I’m just gonna go ahead and say it… I want my hour back. That’s right… Daylight Savings Time is here and I’m going to spend the next two weeks trying to find my groove again. I appreciate the longer days – particularly as it relates to food photography (though I admit that I’m never a fan of it being light outside at 9pm) – but I’m always amazed at how losing one little hour and a shift in daylight can wreak such havoc on my life.
How do I cope? I decided to start with food – an omelette, as a matter of fact. I figured there was no better way to combat the sleepies than with eggy goodness filled with cheese, a little sausage, fresh veggies, and a healthy dose of yummy basil. This hit the spot perfectly and, along with three (that’s two more than usual) cups of coffee, gave us the kick-start we needed to enjoy the day. (But I’d be lying if I said I weren’t wishing for a nap right now.)
Gouda, Sausage, Mushroom, Tomato and Fresh Basil Omelettes
(aka Sleep Deprived Omelettes)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
8 0unces sliced mushrooms (use what you like)
2 tablespoons half & half (or milk)
4 ounces gouda cheese, shredded or thinly sliced
1/2 cup breakfast sausage, crumbled, fully-cooked, drained
5 ounces grape tomatoes, halved (use what you like – I used half red/half yellow)
5 tablespoons basil, julienned
Melt butter in a small pan over medium heat and sauté mushrooms until they release their water and water evaporates. Set aside until ready to use.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, half & half, and salt and pepper. Spray a medium non-stick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Pour in 1/2 of the egg mixture and allow to cook until almost cooked through (no need to flip).
Layer half of the cheese, sausage, cooked mushrooms, tomatoes and basil onto 1/2 of the cooked egg “disk.” Loosen edges and carefully fold the other half of the egg over onto the toppings to create a half-moon and press gently.
Allow omelette to cook for another minute or two and then slide carefully onto a plate. Wipe out skillet and repeat steps for the second omelette.