Poached Egg Breakfast Muffins

poached egg breakfast muffins

Something unusual happened yesterday. My husband woke up early, and he cooked breakfast for us. On a weekday! Whaaaaat is this madness?

These poached egg breakfast muffins are delicious, healthy, and quite easy to make. We split 1 wheat English muffin in half and toasted both pieces. They muffins were then topped with spinach sauteed with garlic; a slice of fresh tomato coated with olive oil, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese; and a poached egg. Yum!

poached egg breakfast muffins

Christmas (Food) Traditions

Today, I present to you a photo-list of my family’s Christmas (food) traditions.

Christmas Eve

  • all-you-can-eat buffet
  • Filipino food
  • more desserts than your second stomach can handle

Christmas Eve
My plate at one point during the evening: paella, beefsteak, palabok (NOM NOM NOM — I ate a lot of this…), lechon, and fresh lumpia.

Christmas Eve
Lechon. Lechon, lechon, lechon. I know how bad you are for me, but you are oh, sooo good.

Christmas Day

  • salad
  • butternut squash soup
  • wine and fancy sparkling sodas
  • delicious vegetables & potatoes
  • meaaaaaaaaaaat (prime rib)
  • even more desserts

Christmas Day
Roasted beet salad, butternut squash soup, and Italian soda.

Christmas Day
Prime rib! Ready for feastin’.

Christmas Day
Prime rib and gravy served with roasted red potatoes and Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon.

And as if that wasn’t enough food…
My mother-in-law likes to cook at least one requested food/dish for each family member that comes home for the holidays from far away. Nick’s request was lobster, and lobster we got.

Home for the Holidays 2011

Home for the Holidays 2011

I’m not gonna lie. After all this, and even more foodie adventures in SoCal, I gained a couple of pounds when I should’ve been working towards losing. I’ve only got one resolution this year, and it’s to get back in shape and to a healthier weight!

The Only Restaurant Worth Eating At in Narita International Airport

You can argue all you want, but I believe there is only one restaurant worth eating at in Narita International Airport: Fujiya Ginza Restaurant (不二家レストラン).

  1. Who can resist Peko-chan?
  2. Who can resist delicious Western-style Japanese dishes such as omurice (omelette rice) and Hamburg steak?
  3. Who can resist parfaits?

Hamburg steak, steak, and chicken
Hamburg steak, steak, and chicken

Omurice and Tempura Ebi
Omurice and tempura shrimp

Mr. Hamlet Parfait  Mrs. Queen Parfait
Mr. Hamlet and Mrs. Queen Parfaits

We eat here before every flight back to the US, partially because our answer to the three questions above are “Not me!”, and partially because we dread the dinner and breakfast menu choices that United serves us on our 8-10 hour flights home. The spinach egg oval-shaped “omelette” and steamed sausage are NOT real food, United!

Fujiya Restaurant, Narita Airport
Teishoku Lunch Set with Hamburg steak, katsu, and vegetable side dishes

Fujiya Restaurant, Narita Airport

A tall parfait which Nick and I shared the first time we ate here :)

Fujiya Ginza at Narita International Airport

Pasta and Seafood Gratin combination, which comes with a drink and parfait

Fujiya Ginza at Narita International Airport

Pasta and lasagna combination, which comes with a drink and parfait

Fujiya Restaurant, Narita Airport

A display of all the menu choices!

