Fin lives in California's Central Valley and is interested in social issues and creative writing.
Breakfast: the Most Important Meal of the Day
You want to start your day off right. A nice shower, a hot cup of coffee and of course, some good eats. You will need the energy to help you negotiate traffic and prepare for the hussle and bussle your day will bring you. Frustrated customers, nosy coworkers, an irate boss. A long morning without a nap. It's not the weekend after all. You need to make it to lunch...and then.
But until then, you are going to need to make it through the morning. And you may work in an environment where the access to the company snack bar is an inconvenient jaunt down several flights of stairs until you reach the darkened corner at the end of the hall. Or you may have to walk across several stoplights just to get to that convenience store. You want to make sure you get something that helps you make it through the journey. Something that sticks to your ribs.
It is estimated that anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the population skips breakfast routinely or that anyone of us skips breakfast breakfast at least 25 to 50 percent of the time. Those are estimates that I actually came up with myself based on guessing and personal experience so please don't ask me to cite a source because I don't have one. Those figures however seem pretty sensible if they are not accurate.
Be honest, how many days a week do you skip breakfast?
A Short History of the Burrito
Variations of this can be found on various online sources and there are two that sound pretty plausible so I will mention them here.
One source reports that it was a practice of indigenous tribes to wrap foods approximately 10,000 years before a man named Jesus Christ was walking on the planet. A more specified resource, Wikipedia states: "An often repeated piece of folk history is the story of a man named Juan Méndez who sold tacos at a street stand in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez during the Mexican Revolution period (1910–1921), while using a donkey as a transport for himself and his food."
Obviously both versions differ greatly and in reality the truth may never be known.
It is interesting to note that a similar eating vessel appears throughout many cultures: You have your gyro, egg roll, your modern day wrap. And in reality, the burrito is basically a sandwich. A portable way to carry food.
Gary's Quick Steak Seasoning
Just a note, this is a very simple recipe and you can probably decide for yourself how you want to prepare your items. I like mine done all separately because then I can just mix them in the way I like. Also, I can ensure that each item is to my preference. Some people like to mix everything together - eventually, inside the burrito it will be that way - but then you have to be careful not to overdo something like the eggs and under cook the potatoes.
There is a mild science to it and I don't want to make this sound any more complicated than necessary. I live by myself and cook for one so not all my practices will appeal to everyone reading this. Also, I keep mine pretty basic, meat, cheese , egg (1 only) and potatoes. A basic flour tortilla as well, and there are options available for you out there as well.
I cook everything on the stove top and since I am preparing the meat in the same pan I want to warm the tortilla on, I am putting my ingredients aside in small dishes. After I transfer my food, I wash the pan I cooked the meat in and reheat it. I then heat tortilla for about a minute on each side, flipping it a little more after.
Fill and Fold
After heating up the tortilla, transfer it to a plate or flat surface. Add your ingredients. I usually start with the potatoes and then space the meat out on top. Then I add the egg and top it with cheese. Put anything else you want in it too. You can add ketchup or another sauce if you wish.
Fold it upwards so it looks like a half moon. Tuck in the side corner and then fold it up again.
After this, I like to put it back on the griddle for a bit, to warm everything up and melt the cheese.
A Pretty Good, Well-Rounded Breakfast
I have come to enjoy the breakfast burrito because you can have everything you want in a small portable, consumable carrying case.
You have your meat, egg, cheese and potato. You can cook the egg(s) anyway you like actually, and putting an over easy egg into this would not be that messy if you wrap it right.
You can make one for breakfast and then another to take with you. Wrap it in foil and then you'll have another snack when you get hungry in a couple of hours.