Saturday Sandwiches Sushi Bagels

Layer your Saturday bagel with sushi flavors, like cucumber slices, wasabi cream cheese and smoked salmon.

Layer your Saturday bagel with sushi flavors, like cucumber slices, wasabi cream cheese and smoked salmon.

Good morning and happy Saturday.

If you ask me, Saturdays should be about lazing around, reading the paper, making a third pot of coffee, having a good lunch then taking a long nap. Bagels are my perfect Saturday lunch. They’re quick and easily customized to fit your mood.

I find recipe ideas everywhere, including magazine advertisements, which is where I got the idea for this week’s Saturday Sandwiches segment: Sushi Bagels. I think it was an Einstein Bros. ad that had layered all of the typical sushi ingredients on a bagel. My husband and I love sushi and we love bagels so I figured it would be a win-win and it was. This kind of food is the very best, packed with flavor yet taking seconds to put together.

Of course, I’m not entirely sure now that it was an Einstein Bros. Bagel ad, I’ve googled it and can’t find it so if you are a Mr. Einstein Bros. Bagel man, my apologies.

This is too simple for a recipe so I’m just going to tell you what to do.

Toast a bagel or three. Mix a teaspoon or a tablespoon of wasabi paste into a couple ounces of cream cheese. Start by adding a teaspoon and taste after blending. Wasabi is spicy so start slowly if you aren’t used to it.
Add slices of peeled cucumber and top with smoked salmon or crab or shrimp. Top with slices of avocado. I would have but we were out and I’m trying not to run to the store for just one ingredient. Serve.

Your turn, tell me what you like on your bagel? Who makes your favorite bagels?

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Links I Love #31

Links I Love #31

Links I Love #31

Food:

Check out the best cooking advice ever. I agree wholeheartedly with #s,26, 27 and 30, “don’t be afraid to set off the smoke alarm.”  Which tips do you think are best?

Here’s what’s happening on the food scene in 2015.

Coffee is my favorite flavor ever and when it’s in the form of espresso poured over a frozen sweet, even better. I could have written this.

My life is infinitely easier when I have meals in the freezer for busy days. I didn’t realize I could also freeze marinades. See if there’s something on this list you didn’t know about freezing.

2014 seemed to be the year of the cauliflower. Here’s one more recipe.

 Not Food:

When Mr. 11 was in my belly, I read to him every night, frequently a Dr. Seuss book like One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish or Go Dog Go or Green Eggs and Ham. Good news for all Seuss lovers, last year the late author’s wife and secretary found a few long-lost manuscripts, one of which “What Pet Should I Get?” will be published in July. See more here.

Your turn, tell me what you’re loving this week.

 

 

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Must See Movie: Chef

Chef is a Must See Movie

I love reading about food, that includes blogs, websites, magazines, newspaper columns and cookbooks, I’m not nuts about food television shows. They’re okay but don’t hold my attention. I did watch Paula Deen’s show back in the day because she reminds me of my late Grandmother.

However, I just fell in love with a movie centered around food: Chef. You must see it if you haven’t already. If you’re on Kitchen Serf, you must have a remote interest in food so you should watch it. But if you stumbled here because you thought you were going to see photos of kitchens surfing, you should still go see it. Chef is especially great if you’ve ever had a father and/or a son or failed to grasp the many nuances of Twitter.

Jon Favreau stars as the Chef and he’s perfect.  The movie does a good job showing the struggles that chefs have in balancing the demands of restaurant owners, who are focused more on turning a profit than allowing chefs to display their creativity and skill. Chef also delves into the precarious relationship between chefs and food critics.

I watched Chef on Netflix. I think it’s also available for on-demand on Amazon for $2.99.

Have you seen it? Tell me what you thought? Are there are other food-related films I should see? I watched Chocolat years ago, thought it was okay. I saw Like Water for Chocolate in college and absolutely loved it.

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Why I Don’t Blog About Breakfast

Why I don’t blog about breakfast? It’s quite simple. Eggs sicken me. Eggs should be banned from everyone’s breakfast table.

Mr. 46 and I agree on a lot of things but breakfast is not one of them. He lives for sunnyside eggs and ham. I'm a high fiber gal and a glass of milk on the side gal.

Mr. 46 and I agree on a lot of things but breakfast is not one of them. He lives for sunnyside eggs and ham. I’m a high fiber cereal with a glass of milk on the side gal.

