Friday's Fixin's: Mexican Brunch

Since starting the drug tamoxifen (to keep me in menopause courtesy of my estrogen positive FBC), I am nauseous everyday until about noon. The Silver Lining is that at noon, like clockwork, I am not nauseous anymore.  The other Silver Lining is that after having been sick as snot for months on end, I know how to be nauseous.

All this said to tell you that, because of the nausea, it’s been really hard to eat breakfast. And breakfast is, as you know, the most important meal of the day. Breakfast improves a whole lotta things, including memory, concentration, mood and energy. So, I’m working on finding things that are appealing. One of my favorite breakfasts is from one of my fave cookbooks (My Cooking Class Sauce Basics) and is, of course, easy peasy.

I love-love-love the My Cooking Class series by Keda Black. Seriously. Amazing. In these books, sequences of color photographs taken from above show how how easy it is to master recipes. Not only that, but there is a table for every recipe that coordinates WITH the image. How clever is that?

One of my fave breakfasts is Mexican Brunch. It’s so. darn. easy. Hope you enjoy!

Mexican Brunch


  • Eggs
  • Tabasco sauce
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 lemon (or lime), juiced
  • 1/2 tomato
  • Fresh red chili pepper, to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions: (Ok, now imagine a beautiful image to go with each instruction!) Great, right?)


  • Slice the avocado in half and scoop out the flesh. Place in a bowl and mash using a fork, adding 1 Tbsp lemon (or lime) juice.
  • Finely chop the tomato (ideally, after peeling) and the chili pepper.
  • Mix the tomato and chili pepper into the avocado with a fork
  • Season with salt and pepper. Add more lemon (or lime) juice, if needed.
  • Scramble 4 to 6 eggs. Season with salt, pepper and a few drops of Tabasco sauce.
  • Serve with guacamole and good bread.

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– Mexican proverb

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  1. Cathie W says

    Hi Hollye, I too beat that FBC. I'm nearly 15 years cancer free. I was on Tamoxifen for 5 years and figured I was doing penance for SOMETHING. I don't want to be a doomsday sayer, but it was not fun. Knowing that it was my best chance (after radiation treatment) to beat the FBC is the only thing that kept me on it. Fortunately, I didn't have 'morning sickness' , but I did endure the worst quickstripoffallyourclothes hot flashes that illustrated why 'women of a certain age' wear cardigan sweaters. One thing I do know for sure is that humor is our best weapon. We still pay homage to LuLu The Lump on an annual basis. Sending encouragement and HUGE hugs your way. Cathie xoxo

    • says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Cathie. I LOVE the "quickstripoffallyourclothes hot flashes" description. In fact, here one comes….
      LuLu The Lump is also quite funny. I couldn't agree more about laughing. Good heavens, I sure have had plenty!
      Take good care!

  2. fran says

    what is the secret to being nauseous? just looking ahead when I start the tamaoxifen. I know I know that may not be my side effect.

    • says

      Hi Fran,
      Thanks for your note. I sure hope that you don't have any side effects! Many people don't. I was unfortunately one of those people who reacted badly to everything. I think that I just became used to nausea. Not much of an answer, huh? Sipping water and tea helps immensely as does eating Newman's Own protein pretzels. Please let me know how you do!