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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday night eggies

Sunday nights, especially Sunday nights in winter, are great for bringing out the lazy cook in us all. Tinned soup, toasted sandwiches, cereal, frozen whatevers are all fair game for dinner on a Sunday without fear of anyone judging your cuisine creativity. One of my favourite knock-up Sunday dinners (or anyday lunches or breakfasts) is an omelette filled with tasty things.

This particular omelette contained roasted red capsicum (pepper), sautéed button mushrooms, sandwich ham (lightly fried first to give it some colour and get rid of that 'wetness' that sandwich ham tends to have), low-fat ricotta, mixed herbs, pepper and a little shaved parmesan.

I also sauteed some grape tomatoes and asparagus so that they were almost ready, before starting on cooking the omelette.

Although your standard omelette generally uses whole eggs, this one was made using one whole egg and two egg whites so I had a nice amount of egg mix while keeping the calorie content down (somewhat necessary given that lately my Sunday mornings have involved vast quantities of dim sum). I lightly beat the eggs with a fork and add a splash of water to the mix, before putting it into a fairly hot non-stick or greased pan. Using a spatula, I gently move the mix around a little, bringing in the edges to create a thicker layer that doesn't extend all the way to the edge of the pan. I then add all my fillings (I always go overboard with fillings and tend to have a blowout as my poor eggs can't hold my greediness) and then once the egg underside is cooked enough to have a decent solidity to it, flip one half over the other (use another slice to help if you need to!).

(If I go super crazy with fillings and the omelette is a big fatty boombah, sometimes I flip it over to let it cook through from the other side a little as well, but this is generally not necessary.)

I then put the tomatoes and asparagus back into the pan, on the side that was now empty, heating them back up while toasting a wholemeal muffin. When everything was almost ready I added some baby spinach to the pan to wilt it, and then slid everything onto my plate! Of course, my filling greediness did in fact lead to a blowout, but I simply used the other side of the omelette as my presentation side, and noone was the wiser. Well, except all of you.

(I have to ask myself... before I started this blog, would I have bothered flipping the omelette over to improve its presentation?)


Iron Chef Shellie August 10, 2009 at 7:26 AM  

I don't normally like eggs like this, but I will admit, it looks good! I definitely want those glossy tomatoes :P

Food lover August 11, 2009 at 1:35 AM  

I'm glad you worried with the presentation - it looks great and probably made it even more appetising

Meggilizz August 11, 2009 at 3:08 AM  

Looks like a great meal! I probably would've made a scramble before blogging too :)

Karine August 11, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

Hahaha blogging definitively changes the way we cook and present our meal! Your omelette looks great :)

CheapAppetite August 12, 2009 at 8:50 AM  

Man, I love your post. It's fun and light-hearted. I love dim sum a lot. But it's not the best thing for a single guy because I can order only a few items at a time. Much better if you go with friends. Cool Stuff. Keep it up.

Conor August 12, 2009 at 4:49 PM  

Iron Chef Shellie - Ooh, thanks! We may make an egg lover out of you yet (eggs in cake mix count, right? ;) )

Food lover - Thanks! Well, they say the first bite is with the eye (or something like that).

Meggilizz - thanks! Yeah, it's always tempting just to scramble it all up and be done with it!

Karine - Cheers! We're a strange breed, aren't we? :)

CheapAppetite - Thanks a lot! (although I suspect this comment is referring to my dim sum post above... are you still recovering from all those smoothies? hehe). I actually think I'm glad you can't really do dim sum alone, as I would probably eat it WAY too often if you could.

CheapAppetite August 13, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

Hmmm I thought I commented on the dim sum story too. I guess I was out of my mind lol. Yes, I'm doing good now. No double dose smoothies again for a long long time.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella August 13, 2009 at 7:15 PM  

This looks delicious :) So true about Sunday nights. Minimal fuss is a must and yes lower cals if you've had Yum Cha earlier in the day! :)

Talita August 13, 2009 at 7:28 PM  

Tasteful and healthy dish! Looks yummy!

Conor August 14, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

CheapAppetite - Good to hear!

Lorraine - Good, cos it tasted quite delicious too :) This Sunday will be a true test of Sunday dinners, as I'll be spending the day in a cupcake baking frenzy (and possibly hungover, eek).

Talita - Thanks! An oldie but a goodie :)

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