Saturday, June 29, 2013


Quick post -

A lot of weekend mornings we make homefries.  They're so easy to make and so delicious. 

This morning was a homefries kind of morning.  They won out over tofu scramble because I want to save the tofu for something else.

Actually, I learned (Thanks wikipedia) that if one were to add onions and bell peppers to the mix this magically transforms Homefries into Potatoes O'Brien.

(I have to pause to explain that while I write this, our cat Max is trying to drive me insane.  He is not allowed to walk on the kitchen table.  I think its gross when cats walk on kitchen tables or counters or anywhere you put food because they stand in their litter boxes.  Gina argues that I let Bob jump onto the sink in the bathroom to drink out of it and we keep out toothpaste there.  I really have no backing argument to that but I continue to let Bob drink out of the sink in the bathroom.  Anyway, Max keeps jumping up on the kitchen table, and I keep picking him up and puting his heavy ass back on the floor - from which he immediately jumps back up.  The only solution to this, for some reason, is to shake a plastic bag at him.  It works every time.)

Back to potatoes and breakfast:

POTATOES O'BRIEN (with a smoky twist)

What you'll need:

6 medium sized potatoes (chopped into medium cubes)
1 large red onion
1 bell pepper (I used green but use whatever you've got lying around)
1 tbs olive oil
non stick cooking spray
soy sauce
1/2 tbs garlic powder
1/2 tbs smoked paprika

Whatchooo do:

0.  Put on The Besnard Lakes album "...Are the Dark Horse".
1.  Put your cubed potatoes into a stock pot and then cover them with water, but only just enough to cover them completely.
2.  Bring the potatoes in the water to a boil on your stovetop and then turn the heat to medium/high-ish and cover them letting them simmer for 15 minues.

3.  In the meantime, chop you onion, chop your bell pepper.

Now, while the potatoes boil do whatever dishes you have lying around, play with the cats, talk to your wife about how you love this Besnard Lakes album and then get into a kind of/sort of argument with her about how they do not sound like a billion other bands and their songs are not all really long and boring.  Walk away from this argument, its not worth it.  (She's wrong).  Change the subject, go back into the kitchen to check the potato time and then still realize you have like 5 minutes of potato boiling to wait out.

4.  Once the timer FINALLY goes off, pour the potatoes into a strainer.

5.  Heat in a pan the olive oil, once hot add the potatoes and flip them a bunch to coat all of them with olive oil.  Turn the heat down to medium and then cover the potatoes and let them cook undisturbed for 5 minutes.

6.  Flip the potatoes gently and spray with nonstick cooking spray.  Re cover and cook for another 5 minutes occasionally flipping them.

7.  Add the peppers and onions and spices.  Then add the soy sauce, enough to get the tops of all of the potatoes you can see.  Stir everything well and re-cover for 3 minutes flipping occasionally.  Traditionally salt and pepper are the only things you use but I wanted the smoked paprika for some smoky mystery and I like the way the soy sauce tastes as a substitute for just plain old salt.  The garlic powder just made sense to me.

8.  ENJOY.

Now imma figure out what to do with the rest of today.  Maybe get a haircut.  Maybe walk on the Montour Trail.  IDK.

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