages, etc.– your choice! And, of course, good, fresh, strong coffee!

Enjoy!

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Breakfast egg/veggie/smoked salmon scramble

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Mushrooms, spring onions, fresh eggs, and smoked salmon

 

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Chopped Mushrooms and spring onions; ready to cook

Saute onions mushrooms spinach

Saute onions, mushrooms and then spinach.

smoked salmon veggie scramble

Add the beaten eggs– gently cook

Egg/Veggie Scramble with Smoked Salmon

Breakfast, especially on a lazy Sunday, is one of our favorite meals.  For this dish, I added spinach, Cremini mushrooms and succulent chunks of smoked salmon to an egg scramble.

It’s spring and the weather is lovely.  Spring onions are a special treat now in season for a short while. They look like regular scallions with a slightly larger bulb, but they are very different; sweeter and more tender. I use them as often as I can find them at the local farmer’s market or even at the supermarket. (We have a local one that features fresh, local produce.)

I indulged further to serve with basil chicken sausages, and a few pieces of a really sweet tangerine as an accent to the savory flavors of this dish. Low carb and so delicious and satisfying!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-4 fresh spring onions, chopped, including white bulbs and green stems
  • 1/2 cup spinach, chopped, removing stems
  • 1/2-1 cup Cremini mushrooms, chopped
  • Smoked salmon ( I used about 6 oz. for the two of us), chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp butter (I use unsalted, both as it’s my taste preference and for the salt-free aspect)
  • Thyme, herbs de Provence and/or salt-free seasoning/pepper to taste

TO DO:

1. Beat eggs ( I add a tsp. of milk or 1/2 and 1/2- that small amount Rick can tolerate); add seasonings to the eggs, and set aside.

2. Sauté mushrooms in butter; after they’re browned (about 6-7 minutes), add chopped onions and saute until soft, about another 5-6 minutes.

3.  Remove mushrooms and onions to a bowl.

4. Add spinach to the pan; saute briefly, 1-2 minutes until wilted.

5. Add mushrooms and onions back into the pan, and add beaten eggs over the vegetables.

6. Gently cook the mixture, using a spatula around the sides to fold in the mixture as it’s cooking.

7. Cook until barely firm, and serve.

8. Enjoy!

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Sunday Breakfast Sweet Potato Frittata

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The point of this blog is not to give medical information — but to share some of the foods and recipes we’re creating as well as modifications we’ve made to recipes from other sources; I intend to give credit where credit is due.

I also welcome you to share your own recipes and meal suggestions for diabetes as well as high blood pressures; (mainly with limited salt– of course, it can be added at table which is what I do if I have the need).

Now to get into the heart and sole; yes, fish is a staple.

I’m going to start with a breakfast recipe; will get to salads, lunch or snacks and main dishes. Please share your breakfast favorites!

SUNDAY BREAKFAST FRITTATA with sweet potatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • Serves 3-4 (all ingredients can be doubled for additional servings and/or leftovers)
  • 6- 8 eggs beaten, (fresh as possible- we’re lucky as we buy from a friend who has chickens so the yolks are golden orange)
  • 1–2 sweet potatoes or yams, washed and chopped in 1/4 ” cubes with skins – your choice (I’m a fan of the Japanese sweet potatoes, my partner loves the redder flesh jewel yams– you might know that sweet potatoes or yams are counterintuitive as they are way lower in glycemic index than other types of potatoes; white, yellow, red, ok, purple–sweets are a better choice).
  • 2-3 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms sliced (you can use button but cremini are more flavorful)
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper chopped
  • 1/2 large or 1 med yellow onion chopped
  • Salt-free Seasoning such as Mrs. Dash’s or Spike
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme (fresh) or 1 tsp. dried
  • 2-3Tbs. Olive oil
  • 1-2 small pats butter
  • Cheese for grating
  • Optional: pre-cooked chicken sausage, chopped or sliced

TO DO:

1. Heat butter and olive oil on med heat in large pan, add chopped sweet potatoes, cook -stirring and flipping with spatula til all sides are crisp and insides are tender -about 15 min. (You can cover for the first 5 minutes or so on lower heat, being careful not to burn.) Then uncover and finish on med heat.

2. In a separate pan or skillet, add about a Tbsp. of the oil and cook the onion til transparent.

3. Add the pepper and mushrooms to the onions. Sauté til tender, then add the zucchini and sauté another 5-7 minutes (adding more oil if necessary).

3. If adding sausage, heat in oven or separate pan–(I like to be somewhat efficient about clean up -so would heat in the oven on foil or foil-lined baking sheet.)

4. Cover the potato base with the vegetables (and sausage).

5. Season with thyme and salt free seasoning (and/or salt and pepper if no blood pressure issues).

6. Beat the eggs (add a tsp. of cream or milk – I think it makes them beat smoother). Cover the vegetable/( sausage)/potatoes with the eggs.

7. Let set a few minutes, then turn down to low heat. Use a spatula to go around the edges, and also make holes in the mixture- until it is cooked but not hard–to a custardy consistency.

Grate cheese of your choice on top; (we love Midnight Moon-great for grating (<*).
It’s a semi-hard goat cheese made in Holland, from Cypress Grove Creamery, http://www.cypressgrovechevre.com.

Remove from heat and let set for 5-6 minutes. Serve in wedges.

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Sunday Breakfast Sweet Potato Frittata

breakfast-frittata_web   Breakfast Frittata

Welcome to Type2 Delicious!

When my partner was recently diagnosed with type2 diabetes, (and high blood pressure), he was pretty depressed and upset, especially as he was used to eating pasta, muffins, and starchy vegetables including potatoes and sweet corn, plus occasional sweet desserts.
(Note: all “better choice” statements in this blog are in context of my partner’s diabetes and are not intended as medical recommendations.)

