Omelette Rings and Desperate Dishwashers

>> Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eggs. I have this love/hate relationship with them. I mentioned in the Becoming Un-Vegan post that I started eating eggs again about two years ago. Since then, I've probably eaten less than two cartons. So, no. They aren't a staple in my diet. It's not that I don't like how they taste. I just go back and forth with the texture and concept of what I'm eating. There are days when eating a once-over-easy is A-OK with me. And other days when toast dripping with yolk could make me hurl.

I'm having an "I-LOVE-eggs" week this week, though. So, when we couldn't decide what to make for dinner last night, I thought I'd take advantage of my positive feelings toward them. And why not?

There's fantastic nutrition in these incredible edibles:

One egg has 13 essential nutrients in varying amounts – including high-quality protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc – for 70 calories. Eggs also play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. (Source)

OMELETTE RINGS (with white-whole wheat loaf toast)

What you'll need . . .
  • 2 green peppers, sliced into thick rings
  • 1/4 cup shredded potato
  • 1/4 to 1/3 shredded jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded mushroom
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder -- to taste

Method . . .
  1. First you'll want to soften/char up your green pepper rings (cutting the peppers gave us 6 good-sized rings, we saved all the parts we couldn't use for rings for other stir-fry dishes). Simply heat them on the stove over medium-high heat with a little oil until they don't have much crunch (though, a little crispness is good). Maybe 5 to 7 minutes total. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the eggs and Greek yogurt. Add in the shredded cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Set aside.
  3. We chose to cook our potatoes, onions, and mushrooms before adding them to the egg mixture. A couple minutes will do. But don't add them to the eggs right away, only when you're ready to cook everything. (Prevent the heat from the veggies from pre-cooking the eggs.)
  4. When you're ready to cook, heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Put a little oil on the pan and start with just two rings. Toss them on the pan, then fill (but not to overflowing) with a couple spoonfuls of egg mixture. Let cook for a few minutes (around 5 or so) until the bottom is browned.
  5. Then, carefully flip. It may get a little messy, but we didn't have too much trouble. Let that side cook until browned on the bottom, too. Then continue flipping until you reach your desired done-ness. (I like mine pretty well done, that's why they're so dark.)
  6. Continue with the rest of the rings. We were able to do four at once! Then serve with hot sauce and toast. Hash browns would be another great side item!

You see the photo above of the egg mixture? This is what that area REALLY looked like during the whole process.

A d.i.s.a.s.t.e.r. is the best word I can find to describe it.

Yeah. We don't have a dishwasher.

And most of the chopping, mixing, and fixing is done on a large wooden cutting board I slap onto the sink. It's where the best light is in the kitchen. It's where the most elbow room is, too. Many people have told us we should just install a dishwasher. But . . . if you've viewed our kitchen tour, we don't really have cabinet space to devote.

Our kitchen is a tiny 1950s style. Before sprawling kitchens took the spotlight at the center of the house with open views to the dining areas. Nope. Ours is closed in. And filled to the BRIM with every appliance, mixing bowl, spoon/spatula, and pot/pan we need. (To run a cooking blog, you need want MANY.)

Thankfully, I've discovered the world of portable dishwashers. They come in tiny sizes, too. We may just need to pick up this little wonder -- it can scrub up to 8 place settings and gets good reviews, and we can find parts to repair it at Part Select if anything were to happen to it. Though we still don't have a lot of space, I feel like we can carve out enough to accommodate 18 inches. So, hopefully sometime in the next week or so, we'll order it.

(((Stephen . . . can we, can we, can we?)))

Do you also not have a dishwasher? Or could you not at ALL imagine your life without one? We'd love to hear your thoughts. So many people are surprised to learn we're without this "basic" or "essential" device. It's definitely getting old -- FAST! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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