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Layoffs? Home-Made Comfort Food

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Comfort Food

This week I have heard more about layoffs than what I wanted, so I had to find a way to compensate for my stressful thoughts with some comfort food. Today, Friday, end of the week, after all the stress around me, I had to resort to my comfort food king and queen. King spaghetti and Queen Eggs. I mixed them together, it all came out perfectly and in a heavenly way too ( angels did come to my rescue. ) I felt all better after making this recipe and after confirming that it’s not just the best comfort food but also the best alienating agent for me. I have been through lay offs once and some close friends have been through it twice. Other friends are anxious, threatened with the fear of being hit again. Oh.. We live in troubled economic, confusing times!

“Dedicated to all those who at some point in their lives lost their jobs or to any family who has lived through it, including mine. “

I hope my recipe helps! 🙂

Recipe

Ingredients: 1 Package of Spaghetti, 1 egg per person, 1 TBSP salt , 1 TBSP canola oil, parmesan cheese.

1. Cook spaghetti per package instructions.

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2. Add butter or margarine to a pan on medium heat. When the butter has melted, add an egg and a serving of cooked spaghetti.

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3. Mix well and witness magic happening! 🙂

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Serve and enjoy!

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If you have ever been fired from any job, remember… Keep your head high, it’s not about you or I. We are just great! Believe it and carry on doing great things.. 🙂

 

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Fried Eggs and What My Mom Used to Say..

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Fried Eggs

Growing up, our Mom used to say: “That girl doesn’t even know how to fry an egg.” That is actually a popular expression in Colombia to refer to novice home cooks. So as I grew up I often wondered, what is it about fried eggs? As I met unwanted challenges in the kitchen, I remember intentionally “not” making fried eggs; I would make: Scrambled eggs, omelets, boiled eggs; Never fried eggs. Time has passed. I have forgotten that fateful phrase and freed myself from the memory. Now my Mom and her saying just put a grin on my face. If you have ever been intimidated by any saying {or recipe} in the past, I hope this entry has helped some.

Fried Egg Recipe

Tips:

  • For best results when frying eggs, start with cold oil or butter. Let the oil or butter heat up as it cooks the egg. That tip has saved me from sticky eggs every time.
  • The other easy trick that is really the simplest is: Always make fried eggs in a non-stick pan. This will make the amount of oil or butter irrelevant, and you will always have the same great results.

Recipe: Add oil or butter to the pan. Crack the egg and add it to the pan. Flip the egg when you see it hardening. Add a pinch of salt at the end. Serve and enjoy. How many minutes you leave the egg cooking will impact how hard or soft it will be. I usually like my fried eggs to cook for 6-8 minutes.

Variations of this recipe:

  • Add some ham to the oil or butter before adding the egg.
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Cooking Ham before Adding the Egg

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Add 2 eggs if you want, or if you are hungrier than usual. 🙂

 

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Two Fried Eggs

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Egg after Turning on the Pan

 

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Fried Egg on the Plate

In the end I came to terms with fried eggs; I can say my fear of Fried Eggs has been conquered and “This girl does know how to fry an egg.” 🙂

Tortilla, a Spanish Word with Two Meanings

 

My Mexican friends and those from Spain may both speak Spanish, but they don’t mean the same when they say “Tortilla.” 🙂 In Spain ‘tortilla’ is a mix of beaten eggs and anyone of the following: Veggies, cold cuts, beef, chicken or even fish. You may think ‘omelet’ but Spain is very particular about Tortillas and they would rather have you not mistake them for omelets. They are delicious, by the way! On the other hand, corn and flour tortillas are at the heart of Mexican cuisine.

Here is my take on two recipes which may help explain (or so I hope.)

Spanish Tortilla (from Spain)

  • Ingredients:

1 egg per person, cooked potatoes cut in cubes, diced white onion (about 1/4), 1 diced tomato, 2 slices of ham, cubed. Salt to taste.

