We have been hunkered down inside since Friday overtaken by a blizzard. Our final snow count? 16 inches. It was a doozy of a snowfall, and a fantastically beautiful one at that. As much as I love getting outside, exploring the city, I also love an excuse to stay inside and do basically nothing. Nothing is a bit relative, considering I am knee-deep in wedding invitations, workshop planning, and more wedding planning, but an excuse to just lounge in my pajamas all day is quite welcome. The cats are loving it.
My would-have-been-a-meteorolgist-in-a-second-life Dad called me on Friday to tell me- "Emily, make sure you have plenty of food in the house. At least 3 days worth. This storm is going to be a big one." I reassured him that we would not go hungry- especially since I had a giant batch of this heart-warming dal in the freezer and had stocked up on avocados, bananas, and nuts- you know, all of the essentials, but I also kind of thought he was over-reacting. Oops.
Now what does this recipe have to do with this blizzard and our 16 inches of fluff? Nothing really except for the fact that it most likely does not require a trip to the store and can be made comfortably in your pajamas while watching Youtube videos of James Corden and John Mulaney. I may or may not know this from personal experience.
It tastes a little like pizza but does not require an oven or a tip to the delivery guy. A sprinkling of cheese to take it to the next level is totally optional. Good quality extra-virgin olive oil, however, is not.
The Best 5 Minute Tomato and Egg Toast
1 thick slice of your favorite bread, toasted (I used a local rosemary and olive oil bread from Metropolitan Bakery)
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon tomato paste
pinch of fresh oregano leaves, chopped, or dried oregano, crumbled
salt and pepper, to taste
Toast bread. While warm, rub with garlic clove sliced in half. Fry egg. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in pan over medium-high heat and. Add egg, turn heat to medium, and allow to cook until desired doneness. I cover mine with a domed lid to help the white steam a little and cook faster. Meanwhile, mix remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and tomato paste in a small bowl until combined. Place egg on garlic toast, top with oil mixture, and sprinkle with oregano and salt and pepper. Enjoy. Makes 1 egg toast.
Optional toppings to spiff it up: sliced avocado, a shower of Parmigiano-Reggiano, basil instead of oregano, a sprinkling of cayenne or dash of hot sauce for some heat. Play around, have some fun, make something delicious.