7 Minutes in Heaven

I never played that game because I was home schooled.

This post pertains to my favorite thing- eggs! It’s no big secret I love them. I even have eggs listed on my top 6 things I can’t live without on OkCupid! At some point last year I learned I have been hard/soft cooking them wrong my whole life! My grandma always stressed 20 minutes for boiling so I wouldn’t get salmonella. The end result was always a rubbery white and dry chalky yolk. My grandma would tell me the yolks were full moons so I would eat them. A much later teenage obsession with all things Austen and Brit Lit led me to discover 5 minute eggs. You know, the ones that get their own holder that looks like a candlestick and special little spoon. It kind of grossed me out, so i just continued to think British people ate weird things.

One fateful day last October, during my first Whole30, I was seriously stalking HomeSweetHomestead’s blog. This babe is living my dream, basically. She has chickens! (More on that later!) When you own chickens you eat a whole lot of eggs. After what seemed like a continuous scroll of photos of 7 minute eggs, I knew I had found my magic number. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

7 Minute Eggs

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
  2. Lower eggs in with a spoon.
  3. Cover pot. Lower heat to medium. Cook for 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from pot and run under cool water.
  5. Peel. Salt. Dill. Enjoy!

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I am a fan of eggs cooked all ways, but this may be my favorite. For the sake of time and because my name is not Sheila. Sheila makes the best scrambled eggs on the planet. During the Whole30 these guys were my go to breakfast, paired with sliced apples and almond butter or lightly roasted asparagus. And coffee, always coffee. I put these eggs on a pedestal. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

If you like a runnier yolk, may I suggest less on the timer. If you prefer the opposite, aim for 8-10 minutes. I will stick with 7 for now.

Side note: I have really been thinking about getting chickens. Currently trying to figure out how that would work with cats.

Alotta Frittata

There is one food if which I had to live without I would probably die. Breakfast and brunch would have no soul, veganism would be the easiest triumph, and the souffle would cease to exist. This food is the incredible, edible egg.

Ah, the egg is alive and well in my refrigerator, and since my birthday cast iron purchases, it has played a frequent supporting role in my life. With frequent trips to the farmers market, frittatas and green smoothies have become necessary. This post is dedicated to the better of the two. Processed with VSCOcam with m4 preset

I jokingly started the hashtag #52weeksoffrittata on Instagram, mainly for the alliteration’s sake. All jokes aside, my weekly frittatas have been rather consistent. You too can eat delicious frittatas on a weekly basis without owning a chicken farm! For the very low quantity of 4 eggs a week + whatever produce/cheese/extras you have on hand! Get creative!

Here are the varieties I’ve had so far:

Week 1: sweet & spicy peppers + feta

Week 2: Greek Style (spinach+tomatoes+feta)

Week 3: London Pub Style (wild mushrooms+onions in malt vinegar)

Week 4: Fall Yall! (spicy sage+potatoes+fig&honey goat cheese)

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I’m not going to post a recipe for each frittata individually because if you have a brain and can saute vegetables, you can surely do this without detailed instructions. I use 4 eggs for each one. That’s really all you need to know!

I can’t wait to carry on this new weekly love affair!

Do y’all have any frittata favorites?

 

XOXO

Farmer’s Market Frittata

As some of you may know, I recently joined a local CSA. Every weekend my friend Elizabeth make it an event to take our dogs to the farmer’s market to pick up our share. Besides a large bag/box of fresh, local, organic, AND seasonal produce, I usually also manage to purchase a few dozen farm fresh eggs and homemade dog treats for Gypsy. I feel like I am saving a bunch of money by not buying from grocery chains. Actually the only things I pick up from the store now are dog food, toilet paper, and maybe a few things I am craving or need specifically for a recipe.

As produce begins to collect on my counter top and in the refrigerator and the freshness clock ticks away, I have to come up with ways to use everything up. Good thing I love dishes that tend to call for large amounts of fruits and veggies: soup, stir fry, salads, pies, and my new favorite- the frittata! I made my first ever frittata over the weekend, using up a large portion of produce from previous CSA hauls.

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Don’t be fooled by that cute sounding Italian name! Frittatas are super easy! Think if an omelette and a quiche had a baby…..or maybe this could be their 3rd cousin once removed. You don’t even need a whole bunch of vegetables to make one of these, but I wanted color! Red, green, yellow, purple, and white made up the spectrum. This frittata also had depth! That was probably my favorite aspect.

Ingredients 

8 garlic cloves, minced

6 sage leaves

2 small serrano peppers, sliced

1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped

5 small purple potatoes, sliced

2 small sweet peppers, chopped

4 large kale leaves, chopped

4 heirloom cherry tomatoes

2 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chipotle powder

2 tsp freshly ground sea salt

fresh black pepper to taste

6 eggs

2-3 oz goat cheese

2 tbs buttermilk (optional)

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As I said earlier, you do not to have all of any of the above listed veggies. Anything would do, really! I bet you could even be adventurous and use berries! Though if that be your case, a sweeter cheese like mascarpone or ricotta may be needed. Now that I think of it, that does sound kind of good! This frittata is your oyster! (I do not recommend oysters as an addition.)

The Process

1. Rinse and chop, slice, and dice all of your vegetables. ImageImageImageSuch beautiful colors! Throw everything EXCEPT for the kale and tomatoes into a cast iron skillet with olive oil. Why you ask? I wanted the potatoes to cook and the onions to brown. I didn’t want to overcook the kale during the process. You shouldn’t really saute tomatoes in an iron skillet either. They already have a lot of iron, and the contact with the metal alters the taste in my opinion.

2. Saute on medium heat until the potatoes are tender, seasoning as you go. This should take about 15 minutes. ImageImage 3. Next, toss in the kale. Stir around for about 3-5 minutes.

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4. Time to get cracking with your eggs! Whisk together in a large bowl with your buttermilk. The buttermilk make the final product a bit more fluffy. I also think it tastes better with the goat cheese. The two are both sour and tangy!

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5. Slowly pour your eggs into the cast iron skillet. Give everything a good mix around and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for about 3 minutes until the edge begin to firm up.

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6. Top with goat cheese and heirloom tomatoes and pop into a pre-heated oven. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. The finished product should not be runny. ImageImage

When the frittata is finished baking, slice and serve! For the perfect little brunch, serve alongside a small salad and mimosas!

I am so glad I made this! I think I may have discovered my Sunday morning go-to recipe.

XOXOXO