  • Directions

Start by adding 1 tsp of butter to a pan. Add the onions. When the onions are starting to turn clear, add the diced tomato. Cook for a minute and then add the potatoes, and the ham. Mix well and let it saute for about 3 minutes. Add the eggs. I like to experiment, so I add 1 whole egg and then I beat the other eggs before mixing them all in. 🙂

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In the end of this step, it should look like this:

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Turn when you see the eggs starting to cook completely

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Turn once again and serve! 🙂

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Spanish Tortilla or Tortilla de Patatas

My Mexican corn tortilla recipe is extremely easy to make and it is wonderful for breakfast, snack, light lunch or even dinner, accompanying a main dish. It can even be a dessert if you sprinkle the ending folded tortilla with brown sugar and cinnamon.

  • Ingredients

3 corn tortillas per person (they’ll want more…), cheese (you may use mozzarella, queso fresco, queso cotija or queso panela.) 2-4 TBSP canola oil. Salt.

  • Directions

Start by heating up the oil in a pan. Add the corn tortillas and let them stand against each other as shown in this image below. You will see them softening and at that point, you may add the cheese in the center.

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Fold them and let them continue frying.

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Turn them to make sure they’re golden brown on each side. Serve and enjoy! 🙂

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Mexican Quesadillas Fritas (made with corn tortillas)

Salad Recipe Collection – My Mom’s Potato Salad – 5 of 5

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Mom’s potato salad bids good-bye to my 2014 salad recipe collection. It is, by far, the simplest and healthiest one I’ve ever tasted. I hope you agree with me. Simple fresh ingredients and very low amount of fat or heavy seasoning make this salad a healthy treat. Look for more health conscious blog posts now and then. It seems there is an increased awareness of healthy products in markets today. Every time I shop greater amount of healthy brands and products pop up in shelves and I am delighted to be a part of that ‘balanced’ way of feeding myself and loved ones. For example, price of vegetarian fed, cage free eggs are lower than a few months ago. That is what I included in this salad recipe, as I use those regularly at home now.

Recipe

Yields 1 serving. Multiply portions per person at your table.

1 potato (russet potatoes work great.)

4 Tablespoons of cooked peas and carrots (fresh or frozen.)

1 Egg.

1 Tablespoon of olive oil mayonnaise

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Peel the potato and cut it in chunks. Boil until it is soft. Transfer to a cup while draining the liquid. Cook the peas and carrots and transfer to another bowl while draining the liquid. Boil the egg, cut in chunks. Chill each ingredient in its separate bowl in the refrigerator.

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When each of them is cold, then mix them and add mayonnaise, salt and pepper.

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My Mom’s potato salad is the simplest, most enjoyable, delicious treat! 🙂

Salad Recipe Collection – Chef Salad – 1 of 5

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Starting with a Chef Salad, health awareness comes under the spotlight. Without remorse, I will take a liberal, indulgent approach to traditional recipes. After all, I want a personal mark on the food I share with loved ones. Salads are usually my preference for pot luck events and entertaining family and friends. The five salad recipes chosen in my collection are budget friendly, easy to make, fresh and definitely fit for a light lunch option as well.

My Chef Salad Recipe

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1. Assemble the ingredients: Ham, turkey, hard-boiled egg, mozzarella cheese, tomato, sweet peppers and lettuce.

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3. Coat the lettuce with your favorite dressing (I used store-bought Ranch – nothing wrong with that.)

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5. Notes on omissions and other toppings:

  • I did not add avocado to this recipe. Instead I added Gorgonzola cheese. When entertaining, have an avocado handy and ready to slice if your conservative guest can’t live without it.
  • No cucumbers either.. Instead, I added sweet peppers; I love their fragrant, sugary crunch.
  • Salt and pepper can be added at the end, or after coating the lettuce with dressing.

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Chef Salad – 1 of 5 healthy posts.. 🙂