Winner of Your Best Weekday Breakfast Recipe

April 16, 2014

Congratulations to Kathleen @ hapanom, whose Breakfast Fried Rice won the contest for Your Best Weekday Breakfast Recipe

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
As a fine arts student in college, I spent a semester in Italy learning Italian. There I took a cooking class and learned just how wonderful simple, fresh ingredients could be. The Italians love of local food bled into their dishes and suddenly I was more aware of what I was eating. The juxtaposition of the crusty outside of a loaf of bread verses its soft, pillowy inside; the perfectly developed saltiness of cured meats; and of course the slight yet enjoyable pucker from a sip of the local red wine. Food wasn’t just a pleasurable form of sustenance, it was a love affair -- and it changed my whole outlook on food.

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What's your least favorite kitchen task?
Despite how much I love salads and how frequently I eat them, washing lettuce is my least favorite kitchen task. I think it stems from childhood -- every night as my mother would prepare dinner, I was tasked with washing the lettuce for a salad. To this day, I still hate washing lettuce.

Your favorite kitchen tool?
My Wusthof chef's knife -- I've had it for 10 years, I use it all the time, and it still looks great!   

What is your idea of comfort food?
For me, comfort food is anything with carbs! My mother's spaghetti with meat sauce is a childhood favorite. I could eat an entire pot of that stuff! 

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Gee…there have been so many, which one do I choose? I'd have to say, my first experience making pasta...complete and utter disaster! I didn’t knead the dough long enough and so it did not run properly through the pasta machine -- it stuck and tore in the rollers. I salvaged what I could and decided that the dough looked thin enough, despite not passing it through the thinnest setting recommended. I piped the ravioli filling onto the pathetic looking sheet of dough, but the filling turned out to be too watery and it oozed out of the seams. At that point, both the kitchen and I were covered with flour. As both the pot of water and my blood were beginning to boil, I dropped the ‘ravioli’ into the water and scooped them out as they began to float to the surface. I took a bite. The dough (which was not rolled out to its thinnest point) had thickened into what resembled a tough pasta puck, and the filling was nonexistent; in fact, the filling was floating in the pot of water. At this point I just needed to leave the kitchen. I opened up a bottle of wine...a big bottle, the 1500-milliliter bottle of wine. Shortly thereafter, my husband came home to find me outside on our deck, wine glass in hand, covered with flour and staring blankly off into the yard. I must have had some look on my face, because immediately he said, ‘Oh my God, what did I do?’ I assured him he didn’t do anything, and that I was just exhausted from the mayhem that occurred in the kitchen earlier. Needless to say, we ordered takeout that night. 

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Cynthia C. April 18, 2014
Woohoo Kathleen!!!!! Congrats!!!! And this fried rice looks sooooo good.
Kathleen |. April 19, 2014
Thanks, Cynthia!
Caroline @. April 16, 2014
Congratulations! Nasi Lemak is one of my all time favourite breakfasts and this looks like a great alternative. Rice is definitely a breakfast food.
Kathleen |. April 18, 2014
Thank you! I've never had Nasi Lemak, but it sounds wonderful - I love anything cooked with coconut milk!
SallyM April 16, 2014
Congratulations Kathleen, I also tested your rice and it was delicious. I make fried rice all the time for hungry kid meals. It's the best comfort food - it's also the best when it's made at home! Congrats on your win! Sally
Kathleen |. April 18, 2014
Hi Sally! Thanks for testing my recipe, I'm so glad you liked it! It's definitely one of my favorite comfort foods too!
aargersi April 16, 2014
Congratulations! Love the dish, and I love the sad vision of you staring off into the distance, wine in hand, back facing the disaster :-)
April April 16, 2014
Congrats Kathleen!!!! I'm so happy for you!! :)
Kathleen |. April 16, 2014
Thanks, April!
Kim D. April 16, 2014
Congratulations Kathleen! I was a tester for this dish, the title definitely caught my eye as something I would like. Sure enough, I mostly had everything on hand - and I had my first recipe to test in an official manner.
Kathleen |. April 16, 2014
Wow - thanks for testing my dish! I have not yet tested a recipe in an official manner, but hope to do so soon!
ChefJune April 16, 2014
Big Congrats, Kathleen. I'm making your winning recipe for brunch this Sunday! And the tears are still running down my face from laughing about your pasta fiasco!
Kathleen |. April 16, 2014
Thanks! I hope you enjoy the dish as much as I do! Sadly the pasta fiasco is not my only kitchen disaster - but boy do they make for good stories!