Friday, May 04, 2007

A Taste of Yellow: Huevos Estrellados


I have always been a big admirer of Barbara’s. Not only is she a great cook who shares her delicious recipes on her fabulous blog, Winos and Foodies, she is also the creator of Hay Hay It’s Donna Day, one of my favorite blogging events. She takes the time to organize events, answer all our comments, and post pictures of her beautiful New Zealand (a place I am now longing to explore). All this while fighting cancer. The strength and aplomb with which she approaches everything is remarkable. So when she put out a call to food bloggers everywhere to participate in A Taste of Yellow, a blogging event to raise cancer awareness, I definitely was not going to miss it.

A Taste of Yellow is an event to support LIVESTRONG Day:

LIVESTRONG Day is the Lance Armstrong Foundation's (LAF) grassroots advocacy initiative to unify people affected by cancer and to raise awareness about cancer survivorship issues on a national level and in local communities across the country. LIVESTRONG Day 2007 will occur on Wednesday, May 16.

Cancer touches everyone’s life, whether it be our own, or that of friends and family. I have had family members fight this terrible disease…some triumphant, and some not. Three days ago we lost an uncle to cancer. I myself have experienced the fear that comes with discovering a lump in your breast. I thank God and all my lucky stars that it was nothing serious, but because of this I have been having mammograms and sonograms (to monitor) since before I was 30.

My mother (a very wise woman) always says: “Knowledge is power…don’t be scared to find out…learn…own it!” And I suppose this is what awareness is all about. Not being scared in the darkness of ignorance, but fearless in the light of knowledge.

And so A Taste of Yellow…the color of sunshine and light! We can make anything we want as long as it features a yellow food and I have decided to make a very simple dish containing one of my favorite yellow foods around…eggs.

Huevos Estrellados (or more commonly known as Huevos Rotos) is a very down-to-earth, homey kind of dish. It’s basically “broken” eggs with potatoes. You can vary it in countless ways by adding mushrooms, onions, garlic, chorizo, roasted peppers, or whatever you can think up. I kept it plain and yellow here.

Huevos Estrellados
(adapted from my cousin’s recipe)

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • Salt
  • Olive oil

- In a pan, heat oil slightly and add potatoes. Cook over very low heat. You don’t want to sear them just yet. You want to slow cook them in the olive oil until they are soft, and then wait until the edges get golden and crisp. Don’t rush this. It’s worth it.
- Once your potatoes are soft and golden, with edges that are as crisp as you want them, pour in - egg whites and stir for 3-5 seconds.
- Turn off the heat and stir in yolks until done to your liking. Season with salt and transfer to a plate (or the heat from the pan will keep cooking the eggs) and eat immediately.

We ate this for brunch with English bangers and local longganisa. Delicious and satisfying!

Make sure to check back at Barbara’s for the round up on May 16!

back to school


M.Tan said...

Simple, easy to make, and goes well with other foods. Eggs and potatoes seem like they were made for one another.

Pille said...

I make something similar whenever I've got leftover boiled potatoes, sometimes adding spicy sausages, sometimes mushrooms. A great comfort fast food indeed!

Meeta said...

Perfect! A robust meal for a good cause. Love the photos!

Franco said...

Like pasta, egges can really be combined with anything.

But for me, nothing beats perfectly made scrambled eggs. Check out this video of Gordon Ramsey.

Yes, he is an 'arse' but the man can cook.

Daisy said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe of Huevos Estrelladas and informing us about may16th

Miss F said...

thanks a lot for this recipe!~~~~ i'll try it later, I happen to have the ingredients at hand. This will actually be the first time I'll try a recipe from a blog/internet. ^^

ChichaJo said...

Hi M! I agree, eggs and potatoes are a match made in heaven: comforting, basic, and cheap! :)

Hi Pille! Sounds good with the spicy sausage or mushrooms! :)

Hi Meeta! Thanks! This is a great event :)

Hi Franco! Thank you for passing that link on! I was drooling! I am so making that soon :) And he can't be a total "arse" if he was making those for the "missus" ;)

Hi Daisy! Glad you enjoyed the post :)

Hi Miss F! Hope you enjoy it! Be patient with those potatoes :)

valentinA said...

I love your dish Joey. It's simple & not laden with oil. Plus, potatoes & eggs make a great pair:) I won't be surprised if your guests asked for seconds:)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Valentina! Thank you :) It's simple but really "hits the spot" :)

Duraglar said...

Just a hint... It´s huevos estrellados, just because eggs are male, and estrelladas reffers to female. ;)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Duraglar! Oops! I thought we had the eggs? Heehee :) Thanks for the tip! I'll be amending the entry :)

wysgal said...

Eggs and potatoes? That looks fantastic ... an Atkins dieter's worst nightmare though. =)

Barbara said...

Joey thank you for your lovely words. Your entry is wonderful as are all your dishes. Thank you for your contribution.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Fabulous eggs but mostly potatoes! That's the way it should be. These look oh soooo good, I wish they were on my plate.

MeltingWok said...

wow, you did the yellow theme justice eh hehe..with all my favorites, potatoes and eggggssssss, yums !:)

Mae said...

Joey, have i told you lately [i will not burst into a song, i promise!] that your photos are incredibly delicious?

This sounds like a fantastic meal.

Please keep posting drool-worthy photos! I'm putting on weight each time i browse...

Mae said...

Sorry, i don't know what happened! I meant for my message above to be on the other dish... hahaha - airhead!!!

Potatoes and eggs... equally delish!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Wysgal! It wouldn't be the first time I gave Mr. Atkins a shudder ;)

Hi Barbara! Thanks you so much! :) I always have fun joining your events and this one's commendable!

Hi Tanna! Thanks :) Yes, soft potatoes with crisp skin that's all damp from egg...really good!

Hi Melting Wok! Thanks! Gotta love that yellow :)

Hi Mae! Thank you loads! :) You are too funny and sweet! :) Thank goodness pictures don't have calories because I would weigh a ton just from visiting you blog!

Coffee & Vanilla said...

So simlpe and delicious.
Thank you for sharing.


ChichaJo said...

Hi Margot! You're welcome :) Thank you for stopping by!

So Simple said...

Hi what a nice idea separating the eggs. Spainish tortilla is one of my favourites. I must try these eggs. Thanks

So Simple said...

whoops sorry about the typo...of course I meant Spanish!!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi So Simple! Yes, it looks better, plus you can control how much you want to cook the whites and yolks seperately :)

Anonymous said...

the picture represents huevos revueltos (scrambled) huevos estrellados are fried eggs.