Wednesday, February 1, 2012

bacon jam and eggs on toast

bacon jam and eggs on toast, originally uploaded by riptideredsf.
Just in case anyone may be wondering what you can do with bacon jam...
So far, I've used it on toast with goat cheese. It was good. On a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel with goat cheese, better. The BLT, perfect.
In my attempt to go beyond perfect: bacon jam and eggs on toast with a little twist.
It started when I managed to hit Fresh & Easy at one of the rare times when there were 98 cent loaves of fresh baked Italian bread still on the shelf. This bread is beyond perfect on its own: a crispy crust and unbelievably soft within...AND it's only 98 cents! I said that right? It's worth driving across town for...which I don't have to.
While hugging my cherished loaf, I had a revelation. Grocery shopping in the morning is heaven. How did I not know this? The aesthetically pleasing abundance of fresh foods in a practically empty store all sparkly and untouched? Nuthin' wrong with that. Factor in the freshly stocked clearance shelf and I'm in my Happy Place. I wanna go there right now.
I practically ran home to get this started. It went like this: toast, black bean paste, scrambled eggs, bacon jam then shredded cheddar cheese. Any kind of hummus would do, you need something to keep the scrambled eggs from rolling off your toast. This black bean paste is really, really good. The explosion of cilantro may be too much for some but I love it. I use the whole bunch.

Black Bean Paste
from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

Into your food processor goes:
1 1/2 cups of cooked black beans or a can drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon salt
juice of one lime
a bunch of cilantro stems and leaves chopped

Pulse 4 or 5 times, taste and add more salt if you need it and pulse a few more times until it's a rough paste.

I love my food processor.


  1. I want to eat this... right now! The way you write about food makes me drool every time!!