the ultimate breakfast for dinner

hi, sister three here! i’ve fallen in love with this multi-grain bread that you can get at costco, it’s full of seeds and is absolutely delicious. i like to heavily butter it then cook it in a pan, resulting in an extremely crispy exterior. but how can i make this better? by adding scrambled eggs of course! the result is soft and fluffy eggs, crispy toast, and a good bite from the red pepper. enjoy!

(feeds 1) you will need:

3 eggs

2 pieces of toast (your choice, you probably want thick pieces that can hold up the eggs)

red bell pepper

onion

salt & pepper

softened butter (salted preferred, if not just add it)

parmesan (optional)

  1. whisk eggs together and season accordingly.
  2. dice the red bell pepper and onion.
  3. heat a pan to medium-high with butter and add the onion.
  4. once the onion has softened, add the red bell pepper. whilst waiting for the onion to soften, take the butter and spread it on the bread- be generous!
  5. heat up another pan to medium and place the bread (cold pan). meanwhile, grate the parmesan cheese (optional).
  6. once the bread has turned golden brown and crispy on one side, flip it over.
  7. pour the eggs into the pan and scramble! i like to make downward motions. you don’t want your eggs to be super clumpy or they’ll just fall off of the toast.
  8. finish the toast and transfer to plate, place eggs on top. sprinkle parmesan cheese (optional)
  9. enjoy!

potato hash with a fried egg

hello, sister three here! despite promises to be more active, neither sister one or two seem to be posting haha. when i went to whole foods with my parents, i saw these beautiful small potatoes that were red, white, and blue and thought that they’d make great smashed potatoes or would be good in a hash. they’re so tiny so when i tried to smash them, the results were mediocre, but i will surely try again when we get butter again! the hash, however, turned out amazing. i just used potatoes because i was lazy, but you could definitely add bacon, onion, and other things that you like in your hash if you’d like.

makes 1 serving

you will need:

baby potatoes- use as much as you will eat, their size won’t change that much throughout cooking

oil

salt and pepper

one egg (or two, depending on how much you want to eat)

instructions:

fill a pot with water and turn the heat on high. drop in the potatoes immediately after turning the heat on.

boil the potatoes until they are fork tender, 2 or so minutes after the water starts boiling. you don’t want them to be mashed potato consistency, more like tender with a good bite.

chop up the potatoes to the size that you want- i tried a roll cut and quartered the potatoes, resulting in small pieces. turn the heat up to high and pour a decent amount of oil into the frying pan.

once the oil is pretty hot, dump in your potatoes and constantly stir them around. the goal is to get a nice crust on each side. season accordingly!

pour an egg into a bowl so that it’s easier to fry the egg- if you can crack them in easily, this step can be omitted.

once the potatoes have a brown crust, take them out of the pan and place them on a plate. make sure to taste your potatoes so you can see if you need to season them a little bit more.

rinse the pan and dry it with a paper towel before placing a tiny bit more oil on it. turn the heat up to medium-high and pour in the egg. the pan should still be pretty hot so that you’ll see the outer part of the egg turn white shortly after placing it there.

cook however you cook your eggs- i fried mine because i wanted to use the yolk to flavor my potatoes! don’t forget to season your egg with salt and pepper.

place the egg on top of your potatoes and voila, you are done! enjoy this simple and delicious breakfast than can be done rather quickly.

-sister 3


MORNING SMOOTHIES

HI SISTERS! After much advice from Dad, I started to make smoothies in the morning. The first one was terrible! But after some practice, I’ve started to make a lot of progress! This morning, I tried out this:

CARROT GINGER SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 a carrot, chopped into small pieces (Large carrot – might be 1 or 2 whole carrots, or handful of baby carrots)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, chopped into small pieces (can be more if you like the flavor)
  • 1/2 cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of green tea (cold) – this can be substituted with just water or juice, etc.
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Blend together and enjoy!


Garlicky Sautéed Greens

Hey seesters!

I forgot to take pictures because I was so hungry, but I made these garlicky sautéed greens with over-easy eggs this morning! Here’s the recipe: http://www.brooklynsupper.net/2012/03/garlicky-sauteed-greens/

I didn’t have the red pepper or vinegar, but a splash of oyster sauce added to the greens put in a bit of Asian flavor 🙂 The recipe is also a bit salt-heavy, so I only added salt to the greens, and I only had one egg. Also, I didn’t have collard greens, so I just used a bag of spinach instead, which turned out pretty well. It was delicious and easy to make — the perfect breakfast to start off a day of essay writing.

Love and miss you guys,
Sister 2


breakfast with grandfather

Father and Grandfather walking together in Taipei (taken by sister 2)

“Your grandfather – he eats like Japanese. Slowly, thinking about each bite.” Grandmother chuckles a bit when she says this, and then says “We’re very different! Me, I eat to eat, very quickly.” Grandpa doesn’t hear this part, but keeps offering me small bits of breakfast. During the war era he says, there wasn’t much that they could eat and food was rationed quite harshly in Taiwan those days, so he picked up the habit his father taught him – to make use of every single last bite. Breakfast is a number one part of your daily routine, too. Back in the day, it was early rise at 6:00 am, breakfast from 6:30 – 6:50 am, then off to school. I think about how I can barely crawl out of bed by 8:45 to make it onto the train by 9 am, and suddenly feel a bit lazy.

This morning, I fried three eggs for us. We add a bit of pepper and a little bit of sauce – but it isn’t soy – maybe it is fish. Anyway, it is less salty which is what we’re going for (healthy breakfast!). Grandma makes radish cakes that she bought the other day – they are more Hong Kong-ish than Taiwanese and Grandpa makes coffee. He adds 2 spoonfuls of Ballantine’s scotch whiskey and says this is the best way to have a cup of morning coffee. We eat some toast from a local bakery – bread is always better in Taiwan! – and put a bit of almond butter and roasted peanuts. A small orange and banana later, I feel full but healthy. The last part is a bit of yogurt my grandmother has made, given 2 spoonfuls of green tea powder (cancer fighting).

I think about how many years have passed since I’ve been home. A lot has changed here but I’m happy to share breakfast with our grandparents. In an ideal world, we would probably have more time for breakfast, and more time to spend here as well. I feel overwhelmed and stressed all the time in New York – and forget quite often about the things that exist outside of the little universe I’ve created all for my own. Being in Taipei has been a welcome break from it. It’s something too, about having been gone for this long. To be reflected on a later date.

 I’ve asked every temple in Taiwan and Hong Kong for a job, or a career, but those things come to I guess when they can. Fortune-telling offers guidance, but it is no crystal ball. That being said, I was insanely happy to be able to spend Christmas and new year with my family. Now enter corny Chinese ballad song?


My First Omelette

Yup, you heard me! I made my first omelette yesterday for brunch. It was the typical fold-over omelette. Don’t want to get too ambitious! For filling, I put in chopped onion before cooking the omelette in the pan. I also added in some shredded cajun turkey meat and some Chinese spicy beef. The only other filling it needed was some cheese! Mmm. It was good enough for me, at least 🙂 Later, for an afternoon snack, I made a smoothie out of a peach and frozen fruit bits I found in our freezer (the parents freeze everything, I swear). What frozen fruit bits, you ask? Big grapes, bananas, and what I think was pineapple. Then I added a little milk, ice, agave nectar, and plain yogurt. Delicious!

Since Mom’s been gone in LA, I’ve been mostly improvising my meals. Dad made breaded pork and noodles today, though, as celebration of Mom being back. Now I’m in a food coma until forever watching Arrested Development (and the CMAs, thanks to Sister 3). Ah, the comforts of home.

Love,
Sister 2