Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 2015 Books

"Every lady needs a signature weapon."  It may be my favorite line from Waistcoats & Weaponry. I started that this month - and then got distracted.

Books are flowing from the original Bunny Haven Manor to Bunny Haven Manor East. Tiger Eyes, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Jacob I Have Loved, Wrinkle in Time. As they pass through my hands to the new space, I've remembered why I love them. For me the books that resonated most were about being different, not fitting in and succeeding in your own way. It's something to which I still aspire.

Take-away - We are shaped. By others. By our choices. How does what shaped you then resonate with you now?

May Extra - Basketball coaches like books too. This is Steve Kerr's reading list.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Incredible Edible Egg

Asparagus and red pepper frittata
Breakfast should be easy. On the weekends, it should be sumptuous, but still easy. Eggs are always super easy plus nutritious. To upgrade your egg experience,  if you have cheese + vegetables, go with a fritatta!

You can Google "fritatta" and come up with any number of recipes.  The basics are this:
- Saute vegetables on a medium heat
- Add eggs at a medium low heat
- When the eggs are almost set, top with cheese and pop the pan in the oven on broil for about 6-8 minutes.

Frittatas are the original "use what you have" meal. You can vary out the cheese. You can vary out the vegetables. You can vary the spices or herbs you prefer in the eggs. You can add milk or not. Here's the one trick, use an oven-proof saute pan. 

My recipe - For the frittata above, I melted less than 1/2 a tablespoon of butter and sauteed 1 red pepper (washed and diced) and 1 bunch of asparagus (washed and snapped into 1 inch pieces) with salt+pepper. 5 eggs, whipped with a touch (less than 1/4 cup) of milk and salt+ pepper, that went in the pan while I lowered the heat and turned on the broiler. I had about a 1/2 cup of a 3 cheese mix (asiago, parmesan, and romano) which I then added on top just before popping in the broiler. In about 7 minutes, it was perfect. The cheese will be melty and the eggs dry and fluffy. We also had biscuits. (I cheated and used store bought.) This is Saturday morning at Bunny Haven Manor East.

Take-away - Sometimes you deserve a little luxury, even if you have to make it yourself.

Pretty: And I love this Instagram pic of individual frittatas! What a great "meal to go" idea.

Sound bonus: Ever heard the Incredible Edible Egg song?