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Even though we don’t have any Irish heritage in our family (as far as I know), St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal here in the US, so my daughter asked if we were going to do something to celebrate it. I actually find it quite fun – there’s a St. Patrick’s Day street race which I’ve been many times, there’s green everywhere, and there’s beer (sometimes green too). And since my kids still like Dr. Seuss’ books (including “Green Eggs and Ham”), I tried to mix those together as the dinner theme… And I’ll definitely need to improve my presentation skills for this one.


I imagined it would be quite easy to do that – while cooking the eggs, drop some food coloring on the yolk and that would be it. Well, not as easy. The drops started falling off the yolk into the whites, and trying to do “bring them back up” only caused one of the yolks to break… The ham steak wasn’t as hard, although the color wasn’t as uniform as I’d like. The kids actually liked it, though, so I’ll likely try it again next year, this time trying something different to make the picture as it is below (minus Sam-I-Am).


Ingredients (for 2 people):

  • 1 large ham steak
  • 2 eggs
  • green food coloring
  • 1/2 tbsp. butter

Prepare the eggs: in a large non-stick pan, melt the butter and add the eggs at least 1” apart (so they don’t mix). Cover with a lid and wait for about 30-60 seconds, until the yolk starts hardening. Carefully drop some green food coloring on the yolks, and, using a brush, very lightly bring the drops up as the gravity brings them toward the white. When they’re done enough, remove and reserve.

In the same pan, add the ham steak and drop some more food coloring on it, brushing it on its surface. Cook it for 3 minutes on one side, then turn it and add some more drops of the coloring.



Meat loaf

Posted: December 23, 2010 in American, Beef, Food, Poultry

Source: Modified from a recipe from Real Simple magazine (from about 8 years ago, I think the recipe is this one).


History: This is a typical American dish, which we’ve adopted to our family since we’ve loved it the first time we tried – and all other times I made it.

Variation from the original: I frankly don’t remember what the original was, but a few things I know I do differently: the meat mixture varies every time I make it, depending on what I have in my fridge; the original recipe asked for jalapeños, which I never have at home so I never use.

Ingredients from specialty stores: None


  • 1lb lean ground beef
  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • salt & pepper

In a skillet, heat the oil, add the onion, celery and garlic, salt, pepper and cook until the vegetables start to soften. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, then mix together the tomato sauce, milk and bread crumbs. Add the meat and the vegetables, and mix well to combine, adding more salt to season the meat.

In a small (9×5) loaf pan, add the bacon strips at the bottom, making a loose “basket”. Add the meat mixture in the pan, then pull the strips over the meat.


Heat the oven to 350ºF. Bake the meat loaf with a thermometer until the internal temperature reaches 155ºF (about 60-90 minutes). When it’s done, tilt the pan to pour off the fat, holding the meat in place with a spatula. Serve it with rice and mashed potatoes.