My weirdness about eggs didn’t start with me. I’m pretty sure I inherited it from my parents. (Hi M.D.! M.D. is short for Mommy Dearest. That was one our bonding moments in 1980-something, going to see that Joan Crawford scarefest.)

I hate going to a restaurant in the morning. Tables are laden high with plates full of yellow, runny eggs, questionable fluffy white bits that are who knows what. The smell nauseates me. The click and clack of forks on china knowing that sound represents eggs being shoveled into mouths hurts my ears.  Watching strangers eat eggs makes me want to hurl. Seeing bits of egg get trapped in a mustache or a beard is one of the worst sights.  The idea of even drinking a cup of coffee in a restaurant full of strangers eating eggs sickens me.

If I was in charge of the whole world, and frankly, I should be, everyone would eat high fiber cereal and milk for breakfast, that’s my standard. Sometimes I’ll have a coffee yogurt instead or a coffee shake or once in a while a chocolate croissant but only if served cold or at room temperature, never warm, never. Warm, oozy chocolate might bring up visions of oozy egg. And then you know, blech into the trash can.

I don’t think I have full-on ovaphobia. I can, on occasion, eat a hardboiled egg or a cheese omelet, if it’s really well cooked and prepared by either myself or my mother.

But Mr. 46 and Mr. 11 LURRRVVVVVVVEEEEE Eggs! They really love eggs sunny side up or scrambled. (excuse me while I gag into a trashcan). And this is proof of how much I love them. I spend countless weekend mornings making eggs for them that I can barely look at.

Your turn, tell me in the comments what kind of food phobias you have. I won’t laugh, promise :) How are you with eggs?

cereal and milk

Cereal, preferably granola or Fiber One and a glass of milk is what I eat most days for breakfast. Eggs? Once in a very great while and only if I or my mother have prepared them.

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Links I Love #30

Links I Love #30

Links I Love #30

Hola mi amigo, welcome to edition#30 of Links I Love (formerly titled Really Great Things). I’ve got a link to an easy, stellar d.i.y. craft plus ideas for luring you off the paleo/gluten-free/mountainman/cavewoman diet you’re on.  Let’s get to it and don’t forget to link up or comment on any links you love :)

 Food:

Don’t laugh but cooking a hard-boiled egg has long been a challenge for me. I’m Very Finicky about how eggs are prepared but we won’t get into that now. I’ll just say that eggs need to be well-cooked for me to eat them without barfing them up. When I hard boil an egg, I tend to overdo it and I either burn it (bet you didn’t know that was possible) or I’ve cooked it so much that it’s really hard to peel. So, I was thrilled to see this quick how-to video from The Kitchn.

I’m always looking for lunches to eat with one hand like this one.

We here in New England are having one of the most challenging winters ever with weeks of sub-zero temperatures and record-setting snowfalls. We’re worried winter is going to go straight into next December. All I want to do is eat carbs, specifically macaroni and cheese by the bucketfull, and hibernate. And another food confession for you, I’ve never made macaroni and cheese from scratch successfully. How sad is that? I’m thinking this is the winter to conquer my macaroni and cheese block. Since my last crock-pot lasagna was so successful, I’m thinking I should start trying a few slow cooker versions of mac & cheese. What do you think? I’m eyeing this one and this one. If you have a good mac & cheese recipe, would you send it to me at jennifer.r.osborn@gmail.com? Try googling macaroni & cheese recipes. I got  9.24 million results from that query so I need help weeding those down.

Don’t you love those days when afternoon coffee spills into cocktail hour? That’s why I need this drink for lazy winter weekend afternoons.

When I turned 45 last month, one of my girlfriends brought me a triple chocolate homicide cake or something to that effect. This one from Chocolate, Chocolate and More looks similar and even better, starts with a cake mix :)

 

Not Food:

Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters can show you how to make this Glitter-Dipped Mug in just a few steps.

Ann Marie from White House Black Shutters can show you how to make this Glitter-Dipped Mug in just a few steps. Photo Courtesy of White House Black Shutters.

I’m not a crafty person but this glitter-dipped mug from White House Black Shutters looks so great I want to try. Go here to see how Ann Marie did it.

How cute is this story?

Did you know black dogs have a harder time getting adopted than other, lighter-colored dogs? One woman is working to change that.

Your turn, tell me in the comments what links you’re loving lately.

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