"Suggestions" No. 1 : Chicken, Veggies, and Eggs
I took a month away from Sarasota and now I'm back, subleasing for the summer in a house that isn't mine with an absurdly nice kitchen and amazing lighting. So of course it feels like a fresh start and a time for new ideas.
I've always wanted to be a food blogger so badly but can't ever seem to find the time or space to create and test recipes, photograph the results, and write up blog posts in a timely manner. My first blog attempts were geared towards food and were so bad (but so earnest) that I'm never never never posting those photos. In the year since then, I've made a lot of progress with photography in both style and technique, but the fact is that I'm still a terribly inconsistent blogger. I'm just not sure I'm cut out for that ultra organized blog process. That said, I love reading blogs and looking at food photography and so with the lighting in the kitchen just this way, there's no way I could not take food photos, and no way I could avoid posting them.
Additionally, I am the absolute worst at following directions, be it an Ikea chair or a recipe from my favorite cookbook. Likewise, writing out (remembering) exactly how I made something is not my strong suit. In some of the dishes I post, the recipe might include extremely vague measurements - my justification is that everyone cooks according to their own tastes and so this is actually a good thing! Of course, my inattention to detail is a weakness to be worked on, but for now, I think it goes along with the haphazard aesthetic of these posts, which are not so much recipies, but...
Here's a new shot in the dark, and like the rest of this very lazy blog, it's all on my terms - hence the name "suggestions", rather than recipes. While I'm in this house, I'll take advantage of the fantastic lighting and spacious kitchen to document my cooking, show off the results, and develop my food photography style. So here's my first "suggestion". Hope you enjoy.
Chicken, Veggies, and Eggs
Is this breakfast? Is this lunch? I'm going with either or but not both, not a brunch item, seeing as it doesn't look cute enough to be served alongside mimosas or something. However, it's delicious, pretty healthy, versatile, and the colors - red, yellow, green - pop together beautifully.
I made mine with:
- chicken, 1 serving (I used tenders)
- broccoli, a few florets
- 1/8 of a yellow bell pepper
- 2 mushrooms
- 1 green onion
- 2 small eggs
- butter, salt, pepper, to taste
- maybe cheese, if you're feeling it
- lots of sriracha
I started by pan-frying the chicken in butter until lightly brown on both sides. Add in all the veggies at once, plus the seasonings, on a low heat. Once the mushrooms are a little browned, crack two eggs right over the whole thing. Allow to cook for as long or short as you damn well please; I'm a big fan of leaving the yolks runny and unbroken if possible. Throw cheese + sriracha on top once removed from heat.