It’s that day again…the house has that eerie silence…the reason-the kids have gone back to school after their half term. And what a half term this has been…with one after the other catching the coughs, colds and fever bug. The house has been resounding more with bouts of coughing( I contributed to it as well) than with cheerful laughter…of course, kids being kids, do come out of their shells more often. But, just when I thought things were getting a little better, the little one came down with fever and a terrible throat infection. Till yesterday, he spoke with a croaking voice…in fact, he was finding it hard to even swallow his dinner. I was in no mood to send him to school today, and was a bit apprehensive during breakfast. But, to my pleasant surprise, he didn’t complain at all. He seemed so sure that he was strong enough to go back to school, it was really heartening. So off they went, ready to start another phase of school life.
But, during this period, there was something which did brighten my day indeed….and that was of course winning the first place in ‘click’, the theme based monthly photo event, organised by the awesome duo of Bee and Jai. I won’t say that I was not pleased with my picture, but when you’re out there in the midst of so many wonderful and talented entries, one can never be too sure. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to win it…and of course the happiness was only too obvious, as hubby dear and the kids would vouch for it…I spent the whole day with that stupid grin plastered on my face, stretching from ear to ear, and with an extra spring in my step… and I did notice the shaking of heads and rolling of eyes that went behind my back. Well, what do you expect, I haven’t won anything for quite some time now That apart, if you want to experience that euphoric feeling and join in the fun, just hop over to Jugalbandi to check out this month’s theme and guidelines for participation. I’m honoured to be one of the judges for this wonderful event. And also, thanks to those of you who voted for me. They really mean a lot.
Now, throughout this month, there were also so many things that I wanted to do…so many events that I wanted to participate in, but have been held back, well, I too, have been much under the weather. However, the omelette- which we all adore and even the sick kids, whose palates refused to entertained much, didn’t seem to mind- was made, perhaps more often. The omelette did save the day and this noodle and vegetable omelette, being our favourite, I’m rushing it over to dear Kanchana as my entry for WBB#16-Omelette..., an event , originally conceived by Nandita of Saffron Trail (at least, I’ve caught the train for this event, if not for all the others which I’d have loved to). It is more like a brunch and very filling indeed. Considering our love for noodles and eggs, it goes down very well with the little as well as the big kids! I had little bits of this and that vegetables and added them to the omelette…you can use as many or fewer.
1 and 1/2 blocks of medium sized egg noodles, cooked according to packet instructions
a handful of sweetcorn
a handful of fresh green peas
3-4 spring onions, chopped
1 carrot,cut into small cubes
1 green pepper, cut into small cubes
a handful of spinach leaves, chopped
a handful of coriander leaves, chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
3-4 tblsp of olive oil
- Beat the eggs.
- Add all the other ingredients , except the oil , and mix well.
- Heat the oil in a wide pan.
- Pour the entire mixture and spread it out.
- Cook covered over low heat for 3-4 minutes or till it just begins to set around the sides.
- Lift the sides a little to let the uncooked egg mixture flow and cook.
- Gently lift a corner to check whether the bottom has cooked.
- In the pan itself, cut it into slices( because it will be difficult to flip the whole of it over without breaking) and gently turn over each one.
- Leave them on the pan for a few seconds and remove from heat.
- Serve hot on it’s own or with some ketchup or a fresh salad to make a complete meal.
We had ours with some tomato ketchup. You can also make it like a frittata, by cooking over the stovetop for a while and finishing it under the grill. It was a nice Sunday brunch, quick to rustle up and filling enough to keep us going for quite a while …sick or not, we all lapped it up in no time at all. I nearly forgot to click, and did so at the last minute with my share, before wolfing it down
Before I sign off, some interesting facts about the good old omelette-
- According to legend, when Napoleon Bonaparte and his army were traveling through southern France, they decided to rest for the night near the town of Bessieres. Napoleon feasted on an omelette prepared by a local innkeeper that was such a culinary delight that he ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the village and to prepare a huge omelet for his army the next day.
- On March 19, 1994, the largest omelette (1,383 ft²) in the world was made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan, but was subsequently overtaken by an omelette made by the Lung Association in Brockville Memorial Centre, Ontario, Canada on May 11th 2002 — it weighed 2.95 tonnes.(wiki)
Enjoy!! Sending the first picture as a judge’s entry for ‘Click’:Noodles.