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Quick Meal: West-by-Southwestern Omelet


To begin, I’m going to briefly talk about omelets. They are one of those categories of food that is widely liked because they are completely customizable. A wide variety of cheese, vegetables, meats, and even some fruits (apples, tomatoes, avocado) can go in. They also are generally fast to prepare. Even including all the chopping and whisking etc., it probably won’t take you any longer than 15 minutes to make. The cooking time is usually around 5 minutes for me, perhaps up to 7. I suppose there are even vegan substitutes for eggs and cheese, but I don’t know much about that, so I have no idea if they’re any good for making omelets.

One type of omelet that I used to like a lot, widely offered in restaurants, was the western omelet. This was usually made with cubed ham, green peppers, and American cheese. I loved orange American cheese when I was younger-now, not so much. But I decided I would really like a more grown-up version of a western omelet, mainly because I had green peppers.

I don’t have any special or particularly good omelet-making skills. Nothing you can’t find better described in a real recipe. I’ll just tell you a short story about this dish instead.

The burner should be turned on low-medium heat, no higher (in my experience that is; you’ll have to do what’s right for your own stove, pan, and eggs). The first thing I put in the pan is (probably a bit too much) butter. If you want to make an omelet my way, there must be lots of butter. Then of course the eggs are poured in. I usually mix them up with a little bit of cream. I’m not sure what it does exactly but that is how I like it.

Sometimes I let the eggs cook a little before adding any fillings, but I started right away this time to add the various ingredients. Into the middle of the eggs went green peppers, diced tomato, and sliced turkey. I topped that with some cracked black pepper and a nice heap of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Miraculously, the whole thing did not fall apart when I went to flip it. That does happen to me sometimes when I have a lot of ingredients in the middle. It came out very homemade-looking, but at least it was all in one piece. I then topped it off with some Trader Joe’s Salsa Autentica and made some green tea. It was a delicious, filling dinner, but could also be eaten for breakfast or lunch.

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Voting day breakfast


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This is the breakfast I got to have to reward myself for getting out to vote early enough to actually have time for breakfast afterward.

At Cafenation in Brighton. I ordered the Spanish Sunrise omelet, stuffed full of beans and cheese and a delicious salsa fresca. There was cilantro in my eggs! Perfect! It came with nicely ripe melon and a stack of buttered Iggy’s toast. I was so happy about the toast–so often when your breakfast comes with toast, they fail both to avoid burning it and to put the butter on before it’s cooled off too much to melt it. Cafenation, doing toast right! I almost never get to have this type of breakfast on a weekday.

And of course, an iced coffee because it’s a hot day! I considered chai, but coffee mornings are most wonderful. But if you don’t like coffee, Cafenation has really good iced tea, including one of their summer drinks, Thai iced tea (which I just have to get a few times every summer, it’s delicious but very sweet).

They also had tons of day old bread available, so I got one bag of baked goods (the scone will be either a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack) and one of ciabatta rolls. They aren’t hard at all! I love when the day old bread is still fresh and soft.

That’s my breakfast spiel. Did you vote? Did you have a nice breakfast? Are you thinking about iced coffee and/or tea? I need to know!

 

**By the way, that out-of-place clothing tag on the table is actually my bookmark.

Blogging Slump


Happy spring! It’s May, which generally means that the weather will actually stay good. Maybe a bit rainy. I’m excited.

In case you hadn’t noticed, my motivation for blogging has been seriously lacking lately. I can’t even remember if I’ve made or eaten any food worth talking about lately. I suppose I could assume that such a fact would indicate that I haven’t. I’ve also been busier since changing my position to full time and starting the writing course I’m doing.

I think I’m turning away from omelets and toward cheesy veggie scrambled eggs. Same ingredients, but skips the step of having to beat the eggs first, which saves probably a whole minute of time! Fantastic! Easier to approach in the morning before work, when I don’t have several hours of leisure to enjoy. I made one yesterday with tomatoes and a bit of Mexican blend cheese. I like to buy shredded cheese because it’s just easier to deal with, even if it might be cheaper and fresher to grate it yourself.

There are three things I have learned about making scrambled eggs that have made me actually like them.

1) Do not beat them together in advance.

2) add a little cream, sour cream, cream cheese, or similar to give them a creamy (in case that wasn’t obvious) texture.

3) Like just about any other sort of eggs, I like them on the runny side. I realize that the reason I’ve disliked scrambled eggs so often in the past is that they were cooked too long. The downside, of course, is that they’re a little messier, often leaving liquid on the plate that might spill if I’m not careful. I’m ok with that, because they taste WAY better.

I went to an event last night, and I think I will post about it later. It was very loud and crowded, kind of overwhelming, but fun. I’ll give you a short recount of the highlights and probably a picture of the really awesome necklace I bought.

 

The Little Things…


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I’m so happy with how my eggs turned out today that I’m posting a picture of them for you. I’m less happy with how the picture itself turned out, but I do not have a good camera, so at least that’s not a surprise.

