Iím home! Oh boy, am I home! I have a Christmas concert to go to tonight, tomorrow night and Thursday. I have bought gifts for only 4 out of about 24 people, luckily a lot of them would be thrilled with cash, including my two daughters. My side of the family exchanges this Sunday and Iím feeling the pressure. Besides this I also am trying to complete a job for my brother. I think I can do it. I hope I can do it. I want to do it. Iím doing my best.

Iíve also been on a wellness kick and Iím going to do the most miniscule of body cleanses aimed at the digestive system. Itís basically 3 pints of water starting with a glass of warm water with the juice of a lemon in it every morning then I eat at least 3 servings of fruit and at least 3 servings of vegetables. No additives, preservatives or fake sugars, like Sweet & Low. Then I cut down on milk type dairy as much as possible and only use organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible.

Sounds deadly boring, huh?

Well I didnít think it had to be. Since oatmeal is allowed I had that for breakfast but Iíve been reading a cook book called Tapas. Tapas were little sandwiches and snacks served with your ale in the middle ages around the Mediterranean, especially Spain. They started with just a slice of bread over your mug of ale to keep the flies out and eventually added some cheese and finally each ale house became known for a certain snack, collectively called Tapas.

n. pl. taēpas (-pšs, -pšz)
Any of various small, savory Spanish dishes, often served as a snack or with other tapas as a meal.

A lot of them looked like too much work for a snack and a lot of them used uncommon (for me) ingredients, but there were a few, more than enough to justify buying the book, that looked delicious. One in particular I had for breakfast.

What you do is slice off the top of a tomato and scoop out the insides. You crack a whole egg into the remaining shell, top it with a teaspoon of heavy cream and a sprinkle of grated cheese. (I know itís diary, but the egg is ok as a protein source and itís a teaspoon for gosh sakes and the cheese you could count the shavings. I mean how much can fit on the top of a tomato?)

Then you bake it until itís all set, about 20 minutes. Itís called a Tomato Nest and has probably been around for ages but this was the first Iíd heard of it and itís freaking delicious!

But of course me being the microwave queen I changed it all and beat the egg so it wouldnít explode in the microwave and I think we all know what eggs do in the microwave when scrambled. Right, they puff up like a soufflť gone wild and mine did the same thing and so most of it ended up outside the tomato shell. It was still wonderful but I donít think Iíd serve it to company.

Tomorrow Iím going to try piercing the unscrambled, whole egg every 15 seconds of microwave time to allow steam from the yolk to escape. Hopefully it will work and Iíll have an easy one minute meal for breakfast that is quick, easy and a great alternative to fried eggs. If I wanted to get very strict with my diet I could even eliminate the cream and cheese and it would barely top 100 calories, leaving enough left over for a slice of toast too.


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