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Reclamation Recipes # 3 Millie’s Brunch Burrito

You may recognize this avatar that represents my Grandmother Millie as one of the characters in my Idiom Cafe Series. Before blog fame made her a household name, Grandma Millie’s fridge was legendary.  She was a child of the depression, deeply religious and was the first one to throw that “There are children in (insert impoverished country here) who would be very grateful for that last bite of spinach”. The fridge held dozens of tiny containers and baggies holding the likes of  3 string beans and 4 broccoli crowns and half of a chopped red bell pepper. I opened the door to mine the other day and had a flashback. It was time to channel my inner Millie and make use of the bits and pieces. In back to back weeks, I had assignments for omelets and then grainy, healthy lunches. I was left of all sorts of chopped and blanched veggies, an extra dozen eggs and some lavash bread. . It was time for a reclamation brunch.

Millie’s Brunch Burrito

5 eggs

2 tbs. milk

1 tbs butter or olive oil

1/4 C. blanched swiss chard, chopped fine

1/4 chopped red bell pepper

4 steamed broccoli crowns, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp crushed red pepper

2 lavash breads

salt and pepper to taste

hot sauce if desired

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and melt the butter (or olive oil) and add the onion and allow to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and saute for an additional 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for an additional minute.

Whip the eggs with the milk and add to the pan, swirling around to coat the bottom of the skillet around the vegetables. Let the eggs set and then lift up the sides of the omelet with a spatula and allow the egg to run underneath. When the omelet is fully set take a plate roughly the same size as the omelet and lay it flat over the eggs. Carefully flip the omelet out of the pan and onto the plate and return it to the pan on the undercooked side. Let it cook  an additional minute and remove to a cutting board.

Lay the lavash bread on a flat surface wide side facing you, slice the omelet in strips, fill the middle of the flatbread with omelet strips, season with more salt and pepper to taste, hot sauce if you like, ketchup if you dare, fold right and left sides toward the middle, about 2 inches from each side, roll and tuck eggs as you fold bottom of the bread toward the center and finishing rolling until the seam is under the roll. Cut in 2, serve and eat. Enjoy.

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Idiom Cafe Vol. 8 NYC Lays an Egg

Millie: Boy, did NYC lay an egg with this storm.

George: You’ve said a mouthful, what a bunch of turkeys in The Big Apple.

Millie: Bloomberg, our Big Cheese, really has egg on his face.

George: Yeah, he is really full of beans.

Millie: Guess nothing left to do but just wait it out and be a couch potato.

George: And wait to see if the Big Enchilada eats some humble pie.


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Idiom Cafe Vol. 7

Millie: Where have you been George, it’s kind of fishy that you haven’t been around?

George:  In a nutshell, I bought a new Prius, was enjoying the spice of life in my  apple red baby and reveling in my pie in the sky ideals about green responsibility…and then…

Millie: What? Tell me…get to the meat and potatoes…

George: I was driving near the old citrus grove…on Grapefruit Rd…..tried to take that banana curve a little too fast….the brakes stuck like they had  day old oatmeal and maple syrup on them…and I went straight into a fruit stand.

Millie: My word, sugar…were you ok?

George:  The workers were out to lunch, so nobody got mashed…my car is kind of pear shaped now…but I’m cool as a cucumber.

Millie:  Well good, Honey…funny though…that Toyota is supposed to be putting out the cream of the crop…but lately… they are selling nothing but lemons.

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Idiom Cafe Volume 6.

Millie: Seems as if this Tiger guy really got caught with his finger in the pie, huh?

George: Ah, you cannot have your cake and eat it too, that’s for sure.

Millie: Now some of his sponsors are dropping him like a hot potato.

George: That’s the way the cookie crumbles.  Money, fame and lots of low hanging fruit seems to be a recipe for disaster.

Millie: In a nutshell…maybe eating some dirt will teach him that the gravy train still has a few gaps in the track.


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Idiom Cafe Volume 5

Millie: Did you see Palin milking it on Oprah?

George: She must really think we fell off the apple cart.

Millie: She tries to be nice as pie but it always comes off as sour grapes.

George: I still thinks she wants to be the big cheese but she just acts corny.

Millie: I think she is full of beans.

George: She wants to be seen as a different kettle of fish but it’s just pieces of the same cake.

Millie: That book is selling like hot cakes, though.

George: One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

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Idiom Cafe Volume 4: Meet George and Millie

George: What did you expect…a knish with a zipper?

Millie: What’s cooking,honey?


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