sesame toasts with poached egg and avocado

Here was today: Cocktails at lunchtime. Breakfast for dinner. And a big bowl of cheerios, just before bed.

My entire schedule is a sham.

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Realistically, the cereal before bed thing is nothing new. I have done it out of habit since I was 6, when I was afraid of eating in the dark kitchen by myself. (In my defense, our slider door was right by the counter. Talk about scary. And the Cap’n Crunch guy always freaked me out.)

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And, if I’m being honest, I didn’t have to drink a cocktail during lunch, either. I could have put it in the fridge after I mixed it/stood on a chair/played with props like a five-year-old/and snapped a zillion photos (of which I will choose three). But why would I do such a thing as that? It’s always, always 5 o’clock somewhere.

Cheers, Germany.

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But here’s how it is: during the week I am teaching, which means there’s really not much time to make a big giant mess in the kitchen like I usually do. This means that on the weekends I am constantly coordinating my meals so that I can photograph during the hours of best sunlight. And when I don’t plan accordingly, I find myself eating inapporpriate foods at strange hours of the day. But I guess I don’t mind having a little yolk for dinner–and I certainly don’t mind a little zing-zang in my drink, at any time of day.

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I made this dish primarily with the thought of Mother’s Day brunch in mind. But because it was so downright delicious, it is going to be a new Saturday morning tradition at our house. Or, at least for me. With mimosa. I’ll just make it a party.

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Sesame Toasts with Poached Egg & Avocado

Yields: 3, Time: 30 Minutes

1 avocado

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

3 slices sesame bread, lightly toasted

1 cup lightly packed watercress sprigs

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1 tablespoon white vinegar

3 large eggs

Halve avocado, remove pit, and scoop flesh into a medium bowl. Add lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mash and stir with a fork until combined and mostly smooth, with some small chunks remaining. Divide avocado mixture among toast slices, spreading evenly. Top avocado with watercress, and drizzle with oil.

Bring 1 1/2 inches of water to a simmer in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in vinegar. Crack 1 egg into a small bowl. Holding bowl just above surface of water, gently pour egg into skillet. Repeat with remaining 2 eggs. Poach eggs, undisturbed, just until whites are firm and yolks are still runny, about 4 minutes (for firmer yolks, poach 1 to 2 minutes more).

Carefully remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon, allowing excess water to drain off. Place 1 egg on each watercress-topped toast slice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

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Recipe from Martha Stewart

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mother’s day gift guide

gift guide

Realistically, when considering everything they do for us, Mother’s Day should be a Mother’s Year. But there are fathers, grandparents, veterans, laborers, secretaries, world leaders, queens, kings, cupids, countries, pilgrims, presidents, pretzels, pi, free slurpees, and other things which still need our recognition, so unfortunately this isn’t possible. But I guess it’s still awesome to have this one day made special, which we shall spend thoughtfully showering the mother-figures in our lives with love and appreciation.

When I was in New York over the weekend, I saw plenty of cute cards for moms at the Chelsea Market, which got me inspired to put together a collection of mommy-worthy gifts. Ranging from cozy, to cheeky–practical, to pointless (or should I not admit that?), there is something here that I think just about every woman would enjoy receiving.

Though my mom’s Words with Friends game could really benefit from having that cute Scrabble dictionary, I have decided to get her a new address book and transfer over all of her contacts for her. Frankly, hers is falling apart (no exaggeration), and I can’t bare to see her have to rubberband it together any longer. It’s not the most exciting gift, but the thought makes it special because I don’t think my mom would have gotten around to copying hundreds of addresses over anytime soon. Mom, I love you, but let’s admit that your little readers are not up for this challenge.

Because my sweet tooth never leaves me alone, I will also be getting her some Edinburgh shortbread cookies–they are delicious, bite-sizingly adorable, and my mom’s favorite type of cookie. Some playful Mast Brothers chocolate bars in fun, graphic prints will make a nice addition, too. What woman doesn’t want chocolate with cute graphic designs???

Non-artsy skinny Minnies, don’t answer that.

Enjoy shopping for the lady who has made your life richer! My mother sure has. xo

1. Mother’s Day card / 2. Sabon NYC linen room spray / 3. Meyer Lemon gift set / 4. Vera Bradley address book / 5. A fun gold card deck /  6. House of Edinburgh shortbread cookies in a variety of flavors / 7. Ugg slippers / 8. Rifle Paper Co. shopping pad and recipe cards / 9. Official Scrabble dictionary / 10. Le Creuset dutch oven

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cinco de mayo recipe round-up

cinco de mayo

I’m thankful for the diversity in America for multiple reasons. But being able to share in the action of St. Patrick’s Day, Bastille Day, and Cinco de Mayo is a definite perk. Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite festivities to celebrate–mostly for the margaritas and bounty of cervezas. But I also love the colors and the fact that the food and decor looks so fresh and summery. Whacking a piñata is pretty fun, too.

1. strawberry-tequila cooler / 2. margarita cookies with a salt-sugar rim / 3. crock pot steak tacos / 4. the best guacamole / 5. tequila pink drink / 6. stuffed jalapeños / 7. cayenne chicken with avocado (not pictured)

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