"I cannot live without books: but fewer will suffice where amusement, and not use, is the only future object." -- Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Toast Topping: Poached Egg & Ham

A relatively simple Toast Topping.
Toast Topping: Poached Egg & Ham
1 slice of multigrain bread toast
Ground Black pepper
2 Drops Hot Sauce
1 Slice of ham lunchmeat, diced
1 TBspn Mozzarella cheese, grated, or shredded, or diced
2 TBspns Water
1 egg
Topping: Cilantro dressing (Optional)
  •  Place toast on a plate.
  • Swipe toast with a light layer of mayo.
  • Sprinkle mayo with ground black pepper.
  • Add drops of hot sauce on top of toast.
  • Place ham chips evenly on toast.
  • Add layer of cheese over mayo and ham.
  • Place plate with toast and toppings in toaster oven. If it is still warm, let it sit, if cold, turn on toaster setting for about a minute until the cheese melts.
 Make poached egg:
  • Add water to a small microwaveable bowl.
  • Crack egg carefully and gently drop egg into water.
  • Place bowl in microwave.
  • Cover.
  • Microwave on high for approximately 30 seconds.
  • Remove bowl using a pot holder.
  • Remove toast from toaster using a pot holder.
  • Use a slotted ladle to lift egg gently out of water. Tip ladle a little to drain off water.
  • Add egg on top of cheese and ham.
  • Sprinkle with more ground black pepper.
Option: Add a dribble of Cilantro dressing.


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Art in a Pandemic -- "The Toilet Paper Story" Exhbiit at Galeria El Zapote by Manuel Taure

Recently, two friends and I visited the Galeria El Zapote to see Manuel Taure's exhibition "The Toilet Paper Story."
We were greeted by the Galeria owners. The Galeria is located in the front rooms of a large, beautifully renovated colonial home.
What I appreciated most about the exhibit was Taure's determination to produce art for viewing during a pandemic.
As more Mérida businesses begin to open gradually with COVID19 precautions in place, artists are struggling to find their audiences.
Taure uses a variety of methods to reach out to his audience. He sends out announcements to a diverse collection of businesses, galleries and people to generate interest in art.

The Galeria El Zapote was impressed with his efforts. So, they installed Taure's exhibit, "The Toilet Paper Story."
"The Toilet Paper Story" covers the timeframe from the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic to now. It captures with scenes and images the precautions people were advised to follow, how our language has changed to include words like: curfew, alerts, quarantine and online, and how we were affected and how we have adapted.

Personally, the theme of the exhibit brought up memories of toilet paper shortages, fights in grocery stores over toilet paper and more at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. So, his artwork caught my attention.

Within the exhibit, Taure tells nine stories printed on strips of toilet paper.

The stories captured in over 50 images, tell how life has changed for many during the pandemic in delicate woodcut designs.
How are we surviving? How are vendors adapting to prescribed precautions?
Get out and enjoy art, again.
Consider making an appointment to see Galeria El Zapote exhibits. It's like getting a private showing.

Support our community, support our artists.

Apoya a nuestra comunidad, apoya a nuestros artistas.


"The Toilet Paper Story" exhibit runs
until March 29, 2021 at:

El Zapote
C. 57 #545-A x 68 y 66
Mérida, Yucatán, México
Email El Zapote to make an appointment to view
"The Toilet Paper Story."
Manuel Taure is a designer, printmaker, and illustrator.
Yucatan Today
Galeria El Zapote

Friday, March 19, 2021

Microwave: Mug O'Creole Bread Pudding

First, I am shocked.
This recipe calls for over 11 ingredients. Me, make a recipe with more than 5 ingredients, never.
What happened?
I am getting more comfortable cooking recipes that call for more than 5 ingredients, especially, if the ingredients are fairly common. 
Ok, ok, I know that reducing a recipe for many to a recipe for one often does not produce the same flavor combinations.

Also, reducing a recipe for many to a recipe for one is often not exact.

Second, I was surprised this recipe uses baguette bread rather than a slice of bread, and it gave this bread pudding quite a different flavor and texture! The pudding is more dense.
Mug O’Creole Bread Pudding
(Adapted from: Best of the Best V8, p126)


A Dab Vegetable oil
1-3 Drops Hot sauce
5-8 Dashes Onion flakes
3-5 Grinds Ground black pepper
1 Tspn Chorizo, torn into bits
1 TBspn Apple cider vinegar or 3 Tbspns pickle juice
1 Dollop Coconut cream & a dab of water, or milk
1 Dollop Cream
1 Egg
1 Piece of Baguette bread, very small or slice of bread, torn in pieces
2 TBspns Shredded cheese

DIY Sour cream, a sprinkle of cilantro dressing
Variation: Add sprinkles of Parmesan Cheese


  • Add oil, hot sauce, onion, pepper and chorizo to a mug.
  • Stir.
  • Microwave 15-30 seconds.
  • Add coconut cream, cream and egg to mug.
  • Whip and stir ingredients thoroughly.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Stir and mix to make sure bread is soaked in liquids.
  • Place mug in microwave, cover mug with a saucer.
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  • Check to see if liquid had cooked off. Microwave 30-60 seconds more, if necessary.
  • Eat from the mug or spread over a piece of toast with a bit of mayo.
  • Add topping of choice.

Tip: coconut creme adds a delightful flavor.
Note: photos taken from two different times,
I made this recipe.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Freakin Frugal: Mrs F has severe burns and needs help (March 2021)

I learned of Amy's accident via Mr F's video on the Freakin Frugal YouTube channel.
Mr and Mrs. Freakin Frugal are in the same situation as millions of us. We can't afford quality health care, so if we have serious health issues, we often go into debt.
I enjoy Mr. and Mrs' Frugal videos and tips. I hope Mrs F gets well soon.