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Kimchi scrambled eggs
We’re starting a new, tiny column: It’s called “Just Do It,” and our goal is to give you smart ideas — some guidance when you don’t know what to do with things you most likely have. Nothing will be complicated, most or all things will probably not have a formal recipe, and everything will be quick with minimal ingredients. (Is the name “The Minimalist” taken?)
I am strangely specific about what I eat for breakfast each day. Maybe it’s because breakfast happens so soon after I wake up, but things either really appeal or really do not in a way that is not as intense as the rest of the day. (It’s like being pregnant, I swear.) A week or so ago, I ate Lucky Charms every morning for a week — yes, I’m serious, I’m sorry. Some mornings only an English muffin with melted cheddar, garlic powder, and coarse salt will do. Bagels definitely make appearances, though usually on the weekends. And very rarely — but it happens — I want scrambled eggs.
Scrambled eggs are a serious business in our family. People have their preferences, and they stick to them fervently. Mark and I like them on the less cooked side, and Nick and Kathleen basically think we’re disgusting — they like them well done (I’m sure you could have guessed this, but Holden prefers them that way, too). For me, though, not only do I like them a specific way, but I really only like them when I truly want them.
A couple days ago was one of those days. But eggs didn’t fully fit the bill — I needed something salty and delicious to complement them. I’ve still got a bunch of kimchi in the refrigerator, which seemed like the perfect addition (it was).
Oil, eggs, chopped kimchi, salt and pepper. I like to whisk my eggs for a while, and add a bit of water to them — it makes them fluffier (thanks to Earlene for the tip). Cook the eggs in the oil briefly (however briefly you want, wink wink) before you add the kimchi. I forgot to drain the kimchi, so it was a little soupy and I found myself wishing I had some rice to go with it — and then I thought okay next time I am definitely adding some rice, and also some scallions. Probably will also drizzle it with soy sauce. At that point, though, it’s not quite as minimalist.