Sautéed Tomato and Garlic Fried Egg with Gorgonzola

If you’re thinking posting this week has been sporadic then you’d be right. Remember when I said that I thought we were on the mend? Well that only appears to have been half correct. I am much better. The Kiwi on the other hand got much, much worse. Between doctor’s appointments, pharmacy runs, working on the re-design that I really want to go live before Oktoberfest begins and trying to convince the Kiwi that he really must eat something, I’ve been on the struggle bus.

Something that makes all of this easier? Eggs. The Kiwi won’t eat much, but he’ll eat eggs. Needless to say, there have been a number of different egg combos whipped up in the kitchen this week, but the favorite has been this one.

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Sautéed Tomato and Garlic Fried Egg with Gorgonzola

olive oil
1 tomato, cubed
1 clove of garlic, pressed or minced
2 eggs
2 ounces gorgonzola, crumbled
2 large crackers or a piece of toast
basil optional

Start heating your pan on medium high heat. When it’s starting to get hot, add your oil and wait a quick minute for it to heat up too. Cube your tomato and prep your clove of garlic to press. When the oil is hot, add the tomatoes and press your garlic. Give it all a stir and leave it to cook for a couple minutes.

Push the tomatoes to the side and crack your eggs into the pan. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt and pepper then let them cook on one side for about 2-3 minutes or until the whites are looking pretty firm. Very carefully {you don’t want to break the yolk!} flip them. I’m a runny yolk fan, so I tend to only leave it on this side for 45 seconds to a minute, but you be the judge.

Transfer the egg to the cracker then top with the sautéed tomato and garlic, gorgonzola crumbles, and, if you’re so inclined, a bit of basil.

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Couscous with Tuna and Tomatoes

Until 2012, I think it is safe to say that I had never had couscous, which is absurd. It’s now one of our pantry staples. While it might not be a whole grain, it is the perfect vehicle for lots of tasty dishes and a staple in a number of cultural cuisines.

The first time I had couscous was on an evening when the Kiwi had volunteered to cook. At the time I had an hour and a bit commute to and from work every day, so I never hesitated to take him up on that offer. The thing is though that whenever he volunteers to cook, he refuses to tell me what he is making. {I have come to realize that this is because he has no clue what he’s making until about 6pm, but that’s beside the point.} The point is, I had no clue what I was going to be walking into.

The first thing that hits me when I walked through the door was fish. Really, he hit me with a fish.

No, that didn’t happen. I’m just kidding. The whole house did smell like fish though, and I was a bit skeptical. I had no reason to be.

The Kiwi is a great cook, and that is because he follows directions well. He likes to have a recipe and generally sticks to the recipe pretty closely {as opposed to me who views recipes as mere suggestions}. Following a recipe from the free e-cookbook by Jules Clancy called Stone Soup: Minimalist Home Cooking, he had made a warm, garlicky tuna and cherry tomato salad over couscous {pg. 59}. It was outrageously delicious, and {bonus} the fish smell didn’t even linger.

Despite my best efforts, I’ve yet to come up with anything that improves this recipe. It is pretty perfect and so is the book. The whole book is full of simple recipes that use 5 ingredients {or less} that you probably already have in your panty. There are very few processed ingredients to be found in the book which is absolutely the type of recipes we like. Oh, and have I mentioned it’s free?

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The Caprese

Yesterday, around lunch time, I realized we had no bread and then I commenced with the panicking. Most of y’all in the States are thinking ‘So what? Go to the store you lazy bum.’ Not so fast my friends. Three words that really make you pay for any lapse in meal planning preparedness. Sunday. Shopping. Hours. As in, there are none. Grocery stores, retail stores, some restaurants. All closed. Coming from the land of 24 everything, it’s not my favorite thing about living in Germany. I mean, I understand the wonderful things it means about their society {kudos Deutschland} but sometimes I just really need some bread on Sunday.

So what is a girl to do? Naturally I scoured Pinterest for a quick bread recipe because the Kiwi was getting kind of hungry. I found this quick focaccia recipe and immediately started remembering all of the amazing focaccia with olive oil and balsamic we had in Italy. I was sold. You can’t really go wrong with olive oil and balsamic on fresh focaccia bread that is still warm. You know what else goes really well with that? Tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil from the garden.

Again, kind of like the fried egg and tomatoes, this isn’t as much a recipe as just a simple sandwich you an throw together in no time flat. {That is of course unless you’re making the focaccia too in which case it’s going to take about an hour.} In the end we were pretty pleased with our meal planning fail.

Kiwi+Peach: The Caprese

The Caprese

2 large slices of focaccia bread {or half a loaf of your own}
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 smallish tomatoes {or 1 large one}
1/2 of a ball of buffalo mozzarella
5-6 leaves of fresh basil
1-2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar {depending on your taste}

Slice the focaccia and pour the olive oil over the bottom slice. Then slice your tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil. Layer the tomatoes and mozzarella until the bread is covered and then sprinkle on the basil. Pour the balsamic over the top and close her up.

