Sunday, October 27, 2013

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & Grits

Shrimp & grits are a total brunch comfort food, perfect for those chilly autumn mornings.

I've had this dish at a number of brunch spots, but decided to try and make my own at home. It's really easy to make and like the best brunch foods, good at any time of the day!


  • 1 cup of corn grits (I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 4 cups of water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 clove raw garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli (including stalk)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or juice of 1/2 small lemon)
  • 2 cups of cooked shrimp (I used Trader Joe's frozen cooked shrimp)
  • 1 cup of cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or mix of choice)
  • butter to taste --about 4-5 nice big pats


Add salt & pepper to water and bring to a boil. Add in grits, turn heat to low, and stir to prevent lumps.

While the grits are cooking, heat oil and cook garlic & onion until they start to brown. Add in lemon juice & broccoli. Add in shrimp. Cook over a medium heat until broccoli is tender & shrimp is fully heated.

Once grits are cooked, turn off heat and add in the butter and cheese. Stir to combine. Pour grits into 4 bowls and top with shrimp mixture. Serve at once.

Serves: 4

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Duck Egg Scramble

Farmers markets are wonderful things. The produce always lasts longer because it hasn't had to travel across the country and sit on a pallet before reaching you. The produce is always in season. Sometimes you run into a neighbor or friend. But my favorite thing about farmers markets is discovering new foods. 

Today I discovered duck eggs. The stand I was planning to buy chicken eggs from had run out, but they still had some duck eggs. A bit unsure of what to expect, I decided to take the plunge and try them! The people from Canter Hill Farm assured me that they were delicious -- richer than chicken eggs and good for baking.

They were right. I just made the most delicious, rich, amazing duck egg scramble. But don't take my word for it, try the recipe for yourself!

Duck Egg Scramble with pomegranate seeds


Duck Egg Scramble


  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of oil (I used coconut)
  • 1 small bunch (about 1 cup) of raw broccoli, chopped (including the stock) 
  • 1/4 cup raw cranberries, chopped
  • 3 duck eggs
  • ounce or two of cheddar cheese, crumbled (optional)
  • lemon pepper 



Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat. Add onions, and stir until they start to slightly brown. Lower heat a little. Add the broccoli, and continue stirring. Add in cranberries.

Once the broccoli starts to tenderizer, push the veggie mixture to one side of the pan. Crack the 3 duck eggs in the space you created. Stir the eggs until it starts to be cooked. Add lemon pepper to egg mixture. Once eggs are almost cooked, blend with everything else. Once eggs are fully cooked, add the cheese and mix in to melt. Stir everything together over low heat for a few more seconds, and serve immediately with fresh fruit.

Serves: 1