Monday, August 15, 2011

UnRecipe: Put a Bird's Egg On It

The Portlandia "Put a Bird On It" meme has certainly seen a lot of mileage, but I'd like to start a new, more delicious meme of Put a Bird's Egg On It. Seriously. It just makes food better. See...?

If you liked it then you shoulda put an egg on it - Photo by Wasabi Prime

Truthfully, I welcome any excuse to make pasta carbonara. I rather like saying "pasta carbonara" because it sounds far superior to "eggs n' bacon with noodles." Italians do scrappy leftovers with style, si? I actually made this heaping dish of happiness a while back, using some farm fresh eggs with ridiculously bright yellow yolks. If you ever have the opportunity to get a hold of fresh eggs, do so -- you'll notice the richness of the flavor and just the look of the yolks are eye-popping. Sunshine-yellow, creamy yolk-y goodness. Not that you can't enjoy this dish with grocery store eggs, but yowza, that color. Too pretty, right?

As you can tell, I'm all over the place on these posts in terms of when dishes were made -- the eggs were originally from Once in a Blue Moon Farm, out on Orcas Island, when we made our late spring trek out there. Even as hard-boiled eggs, they were delicious, enjoyed with some cured meat and fresh bread from the local bakery. Not that it's news to anyone, but the simplest high-quality ingredients can be all you need for a really good meal. And it doesn't need a lot of prep time. In the case of hard boiled eggs with some meat and cheese, the most amount of time spent is getting the water to boil, and that's plenty of time to slice up some things and pour yourself a glass of wine. You'll be on glass number two by the time the eggs are done.

Thanks for the nomz, chickens - Photos by Wasabi Prime

Another simple, but tried-and-true meal of enjoyment is, of course, Brinner. Breakfast for Dinner, as coined by the TV show, Scrubs. Maybe this term existed before, but no one relished it quite like the character Turk, who would celebrate with glee when his girl would make it. Maybe it's a guy thing. Or maybe it's the fact that there's a reason breakfast is the one meal that diners and greasy spoon restaurants serve it at all hours -- it just tastes really good. I had made a skillet hash of cubed ham, sweet potatoes, onions and whatever else we had in the crisper, cooked some bacon in the oven, and served it all up with fried eggs on top. All around 6pm on a Sunday night. It's kind of a lazy night. You know you have to go to work the next day and for most people, breakfast is really celebrated on the weekends, since you actually have the luxury of time to either make it or go out for a nice sit-down meal. So having fried eggs with hash for dinner is a nice way of saying, break the rules and enjoy the simple things. All thanks to putting a bird's egg on it.

Sunday Brinner - Photo by Wasabi Prime

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  1. When I read the headline, I went right to Beyonce's Single Ladies song so I was roaring with laughter. I like puttin' a bird's egg on it too. ^_^

  2. Those eggs are so fluorescent!! Wow!! The color...carbonara is my favorite too :)

  3. These are gorgeous photos! Your last photo has increased my hunger ten-fold. I'm headed to the kitchen now and I think I will put an egg on it. Thanks!

  4. Fabulous! I love anything topped with an egg :)

  5. Those eggs look so good! Now I am craving some pasta.. it's been forever since I've had carbonara.


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