Sunday, January 20, 2008

I burnt something, but it wasn't dinner!!!

Friday night I came home from a long day at work. I wanted to try a recipe from my Nigella Express cookbook for a Spanish Omelet. Cooking helps me unwind. All I can think of while I'm putting it together is how I can't wait to have it because 1) I had something very similar when I went to Spain in high school and 2) I've been craving breakfast for dinner for awhile now.

Everything was going fine. After putting the pan under the broiler for 5 minutes, I grabbed my oven mits and took it out of the oven. I then took the mits off so I could grab a plate to turn the omelet over onto. I placed the plate on top of the pan, put the oven mit on my right hand (my dominant one) and planned on using my left hand to steady the plate. All is going well, right?

What happened next defies all reason and logic. For some reason, I decided to grab the handle of the pan with my LEFT hand. Immediately, a flood of expletives left my mouth and I ran to the sink to run cold water over my hand. After hearing me yell several of those lovely words my husband ran in from the living room to survey the damage and said my middle finger was the worst (it blistered instantly) and the rest of my hand just looked red.

My wonderful husband then took over the rest of my duties, turning the omelet onto the plate. Taking pictures of it for the blog, and serving me. I spent the rest of the night on the couch watching the Celtics game with an ice pack on my hand.

The omelet was delicious, but next time I need to unwind after a long day at work I think I'll stick with a glass of wine.....

Spanish Omelet
(as adapted from "Nigella Express")

About 5 baby new potatoes quartered
5 eggs
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
3 scallions, finely sliced
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon butter
drop of olive oil

Cook new potatoes in boiling water for about 10 minutes or until cooked through, then drain.

Preheat your broiler while you start the omelet.

Whisk eggs in bowl, then add cheese, scallions, and season with salt and pepper. Add potato chunks to mixture.

Heat the butter and oil in a small over-proof skillet, and once hot pour egg mixture and cook gently on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Once the bottom of the omelet has set, do not turn it. Place skillet in over under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until top is set. Turn omelet upside down onto plate to let cool. Cut into 4 large or 8 smaller wedges for serving.


Danielle said...

You Poor Thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But, as a side note, great minds think alike--I'm planning a frittata for dinner this week!! :D

Cooking and the City said...

Oh Robin I'm sorry you burnt your hand, your husband sounds very sweet looking after you like that. the omelette looks delicious, btw! :-)