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It was my pick this week for Martha Mondays and I knew I was going to want to do a brunch type thing today so I picked the Potato and Zucchini Hash from May’s Everyday Food.

It’s so easy.   Two russet potatoes, One zucchini, one onion, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Chop everything into the same size pieces.  I didn’t and it took awhile for the potatoes to cook but not long for the zucchini.

Heat the olive oil then add the potatoes and onion.  Season with salt and pepper.  Keep the heat at medium high so the outside of the potatoes get crusty and crunchy.  Toss them around so that all sides brown.  Then I turned the heat down a bit so the potatoes would finish cooking through. 

When the potatoes are cooked through add the zucchini and cook, stirring occasionally.

Top with a fried egg.  The recipe calls for it to be sunny side up but I can’t do that so I cooked it on both sides but left the yoke runny.

Although it took longer than the 30 minutes that Everyday Food says it takes, it was really good.  Hubby loved it, Son wouldn’t touch it (he’s at the no onion and is that a vegetable? stage).  I thought it was wonderful.  The potatoes had crunch and the zucchini was cooked perfectly.  The yolk of the egg made a little sauce for the dish.  It made a lot and I am thinking of using the leftovers in breakfast tacos during the week.  Reminded me a bit of cottage fries with added zucchini.

As an addition, I also made the Savory French Toast BLT from the same Everyday Food.  Son made the french toast and I loaded it with lettuce, tomato and bacon.  This along with the hash made a great brunch.  The bread was sweet without being overpowering and the recipe calls for cooking the bacon in the oven which is what I always do so I knew it would be could.  We will definitely be making these when we have breakfast for dinner. 

I hope everyone else on Martha Mondays enjoyed my pick as much as I did.

Since Son wasn’t eating what we were making and he was making the french toast for us anyway so he made the rest of his breakfast.  It looked like an awesome meal.  He said it was the best and I thought it looked delicious.

I love my  backyard.  It is an escape.  I piddle, as my hubby calls it. This is what my flower bed looked like last year.

It isn’t a big area about 4′ x 10′ but it is enough for me to put in lots of pretty things that last from April until October.  Climbing roses, jasmine, sweet angle face, firebushes and some things that I don’t even know the name of but they were cheap at yard sales so I planted them.

As many of you also encountered, we had a very strange winter.  It snowed 3 times in the Houston area during December and January.  And I did try to protect things as much as possible but everything froze.

This is what my garden looked like after the freeze. 

It was depressing.  Everyone I spoke to said to leave it alone and it will come back.  So I did.  And they were wrong.  Very little came back.  You can’t see it but I had a bouginvilla that was about 6′ tall, it’s gone.  All of the firebushes. Gone.  The only thing we didn’t lose were the roses, the jasmine and the two things that are still green in the front (those I don’t know the name of).

I haven’t lost hope yet.  I will get it back into shape soon and it will be stunning.  It so much fun to watch the transformation as you add things and they grow and look gorgeous.  I can’t wait.

Have you ever heard the expression ‘Work to live, don’t live to work’.  Well lately, honestly for the last 6 weeks, my entire existence has been centered around a very demanding, recession burdened position of employment.  While I was always able to come home, relax and cook to forget about the day, my evening were filled will completing tasks from the previous day and planning the next day along with trying to avert any emergencies.  Luckily things have calmed down, people are in place now who can do their jobs and I can go back to my regular job.  And my life.

I didn’t completely stop cooking, I just stopped posting.  My hubby and I even had a vacation that had been planned for months tucked in there.  It wasn’t a resort trip or anything like that but it was time away visiting family and not having the stress of the phone constantly ringing (I did answer emails though!)  And while on vacation we had some fabulous food.  I’ll show you pictures soon.  Everyone laughed because I wouldn’t let anyone eat until I took pictures of their dishes.  Just part of the fun of enjoying the food, eating with your eyes first.

Now, I think I’ll get back to the ‘work to live part’, where I let my work sustain all the thing I love.

I made the pick this week for Martha Mondays and I chose the Spinach Frittata from the January/February issue of Everyday Food.  We used to be omelet  people but have been converted to frittatas recently and anytime I can incorporate an extra veggie into a meal, I am all for it.

I liked this recipe but I used all 3 eggs and more gruyere than called for.  I also added ham so it really made a meal.   I usually start the frittata on the stove and transfer the skillet to the oven, however, this one called for all of the cooking to be done in the oven and it took longer than the what the recipe said.

It was good though and the entire family liked it.  I hope yours did too.


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