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today’s breakfast: asparagus with fried egg

This is one of my favorite dishes to make because: 1) it’s easy, 2) it’s quick, 3) just look at it!Β  I really don’t know what else to say.Β  The directions are so simple and you end up with a fancy looking dish. Β Asparagus + egg + cheese= good start to the day! πŸ™‚ Recipe for Asparagus with fried egg courtesy of: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/asparagus-with-fried-eggs Drizzle steamed asparagus with olive oil. Top with a sunny-side-up egg and shaved Parmesan; season with salt and pepper. Advertisements

4 different ways to cook tilapia

I had four pieces of tilapia in the fridge so I decided to cook them four different ways to see which would be the best.Β Β  I mean, why eat all four pieces the same way when you can mix it up right? πŸ™‚ Here are the different ways I cooked the fish with a quick recap: 1. Panko crusted tilapia: breaded with flour, egg, panko & fried in a pan. Soft, flaky fish with a nice crisp. * check out this recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/panko-tilapia-317044 2. Parmesan crusted tilapia: breaded with parmesan cheese, paprika, parsley & baked in the oven. Simple, cheesy & flavorful. * recipe from: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/five-ingredient-recipes/parmesan-crusted-tilapia 3. Pan seared tilapia with capers: breaded with flour, pan seared with butter, wine, lemon, capers & parsley. Love the lemony, tangy sauce. * check out my own recipe: https://delishthoughts.com/2013/05/27/pan-seared-tilapia-with-a-lemon-caper-sauce/ * similar recipe but with garlic & shallots : http://www.simplyscratch.com/2013/08/pan-seared-tilapia-with-lemon-and-caper-sauce.html 4. Baked tilapia with garlic butter: garlic, butter & lemon sauce poured over fish & baked in the oven. Soft, buttery fish. * recipe from: http://southernfood.about.com/od/tilapiarecipes/r/bl40121z.htm My favorite was …

tofu with stir fried kimchi & pork

I love Korean food so much. I crave it all the time & can eat it everyday… it’s just so good! One of my favorite dishes is tofu with stir fried kimchi & pork aka dubu kimchi. I always want to order it when I see it on menus. I’ve usually made a less fancy version by just cooking kimchi, onions & spam but decided to try a legit recipe this time. Don’t get me wrong- I love a bowl of kimchi & spam but this was pretty amazing. I felt like I was at a restaurant. It’s spicy and delicious and perfect with a bowl of rice. I made a whole pan for myself and ate it again for dinner the next day πŸ™‚ Recipe for Tofu with stir-fried kimchi & pork courtesy of: http://www.koreanbapsang.com/2010/10/dubu-kimchi-tofu-with-stir-fried-kimchi.html#.UUXOFhxnrrw Ingredients: 2 cups fully fermented kimchi 1/2 pound (230 grams) sliced pork or pork belly 1/2 onion 2 scallions 1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 …

flaky mushroom & gruyere tarts

I recently had dinner at Church & State and ate a yummy mushroom tart and was inspired to try making it myself! I found this easy recipe from Real Simple for my first time making anything with puff pastry! This mushroom & gruyere tart has so much flavor. It’s savory, cheesy, and the pastry is soft & flaky. It all just melted in my mouth. It’s perfect for any meal- breakfast, lunch or dinner! You can eat the tart alone or serve it with a simple salad. I ate one driving to work which wasn’t such a smart idea since there were pasty flakes all over me but I couldn’t wait to eat it. That’s how good it is! Since my first attempt with puff pastry was a success, I want to try making different kinds of tarts now! Stay tuned πŸ™‚ Recipe for Flaky Mushroom & Gruyere Tarts courtesy of: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/flaky-mushroom-and-gruyere-tarts-00000000049745/ Ingredients: 1 sheet puff pastry (half a 17.3-ounce package), thawed 4 tablespoons olive oil 10 ounces assorted mushrooms (such as button, cremini, shiitake, …

today’s breakfast: sweet potato hash

This was the first time I ever cooked with sweet potato or had it in a hash! I felt like mixing it up since I always use regular potatoes and found this recipe for sweet potato hash. There were a few revisions since I didn’t have some of the ingredients at home: I used yellow bell pepper, yellow onion & no green onions. And you can’t eat hash without some eggs! I of course had to add some fried eggs on top to complete the dish. A great, hearty breakfast to start the day! πŸ™‚ Recipe for Sweet Potato Hash courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/sweet-potato-hash-recipe.html Prep:10 min Cook:25 min Yield: 4 to 6 servings Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1-inch cubes 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup green onions 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 teaspoons smoked paprika Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Directions: Add the potatoes to a large saucepan of salted boiling water and simmer …

