Something very plain and simple the day after the party

Sometimes  get the question how long I spend cooking every day and where I get my inspiration, it is so easy to just have a few dishes that you know work and can be knocked up quite quickly. The answer is that I only really spend time doing more complicated or slow cooking dishes on the weekends and I often get stuck on what to cook on week nights and tend to cook the same or very similar dishes!

Yesterday I was at a bash, it was black tie. I worked late and rushed, arriving just in time for the starter and I hope I did a very discreet entrance, found my table, thoughtfully my hostess for the night had sent me a text message with the table number! I arrived full of excuses and I could not wait to take a deep breath and enjoy my first glass of wine!

The venue was the Brewery , a great place for large events. I had some very nice wine and the table was full of fun and happy people, great company.

The starter was a forest like creation of goats cheese and beetroot. It was served with oven dried cherry tomatoes and truffle oil. The light was not the best for taking images of food but it added something interesting.


The wine was flowing, we had a great time and the maincourse was duck leg with a very nice crispy skin and vanilla mash. I am not sure about the vanilla and the mash, it wasn’t bad in any way, just a hint of odd.


By the time the dessert came we had a few glasses of wine and the jokes and conversations were flowing. The arrival of the dessert had us in full giggle and we took turns guessing what this said about the creator of the dish as we all had the very same thought!


After dessert we had coffee and eventually moved on from the table to the bar and the dance floor where we danced until quite late for a weeknight but it was a great time.

The day after was quite busy and by the time I got home I just wanted something very plain, healthy and simple so I did something that I do quite often, an omelette! Stuck in my ways, taking the quick and easy option it was just what I needed!

Healthy omelette for one

  • 1 egg, whisked with about a tsp of water and set aside, I didn’t even add any spices
  • 5 mushrooms, steamed with soy sauce and 1/2 crushed garlic clove
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • some diced pepper
  • 1 tomato cut in to wedges
  • olives
  • slices of Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 Asian pear, cut julienne
  • parsley & coriander, roughly chopped

I cut everything up except the Asian pear that will go dark very quickly. Cook the egg, I used a large pan and made a very thin omelette, I placed the slices of cheese the herbs, lettuce and some  spring onion inside and rolled it up and then added the rest of the veg, along with the cooked mushrooms and the Asian pear and then ate it. I would usually have a dressing but it was full of flavor and it was nice to have a very plain and simple meal, something you know how to cook and it takes no time at all.



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