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Fried Egg with Tomatoes, Feta, and Avocado

In keeping with our breakfast items for dinner theme this week, I thought I’d share one of my go-to last minute dinners. This isn’t really a recipe to write home about. It’s just a bunch of delicious things piled on a plate and called a meal; however, the simplicity of it really lets you taste all of the flavors and they are beautiful together!

If you follow us on instagram you already know this, but we have a tomato!! That my friends is something to write home about. We grew that! From a seed! {Please note that this is the first thing I’ve ever grown in the history of ever, so please pardon my over-enthusiasm for our tiny little tomato baby. This is a big day.} I can’t wait for the rest of them to really come in so I can try this recipe with fried green tomatoes!

Fried Egg with Tomato, Feta, and Avocado

Fried Egg with Tomatoes, Feta, and Avocado

olive oil
4 eggs
2 smallish tomatoes
1/4 cup feta, crumbled
1/2 of an avocado
4 fresh basil leaves
fresh ground black pepper

Start heating a pan on medium high heat. While its heating up, I go ahead and slice the tomatoes and place the slices on our plates. I also crumble the feta, slice the avocado, and slice the basil into strips.

Once the pan is hot, add a bit of oil to the pan {just so the egg doesn’t stick}. Crack an egg into the pan and let it sizzle away for about 3 or 4 minutes. Then, very carefully, flip it and let it cook for 1 or 2 more minutes depending on how runny you like your egg. When its finished, transfer to a plate and repeat for the remaining eggs.

Once all the eggs are cooked and in place, top with the avocado, feta, basil, and black pepper and enjoy!

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Veggie Drawer Pasta

A big part of cooking for two is planning your meals so that you can use leftover ingredients before they go bad. For the most part, I’d say that the Kiwi and I do pretty well on that front, but we certainly aren’t perfect. Veggies are the hardest for us. We always end up with random halves just hanging out on the veggie shelf.

It’s always handy to have a couple super flexible recipes up your sleeve so you can just use up anything that is about to go off. This is one of my favorites for using up leftover veggies. You can throw just about any veggie in this and it’s going to taste great.

Veggie Drawer Pasta

{heavily adapted for two from Goddess of Scrumptiousness}

The Marinade
2 chicken breasts
1 Tbsp olive oil
juice from 1/2 of a lemon
zest from 1/2 of a lemon
salt and pepper

The Tomatoes
15 cherry tomatoes
1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper

The Pasta
4 oz whole wheat pasta

The Veggies
1 Tbsp olive oil
whatever you have on hand {I’ve had success with zucchini and bell peppers, but spinach would be great too.}

The Garlic Sauce
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp whole wheat flour
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup chicken stock

Preheat the oven to 300F/150C.

First we need to put our chicken in to marinate. Cut your chicken breasts in to bite sized pieces. In a small bowl mix your marinade ingredients together and toss the chicken in. Coat well with the marinade and put it in the fridge until you’re ready for it.

Slice your cherry tomatoes lengthwise and scatter them on a lined baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and toss on your rosemary, salt, and pepper. Give it a stir so that all the tomatoes are covered and pop it in the oven for 45 minutes.

Take a break. Have a nice glass of tea and peruse Pinterest for a bit.

When the tomatoes have about 20 minutes left start heating a large pan on medium high heat. Boil your jug and start heating a large pot on medium high heat too.

When the jug finishes boiling put your pasta on. Cook according to the directions in the package {usually 11-13 minutes for whole wheat}. When the pasta is finished drain the water and set it to the side.

Chop the veggies you’re using into bite sized pieces and grab your chicken from the fridge. When your pan is nice and hot, pour in the olive oil and add your chicken and veggies. Let cook them cook for about 3 minutes on each side.

Now we’re going to get fancy with the sauce. Push the chicken and veggies to the edges of the pan making a whole in the middle like a donut. Drop in the butter and when it’s melted sprinkle with flour. Add your minced garlic. Slowly add your chicken stock whisking while you pour to avoid clumps. Stir your chicken and veggies in with the sauce and then let it simmer away for about 5 minutes our until the sauce is thick enough for your liking. Add the pasta to the pan and mix well. Plate up and top with the roasted tomatoes and some yummy parmesan cheese.

Fried Egg BLT

Today was mad crazy for me. Most days I really look forward to cooking dinner. My evenings in the kitchen are my me time, and I love that I get to create something everyday. But we all have off days. Today was one of those days. I needed something quick and easy that required minimal brainpower because it’s Friday and I’m running on severe sleep deprivation. Today’s recipe is the perfect dinner for a busy day, and, bonus, you probably already have all of the ingredients in your fridge.