my Friday night dinner

I’m not going to lie.. I just made an awesome dinner for myself. It’s been a while since I’ve been home on a Friday night so all I want to do is eat a delicious meal and watch TV on the couch all night πŸ™‚ I was craving steak earlier today so I went to the market after work and picked up a New York strip steak. I decided to make myself a little rice bowl with steak, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Just cook your steak how you like (I season with salt & pepper, sear it in a pan and finish in the oven) and slice into strips. The mushrooms were sauteed with olive oil and the bok choy was steamed and then sauteed with oyster sauce. Below is a good recipe for bok choy with oyster sauce. I did my own version with oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil and minced garlic. After everything is cooked, assemble the ingredients on top of rice and top with more oyster sauce. SO GOOD! It’s …

the ramen burger!

Oh shoot, it’s the Ramen Burger! Okay not the real thing but it’s my attempt. I first heard about the Ramen Burger last month when my friend Simon mentioned that it would be making its debut in California at the Ramen Yokocho Fest in Torrance. I was curious but didn’t think it would be worth it when I heard he was going really early and waiting in line. Well, over 800 people lined up and waited for the chance to eat it so there’s got to be something good about it right? First of all, who even thinks to make buns out of ramen? I’m not sure it if it’s genius or crazy but let me tell you, I have not stopped thinking about it and finally decided to be brave and make it myself. It was actually pretty fun making this. Making the buns felt like an experiment. I recommend the two recipes below that I found online. It’s not hard at all to make the buns but it does take some time to …

homemade huevos rancheros

Huevo Rancheros is one of my favorite dishes to order for breakfast but sometimes it is so heavy & greasy at restaurants. I wanted to try making it at home so it would be lighter & fresh. This was fun to prepare and assemble everything. And seriously, a fried egg just makes everything better. It would also be yummy to include ground beef or chorizo but I liked the freshness with just the avocado & tomatoes. I started eating it with a fork & knife but I just picked them up with my hands and devoured away πŸ™‚ Recipe for Huevos Rancheros: Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 can black beans 1 avocado, sliced 1 tomato, chopped 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 cup of salsa 1 cup of feta cheese 1 lime cilantro, chopped 4 corn tortillas olive oil Directions: 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place tortillas on baking sheet and heat for 15 minutes or until it gets crispy & the outside curls up a little. 2. Rinse beans & then heat up …

shrimp scampi for a homemade birthday dinner

My dear friend Jeni was coming over to my place before we went out to celebrate her birthday and I wanted to make dinner for her. I needed a simple dish to make since I had a limited time to cook and eat before heading out to a concert. That’s where shrimp scampi comes in! It’s a pretty quick dish to whip up. I copied the ingredients from this recipe from The Neeleys but didn’t really follow the directions. I bought cooked shrimp so my first step was cooking the garlic, red pepper flakes & olive oil. Then I added wine, lemon juice, zest & butter and let the shrimp simmer in the sauce for a couple minutes. Finally, add the pasta, a little bit of pasta water, toss and add parsley. And with a couple delicious Sprinkles cupcakes on the side, we had a lovely birthday dinner together πŸ™‚ Recipe courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/patrick-and-gina-neely/ginas-shrimp-scampi-with-angel-hair-pasta-recipe/index.html Gina’s Shrimp Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta Recipe courtesy The Neelys Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 20 min Serves: 4 …

my cute little breakfast: baked egg in a ramekin!

Isn’t this such a cute little dish? It’s a baked egg in a ramekin. Yes, I have been obsessed with cooking things in ramekins lately πŸ™‚ I had one egg left at home and a ramekin staring at me so of course I decided to cook it in there. This is a really easy recipe. For the basic ingredients, you just need egg, butter, salt & pepper. Simply butter the ramekin, add cheese & tomatoes & crack an egg on top! You can add other ingredients as you please- different cheeses, mushrooms, onions, ham. There are some recipes out there that call for heavy cream but I didn’t have any and thought it tasted fine without it. Next time, I am going to play with a variety of ingredients and add different things to each ramekin! A Delish Thoughts recipe for a baked egg in a ramekin: Ingredients: egg butter chopped tomatoes grated parmesan cheese salt pepper chopped basil chopped parsley Directions: 1. Pre-heat over to 375 degrees 2. Butter the inside of the ramekin …