I love when cooking inspiration strikes
Saturday, April 06, 2013
I've written before about how I'm über-lazy when it comes to preparing food, but every once in a while, I'm struck by inspiration.
I prefer to cook without a recipe when I can get away with it. That's the way my mum has always done it, and I look up to her culinary skills big time. I also find it a lot less stressful because there's no constant checking and measuring involved - I just let my instincts guide me.
Because I don't cook that often, sometimes my instincts aren't that great and I end up with something a bit mediocre or even borderline disgusting. Today was not one of those days.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you...
Um, I don't know what to call it (some kind of veggie breakfast?) and I ate it too quickly to get a picture, but you can trust me when I say it was delicious and you should try it.
Here's my method...
Cooking time: about 10-15 minutes?
Yield: a big pan's worth
Nutritional info: no idea, but it's pretty healthy
dash of cumin seeds
smaller dash of fennel seeds
a bit of olive oil
large onion, diced
2 bell peppers, diced (I used green and orange)
tin of kidney beans
dash of milk
salt, to taste (I used the crumbly kind)
some kind of tomato-based sauce (I had intended to use a tin of ratatouille but couldnt find it, so I wound up using a generous pour of Dolmio original bolognese)
handful of spinach
sprinkling of feta cheese
freshly ground pepper, to taste
Toast cumin and fennel on a hot pan for about a minute or until it turns fragrant
Add olive oil and onion, reduce to med-high heat and cook until onion begins to brown
Stir in peppers, cover and reduce heat, stirring occasionally
When peppers begin to soften, add kidney beans and continue as before
Whisk eggs with milk and a bit of salt in a small bowl
Move veggies to one side of pan and pour egg mixture to other side, raise heat to med-high, scrape and stir frequently
When mostly scrambled, mix with vegetables and a bit more salt
Stir in tomato sauce, reduce heat and cover for another few minutes
Put handful of spinach on a plate and top with veggie mixture
Add feta and pepper to taste
(just don't accidentally use a bad egg like I did)