Sunday, 22 January 2017

Happy Birthday to someone very special

Spicy Shrimp Omelette for One

Carole's Chatter: Spicy Shrimp Omelette for One

If you would like to jazz up a lunch, you could give this Spicy Shrimp Omelette a go.  It was easy and quick – and got the better half's seal of approval as well.  It made one omelette which we split between us.

2 Eggs
Cooked shrimp (say 20 or so little ones)
Chilli black bean sauce

For the shrimp marinade:
Chilli black bean sauce
Lemon juice
Fish sauce or salt
Chopped coriander (cilantro)
Sliced spring onion (scallion)


Marinade your shrimp for 15 minutes.  I used 1 tsp each of the lemon juice and fish sauce.  Half a tsp of chilli sauce and sugar. And a tablespoon or so of coriander and spring onion.  Don't overdo the chilli sauce in the marinade because you'll also be adding some to your eggs.

Beat your eggs with half a teaspoon of the chilli black bean sauce and a touch of salt.

Cook the shrimp in some oil until the shrimp is lightly charred.  Take the shrimp out and, as they say, set it to one side while you cook your omelette.  Once the top is just starting to gel add your shrimp on top.

Serve immediately with a garnish of something green.

We decided that this was a better way to do omelettes than doing 2 separate ones – then you have issues with keeping the first one warm – and for some reason they never turn out the same.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Cheap is not always bad!

Potpourri – Kiwi icons

 Today's Saturday potpourri gives you a taste of some Kiwi icons (not including some I've wittered on about before):

The Buzzy Bee is a favourite – made originally in the 1930's.  It's a little wooden bee with rotating wings that makes a clicking noise when it is pulled along.

The All Blacks, or as we call them the AB's are New Zealand's rugby team.   Not only is rugby our most important sport, the team has done us proud over the years.  They've won the World Cup 3 times and also now pretty much have a mortgage on the Bledisloe Cup (which is fought for by Australia).

Footrot Flats was a long running comic strip by Murray Ball.  The main character is a sheep dog, called in a typically laconic NZ way 'Dog'.  His owner is a farmer called Wal Footrot.

L&P (not Lea & Perrins) but Lemon & Paeroa is a soda which originated in a little NZ town Paeroa which used the local mineral water and lemon – hence the very imaginative name.  The company came up with the sloga 'World Famous in New Zealand'.  This large bottle can be found – you guessed it – in Paeroa.

Marmite is the New Zealand incarnation of what the Australians call Vegemite.  There is a Marmite in the UK but it is not the same – according to Kiwis, anyway.  One of the impacts of the Christchurch earthquake some years ago was a national shortage of Marmite which caused a lot of angst.  It was termed Marmageddon.  It's a yeast extract, a byproduct of beer brewing.