Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fried egg and greens sandwich and mixed media meetup

Open-faced fried egg sandwich with greens 

One of my favorite quick meals, is an open-faced fried egg sandwich with greens.  It comes together in about 5 minutes using just one skillet.  It is a perfect combination of warm comfort, crunchiness and healthy ingredients and is filling enough to get you through many hours of activity.  This is a meal I often have before a high energy dance or exercise class or spending an afternoon working in the garden.

Fried Egg and Greens Open Faced Sandwhich

1 slice of bread (I used a country olive bread)
1 egg 
small slice of cheese (this one has smoked gouda) 
handful of greens, washed and dried (spinach, chard, kale or arugula like this one)
olive oil
fresh tomato or salsa 
avocado slices or chunks (optional - darn! I forgot to add some)
salt, pepper and red wine vinegar to taste

Heat a skillet over medium heat.  Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and spread around.  Put slice of bread into hot pan to start toasting.  Break the egg into the pan and cook as desired (this one is over easy).  Place the slices of cheese on top during the last minute of cooking to melt slightly. Wilt greens in the pan during the last minute of the egg cooking time tossing around to coat with the olive oil in the pan.  To serve, layer the greens on the toast and sprinkle with a few drops of vinegar if desired.  Next layer the egg and tomato or salsa and avocado.  Salt and pepper to taste.  

Open-faced sandwich ingredients all cooking together in a single pan

After I had my sandwich, I headed over to the Pyramid Art Center for a Meetup event that I found for collage artists in my local area.  This group of artists meets every few weeks for 3 hours, each member working on their own projects, sharing tips and ideas and creative energy while getting to know fellow artists.  The only cost was the rental of the studio and we all chipped in so it was only a few dollars each to be able to create in a beautiful studio with lots of windows and space.  For this meeting, the organizer shared a technique for printing using gel plates that she learned at a recent workshop.  She was nice enough to bring extra supplies for us to all try it out.  There are meetups for every interest, so I highly recommend exploring to find a group that might spark your creativity.

My work space for the meetup at the art center

Some of my experiments with the gel printing technique

I hope you found a little inspiration this week.  As the days grow shorter and cooler and we spend more time indoors, this is the perfect time to curl up with a good book or explore one of the creative projects that you might have been contemplating (perhaps a knitting or sewing project, exploring your neighborhood and taking a few photographs or trying your hand at baking some fresh bread).

Thanks for reading!

 Fall decorations on a stoop in Washington, DC

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