english muffin

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!! :) 

a superfood recipe: summery quinoa burger

We all know that quinoa is a superfood packed with goodies and popular amongst many especially for the vegetarians and vegans.  I was introduced to such wonderful ingredient about 7 years ago by Life Cafe in Soho.  I've been eating them since then.  Quinoa is not only good for salads but they make awesome patties for burgers.  That's what I love about cooking, it is full of endless possibilities.  I have been making quinoa patties for awhile but the burger that I had today is my new experiment.  The result was surprisingly delicious and I would love to share this recipe with you.  I used an english muffin instead of a bun and I used a little bit of edamame pesto that I made the other day.  I am very happy and satisfied with its taste.  Please give it a try if you have time this weekend.  :) 

This light burger is perfect for the steamy hot summer.   

I used my favorite A&B American Style hot sauce and blended it with a little bit of mayonnaise and honey.  

A summer veggie burger that is packed with summer flavors.  I added a tablespoon of the edamame pesto I made the other day, the recipe is here.

For the cucumber and radish pickles: 

2 cucumber, shaved

1 medium size radish, shaved

1 tsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp rice vinegar 

Instructions: 

1) Mix them in a bowl and refrigerate for at least 15-20 minutes before using.  

For the hot and sweet sauce: 

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1/2 tsp honey

2 tsp hot sauce

Servings: 8 patties

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients: 

2.5 cups quinoa, cook according to package label*

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1/2 vegetable stock tablet

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 bunch(1/2 cup) chopped spring onions

1 handful chopped parsley

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Cook the quinoa in a small pot with water and add the 1/2 vegetable stock tablet to the quinoa.  After it's cooked, let it cool off.  

2) Get a large mixing bowl, add the chopped vegetables, herbs, quinoa, eggs, grated parmesan, and bread crumbs.  Mix well.  Season. 

3) Preheat a frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil on medium-low heat.  Pan fry each side of the patties for about 3-5 minutes until the patties turn golden.  

Remarks: Please DO NOT flip the patties without frying for at least 3 minutes on each side.  

Ingredients for each burger: 

1 quinoa patty

1 english muffin, toasted

radish and cucumber pickles

edamame pesto

cucumber and radish pickles

a handful of mixed greens

2 thinly sliced roasted beets

hot and sweet sauce

1 tbsp butter

Instructions: 

1) Toasted the english muffins with butter.  Spread pesto on one side of the muffin.  

2) Top with beets, greens, pickles, patty, and a touch of the hot and sweet sauce.  

Every bite is full of summer taste and it is super light.