Fried Egg BLT

The Goods
4 slices of bacon
2 eggs
1 tomato, sliced
2 lettuce leaves
2 buns

The Dijonniase
2 Tbsp mayo
1 tsp whole grain sweet mustard
1 tsp whole grain spicy mustard
pinch of salt and pepper

Fry the bacon on medium heat. If you can get maple or peppercorn bacon, do it! It’s super tasty. Since the only bacon we can get here in Munich seems to be the basic stuff {or in large chunk form}, I always add a couple of grinds of pepper and a bit of maple syrup to the pan when I’m cooking the bacon, but I’ll leave that to your discretion.

While the bacon is cooking, prep for the rest of the sandwich. Slice your tomato, grab your leaves of lettuce, slice the bread, and make your dijonnaise.

We don’t use dijonnaise very often, so there really is no point in taking up valuable space in our tiny fridge with a jar of it—especially since it is just a combo of mayo and mustard, which we are going to have in the fridge anyway. You can whip this up in a fraction of a minute. Promise. Just mix it all together.

When the bacon is done, set it to the side and get to frying your eggs. The bacon grease should be enough for your eggs not to stick, but if you want to add a bit of olive oil to be on the safe side go for it. Crack your eggs into the pan and let them cook until the bottom is pretty solid. Carefully flip them over. The goal is to not break the yolk. Depending on how you like your yolk {runny, completely done, etc.} cook them for a bit more. I like mine runny so I usually only do about 30-45 seconds on that side.

When your eggs are done, its time to build your sandwich. Spread the dijonaise on both sides of the bun and layer up your goodies. On days like this I serve it with salt and vinegar potato chips {my weakness} and tell myself we have enough veggies on the sandwich. If you’re feeling ambitious, whip up some sweet potato fries or green beans.

Creamy Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Let’s talk for a minute about boiling water–because we are full of racy content like that here at Kiwi + Peach.

One of my favorite foods is easily freshly cooked pasta of the whole wheat variety.  I could probably eat it every day.  Unfortunately {or fortunately for my waistline}, before I met the Kiwi, I didn’t really make it much because it took so darn long to boil the water.  Seriously, unless you have one of those Kelly Ripa induction stove tops that boils water in 90 seconds {and if you do, I’m jealous}, it takes at least an hour to bring that big pot of water to a boil.  Okay I’m exaggerating, but it really does take a while and I, for one, do not have the patience for that.  In the past, my solution for this was to cook the whole package of pasta once I got the pot boiling, and I would freeze what I didn’t eat.  This, however, usually led to overeating and to pretty average tasting pasta after it had been thawed.

Kiwi and Peach: Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Cut to the first time I cooked pasta for the Kiwi. After I finally find the pot {we were at his house}, I filled it up with water and put it on the stove.  He, lovingly, asked me what the heck I was doing.  To which I replied “I’m making pasta.  What does it look like I’m doing?  Dinner will be ready in an hour because I have to wait for this massive amount of water to boil.”  He then, lovingly, filled up the kettle, or jug as we like to call it, and flipped the switch.  In less than two minutes the water was happily boiling away.  He added it to the pot, which I had emptied, and less than a minute later it was already back to a boil.  So simple.

Of course, I still cooked the whole package of pasta and made him eat pasta for a week, but that is beside the point.  I have since learned how to cook for two, but most importantly, I have learned how to boil water in less than 5 minutes.

What about you? Growing up, did you use a jug to boil water for pasta? My mom is very anti gadgets so its entirely possible its just a weird family quirk that caused me angst all these years.  Or is it more a difference in our American vs Kiwi upbringing?

Kiwi and Peach: Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes

{adapted for two from Flourishing Foodie}

The Roasted Tomatoes
10 cherry tomatoes
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt

The Sauce
1 ripe avocado
1 clove of garlic
½ tsp salt
juice from 1/2 a lemon {or about 1 tbsp}

The Pasta
4 ounces {100 grams} whole wheat linguini
about 1 Tbsp salt
about 1 tsp olive oil

Preheat your oven to 300°F {150°C}.

Rinse your tomatoes and then cut them in half lengthwise.  Line a baking sheet with baking paper and scatter the tomatoes on it.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt and, if you’d like, any herbs you have laying about.  Give them a toss and put them in the oven for about an hour.

Your kitchen will smell amazing!  Go be productive for a half hour {or browse Pinterest}, and come on back when your tomatoes have about 20-30 minutes left.

Boil your jug and start heating a large pot on medium high heat.  Pour the water into the pot, add a bit of salt and a bit of oil, and bring back to a boil.  Add your pasta and cook according to the package directions {usually 11-13 minutes}.

While the pasta is cooking, scoop the yummy parts of the avocado into a food processor.  Add a clove of garlic, salt and pepper, and squeeze some lemon juice in there as well.  Turn it on and mix until it has a creamy consistency and is mostly lump free.

When the pasta is finished, drain it and return it to the pot.  Add the avocado sauce and mix well.

Go ahead and plate the pasta.  The tomatoes should be finished by this point, so strategically place them on your pasta {making sure to hide a few extra in yours}.  Garnish with freshly grated parmesan and fresh ground black pepper and enjoy!

Kiwi and Peach: Avocado Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes