Souffle

The creamy mushroom and spinach was really good. But it needed just a little touch of style into it. So saved a little and made a simple Souffle.

All it needed was an egg white and some time.

Now most videos and recipes would show you a brilliant peak but that is something that lasts just a few minutes. This is a simple and honest dish made for fun.

Beat an egg white till it’s fully opaque. You can beat it till its able to hold shape even when you invert the dish and your hand falls off. Or you can beat it till it looks like its full of air.

Fold in the creamy mushrooms and spinach. Either use a proper silicon spatula or just use a plain old steel spoon and just mix without breaking too many air bubbles.

Into a buttered ramekin and then it goes into a preheated oven at 180C for 20 mins. My  Souffle started rising after 18 mins. So I gave it an extra 10 mins. Which make a total bake time of 30 mins.

It rose approximately 4 centimeters. The picture was taken within 3 mins. After slightly burning our tongues, we finished it in less than 2 mins.

Spinach Eggs

You need

  • Spinach, cut into thin long strips.
  • Butter
  • Garlic paste
  • 3 Eggs

Melt butter, add Garlic paste. It will take it just a minute to cook. Take a little spinach and rub it into the garlic paste. Add in all the spinach. Cook between medium and high heat. Use a silicon spatula. Keep squeezing the spinach to force out all the water.

When it’s dry, season with salt and remove.

Add butter in the pan. Most people like to beat eggs in a bowl and then add to the pan. But that is a pale yellow liquid with no texture.

Instead on the moderately hot pan add the eggs. Make a tiny slit on the yolks. Swirl the pan around. The result will have a much better look and texture.

When the yellow starts setting, place the spinach in a line. Flip the corner to cover the spinach.

Enjoy.

Egg and Banana Pancakes

You need:

  • A ripe banana.
  • Two eggs.
  • Pepper or any powdered spice.

Mash the banana. Whisk in the eggs. You can either blitz it into a smooth puree or leave a few small pieces of banana. I prefer the latter as it’s lesser work and creates tiny flavor bombs.

On a moderately hot non stick pan, drop a little butter and then pour the batter. Let it brown a bit on the base. As the top starts to set, sprinkle a healthy dose of pepper on half the pancake. Close the pan cake by using a thin spatula. Get off the stove. Lightly press in the top so that the soft middle is squeezed in. This will also make the pancake strong enough to fully flip over.

Serve a super yummy and very healthy breakfast.

Minty Coleslaw

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After a very hectic weekend filled with some amazing fun in the sand, I wanted a simple lunch. In other words something that is quick to make and yummy to eat.

So a simple coleslaw with a minty twist.

Shredded cabbage and iceberg lettuce. Into the mixie when a lot of mint leaves, pepper, 2 green chilies, garlic and salt. Mixed into this some cream and mayonnaise. Combined everything. Check seasoning, add some more pepper powder for heat.

Boiled eggs bring in the proteins and fats to make it a filling lunch.

Enjoy a quick and yummy lunch at work.

Brinjal in Spinach Sauce

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A simple but wholesome meal with the king of vegetables aka the Mighty Baigan (Brinjal) Raja.

First we puree blanched spinach with a couple of green chilies and garlic.

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Use long brinjals and cut them into halves with slits like in the picture. This will cook them faster and allow the sauce to get inside giving a consistent flavor.

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Heat oil. Fry some mustard seeds, coriander seeds and cumin. Add the brinjal and cook on high heat. Once the outside is a little charred and the brinjals start turning soft add the puree. Cook on low heat and now season with any dried herbs, chilly flakes and salt.

Serve with boiled eggs to make it a complete lunchbox.

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Tomato Cucumber Egg Salad

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I cycle to work on a regular basis. The almost 40 kilometer round trip puts my exposure to the sun at an extreme level. With the dirt and grime that rules our streets, I use tomatoes for my protection. The humble tomatoes contain Lycopene. This natural pigment has a very positive effect on dealing with sunburn and protects the skin.

This salad has just chopped de-seeded tomatoes, cucumber for hydration, onion for dealing with inflammation. Flavors come in with coriander, a little finely chopped ginger and a lot of red chilly flakes.

And boiled eggs because…..its eggs. They are good for everyone and taste awesome.

 

Marinara Sauce and Eggs

I have made this sauce before but this time I used a little different ingredients and it was very good.

Finely chopped some shallots.

Melted some butter in oil. Add mustard seeds, dry red chilies and garlic. Added the shallots and cooked till they softened a little.
Added lots of finely chopped ripe tomatoes.
If you don’t like skin then you can blanch them beforehand.
Salt will hasten the softening of the tomatoes.

Once they are really soft add turmeric and red chilly powder.

Spread it on the pan and add eggs. Do it carefully and keep them separate.

Cover and cook on low flame for 8 mins.
Open and add chopped coriander.

Cover and cook for 3-4 mins and then leave it covered.

You can eat this as it is or with roti, dosa or idly.