April 19, 2013 by Renee
It’s the end of the week, and I’m out of money. But one must still eat dinner on a Thursday night. You could always crack open your money monkey and dump a bunch of nickels and dimes on the counter at Taco Bell. Or you could get creative and scour your fridge for condiments and make something awesome. And a cocktail couldn’t hurt either.
I’m a recipe hoarder, and I love to try new recipes. This often results in a refrigerator full of half empty condiments. But all those bits and bobs are full of flavor. And one thing we are never short on around here is eggs, thanks to these girls. So I rounded up some cheese, bacon bits, and chili sauce from my fridge and made some awesome smoky scrambled eggs. If you try to tell me you don’t eat eggs for dinner, you’re either lying or you’ve lost your ever-lovin’ mind. Eggs scoff at your time limitations.
And since you’re probably a little depressed about having spent your $140 dollars before the end of the week and not having saved anything, you’re going to need a cocktail. My husband is the mixologist around here, and he put the same spirit of improvisation into mixing up a sweet but lethal drink that he dubbed a Mexican Bird of Paradise. It’s pineapple, tequila, and some other liquors. It’s potent and ever so enjoyable.
My favorite thing about this dinner is that I didn’t have to go to the store after a crazy day at work. It was all of fifteen minutes between contemplation and eating of actual delicious food. It’s not lobster, but it’s much better than a bean burrito. It’s something you made yourself, which is nourishing in so many ways. And really, the possibilities are endless. What’s in your fridge?
Fridge Raid Eggs
quantities are easily adjusted to your level of hungriness
pinch of salt
five grinds of black pepper
dash of garlic powder
tsp water (hold your bowl under the tap, turn it on for half a second, then shut it off)
Tbsp chili sauce
Tbsp bacon bits
2 Tbsp shredded Mexican cheese
- Put a small non-stick frying pan on medium heat on the stove.
- Crack eggs in a small bowl and add salt, pepper, garlic powder, water, and chili sauce. Whisk until yolks and whites are combined.
- Add bacon bits and give it another quick stir.
- Pour egg mixture into frying pan and begin to stir immediately with a flat utensil such as a silicone spatula.
- Stir slowly but constantly, scraping the edges and bottom of the pan, until the eggs are nearly set. Add one Tbsp of cheese and continue to stir until eggs are cooked through. Remove from heat.
- Sprinkle second Tbsp of cheese on top.
Mexican Bird of Paradise
2 shots tequila
2 shots citron vodka
2 shots triple sec
1 6 ounce can pineapple juice
A squirt ( about a Tbsp) lemon juice
- Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. You’ll need a largish glass. And a cocktail umbrella. Obviously. (Yes, that was just in my kitchen.)