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good stuff, no. 1

January 17, 2011

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directions for a delicious weekend lunch using 2 of my favorite things, leftovers and fried eggs:

for dinner the night before:
1. trim brussels sprouts and cut in half. in a skillet, saute pancetta until crispy, remove to a towel to drain. add a small drizzle of olive oil (if necessary), add sprouts, cook over high heat until browned and then turn down heat to cook until just softened (do not cook until mushy).
2. meanwhile, cook fresh pasta, tagliatelle is best here (i used the fresh whole-wheat pasta from waitrose). make sure you salt your water. drain when al dente, reserve a cup of the pasta water.
3. add the zest and juice of 1 lemon to the sprouts in the pan. add back in the pancetta, and a hefty grating of fresh parmesan cheese and lots of fresh ground pepper. add the pasta, thin with the pasta water to create a “sauce” and add more parmesan and salt as necessary. serve & enjoy.
4. save the leftover pasta! this is important.

the next day:
1. take leftover pasta out of your fridge, add a small bit of olive oil to your skillet (cleaned from the night before, hopefully). add pasta and a tiny bit of water just to loosen the pasta. cook until heated through.
2. meanwhile, fry an egg in another skillet in some olive oil.
3. add your hot pasta to a dish, top with fried egg. lunch is served.

  1. January 17, 2011 9:52 am

    Hi there Brian. Just wanted to drop by and tell you how much I appreciate your work and blog. Keep up the good work!

  2. January 17, 2011 10:51 am

    Fried egg over almost anything is delicious. This sounds perfect. Will have to have a go at it when the vegan is out of town.

  3. January 17, 2011 10:57 am

    Ahh! I always have leftover pasta… next time I a going to do this… brilliant, and beautiful!

  4. January 17, 2011 12:40 pm

    this looks delicious Brian, thanks for sharing!

  5. Laura. permalink
    January 17, 2011 3:11 pm

    um. YUM!!! i’m adding those ingredients to my shopping list immediately.

  6. Lee permalink
    January 17, 2011 3:51 pm

    Leftovers are the best. I miss your food posts so thanks for this.

  7. Sarah permalink
    January 17, 2011 7:09 pm

    Have not seen such a deep orange egg yolk in quite some time. Fried egg! With Brussels and pork! Cheers to that!

  8. January 18, 2011 12:22 am

    i have a soft spot for a good fried egg. this looks wonderful. i must try it.

  9. Pekiye permalink
    January 18, 2011 4:31 am

    Hi Brian, I’m just dropping by to let you know how much I appreciate your blog.
    Thank you for sharing such beautiful moments and pictures. I look forward to your posts. Cheers!

  10. January 18, 2011 5:44 am

    great stuff, thank you!

  11. January 18, 2011 6:37 am

    Hi Brian, you posted great photo and meal again :) I just wanted to say that your photos are my big inspiration last days. Thank you for it! You can see my pictures here:
    unfortunately i’m writing in polish but in future i will make english version too :)

  12. January 18, 2011 6:46 am

    hot diggity dog, that looks good! eggs are always so photogenic.

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  14. January 18, 2011 10:02 am

    wow, it is the perfect egg. those colors!

  15. January 18, 2011 1:12 pm

    Look at that yolk! You must be getting your eggs from the right place. :)

  16. January 18, 2011 1:46 pm

    yum! i think molly taught me that throwing a fried egg on top of almost anything will undoubtedly make it better. and i can’t believe how orange that egg yolk is! must be incredibly fresh.

  17. January 19, 2011 1:34 am

    that’s what i ate for dinner!!

  18. Ann permalink
    January 19, 2011 9:28 am

    I made this for dinner last night. Really delicious. :)
    I love your posts about your meals, Brian – I hope to read more of them in the future!

  19. February 1, 2011 7:20 am

    You’re such a talent.

    I honestly hate eggs.
    But this picture may have changed that. I still hate eggs
    but this picture is really fantastic.

  20. February 7, 2011 8:41 am

    I love egg pic… This one is nice and fun.

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