weekend breakfast: hash & eggs

hash & eggs | everybody likes sandwiches

Over the weekend, instead of worrying about all the work that I have coming up, I decided to chill out a bit. It’s hard because I’m not the most laid back human. I’m always fussing, worrying and multi-tasking while wondering about the next thing that needs to get done. This weekend, I took a bit of a break and did fun things. I got together with a friend and watched a few episodes of Awkward (if you like teen shows with snappy dialogue, this one is tops) while snacking on chocolate and homemade chocolate chip cookies (recipe to come!). I also rode my bike which I had been neglecting because of a bad cold (& rain, I can’t forget all the rain) as well as explored my neighbourhood by foot – the weather was dry and sunny and cold and I loved it (though I probably should have worn a warmer coat). I also ventured to a new neighbourhood bar with friends and played board games. Note: any bar that has a ton of boardgamegeek-approved games is a-okay in my book! Sure, I would have loved to see some tater tots (seriously, Vancouver, get with the tots already! Why must I head down to the States to feed my tot cravings!!!) and a better beer list (more IPAs please!). But still, I had no real complaints. It was a whole weekend of awesome – with just a hint of worry. Let’s face it, I can’t change who I am. Instead of focusing on my deep-seated issues, time to get on with why you’re probably here. Just look at my incredible Sunday morning breakfast. Cups of hot coffee alongside, natch.

hash & eggs | everybody likes sandwiches

Usually when I think of a weekend breakfast, I’m all about the pancakes or waffles. A fancy omelette or scramble, definitely. But hash and eggs had fallen off my radar. Maybe yours too? If so, I’m bringing it back to my morning table because this meal was delicious and pretty simple to put together. Heck, it would be perfect for a weeknight dinner too. It’s kind of a cleaning-out-the-fridge type of meal. You can pop in whatever vegetables or meats you’ve got handy. For me it was broccoli, potatoes, carrots, celery, red peppers and some black forest ham slices from the deli. Next time I’ll time it so that diced yams & beets make it in here too. It can be meaty, vegetarian or a vegan affair. Skip the eggs and cheese if you must. But truthfully, I love a good egg. And cheese too.

hash & eggs | everybody likes sandwiches

The vegetables get creamy – ooooh, those potatoes!! So good and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Perfect! The spices were kept in check since we ate this in the morning and didn’t want to fry our tastebuds for the rest of the day. Just a little aleppo pepper and some fresh dill to add flavour. But feel free to play with the spice levels and herbs.

hash & eggs | everybody likes sandwiches

So where is the money shot of the runny egg spreading its warm love all over these rustic vegetables? Well, I bunged that up and ended up cooking the whole shebang a few minutes too long. Yolks = hard. Also I cracked one of the yolks, another rookie move. A bit of a bummer but still tasty all the same. I provide 2 ways of cooking once you’ve added the eggs – in the oven (like I did) or on the stove-top. If you go the oven route, keep a close watch. I think the stove top method would provide an easier way to check on the eggs, so next time I’ll try that out. I also used up my last 2 eggs here, but there is room in the pan for 4 eggs comfortably.

hash & eggs | everybody likes sandwiches

Before you head off to the kitchen, I wanted to give a shout-out to Taco Hat TV. What’s that? It’s a skills & know-how tv show set up by my uber-crafty, talented go-getter pal, Kim Werker. It needs funding so she’s doing a kickstarter style drive over at Indiegogo. Head over and read more about this exciting project, smile at the dancing taco & donate. If the show goes ahead, I’ll be one of their first guests where I demonstrate something about cooking. Want to know something about some fundamental skill or knowledge about cooking? Let me know here in the comments or on their facebook page and maybe you’ll see me demonstrating the heck out of it! This is the last day of the campaign & there are only a few hours left, so go-go & help out the dancing taco!

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16 comments to “weekend breakfast: hash & eggs”

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    Nicole   November 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    This is a gorgeous hash even without the oozing egg money shot :) I just love meals like this where you can throw it all together and it tastes amazing. Sounds like you had an incredible weekend, too. Yay!

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   November 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Eggs – any which way – are my go-to for quick meals as of late. I usually make the eggs scrambled with handfuls of feta. Slightly underset, soft and creamy is the delicious result!

    I’ve made a variation of the egg hash too…no surprise here…a ‘Greekified’ version with potatoes fried crispy, 3 or 4 scrambled eggs thrown in, some feta cheese and then cooked on the stove top till it resembles a frittata…sprinkle with oregano and coarse salt. However, I do love your ‘use what you have’ version with the carrots and broccoli and dill mmm.

    I’d like to see you slice cabbage for slaw on the Taco Hat cooking demo hah! :)

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    Jacqui   November 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve had hash and eggs before but never so colorful and veggie filled! I must do this next time! And I’m a complete multi-tasking always busy person too. Learning to tame that side a bit ; )

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    Marissa | Pinch and Swirl   November 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Just gorgeous. Exactly the kind of thing that would get me out of bed on a lazy Saturday. :)

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    emmycooks   November 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I love this breakfast on a winter weekend–it’s a great way to use up the odds and ends from the prior week before diving into next CSA box! :)

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    Joanne   November 14, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I am SO bad at relaxing on the weekends also. I always feel like I should be DOING something! Maybe this hash could calm me down. Sounds like the perfect Sunday meal!

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    foodwithpictures   November 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

    What a great way to incorporate all my favorite breakfast items in one dish. Yum!

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    kickpleat   November 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Thanks Nicole, it was a great breakfast & a lovely weekend. Enjoyed to the fullest!

    Bijoux, that sounds amazing – feta to anything sounds great to me!

    Jacqui, I love how easy it is to throw in what’s available. This combo tasted great and I can’t wait to throw in other options too!

    Ha, agreed, Marissa. Weekend mornings can be tough :)

    Emmycooks, yes so much of this meal came from our CSA box. Dive in!

    Joanne, why is relaxing so hard?! Enjoy!

    Thanks, fwp!

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    hag   November 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I love breakfast’s like this…especially when someone else makes it. It makes the cold and the wet, oh so much more tolerable. Thanks for sharing.
    I must admit I haven’t bought tater tots in years (decades) but as a Vancouverite, I know you used to be able to buy them frozen in the grocery store….can’t you find them? Or are you bemoaning the fact that restaurants don’t serve them?

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    kickpleat   November 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Hag, yes, I’m bemoaning the fact that restaurants don’t serve them. In the states they seem to be at most pubs – with options for spicy – and I love it. Here, I have to get them at the store, but I like the deep fried pub ones better.

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    hag   November 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Yes, anything deep-fried would be better!

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    Nattie   November 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Oooh man, that looks incredible! Mmmm, yes please.

    Natalya @ Ruff House Art

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    Sheena S.   November 16, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I love this line: “It’s hard because I’m not the most laid back human.” Man, can I relate! Good for you for taking some time out. Potatoes for breakfast? I’m all in.

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    kickpleat   November 16, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Hag, can’t argue with that!

    Thanks Nattie :)

    Sheena, I’m glad I’m not the only non-relaxed human out there! Phew.

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    Shelly   December 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I made a hash based on this recipe this morning (plus some cauliflower and minus from carrots) and it was oh soooo delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    kickpleat   December 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Shelly, glad you enjoyed :)

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