Sunday, 27 September 2015

Omelette - املت



Tonight is one of those nights, I am struggling to write this blog post.  This shouldn't be difficult for me.  I am the go-to person for all those people who need perfectly constructed sentences or a convincing argument on a piece of paper and usually very last minute! Well, I've had some feedback from my blog readers who have all requested more and more insights from my everyday life and I'm trying my best tell you what I usually do. 


I work full time in an ordinary office job but please don't get scenes of "Julie and Julia" in your head (yes, the one scene where she was trying to come up for the next best thing she could do in her life).  You have no idea how happy I was when all Julie scenes were finally cut out of the movie! I ended up watching it over and over again, just like a child obsessed with a Disney character, bawled my eyes out over the initial Julia scenes when she struggled and jumped for joy when her book was delivered to her doorstep. I was so obsessed with the new half version, without all the annoying parts, that I found myself unconscionably reaching for my phone and watching it in the wee hours of the morning and weeping.  Blogging is an enjoyable hobby for me but I have certainly not pulled a sickie to dedicate a whole day to cooking!


The weather was absolutely amazing this weekend.  Finally, it felt as if summer is almost here! I went on a couple of walks and went to the swimming pool. I've never been keen on swimming, but I'm forcing myself to perfect a couple of techniques.  The last time I had a swimming instructor, it ended badly! I had a 5 minute argument with him in the pool trying to tell him that my toes were pointing the right direction without realising that he wasn't telling me off for my toes! I still don't know how he managed to keep calm and act as if nothing happened.  I am definitely not proud of a few achievements this weekend - I accidentally poured coffee on a random dog on the beach while trying not to bump into any dogs, walked almost into a power pole and made a wrong turn onto a one-way street!  I managed to hit the brakes and almost everything flew in the car and did a U turn to get myself and poor Fey (my car) out of trouble.  I survived in the end!

It was a busy weekend in the cooking department.  I made jeweled rice yesterday and today decided on something light and fresh.  Although, with the eventful weekend that I had, I could manage a shortcut version of the omelette. Usually, I would stay far away from canned vegetables as the flavour is not spot on.  So, here it is, a quick dinner I grew up on.  Maman often made this during summer very late at night after hours of sewing.  These days though, we don't eat dinner late at night but still is our quick favourite dish on a summer day when tomatoes are picked ripe and you can smell them from meters away.  This is a Shakshuka style dish traditionally served for breakfast but these days something quick and as wholesome as this can be eaten any time of the day really.





To make this omelette, take 3 ingredients and you are half way there.  1 medium onion, 2 cans of chopped tomatoes and 4 eggs.  If you have plenty of fresh tomatoes, I suggest you peel them first, then chop them in half and remove the seeds and chop roughly. I suggest 2-3 medium tomatoes per egg.  Sautee chopped onion with a little olive oil and add chopped tomatoes.  Cook on reduced heat until it thickens (approx. 20 minutes for 2 cans of tomatoes but it will take twice as long if you start with fresh tomatoes).  Crack the eggs into the sauce and cook until eggs are firm.  Season with salt and pepper.  Serve with fresh onion slices, green herbs and crusty bread.

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