breakfast

white bean shakshuka with goat cheese + 2019 intentions

white bean shakshuka with goat cheese | marina gunn

January is here and so are the January scaries. January serves as my least favorite and most favorite month. It’s cold, but cozy. It’s the beginning of a fresh new year and I love taking a step back and looking at the past year and setting goals and benchmarks for myself for the new year.

Some of my 2019 intentions are:

  1. Embracing joy and simplicity in the everyday moments. Celebrating small victories and letting go of what I cannot control.

  2. Focus and protect energy and time, redirecting it to things I enjoy and love (food, family, friends are a few of mine).

  3. Purchasing more intentionally (less is more). Buying vintage or gently used clothing when possible and putting thought into where I’m buying new items (focus on sustainable and local businesses.)

  4. Exercising more regularly. I always feel better and my mood shifts to a much more positive and productive version of myself when I do something active every day.

  5. Journal and read more. Daily reflection does wonders for my mental health.

  6. Listen to podcasts. Any suggestions? I’m so excited to jump in and learn different things.

  7. Make food more fun. Cook more, write more and hopefully learn more about cooking, baking, and sharing that with you!

I focus on less final goal “achievements” and more on how I can make small changes towards what I know makes me a happier and a better human being. It’s about more of the good and less of the not-so-good. More joy, less negativity. More water, less caffeine. More sleep, less sleepless nights. More focus, less distraction.

So, without further ado, my first recipe of 2019 is the perfect recipe for a lazy, cold, dark January Saturday morning. In less than 30 minutes you can have a brunch for you and three friends, allowing you to save money and sleep more. What more could you want? Happy January, friends. Here’s to more good food, friends, family and less of everything else that doesn’t spark joy. Here’s to more shakshuka for sure.


white bean shakshuka with goat cheese | marina gunn

white bean shakshuka with goat cheese

*recipe adapted from Molly Yeh’s Shakshuka O’s + inspired by our favorite dish from Heirloom Cafe

Instructions

In a large skillet with high sides, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, ½ tsp salt. Stir and cook for 10-12 minutes until onions are transparent. Add the garlic, cumin, harissa, paprika, a pinch of salt, and cook about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and white beans.

With a wooden spoon, create four wells and crack in your eggs. Cover and simmer until the whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny (5-6 minutes). Sprinkle salt and top with goat cheese and parsley and serve.

ingredients

3 tb olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

kosher salt

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tb ground cumin

2 tsp harissa

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tb tomato paste

1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes

1 can white beans (cannellini or great northern)

4 large eggs

crumbled goat cheese

chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


bagel + lox mini galettes and some christmas cheer

bagel + lox mini galettes and some christmas cheer

A recipe that mixes the best carbs and savory flavors that always remind me of Christmas morning when we would eat a combination of bagels and lox and egg + sausage breakfast casserole.

When I was 8 or so, I loved (and still love) Christmas so much that I wanted it to be perfect and last all day, so I would make Christmas itineraries that outlined the day hour per hour.

Example: 6am: wake up and put on Christmas pajamas, 6:15am: put the kettle on the stove for hot cocoa, 6:30am open stockings.

You can’t make this stuff up.

I was like the Christmas rule maker, opening 1 present every 10 minutes for maximum Christmas cheer, only to pause for breakfast and savoring every last bite of our bagels and lox in front of our hotter-than-hell farmhouse fireplace, grinning from ear-to-ear as we read Santa’s letter that he left on the counter.

So as a nod to Christmas mornings + warm pastries, I made the tiniest, miniest galettes filled with dill cream cheese + topped with lox, red onions, and capers.