Saturday, March 28, 2009

Chicken in a Hole-- and my cooking mojo is back!

Finally! My head cold is healed, for the most part. My cooking mojo is coming back. This sure was lousy timing for me to be chosen as random blogs on two foodie blogrolls. Great! Newbies must think that the only I can cook are breakfast.

Forgive me! All I could eat were eggs, oatmeal and cream of wheat! Besides, my husband (who is culinary impaired) can make those things-- and nothing more! Honest! Come back and visit later. I promise I'll cook things a lot more challenging. Really. But, thanks for visiting...and not leaving a comment. Sniff.

Today, Spring is in full swing in Monterey, California. I don't mean to upset those of you who are freezing cold-- but it's in the mid 70's, and the cover to my Weber is coming off. Today, I am grilling a turkey! Well, let's call them "turkey parts". I bought a turkey breast and two legs. Consider this my maiden voyage to grilling turkey for my first time.

I'm also grilling asparagus and I'm going to see if I can replicate something I absolutely love-- oak grilled artichokes. Oh, how I love those! Restaurants charge about $7.00 a piece. I paid less than a $1.00 for locally grown 'chokes. I believe I have to steam them, then grill with olive oil and balsamic. I'll see if I can make a nice garlic aioli for dipping! Don't hold your breath-- today, I am in "self-taught grilling school".

I just did some Spring Cleaning in the bedroom-- fresh bedding, towels and disinfected all bathrooms. I do not want germs to reignite my illness, thank you very much. I got hungry... as, in I want to eat now. The last few days, I've been eating very little (quick diet is the only reward).

I hunted around and remembered I had some sour dough bread that needed to be eaten, or turned into croutons. Hmmmm, eggs and toast?

A childhood memory popped up-- cook eggs inside slices of bread? What's that called? I can't remember! Eggs in nests? Toads in the hole? Whatever! I lightly coated my skillet with olive oil, and used a biscuit cutter to make holes. What do I do with these? Toast 'em!

My son, who was devouring an industrial sized bowl of cereal nixed me on an offer for a plate of these-- until he saw hubby and I sitting down to enjoy.

Kids. At least I got to photograph them. At first, I didn't even want to blog about eggs....again!
Flipping his eggs weren't as well executed as ours. Don't pay attention to ugly egg whites. (Yes, I'm highly critical of my own work.)
I just love to dip my bread in egg yolk. It's so unlady-like, but I can't help myself.
I don't think I need to post a recipe for this, now do I? But, if you can remind me of what this is called I'd appreciate. I'm feeling old and forgetful.

I really just wanted an excuse to blog about something and to say that my cooking/baking mojo is back! Yes, I can cook!

Hang in there-- I've had plenty of time to view my fellow bloggers recipes. I have a long list of things I want to cook and bake. Coming into season, in the Salinas Valley are Driscoll berries. Oh yeah! I live ten minutes to their cooler, where I can buy freshly picked berries at wholesale.
I just bought more herbs to plant and I'm schmoozing "Mr. Fix-It" into building a raised garden bed for me. He's not going for it. Maybe I should ask Donna, at My Tasty Treasures for tips. Yikes!

I'll be back-- especially if the Meyer Lemon pudding cakes turn out, as I hope that they will. That's dessert-- unless I read more blogs. I could change my mind 50 times by then.

Oh, I'm feeling so much better! Oh. I think I'll skip eating eggs for a while. My cholesterol is okay, but there are so many fresh vegetables and fruits to choose from.


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Donna-FFW said...

Glad youre feeling better Debby.. This dish looks perfect to me. I am such an egg dipper, myself!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

This is one of my favorite weeknight dinners! For some reason, breakfast for dinner really appeals to me!

Monica H said...

Eggs in a basket??? Not sure what they're called, but they look great. I love the little toast rounds with jam, so good. I had some a couple weeks ago from Cracker Barrel, but I can't remember what they called them either.

I absolutely loves eggs and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, so I don't mind :-)

Coleen's Recipes said...

My grandkids call them "dipping eggs" and I could eat them for breakfast lunch or supper. You really have a nice web page!

Anonymous said...

DO NOT apologize for breakfasty foods! I LOVE breakfasts, and can eat them any time of the day!
and I love dipping bread in egg yolks, too! I think it beats any soup! by the way, it's called eggs in the basket! I even checked!

Elyse said...

So glad you're feeling back on your feet! I'm in San Fran, and even the weather here has been fabulous! My mom always called this dish "Bull's Eye," but I don't think I've ever heard anyone else call it that. Whatever its name is, it looks delicious!

Culinary Wannabe said...

I love eggs - keep 'em coming! Glad to hear you are feeling better, we are working our way there as well. At least the dog is better! ha - that was a lot of fun! Can't wait to hear about the artichokes!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

That's it! Eggs in a basket. Thank you for jarring my memory.

And, thank you, for leaving comments. It's fellow foodies, like all of you, who make food blogging deliciously fun!