The perfect breakfast sandwich

Egg Sandwich
Egg Sandwich

I wake up craving this sandwich.  Throughout the day I think about it.  I go to sleep and dream of having it the next morning.  In other words, this breakfast sandwich is the “bomb.”  It is the perfect combination of good healthy fats, complex carbs and protein to set you up for a day of strength and vitality.

First, we start with piece of Pirate Bread (sourdough rye) but you can pick your own healthy bread you love.  Just make sure that it isn’t loaded with preservatives.  I toast it TWICE for the perfect amount of crisp.  I want to see a layer of toasty color on it.   Be careful not to toast it too much where it burns!

Pirate Bread
Sourdough Rye

I should mention that while the toast is in the toaster, I have a pan with about 2-3 inches of water in it set to a boil.  I am planning to poach an egg pretty shortly.  I spend a fortune of pasture-raised eggs but I think they taste so much better than grain-fed ones.  Buy whatever you can.

After the toast comes out, I let it cool for a minute or so.  The water for the egg is probably boiling at this point.  So I throw about a capful of Bragg’s Cider Vinegar in it (but you can use white vinegar too) and then crack the egg into the water.  Lower the flame a bit and cover the water.

You can schmear the bread with some thick, gooey, real butter (which I’ve done many times) but my newest thing is to swipe the piece with some organic miso for a sweet, umami flavor.  It takes a bit to get used to but now I’m hooked (not to mention miso is a powerhouse food!).

After that, I take a ripe avocado, cut a piece that feels about right and then smash it all around the toast.  Don’t be stingy here.  Avocado is a heart healthy fat and is a lynchpin to the sandwich!

The egg is just about done by now.  I figure it’s been about 2 minutes.  I carefully dump the hot pan of water into the sink and then when it’s nearly all out, I put a slotted spoon near the edge of the pot so the poached egg sort of rolls into it.  Most of time it doesn’t break.  If it seems stuck to the bottom of the pot, gently try to nudge it out without breaking the yolk (if it does, oh well!).  Place the egg on top of the avocado mash.

Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh pepper.  If you want, throw some toasted seeds on there, some hot sauce…whatever you like.  If you squirt ketchup on it, just don’t tell me 😉

At this point, when the sandwich is set up, I take a knife and cut the bread in half, straight though the yolk where it flows all over the plate..

I can just about taste it!  Can you?  Well, by about now all bets are off.  I usually gobble it down in about 2 minutes, much as I try to slow it down. At this point, I put my plate in the sink slightly depressed breakfast is over, or I extend it by making another poached egg or something!

Enjoy the perfect breakfast sandwich.

Egg sandwich
Egg sandwich

Back from Jerusalem!

Flatbread with dips!
Flatbread with dips!

I just got back from a fantastic week in Israel and forgot how much I missed the Middle Eastern flavors that imbues the cooking there.  Everything from dried dates to deep rust colored saffron to halvah the size of cakes is a feast for all one’s senses.  Don’t even get me started on the hummus, which I ate at every meal.  Theirs is different than what we get in the States or tastes better for some reason.  Maybe it’s the backdrop of people rushing through the “Shuk,” the marketplace, as I dunk my warm pita in the creamy melange of mashed chickpeas, olive oil and garlic. Or the sounds of prayer emanating across the sky, mixed with the cacophony of different ancient languages. Either way, pair that magic hummus and pita with an Israeli salad of the freshest tomato, cucumber, red pepper and cubes of dense milky feta and life could not get any better.

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A fantastic cookbook recommendation!

Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook

I love cookbooks that’s for sure.  There’s almost nothing I’d rather read than them.  I can taste the recipes while I’m reading through the ingredients and get a sense for my enjoyment level (and whomever will be eating it) once a dish is executed.

Lately, I’ve been cooking a lot of Terry Walters recipes.  Her dishes are exactly what the titles of her books say, Clean Start and Clean Food.  I also just came across the above book, Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, which apparently has been around for awhile.  I highly recommend it!

Why I love this cookbook?  Let me count the ways.

– It outlines it great detail (but not an overload) the benefits of a whole food diet.

– There’s a comprehensive guide to stocking your pantry and fridge with wholesome foods

– The dishes are varied, well researched and contain very nutritious ingredients.

– There are a lot of gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and soy-free recipes, which enables the reader to experiment with confidence.

Farmer Lyle Gets My Vote!

Lyle from Gee Creek

When it comes to farmers, Lyle from Gee Creek gets my vote.  He works at a lot of the markets around town (Hillsdale on Sundays, PSU on Saturdays, People’s Coop in SE on Wednesdays) and always has some of the freshest foods (both raw and prepared product).  You can’t miss the stand.  It’s got some great seasonal produce, fresh beans and grains, and delicious foods like mediterranean dips (others besides a yummy hummus!), soups, peanut butter. He also sells a mean fire cider which will keep your immunity humming all winter season.

More than the food, I really just like Lyle (and all the people that work for him). He is the real deal and has a lot of great ideas.  On his website, it states their mission: “Gee Creek Farm is a community of home-based people dedicated to being good stewards of the earth and providers of responsibly and ethically produced and grown food. We aim to live in a cooperative, sustainable way, and offer many programs and learning opportunities for those interested in doing the same!”

If you ever get a minute, Lyle will tell you all about what his plans are and will educate you on how you can get involved with Gee Creek — from joining his CSA, to teaching people how to grow food at his farm school, or just enjoying a social event at his property.  In the meantime, drop by to his booth some time and check out for yourself what he has.  I guarantee he’ll become on your favorite farmers too!