November 10, 2011

smoky spinach and mushroom breakfast hash

I am the worst planner.

My husband's birthday was on Tuesday and I spent the last couple weeks planning on planning something really awesome for him. As it got closer to the date and I realized that I hadn't actually planned something but had only kept turning it over in my head, I vowed to get my act together. Then suddenly it was Sunday and I.had.nothing. I did have a really busy and stressful work week, so I could use that as an excuse, but not really, because there are people (my husband is one of them) who can plan amazing events and parties in the middle of their incredibly busy schedules. 

I doubled my research efforts and finally planned a mini getaway (mini like one night). I made the calls. I committed. One of my biggest problems with planning is my fear of committing to something because I think there might be something better out there that I'm missing. It's really weird.

Anyway, it all worked out. Fun was had by all. I'm glad I finally committed.

So why am I telling you all this?  It started because I was thinking about how out of it I must be to sit my butt down on exactly the wet part of the couch that I had just cleaned (oh, because I spilled my grapefruit cup on it) and then take a good 10 minutes to wonder why my pants are wet. It got me wondering how I got to be so mentally absent today. And I'm going to chalk it up to a combination of the work stress of last week and the planning stress that put me out of my comfort zone.

And while I say it put me out of my comfort zone, I'm really not complaining. I'd do it again in a second because it's totally worth it. It helps me grow and learn and be better. It makes loved ones happy. Nothing beats that.

Now. Speaking of loved ones being happy, I need to tell you about this breakfast hash. Few breakfasts make my husband happier. He says this should go on the menu if I were ever to open a café, and that makes me happy because it's possibly the highest compliment he gives.

This stuff has it all. Sweet crunch from the corn, deep earthy flavor from the mushrooms (and I don't even really like mushrooms, usually), saltiness and smokiness from the bacon and seasoning, spiciness from the doesn't get much better.

Smoky Spinach and Mushroom Breakfast Hash
Serves 2

2-3 pieces of bacon, depending on its size
1 medium-large yukon gold potato, diced into small squares
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 T. jalapeno, chopped
3 mushrooms, sliced
1/3 cup corn
2 cups spinach
South African Smoke seasoning blend or other spicy/smoky seasoning of your choice (I got the South African smoke from Trader Joes, it's just paprika flakes, sea salt, garlic and basil)
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 eggs, cooked to preference

Cook bacon in skillet. Remove and drain on paper towels.
Add potatoes to skillet with some seasoning and some pepper. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on medium heat until starting to brown. Add onions and some salt. Cook for about a minute. Add jalapenos. Cook all for about 5 minutes.
(Meanwhile, start heating a separate pan for your eggs.)
Add mushrooms and more seasoning and cook and stir another minute or two.
(At this time, you may want to start cooking your eggs in that preheated pan.)
Add corn and a pat of butter or swirl of olive oil if your mixture is looking dry. Cook and stir for another 2-3 minutes if you're using frozen corn, or just a minute for fresh or canned corn. Add spinach and bacon. Toss a few times and remove from heat.

Spoon into bowls and top with eggs.

And now my skin is kind of burning from the chemicals in that couch cleaner. Just trying to keep you updated.

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha! I love your train of thought. Very entertaining. Glad you planned something fun! And the hash looks surprisingly good too. It's not really ingredients that I would think of putting together, but I think it would be really good after all. I will have to try it sometime.