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The End of the Darkest Days: Breakfast Tacos

Belatedly, due to the constant rush around here these days, I present our featured Dark Days dish: breakfast tacos.

Oh, wait.  Those are kumquats.  We had some of those for breakfast, too.  Seeing as how this was the last day of the Dark Days 08-09 Challenge, we decided to hit the nearby Sunday farmers’ market and see what goodies were for grabs.  I couldn’t pass up these beautiful, sweet, tangy little citrus fruits.  Nor could I stop eating them.  A day later, they were all gone.  As was the bag of blood oranges, which we turned into a delicious and dramatically-hued juice.  But anyway—breakfast tacos.  I know I have that picture here somewhere…  Ah-ha!

They consisted of spiced potatoes served with eggs scrambled with cumin, onion, and cilantro.  Be honest…Have you noticed that we do a lot of Mexican ’round these parts?  It’s true.  In part, that’s maybe a consequence of living in the Southwest, but it’s certainly also a consequence of the fact that Mexican food is delicious.  These breakfast tacos are, as they should be, most yummy, but they are also simple.  They’re so simple, in fact, that they don’t require a recipe.  Just go wild! We used our finds from the farmers’ market: red potatoes, fresh cilantro, onion, the first tomatoes of the season, pepperjack cheese, and spinach.  Here’s the general gist of what we did to make those very yummy potatoes.

I scrubbed, cubed, and boiled four or five red potatoes until barely fork tender, then drained them immediately.  Meanwhile, I heated a bit of oil in a pot and sauteed a a whole onion, a teaspoon or so of whole cumin seeds, and a bit of crushed red pepper or cayenne powder over low-medium heat until the onion was soft.  I then turned up the heat to medium and added a chopped tomato, cooking until that was soft.  I added the potatoes, some salt and pepper to taste, and a bunch of coarsely chopped spinach leaves and cooked just until wilted.  Finally, I tossed it with a handful of chopped cilantro, loaded some pepperjack on it, and served it up alongside eggs, salsa, and corn tortillas.

Reflections on Dark Days to follow, along with a Big, Important Update for you.  ¡Hasta pronto, y buen provecho!

6 comments

6 Comments so far

  1. Chris @ Beyond Ramen March 17th, 2009 7:31 pm

    Looks beautiful! When I got home, my family had bought a smorgasbord of random vegetables that I haven’t been able to use up and this sounds like a good remedy for that :P Thanks for the idea!

  2. Mangochild March 18th, 2009 1:14 am

    The kumquat picture is beautiful. Really. I never get tired of looking at your pics. Even though I don’t eat eggs, I bet this recipe would be great all on its own as a side (or even a main) dish… well, once we eventually get tomatoes over here that is! Is this the usual time they start coming in for you?
    And the Big Important Update…. now you have me curious :-) How is Hippo doing lately?

  3. Kimmus March 19th, 2009 9:09 pm

    Oh good, you are alive…I was getting worried :) Those kumquats are so good, aye? I got some at the farmer’s market a few weeks ago, and just like you…poof, they were gone. It’s magic! That breakfast burrito looks scrumptious too! And yes, how is Hippo…and how are you?

  4. Laurel March 20th, 2009 9:52 am

    I know…I am sorry that my blogging rate has dropped off to nonexistent. :P I’m juggling projects, classes, looking for a car (!), and soon to be starting a new, full-time, on-site job. It’s crazy ’round here, and blogging is paying the price for sure. I shall endeavor to do better. :)

  5. Kimmus March 20th, 2009 10:53 am

    You don’t have to be sorry. Anytime we hear from you, it is a treat abd of course we can never get enough of you. Don’t stress that pretty little face of yours though, we will survive…just post when you can and know that it will bring a smile to our faces. (The only reason I said that earlier was b/c I had sent a few e-mails to you, but I am wondering if I have the wrong e-mail address…or maybe you haven’t been able to check your personal e-mail for a while). Too-da-loo and hope it gets a little less crazy for you soon :)

  6. [...] end the challenge, Laurel visited the farmer’s market and found everything needed for breakfast tacos. A bit of spiced potato with scrambled eggs, onion and cilantro, pepperjack and spinach. Mmmm, now [...]

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