brunch quesadilla w/ bacon, eggs, tomatoes, peppers and cheese

Make a colorful and filling breakfast-inspired quesadilla for your next Sunday brunch! Yes, this recipe does include bacon (because what’s brunch without bacon?), but you can choose to omit that ingredient for a healthier version.

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Ingredients: (Yields 1 quesadilla)

  • 2 strips of bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tortillas
  • cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 jalapeno, small dice
  • 1 small red pepper, small dice
  • 1 small orange pepper, small dice
  • 1/4 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • goat cheese

Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Slice the bacon strips into smaller cuts and add to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate.

In the pan with the oil and reserved bacon fat, scramble the 2 eggs over low heat to your desired consistency. When done, remove the eggs and set aside on a plate.

Wipe the skillet clean, and lay down one tortilla over medium-high heat. On top of the tortilla goes the cheddar cheese, followed by the jalapeno, red pepper, orange pepper, grape tomatoes, cooked eggs, cooked bacon, and goat cheese. After you’re done layering the ingredients, top-off with the other tortilla. Be careful not to take too long layering the ingredients or the bottom tortilla will burn!

I didn’t keep an eye on the time (my apologies!) when making the quesadilla this morning, but lift an edge of the bottom tortilla up to check on color and flip when it looks and feels the way you like! After a bit, repeat the peeking process to ensure that both sides of the quesadilla are cooked evenly before serving.

spam musubi

One of my favorite ways to eat spam is in spam musubi; a Hawaiian dish which is basically a block of gorgeously fried spam pressed on or in between rice and then wrapped with a strip of seaweed. No, I do not know what spam is – and I do not want to know because this treat is wayyy too delicious to give up! Feel free to add additional ingredients to customize your musubi. As you can see in the picture below, I’ve added some eggs into the mix, along with a sprinkling of Bubu Arare (Rice Crackers) for crunch and a line of Kewpie Mayonnaise because I can, because I wanted to, but mainly because it just takes the musubi to a whole another level!

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Ingredients:

  • sushi rice
  • spam
  • seaweed
  • scrambled egg (optional)
  • bubu arare (optional)
  • kewpie mayo (optional)

Directions:

  1. First you make a batch of sushi rice following this sushi rice recipe.
  2. While the rice is cooking up, remove the block of spam from the container (this might require a ton of banging) and then cut them into 1/4 inch slabs. Fry these slices of spam in a flat stovetop pan until they are seared and crispy on both sides.
  3. When both the spam and the rice are ready, scoop enough rice to cover half of the seaweed (or all of it!) and place the spam on top of the rice. Layer on any additional optional toppings you desire.
  4. To finish, roll the spam in a similar fashion as you would following these sushi rolling tips and seal with rice. Easy and yummy!

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back with a bowl-geance

Hello world! I’m baaacckkkk~ And finally able to spend some time in my own kitchen again! For those of you who may not know, the past few months I’ve been working first as a garde manger line cook for the main dining room at the one-Michelin starred NoMad restaurant before being selected to join their bar team (responsible for one of the best burgers in the WORLD according to Bloomberg). Not taking Chef up on his offer to join the team after my ICC Externship and making the conscious decision to leave the restaurant and not pursue a career as a professional chef is bittersweet. For me, although I loved working in the kitchens of a fine-dining restaurant (one that’s also internationally known for its chicken), I also love life. And unfortunately life and being a part of society AND having the time to put into the relationships that I deeply care about just wasn’t feasible for me with the hours I was working. Let’s be real, we’ve all heard that work-life balance as a cook is pretty much nonexistent, but that was something I didn’t truly understand until I was one. Even on the occasional Mondays or Tuesdays that I had off of work, I didn’t spend the day frolicking in the sun as I thought I would, but instead slept in before spending the rest of the day nursing cuts, burns, and sore muscles – symptoms that somehow miraculously disappear though as soon as I put on my kitchen clogs and chef’s whites.

There are many factors that went into this decision, but in the end, I just wasn’t willing to sacrifice enough to pursue what I had thought was my dream career. So although I am a little lost right now, at least I know that I am in the right field and hands-down want to continue working with food. Tomorrow I will be flying out on an adventure to Vietnam to spend some time with two of my loves, but when I’m back, you will find me sniffing the streets of NYC for good food and my next culinary journey! For now though, I’m finally back to functioning on normal daylight hours, and back with a bowl-geance.

Please continue reading for the recipe for this dinner bowl featuring brown rice, roasted carrots & broccoli, seared sausages, scrambled eggs, and semi-dehydrated plum tomatoes.

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brunch @ Annabel (NYC, US)

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Annabel is the perfect place for a late-brunch with friends because PIZZA. Seriously, this gruyere, applewood bacon, eggs, brussels, chili flakes is one of the BEST PIZZAS I’ve had to date! The vibe of this neighborhood restaurant was fantastic and the pizza portions were generous. I was feeling pretty good at two slices but had to eat a third because IT WAS JUST THAT GOOD. So given that I ate half a pizza by myself (don’t judge me until you try this pizza), I recommend that if you come to Annabel, split the pizza with a friend to avoid having leftovers 🙂

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delicious tomato, onion & cheese omelette

On the days when you wake up too late for breakfast and it’s almost lunch time, but you still kind of want your breakfast – omelettes are the way to go! Working with the ingredients I have in the fridge, here is a super simple but delicious tomato, onion & cheese omelette:

omelette

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avocado toast two ways

Brunch-type foods are my favorite, and today, I’m featuring avocado toast topped two different ways! The steps are so straightforward, and you can put practically anything you have in your fridge on top. Lucky for me, I had some leftover pan-seared salmon!

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