Heirloom Tomato, Fried Egg, and Goat Cheese


Yesterday I headed down to San Francisco for ALT. After my last experience left me a bit confused and overwhelmed, I decided to give it one more go. While I’m still parsing through all the conversations and ideas I had, for the most part, the speakers left me kind of meh (except for Mike Mccue from Flipboard). However, through all those conversations and interactions (plus time on the train- trains always help me with clarity), I realized a few things that could be summed up into one snippet:

Focus and don’t be afraid of failure (or success). 

I have ideas, all food, photography and tech related and while I’m still sketching everything out,  I need to let a few things go and focus. Even talking with people, I can tell that once I tell them all the things I’m trying to juggle, they feel exhausted for me. And frankly, I feel exhausted. I’m good at saying, “look at me! look at all the things I can do at once! It’s amazing!” However, there’s the voice of my reason (aka my father) who told me that if you’re going to do something half-assed, you might as well not do it all. I’ve been half-assing almost everything and it’s time to stop. It’s time to focus. My book manuscript is due in less than two weeks but after that, I’m taking a break and having a major brainstorming/life-figuring-out session with myself. It’s going to be great.

Onto the food! I hesitate even calling this a recipe but I’m hoping to share more of these simple combinations with you. I forget that things that seem kind of “well, duh” aren’t always that way for other people (and the same can be held true in reverse, I’ve been on the receiving end of, “how did you not know that?!?” many a times.) One of the things I hear most, however, is a need and desire for simple.

So, here’s the “recipe”:

Heirloom Tomato, Fried Egg, and Goat Cheese
Author: Erin Alderson
Serves: 1
  • 1 small heirloom tomato
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 ounce crumbly cheese
  • Salt, Pepper
  1. Slice tomato and arrange on plate.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet and crack egg. Cook egg until desired egg yolk consistency (I board on medium to hard, but occasionally will whip up an over-easy egg).
  3. Place fried egg on plate with tomatoes and crumble cheese on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon olive oil.
  4. Multiply recipe for number of people needed.

(By the way, I used this White Cheddar Goat Cheese and it was delicious. Yay for local cheese!)

Happy Friday!