Dear Broccoli ,
I apologize for not standing up for you all these years. Even though I loved and respected you, I did nothing to create an opportunity for my ‘peeps’ to like you. When they refused to let you play on their plate with the rest of their food, I always gave in way too quickly and said it was ok. I am sorry for not doing more. I used to give in so we could navigate through a meal quickly and without fuss, especially with little Miss S and Mister Hubby.
I did try telling them how good you were, how they would benefit if they developed a liking for you. I kept telling them but they would not listen. So I gave up. I would still bring you home, but to spend time with you, all by myself.
I felt bad when you were ignored by my “peeps”. And to make up for all the pushing you out of the plate /hurling you in the corner / making a face when they saw you, I decided that I was going to make them like you. Not by telling them to like you, because obviously that never worked, but by showing them how good you really were.
When I discovered how you transformed yourself when presented with an option to flirt with the broiler in the oven, I was thrilled. You became irresistible. The transformation from boiled, stir fried and just raw was phenomenal. You had a gorgeous tan that enhanced your natural color even more and the extra crunch you packed, made me come back for you again and again. All you needed to pack a punch was a touch of salt.
I made them a breakfast of roasted broccoli omelet; and of course you were the shining ingredient. They tried to squirm away, but I was having none of their tricks. I asked them to give the oven roasted ‘you’ a fair chance. And I put my foot down. They simply had to agree to do it.
So they sat down, at the breakfast nook, not quite happy. I got you out, on to their plates and waited for their fuss. And waited. And waited…. silence, crunch, .. and then – “This is actually VERY delicious!”
I had to suppress a “I told you so” and just go with “ I am glad you tried it” and a pleasing smile. When no one was looking I did a lil chicken dance to celebrate your Dazzling comeback into our home!
I look forward to many more food interactions with you and I loved the fact that i could add you to my repertoire of omelets and that the roasted broccoli omelet was the shining star.
With much Love
Roasted Broccoli Omelete
- 2 eggs slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup broccoli florets (small sized thin florets)
- 1 pinch salt
- oil spray
- 1 tablespoon goat cheese or nay other cheese you like
- pepper to taste
- 1. preheat the oven to 375*F
- 2.Sprinkle some salt onto the broccoli and toss it on a baking sheet. spray some oil on top
- 3.Cook in the center of the oven for about 8 minutes.
- 4.Broil on high for 2 minutes, until you see the edges browning just a tad bit.
- 5.Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly
- 6.Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and spray on some oil.
- 7.Add a dash pepper to the eggs and cook covered on medium until they begin to set
- 8.arrange the broccoli on top, add the cheese, cover and cook until the cheese melts in and the eggs are completely cooked.
- 9.fresh coffee, a toast and omelet. Recharge!
Beautiful! I made it with feta cheese and loved the flavor of the salty cheese with the broccoli. Tried it with the the recommended slice of toast and coffee and experienced bliss. Thank you for sharing!
Broccoli and eggs are the all time favs at my home . Never tried adding roasted broc though .I will be trying it soon .
Will never look at broccoli the same way as before…i will show more affection from now on….lol.
That’s all I wanna hear, Talat. Between mouthfuls of your beef curries, you should add some broccoli. You won’t notice.. Promise 😉
You are such an amazing story-letter !!!! You “MUST” write a cookbook 🙂
Broiling or roasting broccoli are one of my most favorite ways to enjoy eating it 🙂
I like broccoli, but it is a tough one. It’s not a universal green (at least I don’t think so). You have to choose your pairings wisely. I love it in ommelettes and in a cheesy noodle dish. YUM.
I agree. It is quite finicky about who it teams up with. Eggs and cheese are my favored ways to eat it too.
Very engaging writing, Ansh. Love it as much as I do broccoli! Keep ém coming!
i love broccoli and anything made with egg .. so this is definitely one of my fav omlete 🙂
LOL! That was so sweet! I loved the way you arranged it on the omlette. I have not been a fan of broccoli and kinda ignore it unless it is a form of a soup or mixed (read: hidden) with other veggies…so I am going to give broiling a try…who knows maybe I’ll end up writing a love letter to broccoli soon!
new to me..looks perfect & great
That such a sweet letter to broccoli, liked your style of writing. brocooli with cheese and omlet are the winning combo, broccoli will be happy too nd offcourse who got to relish these.
Anshi, thank you for the comments on my post. You got a lovely space here. Love the photographs and the contents!
These are 2 ingredients i love very much and blending them is a great idea. wil try it..rgds susan mathew http://www.chackoskitchen.com
gee- am sure broccoli must be drafting a thank you letter somewhere; nice way to spice up the omlette
Priya 😀 , I hope it is a good thank you letter :))