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Friday, February 26, 2010

Our Usual Breakfast

Serendipity. This is more of a post of life builds to where you are.

2 years ago, I occasionally grilled burgers. I could follow a recipe, but cooking was hardly a priority and absolutely not a part of my life.

A year ago, I committed to my wife that I would start the three a day; 7 days a week duties as cook for our household.

8 months ago I started blogging as a lark.

I found you all (fellow food bloggers), and realized there was more to cooking than just following a recipe and grilling burgers (while swilling a beer). While I certainly do not waste money, living on a budget was never really a concern.

I read you all daily, I study what works, what doesn't and I feel like I learned a lot.

6 weeks ago, I stumbled across a post on "Julia Child Omelets". Same ingredients, but such a different style and taste... I was hooked. Now, I had read 10,000 posts before I saw the omelet post, but this happened at a time I needed to see it. It was before we got the go ahead for the move, but it hit me at just the right time, and I was able to add a skill (cooking Julia's omelets is not the same as cooking my old version... Does take a little skill)

One onion... lasted all week ... $1
Two Green Peppers... lasted all week ... $1
1/4 pound of chorizo sausage... lasted all week ... $2.50
18 eggs... lasted all week ... $4
2 sticks of butter... lasted all week ... $2
6 Beautiful Tomatoes...lasted all week ...$3
1/2 pound of coffee... lasted all week ...$5

Total cost for 5 days worth of breakfast... $18.50

Sure, it was repetitive, but I have a budget of $200. But, 1/3rd of our meals for less than 10% of the budget leaves money to splurge on.

We are living in town during the week, on weekends we are moving to a resort beach area. Whatever food we do not eat gets tossed in the trash or given away. Until we get a permanent location, and I can freeze and store long term... I have to use it up or lose it. But these omelets do taste special.

Well, the skills I "stumbled" upon during the last 8 months are serving me well.

Thanks guys

Very much, being a foodie on the island is about living on a budget, making your ingredients last and stretching to the best meal possible...

Serendipity (and you guys) brought me here. Wish I could give you all a rum punch


  1. I could eat a breakfast like that everyday of the week and not get bored. Leaving out one ingredient or adding another gives the omelet enough variety and it's healthy and easy. Did you shave off your beard?

  2. I'm pretty glad I met you too Dave... You always make me smile or laff... And I'll take that rum punch my Friend!
    ~Really Rainey~

  3. There is no shame at all in eating an omelette that pretty every day of the week! Yum!

  4. It's going to be fun to see all of your island recipes and fun! :D

  5. Waste not want not! Thanks for taking us around touring the island with you. It looks like a lot of fun! :-)

  6. I am really glad that you & Jackie are on the Islands for a while... I'm really enjoying your posts from there! I haven't tried Julia's omelettes yet... I'd better get with it! Thx for the rum punch... hic!

  7. that breakfast looks wonderful! Enjoy your time in the warmth :)