We used to do most of our grocery shopping in the shops in the area, but since the ‘outbreak’ and the ‘lockdown’, it all has been really messed up, with shops packed with people but devoid of food.
Now that most of our fresh food shopping comes from erratic and unpredictable home deliveries, and is complemented with whatever we can find when we venture onto the shops once a week, we’ve had to “change our paradigm”.
Or in other words, instead of going from recipe to ingredients, we’re now going the other way: here’s the ingredients, what can you do with them?
This week I just managed to post about a bread I baked weeks ago, but I guess that’s better than previous weeks in which I barely had time to write the a week’s summary! And better than nothing at all. Slowly getting less hectic, I hope.
The friends walk in groups of two or more abreast, arms locked, in an impossibly slow pace. The couples emerge on Sundays, mooching around, holding hands, erratically zig-zagging in the pavement, or abruptly stopping.
I cook a lot of omelettes, and when I add lots of fillings they get hard to flip. I do not have an special accessory to flip omelettes because our kitchen is very small and we have to be selective about gadgets. But the fact is… you can make do without special accessories here. All you need is an additional dish!
Set the flat, wide dish aside. Oil it evenly, so it becomes a non-adherent dish. We’ll use it to flip the omelette!
When the omelette looks mostly cooked in one side, use a spatula to separate the omelette from the sides of the pan.
Lift the pan from the heat, hover it over the oiled dish and quickly flip with a confident wrist movement, it so the top bit is underneath now
Lightly oil the pan again.
Using the spatula to kindly push if it gets stuck, slide the omelette off the dish and back to the pan.
Grab the pan handle, and give it a horizontal shake so the omelette stays flat and contents are nicely distributed. Sometimes they can fold… so carefully unfold the omelette using the spatula. Sometimes it will just be a folded omelette, and it might look ugly in one side, but pretty on the other. So simply serve it with the pretty side up 😀
You might need to flip the omelette a couple more times, just make sure it doesn’t get TOO dry
A good trick to ensure it is still moist inside is to cook with a reasonably high heat. So it will seal the outside, but keep the inside a bit moist still. If you cook this on a very low heat, you’ll dry out the whole mixture (and it’ll take forever too). If you cook it on a very high heat, you might end up with a burned omelette. So keep an eye on the temperature.