It was time for a change. It had been coming for a long time now. The only thing holding me back these last few months was time and patience and technical know-how. I plugged in pieces here and there and asked for help everywhere else. There will still be some developments and visual changes in the near future but this is my new place now. For good. New address, permanent switch. It was a long time coming but I’m finally home. And it feels good.
Before I start I would like to thank everyone who answered questions along the way and specifically to La Fuji Mama for help with designing my header. Thank you so much!
Thanks for dropping by and having a look around.
I’m looking forward to the year ahead. There are big things in store. All thanks to you.
…Happy new year!
A new year, new start. It ended just days ago but it seems distant now. Never to be forgotten but stored away tight. There will be time to remember, just not on this occasion. There’s life waiting to be lived. So that’s what we did. My wife and I enjoyed the first day of the the new year doing things we don’t normally get to do. We caught up on some much needed sleep, spent time by each other’s side while reading and writing and, after a couple of quick trips to the kitchen, we enjoyed some afternoon time together eating food. Comfort food. Healthy food. Off to a good start.
Time is important. It disappears like gypsies. We take moments for granted, assume things will repeat themselves and everything will always be good. It doesn’t. It’s not. Some days are a struggle. Other days come too easy. We make mistakes and carry on. We live, always learning. The first chance we have after the dust settles on the fireworks that end the year, we sit down and talk. Reflect and list goals. Always looking to improve. On the past year, on ourselves. We sit around the table with paper tightly clamped in our hands and we name the things we want to accomplish. No resolutions, just goals.
When I was young I lived for the chance to make resolutions. But they lasted as long as it took the ink to dry on my standard issue paper pad. Most years. They weren’t substantial. Enough. It was more a list of things I didn’t want to do or moments I didn’t want to relive. I had to think bigger. It took years to think that way, almost until the time I met W. So out went the resolutions, they hold you back. And it thankfully erased all those empty resolutations of years past.
The first day of the new year growing up was usually spent around the dining room table enjoying brunch. The morning usually starts later than most and because of that breakfast gives way to brunch, with plenty of good eats and tea and coffee and juice. We would pass the food around the table and load up our plates with eggs and cheese and meat and potatoes. We would talk about the night that was and the agenda for the following year. Be healthy. Eat better. Every year.
Every year I vow to be healthier than the one that passed. We both do. Eat better, be healthier. And it’s not as complicated a goal as it sounds. It’s about time management and planning. Two things we always seem to be fighting because of lack of time. We’re busier than ever before and we are afforded less family time. Home time. So we take shortcuts and cheat. It’s easy. It’s cheap. It’s bloody harmful. Yes, even in moderation. So this year I hope to be including some friendlier meals for you, health-wise and heart-wise. For you, but also for us.
And it’s already started. We woke up late on the first and spent some time together before our hunger called to us. I escaped to the kitchen to make these baked eggs. It’s probably the easiest breakfast you could ever make. I chopped up some fresh rosemary and sauteed some pancetta before chopping them up and that was pretty well it. Easy. I added them with some single cream, parmesan and eggs to make this wonderful breakfast. That and some juice and it felt like I was back home as a kid all over again.
One thing happened along the way though. It wasn’t planned. It never is. And it was fairly scary. I added some toast soldiers to the oven on a baking sheet and, faster than you could blink or forget about them, they caught on fire. Within seconds those small individual fires had enveloped into one large fire. I turned off the stove. Kept the door shut. And I called 911. We grabbed our dog and went outside to wait for the firemen.
I was calm but anxious. My wife was more worried than I was, but I tried to keep her calm. I was pretty sure that if I didn’t open the door the fire would eventually be suffocated. But I wanted to be sure. And safe. Lucky for us the fire station is about two blocks away so the big, shiny red machine started down our street within a couple of minutes. Three men more prepared than I stepped into the house and went straight for the kitchen. It was already out. Thankfully. He grabbed the pan and the now completely burnt toast and threw it out back of the house.
I was right, thankfully. It doens’t always happen that way. The lack of oxygen killed the flames. I gave my wife a much needed hug and we came back inside and opened up the windows to let some of the smoke escape. We sat down and checked the Internet for things to do in case of an emergency. All kinds. Grease fire, electrical fire, etc. It helps. Even if it just triggers something in your mind when something bad starts to happen. ( At the bottom of this post you’ll see a very important thirty second video on what to do in case of a stove top fire. Watch it. You might already know but it could save your life.)
A new year, new start. Each year comes and goes but this one seems different. Feels different. I told my wife this will be the best one yet. I have a feeling. It got off to a bad start but it’s behind us now. Only big things ahead. Better things. 2012.
From my kitchen to yours,
- 2 tbsp. butter, for greasing
- 8 eggs
- 1/4 cup Parmesan, finely grated
- 2 tbsp. rosemary, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp. nutmeg, grated
- 6 slices pancetta,
- 4 bsp. single cream (18%)
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Set aside 4 x 1/2 cup ramekins, lightly greased with butter. Then, start a kettle and bring to a boil and have a small roasting pan available.
- While the oven is preheating, saute the pancetta over medium-high heat for 2 minutes per side, until slightly browned. Remove, and pat with paper towel and then chop. Reserve.
- Add 1/2 tbsp. of single cream to the bottom of each ramekin along with the nutmeg and half the rosemary.
- Carefully crack the eggs into a bowl before transferring to the ramekins. Transfer two eggs to each ramekin and season with salt & pepper. Add the other 1/2 tbsp. of cream around the edges of each ramekin and top with the remaining rosemary. Add the grated Parmesan over top.
- Place the ramekins in the roasting pan and add enough of the boiling water so it comes up a third of the way up the ramekins.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until the white of the eggs are just cooked.
- Serves 4.
P.S. Here’s the video. Watch it. Pass it on.