Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I've been on an egg kick lately, mostly because that's like all I have (actually, one of my roommates has like a crate of eggs, so I guess I'm just using hers). Anyway, I've been trying a few different "interesting" ingredients like the leftover goat cheese and fresh basil. Tonight I sauteed some diced red bell pepper and zucchini in olive oil, garlic salt, and onion, then put them in an omelette with a five-cheese "Italian" blend leftover from when we made pizza for my birthday last Friday (which I totally forgot to take pictures of, otherwise I'd blog about that too, but no worries, since we plan to make LOTS of pizza this summer).
Anyway, so this omelette was seriously heaven. The egg was so fluffy! I was thrilled. So I think there are a few things I should tell you about how to make a nice, fluffy omelette.

1. The pan must be already hot, but not scalding obviously.

2. Medium-low heat for a longer period of time (however long it takes).

3. I like to cook one side, then flip it and cook the other side just barely long enough to get rid of wriggly egg, because that's gross to me, but professionals (yes, it's pathetic, but I've researched how to cook eggs) like a really low heat so the egg is still wriggly. Gross. And not as fluffy.

4. Whip your eggs well. I whip them with a dash of milk, but my mom always used an eggshell-full of water. I just feel like it's fluffier with milk, and more than an eggshell-full. You should probably experiment to see what you like best.

But the fillings are what really make the omelette. What do you like in yours?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Niño Envuelto

Growing up, we sometimes got what I always called "Mexican sweet rolls." The only place I ever saw them sold was at Major Market, our local grocery store. But after several years, they stopped selling them. I saw them once at a lonely gas station snack shop in the middle of central California on a long band trip in high school, but they were moldy, and I didn't buy them. But the delicious pink coconutty jelly roll often resurfaced in my mind.

And then, two days ago, an ad came in the mail for Rancho Markets in downtown Provo (1700 N State Street). And there, on the back page, the little rolls were advertised as Niño Envuelto and 2 for $1!

So yesterday I Shanghai'd my roommate and we went down to Rancho Markets and bought out their stock (don't worry, there were only three left). They were just as delicious as I remembered, though with the unnecessary addition of a few rainbow candy sprinkles on the edge (though not enough to annoy me thoroughly).
I think you should go on a search for a food you loved as a kid.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


One thing I really loved about England was the great variety of delicious sandwiches available. They totally kick American sandwiches to the curb. Peanut butter and jelly? Psh. Try asparagus, basil, rocket, and goat cheese on an artisan baguette. Delish.

Today I was missing good food, so my roommate and I made a trip to the farmer's market and picked up some ingredients for our own yummy sandwiches. Hers had salami, turkey, pepper jack cheese, myzithera cheese, red bell pepper, zucchini, and apples, buttered and fried (basically, everything but the kitchen sink). Mine had soft goat cheese, basil, and zucchini lightly sauteed in olive oil. Both our sandwiches were on a multigrain baguette. I can't say I was transported back to England by the sandwich, but it was definitely one of the best I've ever made.
I think I'll make a goat cheese and basil omelette with the leftover goods. Mmm?

The Walrus and the Carpenter

In Bath we found a rather awesome little restaurant to have lunch at. It was called "The Walrus and the Carpenter," and...well, it was just quaint and had a fun atmosphere. Edith Piaf serenaded us, and old show posters covered the walls (literally, there was barely any bare space). All the meals came with delicious hot pita slices.
In a word: Yum.
28 Barton Street
Bath, UK

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Simply Scrumptious Cafe

I'm currently in London enjoying culture and the English life. The first day we got here, we went to the Simply Scrumptious Cafe in Hamsptead.
This charming little cafe had a lot to choose from both food and drink-wise. We all got sandwiches and water, and it was all very tasty.
Simply Scrumptious Cafe
On Flask Way (just off of the High Street) towards the Heath
Hampstead, London, England, UK