Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dinner: You'll Never Guess

You will never guess what I ate last night. Check out my bff's blog.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Breakfast: The Egg Sandwich

Have you seen the movie Spanglish? There is one scene where Adam Sandler is making the most beautiful sandwich you have ever seen. Well, it turns out that Sandler apprenticed under Thomas Keller in preparation for his role as a chef in this movie. Watch the video I just linked. You will die.

At home, I've turned the sandwich inside out, simplified it, and made it one of my ladies' favorite breakfasts. And you know how I feel about hot breakfasts.

The simplified versions of Thomas Keller's bachelor sandwich.

1. Fry an egg.
2. Toast a good piece of bread.
3. Spread butter and a little bit of cheese on the bread, then slice in half.
4. Place hot fried egg on top of toasted bread (preferably on top of the cheese half so the cheese will start to melt).
5. Place other half of bread on top. Wha-la--a fried egg sandwich for breakfast.

The ladies love biting into the sandwich while simultaneously trying to figure out who to manage the flowing yolk. And finally they like a dab of rasberry jam for dipping.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Dinner: Chana Masala

I am addicted to Chana Masala. Our local mall's food court has a hidden treasure--some of the Boston area's best Indian food. Everytime I am at the mall, I treat myself to some Chana Masala (which are chick peas that have been simmering in a spicy tomato sauce for 24 hours). Because it's a new year and my trips to the mall will be far less than they were last year, I figured out how to make my own version of Chana Masala. I threw a few key ingredients today and was so pleased with my lunch that I served it again for dinner. Try it and let me know what you think.

Becca's Made Up version of Chana Masala
2 Tbs. good olive oil
1 12 oz. can chick peas (garbanzo beans)
1 12 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/2 Tbs. of Garam Masala*
2 Tbs. brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced

Place olive oil in medium sized saucepan on medium heat. Drain chick peas and add to olive oil. Add crushed tomatoes, Garam Masala, brown sugar, and garlic. Simmer for a few hours or for as long as you can (30 minutes would even do the trick). Serve over basmati or brown rice.

*Garam Masala is a particular blend of Indian spices. You can find it at any Indian food store or order it through Penzey's spices.