Saturday, May 10, 2014

Jammin': Omurice

Just some Saturday morning improvisation. Made a simple spinach omurice as well as played around with rolling a tamagoyaki in my pan. Topped with sriracha sauce instead of ketchup or other ketchup based omurice sauce, since we don't tend to have ketchup on hand. All tasty!

Didn't follow a recipe since you just need to know some technique and otherwise the concept's very flexible (fried rice with a sheet or egg draped on top or wrapped around it). There are many recipes online, but if you're curious about what I did here:

For the fried rice:
leftover rice
a couple handfuls of spinach
mixed together for seasoning sauce:
pinch of brown sugar
drizzle of soy sauce
drizzle of black vinegar (I must blog on this some time)

For the egg:
1 egg beaten
about 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon water (or milk or soymilk; mixing in fluid makes the cooked egg lighter)
(I actually did 2 eggs with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons water, but half went to the tamagoyaki. Yes, traditional tamagoyaki is with dashi and other ingredients, but I was just seeing how the rolling went)

Use medium-low heat so the egg cooks gently and stays nice and soft. As always, it's best if your eggs have a little time to warm up outside of the refrigerator to avoid sticking if you're not using non-stick as I don't.

Bonus technique observation:
For tamagoyaki, the egg probably needs to be very well beaten, else little clumps of egg white don't spread as smoothly in the pan.

Friday, May 2, 2014

What The Fagor!

Ugh, a little plastic component of my Fagor 3 in 1 Multicooker has already broken! It's not even a moving part, but the frame into which the removable steam cap inserts. I don't know how this could have happened, except if the steam coming through the metal tube somehow degraded the plastic outside it, or if the physical resistance the frame provided against the twist motion to serve as a locking mechanism worked to break the frame--both would indicate design flaws.

Clearly one instance doesn't make a trend, but take my one data point into account if you're looking to buy. It's still well within the 1-year warranty period, so we'll see what Fagor says... And if they don't pay for shipping it back to them, then I don't know that it'd be worth it, because I could probably just superglue the part back on. Annoying!