Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Brunch - Omelets and Sweet Potato Slices

Breakfast, or brunch, has always been one of my specialties. My youngest daughter once invited five of her friends to use our house as a stop over point in their travels and knew that I would get up and make them a fabulous breakfast.

My daughters are grown and gone now and it is just me and my partner, of over 12 years, for meal times. Sunday is our Saturday around here because my partner works Tuesday through Saturday. It is a very lazy day of sleeping in and getting around to breakfast when we get around to it. Like today, I started cooking around 12:15 p.m. I already knew what I wanted, Sauteed Portobello mushrooms and onions with a little yogurt and Havarti cheese in an omelet and roasted sweet potato slices.

Having this blog, A Poet's Kitchen, (and knowing that I am going to be posting photos) had me rethinking what I was going to do. I realized that, first off I didn't have foil (which I shouldn't be using anyway) and the roasting pan/cookie sheet I have has seen better days. That will be going on my list of must buy asap. So I nixed the roasted sweet potato slices in favor of my sweet potato slices on my iron griddle.

Isn't it funny how we look at things differently when we know someone else is going to see it? I'm a little embarrassed to show it to you but in the interest of full disclosure, here is the pan I won't be using anymore (except maybe with parchment paper which I can't use when I am using oil).


This is what I did instead:

Peeled and sliced about 1/2 inch thick.

Put them in boiling water for about 7 to 10 mins. just until tender.

Brown them on the iron griddle with butter.

And Voila! Sweet Potato Slices.
Now for the omelets:

Slicing and dicing mushrooms and onions with my favorite knife.

Putting them in the skillet with white wine & butter

Mmmm... just right!

Three eggs with milk, salt, pepper, and tarragon in coconut oiled skillet.

placing the sauteed mixture, spoon full of yogurt, and havarti cheese.

The omelet that mostly stayed intact that I gave to my partner.

And my omelet that kind of fell apart but was so yummy!

That's it for today! I haven't decided what new recipe I'm going to be trying this week, you'll just have to come back to see for yourself!

Morgan Dragonwillow: Rebel dancing with words, intuitive cook, recovering perfectionist, poet & author that (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo, and you can find her at, A Poet's Kitchen, cooking up simply delicious meals. She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she's a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn't.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tackling the Kitchen - Completing and Organizing

Last year, in the spring, I began a project in the kitchen to make it feel roomier than it is. The kitchen is smaller than some people's closet! I decided that the dark brown on the cabinets had to go (and the doors on the upper cabinets to be removed permanently) because otherwise, it felt like a very small cave.

Before I removed the doors and painted the cabinets.

It really did feel like a cave.

Only one person can work in this part of the kitchen at one time
and if the dishwasher is open, the refrigerator can't be opened. 

I completed the removal of the doors and the painting but didn't finish the bottom half or get the doors back on the bottom cabinets.

I love how the cabinets turned out with the white paint!

The first project will be to complete the remodel and start organizing.

Lucky for me, though the kitchen is small, there is lots of counter space. Now to get everything off of them that isn't needed.

Maybe next year I can take the wall down and make the kitchen bigger. Keep your fingers crossed!

Watch the before video below to see what I will be working on this coming week!

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Do you have a special project in your kitchen or garden? Are you working in small spaces and making the most of them? Do you like to experiment with your recipes?

I would love to hear your space saving tips!

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Poet's Kitchen

Oh how exciting! I am starting a new food blog, I know you are probably saying, "Not another food blog, how could this possibly be different from all the other food blogs out there?"

From last years community garden.
This is a daring poetic adventure through my kitchen and patio garden, and eating organic on a budget.

Starting from scratch!

  • I will be posting pics of my before photos of my patio that is frankly quite a mess, that I plan on transforming into a lush, organic herb and vegetable garden using every nook and cranny.
  • Showing you how I use small spaces in my -not quite finished- kitchen.
  • How I use fresh and organic (as much as possible) ingredients on a budget to cook intuitively delicious meals
  • And I will be sharing kitchen and garden exploits through poetry. 

Lots of poetic foodie adventures to come! Trust me, you won't want to miss it!

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