Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Quick Dinner and the 5 Hour Egg

So one day I got home and had approximately 20 minutes to make and eat dinner before I had to leave again.  What was I to do??

I opened the fridge and surveyed the contents ... pulling out the things that looked tasty to me:
- 1 bag of spinach
- 1 kielbasa
- 1 block white cheddar cheese
- 1 container teriyaki sauce

Then I set about combining the ingredients in a delicious manner:
  1. Slice the kielbasa - easy enough, right?
  2. Toss into a pan with a little oil over medium heat
  3. Rinse the spinach and put into a bowl
  4. Add the sauteed keilbasa
  5. Shred some cheese on top
  6. Drizzle some teriyaki sauce over the mixture
Total hardware used: 1 pan, 1 knife, 1 cutting board, 1 grater.
Total time used: ~5 minutes
Taste: amazingly delicious!

To me, this dish works because of all the contrasts.  The cool crisp greens and the warm tender kielbasa, the sweet tanginess of the teriyaki sauce and the creamy goodness of the slightly melted cheddar cheese.

Some Saturday after that, when I had more time, I decided I would try another extreme experiment, this time with eggs!  I had come across this post earlier and so I thought I'd try it.

It's pretty easy!

Oven -> 200 degrees or so.
Eggs -> into oven.

Wait 5 hours!

Very interesting flavors.  I could definitely taste the "nuttiness" and "browned flavors" that were talked about, but I'd say it's not worth 5 hours except as a novelty thing.

I'll have to try this again, except in more controlled temperature conditions - sous vide, perhaps?  =]

Maybe like this.  4 hours at 154 deg F, here I come!


  1. I still want some sous vide scrambled eggs!

  2. your quick dinner looks good. and the eggs too. man, i really want to eat eggs now.

  3. I am a fan of random meat + sauce on top of salad. In fact, whenever I eat spaghetti, I like to eat salad with marinara/ground beef. Yeah, kinda weird.

    I agree with you on the 5-hour egg thing - not that I've tried it, but if it takes five hours of oven on-time, I'd rather it be "one of the best things I've ever eaten" rather than "interesting flavors." :P