"I've discovered a meal between breakfast and brunch." Homer Simpson
Brunch is probably my favorite thing about the weekend (aside from not having to work). Cleveland has an incredible food scene, and brunch is definitely a growing niche. The local bars are taking advantage of the rapidly growing demand for brunch and have started opening up on Sunday morning to show the Cleveland foodies what they have to offer. The most disappointment I have experienced while at brunch was simply the fact that a place may be too crowded for us to get it. But that doesn’t deter us since there are multiple other options within walking distance. Cleveland is having a revival, there is no doubt about that. I grew up in northeast Ohio my entire life, and to see the changes that the city has gone through make me proud to be from the CLE.
While we do love going out to brunch, sometimes we want to hang out in bed a little longer, and not venture out and be around people. The fella is really not a morning person. He’s a night owl who loves to sleep in late on the weekend, whereas my body wakes me up at the ass-crack of dawn and I have already gone on a 4 mile hike, hit up the farmer market, and am a hungry little caterpillar by 9:30am. I’ve been semi-banned from drinking coffee due to the “coffee incident” where I had 2 cups from a local coffee shop (Erie Island Coffee for those who need a good caffeine jolt, I got to Traverse City on one cup!) on an empty stomach, by 9am and came back so ridiculously wired the fella had to wake up and help me. I felt like I could take on the world, but could focus enough. It’s like the scene from “Over the Hedge” where the squirrel drinks an energy drink, and the world was in slow motion. I have enough energy on my own. I think this is why he has plans to get us a dog, to keep me busy so he can sleep longer... I’m on to you… Anyways, I’ve been known to grab a giant spoonful of peanut butter to hold me over until he wakes up. I really enjoy having breakfast together; the weekend is the only time we get to do that.
The other week I took advantage of a local guy’s offer of duck eggs. He had an abundance of duck, quail and chicken eggs and put a plea out for someone to please take and enjoy them, he and his wife simply couldn’t eat them all. That weekend, we stayed home, enjoyed a little extra sleep and I fulfilled my mission to make a perfectly cooked duck egg. Eggs are not my strong suit for some reason, so this was a big accomplishment for me. It takes work, but if I can cook a fried egg correctly, so can you!
What you need...
- 1 Duck Egg
- 85g Cauliflower Rice (about ¾ cup), cooked per bag instructions
- 50g Avocado (about ½ of an Avocado)
- 1/2 Jalapeno, diced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Sriracha – if you want an extra kick of spice
- Oil or Butter for the pan
- Combine the cooked cauliflower rice, avocado and jalapeno. Add some salt and pepper to taste.
- Heat a frying pan up to medium heat. Add some oil or butter to the pan, and once hot, add the egg. Sprinkle with some salt and pepper and fry on each side for about 45 seconds - 1 minute. Duck eggs are fairly large, and can take a little longer to cook. For runny/dippy egg lovers, duck eggs will be prefect for you. The yolks are so large, that once you notice the very edge touching the pan start turning that lighter yellow, you know to flip. Make sure you can see that deep yellow (like in the picture) in the middle, and you're golden.
- Place the duck egg on top of the rice mixture and drizzle some sriracha on top. Cut into the egg, let that ooey, gooey, yolky goodness seep into the rice and dive right in!
**This recipes serves one
Macros: 15.5g of Fat, 7.5g of Carbohydrates, 11g of Protein, about 214 Calories (these are approximate, and can vary due to preparation and other factors, so that this with a grain of salt)