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Eggs this elegant could pass for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

By Lakshmi:

Can you please tell me if you can relate with me on this habit of mine?  Every time I see a recipe I want to try, I take an image and store it away.  And sometimes when I peep into my refrigerator and/or pantry, I’m uber excited to see I have all the ingredients to create an impromptu surprise.

And that’s how Amelia Freer’s recipe (see link below) for roasted peppers with baked eggs came alive in my kitchen tonight.

Since the recipe is provided in the link below, I’m going to be brief and show you what I had in my kitchen and what the recipe helped me produce!

Here are the ingredients that I had on hand! A nice yellow pepper, some baby spinach, some chopped sun-dried tomatoes, a little harissa (yes I did!), a couple of eggs + salt, pepper and some olive oil (that I missed taking a picture of).

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And here’s what emerged hot out of the oven!

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Link to recipe: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/recipes/amelia-freers-roasted-peppers-with-baked-eggs/

I can talk about food any time of the day, so would love to hear your feedback and some of your favorite surprises as well!

Going from blah to inspired eating in 10 minutes!

By Lakshmi:

If you know me even a little bit, you’ll know that food permeates my thoughts ever so frequently during any given 24 hour period.  What shall I eat? What shall I cook next?  What can I create with what I have on hand?  These questions form the fabric of my existence.

This morning, I was craving for something different for breakfast.  If I knew what I wanted, it would have been an easy choice.  It’s too cold for cereal.  Not oatmeal again.  I already did eggs this week.  As these thoughts went through my head, I aimlessly wandered to the refrigerator to see what I might have that could be turned into an interesting breakfast.  The taste buds were demanding something savory.

I pulled out a few things and stared at what I had for a minute.

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Whole grain bread, a few baby carrots, a few spoons of homemade hummus and chives (a herb that I have only recently discovered when trying out a recipe for Israeli food).  I was not convinced, but stayed on task.

I took off the crust and toasted the bread.  I spread the hummus I had on the toasted bread.  On went the thinly sliced baby carrots and finely chopped chives.  It looked pretty but something was missing.  Color to tie it all together.  Off I went to get my jar of paprika and a few twirls later, my breakfast was ready to be devoured on a beautiful matching plate.  And it hit the perfect chord to start my day ūüôā

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Fried Green Tomatoes – A dish of disputed origin that leaves you licking your fingers

By Lakshmi:

Fried Green Tomatoes РWhat images do those words conjure up? The namesake 1991 film set in Alabama?  The southern dish by the same name that leaves you drooling?  To me, it brings up memories of an amazing lunch at Friedmans in Chelsea Market in New York City.  Aaah Рthe perfect firm tomatoes, covered with seasoned panko, deep-fried and served with the perfect buttermilk sauce.  Each of us at that meal sat transfixed, a tad bit disappointed that we inhaled the plate so quickly!

And today after many months, I recreated this dish in my kitchen.  Take a look at the picture and let me know what you think. From a taste standpoint, the multiple testers in my household gave it a giant thumbs up!

While I had many recipes clipped out since that meal in New York City, I decided to wing this creation. ¬†Here’s my easy how-to!

  • Sliced up some beautiful green tomatoes from the farmer’s market into thick slices and sprinkled them liberally with salt and pepper
  • Dredged the tomatoes in some flour seasoned with chilli pepper,
  • Dipped the flour covered tomatoes in two eggs whisked with a tablespoon of milk
  • Tossed the egg coated tomatoes into panko crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper
  • Deep fried the tomatoes for 2-3 minutes and drained them on paper towels.

Now, this beautiful creation needed an accompanying sauce. ¬†And here’s what I did.

  • Mixed two tbsps non fat sour cream with a half a cup of buttermilk
  • Squirted in some Sriracha sauce into this mix along with some salt and pepper
  • Blended the mix well and served it!

And finally for a piece of trivia.  Most people believe that Fried Green Tomatoes are the quintessential southern dish.  But according to the Smithsonian magazine, the origins of this yummy dish can be traced back to Jewish and Midwestern cookbooks!!

If you have a love affair or a story with Fried Green Tomatoes, please do share!