EGGS AND HAM WITH GREENS

I tried to strike a balance with this morning’s meal. I opted to include a little sauteed kale for extra nutrients for the day. I couldn’t resist. So, I decided to include the last bits of ham from past Christmas in my scrambled eggs. That move made such a difference with each creamy fork bites of eggs.

It felt like Christmas all over again.  On the side, I had a perfect contrast with orange spread slathered on toasted rye bread. Fresh fruits in the form of blue berries and tangerines bites finished my morning’s meal. I was happy.

DISH INSPIRED BY DR. SEUSS/A KID ON THE RAIL- ##GREEN EGGS AND HAM

When it comes to the culinary side of things, I garner inspiration from anywhere I can. A few days ago en route from work on the rail I was pleasantly brought back to my babysitting days by a mother and her young daughter. They sat adjacent me and you could tell the poor mother was tired. However, for about two minutes the little girl kept asking her mom, “Will you read Green Eggs and Ham tonight mom?”

Pic of Dr. Seuss's  book Green Eggs and Ham
Pic of Dr. Seuss’s book Green Eggs and Ham

I smiled. I can just imagine the number of times that woman had read ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’ It’s a favorite of children and was first published in 1960. The main character in the book is ‘Sam-I-Am’ written by Dr. Seuss. I read that book numbers of times to young kids I baby sat in the past. I’m a kid at heart. Loved it.

Anyway, back to the rail, the mother replied to her daughter, “Sure dear. It’ll be Green Eggs and Ham”. Immediately, I got an brain-storm of the culinary type. I decided to make yours truly green eggs and ham.

I decided to make a pesto sauce from the curly parsley I had. I scrambled a couple of egg whites along with a whole one. Then, under low heat I slowly added my pesto sauce to give the eggs the green hue. It looked so magical. Dr. Seuss would be proud.

Fresh parsley
Fresh parsley

I made a visit to the rear of the freezer. There I retrieved a serving of left-over ham (still rocking that from Xmas). A quick defrost was done. Then I diced same and added to green eggs. I served my green eggs and ham with a buttered rye toast and left-over lentil (green) soup. I also added a small helping of pesto sauce.

As I ate my inspired meal, I smiled thinking that ‘Sam-I-Am’ would be very elated that I chose to eat green eggs and ham. I’ll certainly revisit this dish in the future. Hurrah for Dr. Seuss!

A POLAR VORTEX INSPIRED BREAKFAST##A HAM REVISITATION

It seems like the entire globe is elongated with this Arctic blast. It has been sometime since I switched my old thermostat on ‘off’ and allowed Mother Nature to do its thing. You see, in my neck of the woods, South Florida, USA, this morn is in the fifties. Okay, to some of you dear folks elsewhere where you’re freezing your derrieres off, you might find this quite hilarious; but to me, it’s winter in my midst.

Guys, when this type of weather is in my midst, my palate develops a mind of its own. It craves a tad  more calories and comforting foods. I knew it for sometime, but, I do think we (my palate and I) are two different ‘entities’ so to speak. We often try to work in unity. However, once in a while there’s a ‘cold war’ going on. It’s the new year and the Good Lord knows I’m trying to healthy with my choices, but, my palate has other ideas.

So, on this day, this morn, we had issues on what to devour when the digits on the outskirts were plummeting. Thank God, we came to a compromise. We arrived at a beautiful balance. Got some grape tomatoes on sale the other day.  I did a quick pan roast on top of the stove with a drizzle of olive oil and garnish of parsley.

Grape tomatoes
Grape tomatoes

I never knew I had to make such an early visit. I was led by my palate (you know, I’m trying to compromise). I found myself at the rear of my freezer. There I retrieved a few small pieces of left-over ham which I did a quick defrost and warmed in the skillet. I toasted an English muffin, the one with the cranberries embedded within. With a combination of a  little strawberry spread and butter my toast was complete.

On a morn as this, my breakfast just couldn’t  be complete without a couple of eggs. So grabbed me a skillet and fried them in a little olive oil and garnished with a sprig of parsley on hand. Now, all I needed was a cup of hot cocoa.

Roasted tomatoes/warmed left-over ham, fried eggs, toasted English muffins and hot cocoa
Roasted tomatoes/warmed left-over ham, fried eggs, toasted English muffins and hot cocoa

Once again, my palate and I are in complete unison. We’re satisfied on this Arctic day. Guys, where ever you are, if it’s frigid, do keep warm. And, as always, be kind to your loved ones as well as your beautiful palates.