Comfort Food

There is nothing more satisfying than a meal that warms the cockles of your heart. Some things that come to mind are Toasted Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup, Avocado Tacos with Alfalfa Sprouts or Shoyu Chicken with Brown Sweet Rice. These things conjure up a pleasantry in my mind that is difficult to describe with words. Just thinking about them brings a smile to my face and a warmth in my inner most being.

My breakfast today certainly can fall into this category, not because it was familiar as comfort foods usually are, but because the flavors brought such a sensation that remembering it makes my entire body smile (yes, even the tips of my toes). You may ask, “What did you have that could possibly cause such abandon?” Well it was as simple as an omelet and stir fried rice made elegant with the various components that sent me over the edge.

Let’s start with the rice. It was simple, left over rice that I found in the fridge. Well, maybe not so simple in rice terms. The rice was Jasmine rice cooked with freshly grated ginger and coconut. At least that’s what it was before I transformed it into Stir fry for Breakfast. Put 1T olive oil in a pan and add 1C each of chopped onions and chopped celery. Add 2C leftover rice, 1T minced garlic, 4T water and 2T oyster sauce. Get it nice and hot then enjoy.

The next thing was the omelet. I love omelets when they are done right. My favorite is to make individual 1 egg omelets so each person can enjoy their own. We had some leftover lump crab which I thought would make a great omelet. I started out with 1 green onion, sliced, and 1 very big mushroom (stuffing size) chopped. Once these were heated up I added 1/2 C drained lump crab. Remove from heat. This is enough filling for 2 – 1 egg omelets. Scramble 1 egg and add to hot pan. Turn heat to low swirling the egg mixture around making it even. Add approx. 3 T grated Jarlsberg cheese. Jarlsberg cheese is the best choice when making omelets of any seafood nature. Once the crab mixture has gone on top of the cheese, put 1/8 Avocado, chopped then sprinkle with Spike. Give the omelet a blast of heat before folding and serving.

It doesn’t really matter what time of day it is or what type of meal you are in the mood for. Comfort foods are just that – foods that comfort.

October 29, 2009 - 1:37 pm jen - mmmm.....avocado tacos! and yellow neck squash with butter and season salt! Love it!

March 6, 2011 - 1:20 pm Gail Bowen - Aloha! We are back in the frigid flatlands. Paul was craving a bit of beef and ran to buy us a couple of steaks. He is requesting a reminder of your great marinade and spices when you grilled those delicious steaks and whipped up that yummy meal for us. xo-Gail

March 10, 2011 - 4:09 pm rebecca - Sorry I took so long to reply. We're on Kauai again...anyway I'm not sure I remember what I marinated the steak with. Possibly I used some Oyster sauce?

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