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oh, it's just an ordinary brunch

I don't have anything really exciting to share with you but I do like to share a couple of super easy brunch sets and you can definitely try to make them for your family or friends over the weekends.  Brunch is probably my most favorite meal for two reasons: 1) I wake up rather late and 2) I prefer to drink a glass of lemon water first after I wake up in the morning and follow by an orange to boost my vitamin C intake.   Then, I wait about an hour or so to eat some wholesome food.  :) 

I love making egg dishes and I love pairing eggs with the spongy and salty taste of english muffins.  It is so easy to make.  Sometimes, I really don't get why people would bother to pay for an unhealthy and not so cheap considering the quality of the breakfast from MacDonald when you can just make it in less than 15 minutes.  Not that I've never had those breakfast sets from Mickey D's before.  The only reason why I had those was because home-cooking and healthy eating never crossed my mind.  And I certainly wasn't aware of the harm for eating fast-food.  I guess it was normal when we were young.  We tend to value other things over health like we would rather sleep in for an extra 15-30 minutes than getting up to make a wholesome breakfast.  I had this illusion thinking I could conquer the world without realizing how important health was until my body started reminding me that I'm no longer a spring chicken.  Mehh! 

nothing special but this breakfast/brunch is so easy to make...  :) 

Servings: 2 persons

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes 

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

2 eggs, scrambled or whatever way you like

1/2 onion, thinly sliced

2 kraft cheese

1-2 tbsp butter

2 english muffins, halved and toasted

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions for the sandwiches: 

1) Preheat a frying pan on medium-low heat, add olive oil and cook the onions for 10 minutes.  Reduce heat if the onions start to burn.  The key is to use slow heat to caramelize the onions so the sweetness of the onions could release. Once the onions are cooked, heat off and set aside.   

2) Preheat another frying pan or you can use the same one on medium-low heat, add butter and cook the eggs either scrambled or whatever ways you like.  Heat off.  

3) Butter the english muffins and combine the sandwich with onions, cheese, and eggs. 

Instructions for the fries: 

1) Please go here for the recipe.  

Here is another super easy brunch using the simplest ingredients.  I think I must've got inspired by a lot of other bloggers and other famous chefs such as Jamie Oliver.  

Servings: 6 mini frittatas

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients: 

1/2 zucchini or Chinese squash (I used Chinese squash here because its taste is quite similar to zucchini and easily found in Asia), cut in small cubes or thinly sliced

8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved

50-80g organic feta cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 bunch of chopped spring onions or chives

2-3 tbsp melted butter

4 large eggs

1/3 cup milk

Instructions: 

1) Preheat the oven at 180ºC.  Get a muffin tray and brush the melted butter inside of each muffin cup.  

2) Add zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and feta.  Season.  

3) Mix the eggs with milk.  Season just a bit if you like.  Pour the egg mixture to the muffin cups.  

4) Sprinkle parmesan cheese and some chopped chives on each muffin cup.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  

5) Let the muffins cool down for 1-2 minutes before serving.  Add more fresh chives on top and serve with your favorite condiments.  Enjoy!! :) 

let's take the authenticity of cacio e pepe to the next level.. :)

Before I move onto tapping my keyboard to share this easy Roman dish recipe, please hear me out first(before I forget).  I'm no writer so coming up with words for this blog can be quite challenging.  I have a lot of thoughts running in my small head but I often hesitate to reveal them.  Some of the reasons are : A) I honestly don't think my life or thinkings are "that" interesting enough to share through the internet B) My English vocabularies are very limited C) English is my second language but it is also the only language that I feel comfortable to write in.  I know it would take years of practice and study to become good at blogging.  So if you are reading this right now, please bear with me and try to focus on my recipes instead. :)  I'll continue to come up with more interesting topics to share with everyone and I need some time to grasp everything.  It's not easy to maintain a blog and be able to grip that consistency with an aesthetic sense.  And for that, I have a profound respect for many talented bloggers out there.  Hands down...

this dish was inspired by a trattoria in Milan (sadly, I forgot its name)

cacio e pepe, a simple Italian dish that requires very few ingredients

Servings: 1 person

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: 

100g spaghetti

1/4 cup grated pecorino

1/4 cup grated parmesan

1 tsp black pepper

extra-virgin olive oil or unsalted butter

1 tbsp garlicky breadcrumbs* 

* recipe is here.  

Instructions: 

1) Bring a pot of salted water to boil, cook the pasta according to its package label.  Reserve 1 ladle of pasta water. 

2) Preheat a frying pan with oil/butter on low heat, add black pepper and fry for 2-3 minutes.  

3) Add a ladle of pasta water and cooked pasta to the pan.  

4) Add the grated cheese and mix well.  The pasta water and cheese combination should create a milky pasta sauce.  Heat off to avoid losing the sauce and clumping the cheeses.  

5) Garnish with more grated cheese and breadcrumbs if you like before serving.  

my profound respect for pita bread... :)

These little pockets are so light and healthy.  They are perfect for my greedy appetite because they are not as filling as the regular bread and I can stuff more goodies into these pockets without feeling bad! haha..  

Ingredients (for 1 person): 

2 eggs, scrambled

2 slice of cheese

3-4 cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered

1 handful spinach or mixed greens 

1 pita bread, halved

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 sprig basil, chopped

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:  1) Preheat a frying pan with oil under medium low heat.  2) cook the onions to its caramelized state.  3) transfer the caramelized onion to the pita  4) cook the eggs and transfer to the pita  5) add cheese, greens, and tomatoes  6) garnish with basil and serve..  so easy and quick YET so presentable! :) buon appetito!