Monday, 2 September 2013
Omelets and Injuries
Day 2 and I already have a cooking-related injury! More on that later.
Keeping with my budget theme, today's dinner used several pantry/freezer items - chickpea flour, frozen spinach, jarred roasted red peppers, and frozen chopped shallots and garlic. I'm actually gonna have a post about some of my favourite convenience foods, so I won't go into how much I love those things. Anyway, I also finally used a bookmarked recipe that I'd been thinking about making for ages - Chickpea Flour Omelets from Vegan Richa.
The recipe calls for fresh veg, but I'm lazy and used the aforementioned frozen/jarred veg. I defrosted the spinach in the microwave, then threw the shallots and garlic in with it to heat up a bit before dumping everything into the batter as directed. I also threw on some Tesco smoked cheese near the end of cooking.
The directions on the recipe aren't very clear, but once I figured out what to do, it came together pretty quickly. I served with buttered toast because I was in the middle of another project while I made dinner. I really liked these, but Mike ... well, he said I didn't have to make them again, which is his way of saying never ever make this again. So I guess I'll save it for a day that he's not here, because I thought they were delicious. Luckily, I made a double batch, which made 3 decent-sized omelets, so I'mma make a sammich out of the leftovers for my lunch tomorrow. Woo!
On to the other project and my injury! In line with my Sunday theme, I decided that, rather than make straight-up coffee ice cream, I'd make hazelnut latte ice cream. So I decided to make my own hazelnut syrup. Everything went fine - I toasted and skinned the hazelnuts and cooked the mixture down with no mishaps. Well, there was a slight mishap in that I accidentally overcooked it and ended up with candied hazelnuts and a chunk of hazelnut-flavoured sugar or something - I'm not even sure what it is.
You know when you make something, and you want to taste it - it was hot, but you think it's cooled off enough. It hasn't cooled off enough. I stuck my finger in molten sugar (essentially). It burned like hell, and despite running my finger (my little finger!) under cold water for ages, I still have a wee blister right on the pad. So I'm kinda typing with my fingernail to avoid touching the blister. It could be worse, but I still feel pretty stupid for doing that. And that's why I don't have pictures - I was trying to minimise my injury (also it was already pretty dark when I finished cooking).