Saturday, July 23, 2011

Huevos Rancheros

Friday night we invited our good friends and downstairs neighbors, Julio and Ligia (the "g" is pronounced as an "h"), to a Saturday brunch at our flat and boy was it well-timed. Seth decided to wake up at 5 am and cried for about 30 minutes straight.  This is not typical as we usually put him in bed with us if this happens so we can get more sleep, but Taylor thought it was time for us to stop rescuing him.  Instead, he made sure Seth had both pacis (extremely important detail for sleep inducement), and stood over his crib rubbing his back while Seth cried about the inhumanity of not being able to get up at 5 am. I cringed as I prayed he wouldn't wake up the whole building and fought not to disobey my husband and whisk Seth out of bed. I consoled myself with the fact that at least we could try to make up to Julio and Ligia with brunch.

Taylor volunteered to be in charge of breakfast, and I happily handed over the reigns of the kitchen.  He is a great cook but doesn't often have the time to make a full-fledged meal (I must say he helps me out a lot while I cook and always cleans up after me!)  Since this brunch was a little impromptu and I am sort of a planner (I'm not being ironic here - organized, I am not) when it comes to cooking for people, he knew this would be the best course of action in keeping a stress-free Saturday.  I just can't throw something together without at least one trip to the grocery store ahead of time.

Not because our kitchen is spare, but because I would probably be missing one really really important ingredient.  Like eggs.  Or butter.

OK, I'm not giving myself enough credit, because after Taylor asked (maybe this is the wrong word) me, "we probably don't have eggs..." as he started heating up the frying pan for HUEVOS Rancheros (for you non-Spanish speakers out there, huevos means eggs), I was able to point him to our fridge stocked with eggs. Ha!  Pretty good for the end of the week if I do say so myself.

Anyway, I decided I'd help him out since he got up with Seth and did the whole breakfast routine so I could sleep 30 minutes longer.  My contribution was salsa - our stash was majorly diminished due to it being the end of the week.  I even realized to my shock and delight that I had all of the ingredients to make Elizabeth's Cinnamon Buttermilk Muffins.  Uh, score!  Too bad I can't follow directions before drinking all of my coffee because I totally combined the butter and sugar for the topping because, well, I prefer my light and fluffy buttermilk muffins to be overpowered by a thick, chewy cinnamon sugar coating (irony has returned).

All in all I had enough butter and sugar left to re-do the topping, the huevos were perfect, and Julio and Ligia promised they didn't hear a peep from our flat this morning, so I think it was a success.

Taylor's Huevos Rancheros

Butter or cooking spray
Eggs - 2 per person
A bag of grated cheddar cheese
Tex-Mex Salsa
A package of tortillas

**Are you noticing the difference in how Taylor and I do recipes?  Totally different cooking styles indeed!

1. Warm tortillas in oven.
2. On medium heat, place frying pan on burner and melt butter.
3. Fry eggs over easy (yeah, I cannot fry an egg to save my life which is actually kind of sad because this is the only way I will eat them. I won't touch them if the yolk isn't runny.)
4. Place 2 eggs on top of warm tortilla, top with cheddar, top with salsa, dig in.



zoha said...

Sound delicious :)

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