My knowledge and ideas going into this come mostly from watching a lot of the food network. I picked up oodles of helpful info and ideas, but you can't learn just by watching. So, I set forth on this quest to hone my execution. My goal is to try making lots of new things, and try to do as much of the preparation myself as I can, rather than using prepackaged goods from the store. I can tell you now that for budget reasons, I'll have to fudge that one a bit.
With no further ado, on to this morning's adventure: herb scrambled eggs.
I started with something pretty basic, obviously. Something I was pretty confident I could put together: scrambled eggs. But, just so they wouldn't be boring, I tried it a couple times on a few different occasions with different flavorings. Our pantry has plenty of herbs around, so I figured I'd start there. The basic setup was:
- 3 eggs
- About a palmful of grated cheese. I chose a pre-shredded provolone and mozzarella blend because they were mild enough not to overpower the herbs and soft enough to melt readily.
I started by cracking the eggs into a small bowl and whisking them until they ran down the whisk (instead of oozing). Bubbles seem to be a good sign that you worked some air in there, ensuring fluffiness.
At this point I added herbs. The first go-round it was dill, and then the second was rosemary. In either case I sort of winged it in terms of how much I would need. I put more of the dill because rosemary's a pretty strong aromatic.
Next I put some oil in a cast iron pan and put it on low heat. I added the eggs and pushed from the edges toward the center with a spatula to bunch up the eggs as they started to cook and fluff up. Once they started to look like scrambled eggs I tossed the cheese in to let it melt and stirred them around to work the cheese in evenly. Once it melted and my eggs were more or less solid, I was ready to plate.
I'd say they turned out pretty darn good. The rosemary eggs were better than the dill eggs, which tasted not bad but a bit unusual. The rosemary had a fresh piny taste that might have gone well with some citrus fruit. Maybe cottage cheese and pineapple or orange? Or both? The great thing about modular dishes like this is once you have the master preparation down you can play with the flavors to find something that suits you. Maybe instead of herbs, a breakfast meat? Onions, garlic, other vegetables? Who knows. Omlettes offer even more avenues for personalization, but that's another story. Readers, let me know what you'd recommend. I declare the herb scrambled eggs a success, and I'll continue to search for new ways to flavor them.