Man Made Food: Potato and Egg Skillet

Angela isn’t around to cook for me right now, so I’ve been trying my best to cook food that tastes good. Luckily, she took the time to walk me through a few things before she left. I’ve been putting my own twist on her recipes, but the majority of credit definitely goes to her.

This recipe is easy to make and is super delicious and nutritious. If you suck at cooking (like I kind of do), this is a meal even you can make.


This recipe is fairly basic. There are four main ingredients and five spices / herbs / seasonings. You also need two different oils for cooking.

Ingredients and Equipment
Gather your ingredients and equipment.
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 red potatoes
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 bell pepper – red or orange
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Parsley
  • Granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil or Pam

I’d like to point out the granulated garlic. I didn’t even know this existed until I found it in our pantry. I’m really happy with it and would recommend it over garlic powder or salt.

In terms of equipment, you don’t need anything fancy: a spatula, a frying pan, a high-sided pan (with lid), and a bowl to dump everything in at the end.


Put both pans on the stove. Clean and dice the potatoes. When you’re almost done dicing the potatoes, turn the high sided pan on relatively high heat (7/10).

Turn the heat on the high-sided pan when you get done slicing (but not dicing) the potatoes
Turn the heat on the high-sided pan when you get done slicing (but not dicing) the potatoes

Put a tablespoon or two of olive oil in the pan – enough to mostly cover the bottom when you swirl the pan – and cover it. Finish dicing the potatoes. Once you’re done dicing, the pan and oil should be hot. To test, put a single potato piece in the oily part of the pan. It should sizzle.

Look at that sizzle!
Look at that sizzle!

Now, dump all the potatoes in the pan and season them. I don’t measure anything, I just use some of each of the things that are listed above. I find that experimenting until you find what works for you is best. Surprisingly, even though I’m not a fan of spicy food in general, I find myself dumping a ton of red pepper flakes in because I like the kick it gives the skillet.

After seasoning, put the lid on
After seasoning, put the lid on

After seasoning, cover the pan (so stuff doesn’t fly out) and then do that chef-y thing where they move the pan around in a vertical arc to get stuff to mix. It took me a while to figure it out, I’m sad to say, but it worked eventually. Keep the pan on high heat but make sure you do the aforementioned chef-y thing every 90 seconds or so to prevent burning.

Now, clean and dice the peppers and scallions. This should be a lot faster than the potatoes.

If you can, cut the pepper like this because it means you're a badass
If you can, cut the pepper like this because it means you’re a badass

When done, put them in the pan with the potatoes and mix them. Turn the heat down (4/10) and let it simmer. You only need to mix every 120 seconds or so at this point.

Mmm... veggies!
Mmm… veggies!
Combine the potatoes and veggies so you get a good mix
Combine the potatoes and veggies so you get a good mix

Once the mixture has cooked for 5-6 minutes, turn the other pan on (6/10) and wait a minute, then spray with canola oil or Pam. Crack five eggs into the pan and let them get mostly done on the bottom. Don’t forget to keep mixing the potatoes. Once the bottom half of the eggs is all the way white, mix the potatoes one last time, turn off the heat to both pans, and flip the eggs.

Flip those eggs after turning the heat off on both pans (thanks for the trick Angela!)
Flip those eggs after turning the heat off on both pans (thanks for the trick Angela!)

Put the potato mixture in a big bowl and, after two minutes, put the eggs on top. The yolks should still be somewhat soft so you can mix it all together. If you’re feeling super daring, mix in 1/2 (or a full) avocado to add some extra richness. Here’s what my bowl ‘o skillet looks like:

Just missing the eggs!
Just missing the eggs!
The skillet is complete and ready to eat
The skillet is complete and ready to eat

I’d love to know if you try it! If I can make it, anyone can. It takes me about 20 minutes total now that I can chop everything reasonably fast, and I love the way it tastes.

Journey to the Top of Lone Mountain

Fitz looks over the Las Vegas vallery

A few days ago, Fitz and I were at the local dog park. Fitz is finally starting to get used to the other dogs and was being, somewhat surprisingly, polite to the yorkie and terrier mix that were in the pen with us.

I was talking to the other owners and one mentioned that he likes to take his dog hiking and he had recently taken her to the top of Lone Mountain. I asked if she needed any help along the way and he confirmed that, due to the amount of rock scrambling, he needed to lift her up at times on the way to the top.

In my mind a challenge was born. I decided Fitz was getting to the top of the mountain without any help.

Yesterday, Fitz and I headed out as soon as we woke up. The sun was still low as we arrived at the trail head. I could tell Fitz was excited about the journey ahead. I decided I’d be happy if he made it halfway before getting tired. I knew this was something unusual for our little dachshund.

You can imagine my surprise as we reached the halfway point and Fitz showed no signs of slowing. He was ready to head for the peak. He let me know by continually bursting onwards and upwards.

In what seemed like no time at all we reached the summit. I’m proud to say that Fitz received no help as we headed to the top. He used his powerful little legs to hop on rocks and leap over crevices.

Fitz gazes upon his domain with pleasure

The way down was only slightly more eventful because we encountered another owner and dog. Fitz got into a barking match with the other canine, presumably discussing ownership of the turf.

Alas, Fitz’s energy ran low as we reached the car. After drinking almost a full liter of water, he fell soundly asleep on the passenger seat and stayed asleep almost the entirety of the day.