These are over-sunny-side-up. I know that’s not a thing. But, instead of flipping them like I usually do, I covered the pan for a minute or two, and the bit of white just formed over the top. The yolks cooked a bit more than I like them (I want ’em runny!), but I don’t care today because it’s so rare that my eggs turn out so pretty.

You might start to see these plates often, because they’re more appropriate for personal servings than the large dinner plates I have. I love these plates. They were on sale at Anthropologie so I got a set of two. Anthropologie is an awesome store, but unfortunately I can’t really afford anything that isn’t on sale. And a lot of things that are on sale.

Happy breakfast!

 

(also toast with some apricot jam and coffee, in case you were wondering)

Roll over! Good breakfast!


Ok, well, I had a picture of this morning’s breakfast, but it looked really weird. I’ll just tell you a story instead.

I like delicious tasty breakfasts but sometimes the effort of making them just means that I often grab whatever’s at hand. Breakfast only gets cooked on days when I don’t have work, usually. But today, I still frowned at the idea of actually spending time in the kitchen. So I threw something together: whole wheat tortilla, sliced ham, some (badly) sliced brie, microwaved briefly and then topped with scrambled eggs.

I’m disproportionately proud of the fact that I figured out how to make really good scrambled eggs. I used to think I didn’t like scrambled eggs, but that’s just because I hadn’t had good ones for a long time.

As a roll-up, it was rather drippy. So if you want to avoid that, I guess cook your eggs long enough that there is no moisture left at all? People say they don’t like their scrambled eggs “runny,” but their definition of runny is usually too dry for me. So my breakfast wrap dripped all over me. It’s ok.

I also prepared a ready-breakfast option during the week that turned out pretty well. Pumpkin blueberry muffins! They aren’t as good as bakery muffins, but they are moist, and taste good. I used this recipe and added approximately one cup of blueberries. They got a little overdone on the outside… maybe I should have had the oven on slightly lower. Oh well. Still edible! I poured the leftover batter into a vaguely multi-purpose baking dish and made bread of the same flavor. It’s more of a cakey texture than a bread texture, but… that’s muffins. I would have taken a picture, but there are enough pictures of muffins floating around the internet.

So that concludes this somewhat boring post. Sorry I don’t have anything fun or interesting to talk about… Maybe next time.

My beautiful breakfast


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Cheesy scrambled eggs with smoked paprika and pepper, tomatoes, a bit of mango (kind of old), some aloo paratha, and coffee!

Anybody else make a beautiful breakfast recently?

Amazing Scrambled Eggs!


I just made some awesome scrambled eggs. At least, they were the beginnings of awesome scrambled eggs. There’s room for improvement. No pictures because I just wanted to eat breakfast, but let me tell you how it went…

 

It all started when cracking two eggs into the pan to fry over-easy (my favorite eggs) resulted in a broken yolk. I was going to continue to fry them, but changed my mind, grabbed a spatula, then scrambled them around a bit. To make the eggs smoother, I poured in a bit of milk. I would normally have used half and half, but I was almost out and needed it for coffee. Mixing up the eggs and milk turned the whole thing into a perfect jumble without any of those big clumps, which are the reason I so often do not like scrambled eggs. I sprinkled on a bit of cheese (wait until it’s at least half cooked, cheese doesn’t take long to melt and you probably don’t want to risk it burning), then at the end added smoked paprika to kick up the flavor.

I probably should have added less milk. There was a bit of liquid pooling on my plate that seemed kind of weird, but it didn’t affect the taste, and of course the eggs were cooked perfectly, so no big deal. I’d recommend adding half and half, or cream, and not very much of it. You do need to add enough so that it can saturate all of the eggs.

Have a fun breakfast!

Recent Food News


Do you ever have random cravings for foods you don’t usually eat? Mine lately have been butternut squash ravioli and, for some reason, French Toast Crunch cereal. Which I have not eaten in years.

I ordered a Thanksgiving turkey from Whole foods. While I’ve been near many turkeys during the cooking process, I have never actually done it. If I understand my Thanksgiving plans correctly, I will not actually have to cook it myself, although I suppose I should look up cooking times for turkeys just in case it would have to be started at 6 in the morning…

Is it stupid to plan what shoes I want to wear on Thanksgiving? I mean, I’ll be inside for most of it, I don’t really need shoes.

I ruined an omelet last night. I still ate it, but it was browner on the outside than I would have liked. Apparently I didn’t rinse my pan very well just before cooking, because the thing also tasted very mildly of soap. Unfortunately, a mild taste of soap is still enough to be kind of gross. I was not about to waste three eggs and half a tomato though. I will say that the cheese was perfectly melty. Next time I will make sure my pan is rinsed better and not be talking on the phone while cooking.

Now, in the midst of my three cups of coffee with Grey’s Anatomy playing in the background (yes, I watch it, and I will not apologize for it. Principal Feeney!), I am going to talk about Yesterday’s Lunch. Read the rest of this entry

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