I Nominate Eggs for Lunch

scramble pocket

Why are eggs only offered as breakfast? Do you know how many times I’ve been hung over at work and walked to about six different “cafeteria” type places asking if they could make me a fried egg and cheese sandwich for lunch?!?! (For the record, Au Bon Pain will serve a fake egg sandwich during lunch time).

I just don’t get it. Eggs are delicious. Eggs are nutritious. Eggs are malicious. Fine, they’re not malicious, but I have this weird thing that I have to write in threes so that was the first word that came to mind that rhymed.

Anyway, the reason this nomination came up was that I worked from home today. And besides the embarrassment of watching TRL for a half sec and seeing Heidi Montag or whatever try to freestyle while Nelly provided background beats, I loved emailing in bed. But of course my favorite part of working from home is that I get to cook my own lunch. Now sure, most days of the week I bring in something that I had previously cooked, but it’s not the same. I love leftovers. But it’s not the same.

So although the above isn’t some culinary masterpiece, I was thrilled to eat some homemade eggs for my noon meal. I got to think about what I was craving (always eggs) and make it on the spot. Not just the usual of having to psych myself up for whatever leftovers are sitting in the fridge.

I therefore officially nominate eggs to be a required dish for lunch or, alternatively, to import breakfast-all-the-time Jersey diners to every corner in every city in every country.

Egg Scramble Pita Pocket

Place whole wheat pita in a 200 degree oven to warm through. Sautee mushrooms in some extra virgin, then add diced roasted red peppers and keep on low heat until sufficiently hot. On a plate, crumble feta cheese. Push the mushrooms and peppers to one side and crank up the heat. Add butter to the empty side and crack two eggs. Scramble just the eggs and when 75% done incorporate the veggies and then crumble on the cheese and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pull the pita out of the oven and cut down the middle, creating pockets. Pry open the pita and pour in the scramble. If you’re me, take pictures before eating.

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  • Caroline April 15, 2008  

    I’m with you– eggs are the perfect lunch (and dinner)! And they’re so cheap; I don’t see why places can’t keep a few on hand for the occasional lunchtime request.

    Eggs first thing in the morning always seemed odd to me. My roommate was making some as I was leaving for work this morning, and the smell kind of turned my stomach… it was just too early for all that.

    I do miss Jersey diners, but I think they’d lose their charm if they were everywhere. DC would manage to screw them up somehow.

  • Clay April 15, 2008  

    YUM. This looks fantastic. I love you photo and can’t wait to make this.

  • JoeHoya April 15, 2008  

    DC has already managed to screw up Jersey-style diners – the Metro 29 Diner on Lee Highway and the Silver Diner chain (fake diners) are all the evidence you need.

    Don’t quote me on this, Gansie, but I’m pretty sure you can get Dunkin’ Donuts’ egg sandwiches all day long…at the very least, it would be worth investigating!

    Went to Ulah Bistro on U Street for brunch on Sunday and they have something truly amazing – a breakfast pizza. It’s a wood-fired crust topped with basil tomato sauce, a little cheese, prosciutto and three eggs any style. So good! And to tie that back into the theme of this post, my wife and I had some leftover slices for dinner last night, egg and all. Loved it.

  • gansie April 15, 2008  

    dunkin donuts def serves bfast sandwiches all day and all night (many 2am runs in my youth.) i just dont work super near one, which is why i didn’t mention it; the au bon pain is across the street from my work.

    i had a kick ass pizza at 2 amys: fingerling potatoes, truffle oil, pecerino cheese (and an other cheese, kinda forget) and a sunny side up egg on top. fucking amazing!

  • MissGinsu April 15, 2008  

    No argument here. Eggs are tasty anytime. Quiche and salad is one of my favorite lunches…

  • Britannia April 15, 2008  

    I did hear a little rumour a while back that Dunkin Donuts intends to open up over 300 stores in the DC-Baltimore Metro region by 2010. This sounds like good news for those egg lovers!

  • Melissa McCart April 15, 2008  

    Ben’s Chili Bowl opens at 6. Theirs is ridiculous.

  • MonkeyBoy April 15, 2008  

    Very nice Gansie. There’s a nice gooey factor to that one that really makes it work for me. I hate dried out scrambled eggs.
    Of course, for our friends of southern persuasion, my favorite Mexican restaurant will do an egg biscuit any time of the day. Bojangles (bo-HAN-gles for the gringos) doesn’t have many limits, especially on salt content.

  • gansie April 16, 2008  

    god i love Bo’s biscuits

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  • Chocolatesa April 30, 2009  

    That look amaaaaaaazing. Must make that Saturday for breakfast!

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