I am now officially a co-author over at A Beautiful Mess. I’ve been working with my sister on our main website since January and it’s nice to able to make everything official. We both have personal blogs now too, so I’ve moved over the Everyday Emma. If you enjoyed Food Coma then come on over and visit me at my new blog home. Thanks so much!!!!
Dear Food Coma readers,
Thank you for reading my blog. It really is so nice. You guys totally make my day, and I don’t think I say thank you enough.
Favor: bear with me this week. I’m about to get a new url, a face lift (my blog, not me. duh. geez.) and an overall new little corner of the internet to call my own. I’ll still be making terrible jokes. I’ll still be cooking lots of delicious and often unnecessary food. I’ll still be sharing lots of pictures. BUT. This week I will be migrating my archives from one place to another. Weird little internet chore. And the best way to do this is to stop blogging this week, so I’ve been told. So bear with me (teddy). I’ll be back soon with some changes I think you’re really gonna love.
And in the mean time I got a number of delicious little recipes up my sleeve I will be sharing over at A Beautiful Mess this week.
This week I finally finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I have been slowly savoring this book for the past… few months. I’m trying to remember how this book was recommended to me, but I forget. I’m sure I was sold when I learned that it was about magic. I am a sucker for fiction about magic. I think it’s a condition that everyone who grew up reading the Harry Potter’s suffers from. We are all looking for something to fill that Harry Potter shaped hole in our hearts these days. Refugees.
That got dramatic. Never mind.
The Night Circus follows a little girl and boy who are taught magic in order to compete against each other once they grow up. Their instructors also serve as their parental figures (one literally and one just by default, I suppose) and are responsible for pitting them against each other in a competition that is meant to lead to one of their deaths. The arena for their dual is the Night Circus, also called Le Cirque des Rêves. The characters eventually fall in love and this, well, complicates the competition. As you can imagine it might.
Here’s what I love about this book: the circus. It is glamorous, magical, other worldly and Morgenstern does a fantastic job transporting her readers there. There are so many details and side characters who are involved with the circus that it really becomes a world of its own. I really think this book is worth the read just for the chance to go to the night circus.
Here’s what I didn’t love about the book: the conflict. The characters dilemma, being pitted against the one you love in a fight for survival has epic potential. But, in the end, the conflict feels more like it fizzles out. I also wish the lovers relationship had been explored more. I think it’s a really interesting idea that they both grew up with cruel, isolating parental figures and yet they had no difficulty falling in love with each other. I can see how their upbringing would give them some common ground to understand each other from, but to me it seems like their pasts would have given them major distrust issues. I would have loved to have seen this obstacle confronted, as I think it would have added a level of depth to the characters and their relationship.
Have any of you read The Night Circus? What did you think? xo. Emma
I am a fried egg fanatic. I eat a fried egg probably 4 or 5 days out of the week. I used to absolutely hate runny eggs, so for years and years I was a scrambled-eggs-only kind of girl. But then one day, everything changed. A switch got flipped. Same thing happened with raw tomatoes. And I’m hoping one day this same thing happens to my dislike of seared tuna. Dream big.
Anyway, here’s a few things I firmly believe about fried eggs:
-fried is way better than scrambled.
-the yolk must be runny but not broken until you’re ready to eat. embrace the ooze.
-the white part can’t be runny at all. gross.
-fried is way better than poached.
-i don’t know how to poach an egg. must put that on a to-do list sometime.
-fried eggs go well with savory things, like toast or black beans or rice
-fried eggs are still pretty good with sweet things like french toast (double egg!)
-fried eggs get really weird if you microwave them. don’t do this. just make a new one.
-why have i never put a fried egg on a biscuit. my life is incomplete and I’m just now realizing it.
-fried egg is only one “n” away from being friend egg. cute.
-fried egg would be a really cute dog name (“who’s my little fried egg.”)
-this list got way longer and more ridiculous than necessary.
Fiesta Fried Eggs, makes 2-3 servings
Needed: 1/3 red onion, 3-5 tablespoons olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 1 can black beans, 2 tablespoon hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, salt and pepper, 2-3 corn tortillas, 1/2 cup cheese, a handful of cilantro and 2-3 eggs.
Chop up your onion, mince the garlic, rinse and drain the beans. In a pan heat 2-3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic until the onion just begins to soften. Stir in the hot sauce (I used Sriracha), cumin, cayenne and a little salt and pepper. Now stir in the black beans and let this mingle and heat up as you prepare the tortillas and eggs.
In another pan heat 1-2 tablespoons oil over high heat. Lightly fry the tortillas on both sides, dry on a paper towel. Turn the heat down fry an egg. While it fries top one of the tortillas with the bean/onion mix and 1/4 cup or so shredded cheese (I used mozzarella). Lay the fried egg on top and sprinkle on a little cilantro. Repeat for each serving. xo. Emma