When I work a Saturday at the library, I often have a lot of time on my hands. Yesterday, this meant that I spent a good long time sorting through the recipes and craft tutorials and articles and videos I’ve bookmarked over the past few months. A lot of the time, I can’t even remember why I saved a particular article, but in most cases, they are recipes or crafts or hacks that I want to try eventually (I saved one about reducing wrist strain by teaching yourself to mouse with your left hand, something that I am definitely going to try).
But what really caught my eye yesterday (and not just because it was before lunch and I was starving) was the recipe for huevos rancheros from the Smitten Kitchen. So while I was at the grocery store this morning, I picked up some tortillas and salsa-making ingredients. I realized later that I still have half a jar of regular old salsa in the fridge from last weekend, but I’m glad I decided to make the salsa fresca, because who knew making your own salsa was so easy? (Well, probably a lot of people knew that. But I didn’t!) I am sure there are better, less sloppy ways to cut up tomatoes, and I probably didn’t need to be afraid to use an entire jalapeno, but oh man was this simple and fresh and fantastic.
Now I’m going to be completely honest here and say that the cooking of the tortilla and egg wasn’t a pretty situation. In fact, it was a complete mess, which happens pretty much any time I attempt to cook eggs. Luckily for me, eggs aren’t the type of food that need to be pretty to taste good. Because this meal? Tasted SO DAMN GOOD. It combines so many of my favorite flavors lately – tortillas, cheese, eggs, fresh salsa, black beans, a little bit of sour cream. It’s hearty and healthy and quick and it even contains protein, which is sometimes a struggle for me when I am cooking. I will have to perfect my technique, but even if I can’t get it right, I will continue to make this for myself. Often.