Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Cavalier Cook - Numero Cuatro

This morning, I could barely be coaxed to emerge from my warm blanket. And when I did, I was ravenous. Given that breakfast is the one meal I hardly ever miss, I set forth grabbing things from my refrigerator to put together what turned out to be filling, tasty and pretty. I give you:

The Breakfast of Titans or An omelette and a smoothie

I converted to eggs rather late in life. When I did, I set about perfecting the art of omelette-making. I like mine well-done and they generally end up rather browned on one side. They remind me of all the omelette sandwiches made by pushcart vendors in Bombay and Pune. These are also standard breakfasts when I have people over and we wake up langurous and holiday-like. I serve these to early morning drop-ins and brunch visitors alike. They make me feel, both physically and mentally wholesome. Today's creation I call the "Everything and your kitchen sink" omelette.

To make one omelette, you will need:
(a) 2 eggs; I use large brown ones
(b) 1/4 cup spinach leaves
(c) 1/4 cup shredded carrot
(d) Mint leaves
(e) Red chilli flakes/ Finely chopped green chillies
(f) 1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
(g) 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan
(h) 2 tablespoons olive oil

Making an omelette in theory is rather easy. When I began to make these, I would rarely ever end up with an un-tattered creation. Increasingly though, I can make these left-handed (and no, in case you haven't guessed, I am not left handed)

*The trick is to add oil, swirl it around the pan to coat it thoroughly and then get it really hot
* Lower the flame, add chilli and garlic and make sure they don't burn
* Beat eggs thoroughly with salt and pepper and add to the pan. I beat these at least ten minutes before I begin the process. The longer you beat the eggs, the fluffier the omelette will be
* Swirl pan again and let the loose liquid float around and set
* Cover the pan and cook on medium flame for 10 minutes
* When the omelette begins to rise, add carrots, spinach, parmesan and mint leaves to one half

* Slowly prise the other half up and cover to form a half moon
* Let this cook for a few minutes before you tuck in

The crunchy carrots and fresh spinach were absolutely perfect. Mint added a little zing and I sliced up some cinnamon raisin bread to go with it. At the end of it all, I was one happy stomach.

And in case you are wondering if I could take any more after this, I topped it off with a fruit smoothie.

For this blend together:
(a) Frozen peaches
(b) Frozen cranberries
(c) Fresh blueberries
(d) 2 cups of yogurt
(e) 1 cup of pomegranate juice
(f) 2 spoons of honey

A rather humble meal but one that will serve you well for the rest of the day. Do go look at what everyone else is upto; Nupur, our host has a daily summary here.

Listening to: Edith Piaf

Thinking about:
I am running short of time today, but have something rather trivial to share. Last night, driving back from a friend's, I almost got a ticket for speeding but was let off with a warning (before you let loose a raised eyebrow, I was doing 28 in a 15 zone and it was midnight and the road was empty!). But my encounter reminded me of various other encounters with the bureaucracy and the state; here and in India.


Pavani said...

Omelet looks yum.. Love the addition of the veggies. Smoothie is full of nutritious ingredients. Great meal altogether.

Kanchan said...

Liked your version of Vegetable Omlette and can feel the fluffiness from the pic itself !

mentalie said...

oh GOD you wicked woman! i am in the middle of a work day and now i canNOT possibly concentrate...how am i EVER going to get through the day until i can make myself that omlette!?!

Mathangi said...

Pavani and Kanchan: Thank you much:); and so nice to have you guys come visit.

Vidie: Awwww; I think you should hire me now to be your sous chef, and live-in cook. And go home soon and make that omelette! Now! Feed Dr.Melanie too:)

notyet100 said...

yummy omelette,thats wht i do ,..clear the fidge an create somethig to eat,..multitaskin,..;-)

Sheetal Kiran said...

Can I please come over for breakfast! This is so awesome and looks sooo filling!! I have to try this on 1st Jan ... breakfast with a bang :D

Mathangi said...

notyet100: I know right? Most enjoyable meals ever!

Sheetal: Anytime! I will save two eggs for you in my refrigerator at all times:)...and a very happy new year breakfast to you.