Photos by Mikaela Bisson
Everyone loves a good brunch. I’m all for avocado toast and eggs Benedict, but next thing you know you’ve dropped $60 and all you have to show for it is a food baby.
This week, we’re tackling the classic Marmalade Cafe breakfast. A meal so rewarding but so not in the budget.
My roommate and I woke up Sunday morning (OK, technically afternoon) and were starving. Our fruit bowl had three potatoes, a couple of peppers and a juicy red onion.
We decided to stay in and bring Marmalade to us. Now it’s my turn to teach you how to do the same.
First off, you’ll need a couple things:
- 2-4 eggs, depending how hungry you are
- Splash of water or milk
- Half a cup of chopped red onion
- Red, orange and yellow bell peppers
- 2 large potatoes (I used white sweet potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ Slice of butter
Optional add ons include:
- 4 slices of bacon
- 2 slices of toast
- Half an avocado
1. Chop the potatoes into small cubes.
2. Precook your potatoes. This can be done by roasting them in the oven, but since we’re all college students and absolutely none of us have time for that, you can cook them in two-minute intervals in the microwave . They’re ready to go in the pan when you are able to easily poke them with a fork.
3. While the potatoes are in the microwave, heat up the oil in a medium skillet.
4. Toss the potatoes in, on medium heat, and let them start cooking.
5. Chop the onion and bell peppers into small cubes as well.
6. When the potatoes begin browning, mix in the onions and peppers.
When the potato mix is cooking, begin the eggs. What we’re making here is basic scrambled eggs, but you can cook them anyway you want!
7. Crack 2 to 4 eggs into a small bowl, depending on how hungry you are. Beat the eggs and simultaneously mix in about a ¼ cup of either milk or water to keep the eggs nice and fluffy. Top the mixture off with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Use the butter to grease the bottom of a small skillet. Once the butter is melted, pour in the eggs. Make sure to stir occasionally to avoid sticking.
Everyone’s stove is different, so cooking times may vary. The eggs should take about five to seven minutes to cook completely depending on desired consistency and number of eggs. Wait until the potatoes and peppers are significantly browned to put the eggs on.
If you want, you can go all in and make this into a full Marmalade breakfast with toast, bacon and even a side of avocado.
The best thing about this meal is it started out as a sort of an “everything but the kitchen sink” breakfast. My roommate and I combined all the random foods we had, and it turned out to be the same breakfast we almost went out and paid extra for.
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