Posted on | January 29, 2012 | 5 Comments |
Before I get to the food part of the post, I would like to share a very important cause – a fundraiser organized by a friend and fellow blogger Siri of Cooking with Siri to raise money for Vaidehi Ashram – a home for destitute girls in India. As compassionate human beings we all constantly think about making a change in the world, lending a helping hand to those who are less fortunate than us. But more often than not, life and its daily grind gets in the way of our good will, and most of us never actually get to do as much as we would like to. The extent of my philanthropy is the monetary contributions I make to a few charities every year, and it is the same for most people I know. Siri has gone a step further; she visited Vaidehi Ashram earlier this year and was so touched by what she saw there that she has decided to organize a fundraiser to support the place. If you have ever spent any time in India, you already know what happens to the orphaned kids, Vaidehi Ashram and places like it provides them a place to sleep, food to eat and more importantly help them get an education, the only way to ensure a better future. There are many such organizations in India, but I haven’t had the time to do any research to figure out the good ones. If you are like me and would like to make sure that your money is going to the right place, you can trust Sir’s research and make a contribution through her fundraiser effort to support Vaidehi ashram.
You can head over to Siri’s place to get the details on how to contribute. She also has some cool raffle prizes that you can bid on. Each $10 (or 500 Rupees) contribution will get you a ticket to bid on the prize of your choice. Increase your chance of winning by placing multiple bids on the same item, or bid on different items. My small contribution to this worthy effort is my favorite brand of knife – if you bid on this item and wins, you will get to choose a 7″ Wüsthof® Gourmet Hollow-Edge Santoku Knife or an 8″ Wüsthof® Gourmet Chef’s Knife.
You can click on the below widget to contribute via pay pal or credit card.
Check out this post for complete details about the Ashram and the fundraiser.
Now to the recipe of the day. Huevos Rotos is a Spanish dish of broken eggs served over sautéed potatoes. It normally has a meat component like chorizos or Serrano ham. Huevos Rotos is normally served as part of a tapas meal (at least that is how I’ve had it in the restaurants) but it is perfect on its own for breakfast or even as a quick fix dinner. It is an absolutely simple dish with fantastic flavors.
Potatoes, thinly sliced – 1 cup
Onions, thinly sliced – 1/4 cup
Garlic – 4 cloves, sliced
Prosciutto(or Serrano Ham), thinly sliced – enough to serve two
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat a bit of the oil in a frying pan, and crisp the ham slices in batches. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
To the same pan, add a bit more oil and sauté the onions. When the onions start to soften, add the potatoes and garlic slices, season well with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for about 7-10 minutes on medium low heat. Remove the lid, increase the heat and sauté till the potatoes are cooked through and are a bit crispy on the outside. Divide the potatoes into two plates, and arrange the fried ham on top of the potatoes. Keep the plates warm. Add some more oil to the pan and break the eggs into the pan. Slightly scramble the eggs, but don’t let them cook through, the yolks should be a bit wet. Serve the softly scrambled eggs on top of the potatoes. Breakfast is ready!
Another slight variation is to fry the eggs just over easy and serve over the potatoes. Break the eggs with a fork just before eating – there is nothing like runny egg yolks on warm fried potatoes with crispy bites of ham!
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