Marshall delivers up–to–the minute news on the widely–read, New York Times–syndicated, technology blog, Read Write Web, where he acts as co–editor and writer. He also delivers us the most savory, 'oh yeah'–inducing, veggie–laden tofu scramble and a recipe for the perfect day.
Read Write Web covers technology news in an engaging, meaningful and relevant way, even to a beginner (like myself) in the tech–blog world. Marshall's articles in particular are easy to follow, poignant and often times hilarious. For example, his in–depth analysis on how and why the Old Spice commercials became so popular taught me a lot about viral video–making and new advertising techniques (holy cow!) while I found myself slapping my knee with laughter. His posts are quick–witted, crazy intelligent and really fun to read. His article, How Twitter is Paying My Rent (updated in 2009 to " . . bought our first house") is a must–read for anyone who uses twitter, or any social media, in any work–related capacity.
About this breakfast Marshall says:
Here's what I make for Sunday breakfast, when things are good:
A Breakfast Scramble
With potatoes, tofu or tempeh (1 of the 3) Onions, garlic Lots and lots of yeast (nutritional yeast) Soy sauce and olive oil More yeast Vinegar Carrots Broccoli Mushrooms Kale Corn if seasonal Fresh tomatoes if seasonal Avocado if possible Secret aardvark hot sauce Possibly some feta on a good day Some nice green olives on the side A grapefruit or blood orange Two cups of coffee The Sunday Oregonian An afternoon nap A dog walk Some yard work till sundown Then a beer
What I love about Marshall's contribution to the series is that his scramble is more of an idea and a starting point than a precise recipe. It's the closest thing to a breakfast stream of consciousness that has been sent my way. I appreciate its endless adaptability and seasonality, making the scramble ideal anytime of year (and it's great anytime of day!). I took Marshall's suggestion and used most of the ingredients he listed, subbing out a few here and there, but the essence remained true to his original. This colorful, vibrant scramble radiated health and nourishment — just what I needed to divert the seemingly–permanent Portland gloaming. This dish brought my palate back to life and kept me powered for many hours of blogging. I also enjoyed how Marshall included the other components of his ideal day, after this satisfying breakfast: the dog walk, afternoon nap, beer and yard work. All these extra 'ingredients' gave us a peek into Marshall's world. One question, can tasty tofu scramble–eating pay my rent? I'm in!
Veggie Breakfast Scramble, Inspired by Marshall
1 block extra-firm tofu, crumbled with hands 1/2 a bunch of kale, roughly chopped 1/2 cup sliced tomatoes 1 cup broccoli, roughly chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 5 mushrooms, chopped 1/3 cup nutritional yeast generous glug of olive oil splash of white wine vinegar salt and pepper to taste
green olives grapefruit black coffee newspaper
In a large skillet, heat a generous glug of olive oil in a pan, add veggies and pan fry for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside veggies. In the same pan, heat another glug of olive oil, adding crumbled tofu. Season with salt and pepper, stir continuously about five minutes. Add veggies back into pan. Sprinkle nutritional yeast on mixture, remove from heat. Plate the scramble with green olives and grapefruit. Serve with newspaper and strong coffee.
Thanks Marshall for contributing to our Breakfast with a Blogger series!
About Breakfast With a Blogger: What do our fellow bloggers, writers, and online friends eat, first thing in the morning? We are asking some friends to share their favorite morning nourishment with us. I will cook and eat it too, and bring you their thoughts on what to eat first thing in the morning.