Vegetable Frittata

Frittata

Well, this is just terrible. I threw away the recipe by accident, and so now I’ll have to try and remember what I did three weeks ago when I made this to clean out the fridge before my trip home to the US. I read through a couple of blog posts about cooking up frittatas before I attempted my own: the kitchn’s Weeknight Recipe: Potato, Red Pepper, and Feta Frittata, Just Bento’s Rice cooker frittata with summer vegetables, and Simply Recipe’s Spinach Frittata Recipe. It was my first time to make (and eat) a frittata, which to me is basically a hearty omelet. Looking back on those posts now, I basically modified the kitchn’s recipe and skipped the oven-baking since I only have the microwave-oven-toaster oven combination that is so popular in Japan, and no oven-safe skillet.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 6-8 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • shredded mixed cheese for topping
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Saute onions with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the potatoes and cook.
  3. Add the broccoli, bell pepper, and thyme and cook.
  4. Mix the eggs and Parmesan cheese together. Add to pan and stir the vegetables until the eggs are evenly distributed.
  5. Cook 5-8 minutes on one side, covered with a lid, then attempt to flip it over without breaking it* and cook the other side for another 5-8 minutes, covered.

*I broke mine. ;)

I think I added the shredded cheese on top before flipping also, so it melted into the frittata after flipping. I used the lid to help retain heat since I wasn’t planning to bake it in the oven.

What to do with leftover frittata:

Freeze it! That’s what we did.

We took some out of the freezer yesterday and re-cooked it in a pan, chopped up and mixed with Taco Seasoning. We used it as a filling with chorizo sausage, salsa, and cheese to make breakfast burritos. :) Mmmm…

Fondue for Two

Nick's Birthday at Cannery Row

Happy birthday to my best friend and loving husband!! ☆彡

November is a really exciting time of the year for us because five really amazing things happen:

  1. his birthday
  2. my birthday
  3. Thanksgiving
  4. Black Friday
  5. Christmas excitement kicks into full gear

Nick's Birthday at Cannery Row

This year for his birthday, we had dinner at a chain restaurant here in Japan called Cannery Row known for its pasta, pizza, and cake. There are several locations across Japan, and I am lucky enough to live near one.

Here’s how it works… first, you choose a main course. They have a variety of pastas, some of which are actually Italian pastas, and some of which are Japanese; a variety of thin-crust pizzas; and a few other options which might only be available for pair or group dining, such as fondue and paella. We choose the fondue for two set, which was a plate of bread, sausages, and vegetables served with a pot of cheese fondue. It also comes with your choice of pizza to share.

Nick's Birthday at Cannery Row

It costs approx. 2,000 yen per person, but the main course includes 1) drink bar, complete with an espresso/cappuccino/latte machine and hot teas; 2) salad bar, which is not just limited to salad but includes soup, bread, ribbon pasta with seafood, olives, green beans, shrimp, roasted chicken, a fondue fountain, and other small appetizers; and 3) dessert bar, which is full of Italian desserts, such as tiramisu, panna cotta, gelato, and some seasonal items (for example, a kabocha pumpkin tart). Not bad for about $20 USD. The restaurant is open for lunch as well, and that is the only time you can pay for access to the salad bar only, without ordering a main entree.

Nick's Birthday at Cannery Row

Nick's Birthday at Cannery Row

Nick's Birthday at Cannery Row

The food at Cannery Row is really good. I’m really happy that there is an Italian restaurant that serves pasta and pizza that actually taste like foods I ate back home, and weren’t catered to Japanese taste. I’m even happier that it comes with dessert bar and cappuccino. It’s like icing on the cake, with custard and fresh fruits. <3


This post was submitted to the November 2011 J.Festa: Dining in Japan!

It’s Strawberry Season!

A few new Limited Edition things in japan

1) What happens when you combine Nestle Aero with Nestle KitKat White? Well, you get… Nestle Air in White. But, they didn’t quite get the airy texture right, so it just tastes like a less wafer-y, more cream-y chocolate-y KitKat. Which is not necessarily a bad thing!

2) Kochakaden Desserts latest flavor… Strawberry Mille Feuille Milk Tea. I had the chocolate flavor a while back, and it was goooood. I only expect good things from this bottle too.

3) and Pepsi’s latest Strawberry and Milk flavor. Um. Yes, you read right. Strawberry and Milk. It tastes a bit like strawberry, a bit like milk, a bit like Pepsi, and just all around sweet. It’s pink. Very, very pink. And, I kind of like it.

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