Luckily we also normally (pre-diagnosis) ate lots of green salads and vegetables such as asparagus, zucchini, other squashes, carrots, kale, chard, etc. and mainly good fats including avocado and olive oil. But we now have to pay attention to different ways of eating.

The point of this blog is not to give medical information — but to share some of the foods and recipes we’re creating as well as modifications we’ve made to recipes from other sources;
(I intend to give credit where credit is due).

We went to a diabetes workshop (pretty comprehensive–two 3-hr. sessions) that taught us several new things about diabetes and food.

One common misconception is that whole grains don’t count as carbs. Actually any type of carbohydrates, whole grain included, can cause blood sugar increases, therefore need to be monitored and quantity reduced; for example, only 1/2 cup of many cereals is the recommended “dose.” Actually it’s not simply what you eat but also the amount at one time and high concentration of carbs and sugars which can cause a spike in blood sugar.

But there is a definite advantage of whole grains in that they take longer to be digested and introduced into the blood stream, as they have additional fiber, whereas refined carbs, such as white flour, are almost immediately transferred into blood sugar. Also the type of sugars don’t matter, including fructose, honey, white sugar, etc., although again, whole fruits (sugar bearers though they are) have an advantage in that they are more slowly digested and have fiber, which again slows down the blood sugar process.

Actually it’s not simply what you eat but also the high concentration of carbs and sugars at one time which can cause a spike in blood sugar.

We learned you can eat pretty much what you want in small quantities, however, it’s optimum to spread out carbs (including fruits) into smaller portions eaten at intervals. Also eating protein and “good” fats such as olive oil with carbs is recommended as this also slows the process of blood sugar production.

Some other tips we learned:
Eating some light protein like nuts before going to bed is a good thing as it reduces blood sugar production overnight, especially if you eat dinner early and it’s a long time between your last meal of the day and breakfast.
Walking after eating a carb meal even for 10 minutes or so can reduce blood sugar by 30 points or more.
There’s a whole blood sugar point system; check it out with your doctor or a dietitian if you’re concerned you might have diabetes, and/or have questions about any of this information.
I also welcome you to share your own recipes and meal suggestions for diabetes as well as high blood pressure (mainly with limited salt– of course, it can be added at table which is what I do if I have the need).

It’s still a day to day task- I admit that preparing recipes which primarily feature vegetables often means lots of preparation; thoughtful planning, shopping, chopping, etc. One thing I try is to make enough quantities of dishes, especially complicated ones, so we have at least two meals. And yes, sometimes when the meal prep gets too much, we opt for a roast chicken from the grocery store with a simple salad and some leftover grain if we have prepared it the previous evening. If not, we might make something quick and easy like quinoa — 15 minutes cooking time.

Again, limited quantities of the carb no matter what type. We have pretty much given up white rice and regular pasta– and really haven’t gotten into whole grain pasta — we did it once; problem, though, as it was very tempting once sauced and was tough to limit quantities….sigh.

Now to get into the heart and sole (yes, fish is a staple).

I’m going to start with a breakfast recipe; will get to salads, lunch or snacks and main dishes. Please share your breakfast favorites!

SUNDAY BREAKFAST FRITTATA with sweet potatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • Serves 3-4 (all ingredients can be doubled for additional servings and/or leftovers)
  • 6- 8 eggs beaten, (fresh as possible- we’re lucky as we buy from a friend who has chickens so the yolks are golden orange)
  • 1–2 sweet potatoes or yams, washed and chopped in 1/4 ” cubes with skins – your choice (I’m a fan of the Japanese sweet potatoes, my partner loves the redder flesh jewel yams– you might know that sweet potatoes or yams are counterintuitive as they are way lower in glycemic index than other types of potatoes; white, yellow, red, ok, purple–sweets are a better choice).
  • 2-3 zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms sliced (you can use button but cremini are more flavorful)
  • 1 small red or yellow pepper chopped
  • 1/2 large or 1 med yellow onion chopped
  • Salt-free Seasoning such as Mrs. Dash’s or Spike
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme (fresh) or 1 tsp. dried
  • 2-3Tbs. Olive oil
  • 1-2 small pats butter
  • Cheese for grating
  • Optional: pre-cooked chicken sausage, chopped or sliced

TO DO:

1. Heat butter and olive oil on med heat in large pan, add chopped sweet potatoes, cook -stirring and flipping with spatula til all sides are crisp and insides are tender -about 15 min. (You can cover for the first 5 minutes or so on lower heat, being careful not to burn.) Then uncover and finish on med heat.

2. In a separate pan or skillet, add about a Tbsp. of the oil and cook the onion til transparent.

3. Add the pepper and mushrooms to the onions. Sauté til tender, then add the zucchini and sauté another 5-7 minutes (adding more oil if necessary).

3. If adding sausage, heat in oven or separate pan–(I like to be somewhat efficient about clean up -so would heat in the oven on foil or foil-lined baking sheet.)

4. Cover the potato base with the vegetables (and sausage).

5. Season with thyme and salt free seasoning (and/or salt and pepper if no blood pressure issues).

6. Beat the eggs (add a tsp. of cream or milk – I think it makes them beat smoother). Cover the vegetable/( sausage)/potatoes with the eggs.

7. Let set a few minutes, then turn down to low heat. Use a spatula to go around the edges, and also make holes in the mixture- until it is cooked but not hard–to a custardy consistency.

Grate cheese of your choice on top; (we love Midnight Moon-great for grating (<*).
It’s a semi-hard goat cheese made in Holland, from Cypress Grove Creamery, http://www.cypressgrovechevre.com.

Remove from heat and let set for 5-6 minutes. Serve in wedges.

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