Breakfast in bed

Bed bound for a week and a half due to a persistent bout of flu, my whole life took place in a few square meters.It was very relaxing to just eat, sleep and watch season after season of tv shows for that long. My body seemed to be saying 'if you're not going to take a vacation, I will'. The breakfast served here is a shiitake green onion omelet with garlic rubbed toast, hummus and mixed sprouts, cucumber and apple-orange juice.


breakfast in bed .

Garlic toast:

Slice your favorite bread (sour dough works very well) and drizzle it heavily with olive oil. It's okay if the bread is stale, it's one of the best things you can do with old bread. Put it in a hot oven (180-200 °C) until it starts to brown and feels crispy. You could also do it in a pan, or in a toaster. If it's toasted, add the oil afterward, or your toaster gets oily. Slice a clove of garlic in half lengthwise (you can leave the skin on) and rub the bread thoroughly with it. Add freshly ground pepper and salt to taste. This is also great with some fresh chopped herbs on it if you have some lying around: parsley or cilantro, and maybe even some lemon.


The hummus used here is from a pack, it was a pretty good one, but of course there's nothing like making your own. It's so simple, too. I know you're officially supposed to cook your own chickpeas for this but I'm way too lazy for that. So I just take a can of chickpeas (drained), the juice of a lemon, a small clove of garlic (finely minced), salt and pepper and mash the lot with an immersion blender. I add some olive oil, but not that much. If I've got time, I'll take that garlic and a finely chopped onion and fry them in some olive oil until they're soft and sweet, and add them to the hummus before mashing. I definitely prefer cooked garlic over raw in spreads, you can use more because it's much less sharp. Officially I think you're supposed to add tahini (sesame paste) as well, but I prefer it without.


Slice your shiitake mushrooms and fry them in some oil until brown. Add about half a chopped green onion halfway through, and a dash of soy sauce at the end. Set aside. For the perfect fluffy omelet (I finally listened to all those tv chefs and it really does work), heat a non stick pan until very, very hot and add some oil and butter. The pan should be so hot the butter melts and turns brown immediately. When the butter is brown (but not smoking), add one, two or three eggs (whisked). They should start setting at the bottom within seconds, and now you take your spatula or a fork and sort of scramble the egg while it's still liquidy. Because you mixed it up, the bottom of the pan is now again covered with liquid egg, which will set as well, and the top of the egg is sort of half liquid, half solid. If you use three eggs, repeat this step, otherwise you've got too much liquid egg. Allow to set until just barely solidified, another few seconds, but never let it get tough and leathery. The egg should not be in your pan for a long time at all. This is the moment where you add your shiitake-onion mixture (or fresh herbs, or grated cheese, or anything else you like), fold the omelet closed, and serve. With a bit of practice, it will be seriously fluffy, and crispy on the outside.

Caramel ginger chicken

It's evil food (so bad for you), but it's love food at the same time (so, so good).Caramel ginger coated chicken wings with sticky rice and an orange shiitake salad with an orange-ginger-sesame dressing. Guaranteed to win hearts over.


caramel ginger chicken


Caramel Ginger Chicken:

This recipe comes from a cooking class my mom took with a Chinese lady in San Francisco. We rarely eat it, because my mom likes to try new recipes whenever she can, but I still consider it a family favorite. Especially with sticky rice!

800 gr organic chicken wings 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup fish sauce, warm 1 tbsp soy sauce 4 shallots, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 tbsp peeled and finely shredded 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 green onion, thinly sliced Some cilantro

In a large, heavy pan, sear the chicken in a bit of oil until golden on all sides. Set the chicken aside but don't clean the pan.

For the caramel sauce: cook the sugar in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat, until amber in color, continuously stirring. It might smoke slightly. When all the sugar is caramelized, immediately remove from the heat and add the warm fish sauce and soy sauce. It is extremely hot and will bubble vigorously, so beware of splattering. Return the mixture to low heat and boil gently, swirling it around untill the sugar dissolves completely - about three minutes.

In the chicken pan, saute the garlic, ginger and shallots, taking care not to burn the garlic. Add the chicken and the warm caramel sauce. Bring the lot to a boil, cover and let simmer gently for 20-25 minutes, until tender.

Serve with short grain sticky rice sprinkled with gomasio (sesame, toasted until fragrant and crushed with salt with a mortar and pestle), and salad or warm green vegetables.

. Orange Shiitake Salad:

Mixed lettuce 2 oranges divided into sections. See how to make perfect sections here. If you're lazy, just cut slices, I don't like the orange membrane so I section them. Reserve the leftover orange juice for dressing. Shiitake mushrooms Soy sauce Cilantro


I can't give amounts here, just taste and adjust as you go along.

Juice from the oranges and/or a lime Soy sauce Sesame oil Some ginger and garlic, minced extremely finely Gomasio (sesame, toasted until fragrant and crushed with salt with a mortar and pestle) Black pepper, sambal (chili paste) or a finely chopped red chili