Tuesday, August 31, 2010

calories never count on birthdays

Becca, here.

To celebrate the beginning of another year in my life/my first and only year of being 21, my sweet friends made sure every moment was full of goodness.  And by that, I mean food goodness.

Here's what went into our bellies on the day I turned 21....

 Natalie & Meredith woke up at 6:30am (seriously, so blessed to have them!) to give me a waffle maker, and make me waffles! Complete with berry sauce! (This is important because I prefer all foods with anything extra they can take...syrup, ketchup, cheese, marinara, hot sauce, icing, Cane's sauce...). 

Berry Sauce
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch

1. Combine all ingredients (minus cornstarch) in saucepan over medium heat
2. When sugar is dissolved add cornstarch
3.  Enjoy on...anything

When my birthday comes along, I specialize in eating ample amounts of cake.  And then purging our apartment of all cake the following month.  Or two.  But for that day, and several days to follow, I enjoy every bite.

Perks of small classes is that we know everyone.  And know when birthday's are...

Erica brought this beautiful cake to our morning class.  It was just as delicious as it was gorgeous!
Check out her cakes!

It's true.  My favorite food is pizza.  And preferably, make your own.  So my sweet friends made a night with pizza...and more cake...for my birthday.  It's my favorite thing: sitting around the dinner table eating good food with friends, laughing, and celebrating.
(Feta cheese is the best pizza topping. Hands down.)

Meredith made my delectable birthday cake for the night! Chocolate, of course. With a nod to some coffee added into batter.  (Berry Sauce over it goes pretty well for the leftovers..)
Props to good old Martha Stewart for this "Ultimate Chocolate Cake".  And props to Meredith for baking it with a whole lotta love!

Birthday's are wonderful.  My favorite time to celebrate friends, make their day something to remember, and enjoy life that we are overwhelmingly blessed to have.  Whatever we do for birthdays though, you better believe it includes food.  I'll keep you updated in the coming months!  Thanks sweet friends for all you did to make my day that much more beautiful. And! Thanks to my blogger pal, Meagan I can be a "real" food blogger with my new apron!! I have a feeling it will force me to get more messy as I throw things around the kitchen.  I'll let you all know.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

better than green eggs (& ham)

In an effort to try new things, I was surprised to find that someone had only ever eaten an egg scrambled. This had to be remedied. And fast.
Instead of hitting up Louie's (the best diner EVER) for all things wonderful, we decided to go ahead and make them ourselves. While quite the entertainment, I think next time I'll just go and
order my scrambled egg with spinach and swiss cheese.
There's something about eating eggs in deliciously greasy and wonderfully packed diners at random hours of the day that just sounds good to me.

Here's our very own eggventure...
(props Eric for the pun)

You've got your basic: Fried Egg

Heat pan to Medium
When hot, add 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
As soon as butter is melted, crack your egg.
Watch the magic happen.
Leave yolk for bread soaking if you wish.
Sprinkle S&P

(There's just something about butter...)

Then there's your Scrambled Egg.

(Scrambled eggs go better with cheese I think)

Crack 2 eggs in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon milk.
Lightly wisk.
Add cheddar cheese...parmesan cheese...swiss cheese...whatever you like cheese..
Wisk together adding S&P. Pour in pan.
Keep stirring til cooked how you like them.


Of course you've got your Omelette.

Crack 3 eggs in a bowl.
Add 2 tablespoons sour cream
(I like sour cream...but milk works too)
Get creative!
We added tomatoes, portabello mushrooms, orange bell pepper, green onion, potato, spinach, atlantique cheese.
Add S&P
Pour into a pan that is large enough to accommodate the entire mixture.
Let sit until it's ready to fold.
(Roughly 5 minutes for ours)

It should be noted that yes, we know. We consumed a lot of protein. Along with the chocolate milk & peppered bacon, we're probably set for life...

However, we still had more more egg adventure to go on.

French Toast, my friend. French Toast.

My favorite bargain at Whole Foods is the .99 cent French Boule (we asked the bread guy, it's pronounced Boo-lei). Get them to slice it & it's instant goodness.

Crack an egg in a bowl.
Add vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Wisk with fork.
Cover your bread.Grill in pan on medium heat.

...Add some sliced fruit in the pan as you're grilling the bread
for something that isn't carb or egg (:

So. I'm pretty egged out now, but I'd say it was worth it.

Tell me something,
How do you like your eggs?