Monday, March 31, 2014

I Would Never Judge Someone Who Ate a Tim Tam for Breakfast

A friend brought some Tim Tams back from a trip to Singapore. I had heard about them from listening to Walking the Room, a podcast for which the Tim Tam is the patron cookie. Tim Tams are Australian cookies; chocolate biscuits with chocolate in between them and all around them. They are amazing.

Heaven in a sleeve.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Breakfast Tacos Are Life

One of my greatest disappointments in living in Atlanta is the lack of breakfast tacos. Most folks from around here have never even heard of one; they know the breakfast burrito, and if they are lucky they've at least had some sort of tostada shell or pile of tortillas served near eggs and a meat, but the breakfast taco is still an unknown quantity.

Being from Texas, breakfast tacos are life itself. Rather than continue to complain about the lack of them, I learned to make them, refining my favorite combinations over time. The ingredients change slightly to reflect what might be in the fridge on any given Sunday, but the gist is the same:

1. Corn tortillas (homemade corn tortillas. This is not negotiable)
2. Chorizo
3. Eggs cooked in saturated fat
4. Jalapenos

 Notice there is no cheese or salsa here. Both can be quite fine on a breakfast taco, but I find neither necessary. Cheese can sometimes distract from the flavor of the chorizo (which really is the key to the whole taco), and salsa of less-than-perfect consistency can make a watery mess. I go with pickled jalapeno slices, which bring a little heat and a little crunch, without interfering with taste or texture.

The greatest vindication of my taco-style has been the reaction of my boyfriend, who is from Atlanta and had never had a breakfast taco before we met three years ago. He questioned the idea at first, but took to it like a duck to water. He eats them with great gusto (at our home and in restaurants from here to Austin) and doesn't miss cheese, potatoes or salsa, all standards of the restaurant version.