Bite size egg lunches

So, another aspect of the Missus' health is the fact that she has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, commonly referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome. This creates some very specific challenges in both our lives. Having ME makes even the smallest daily chores immensely tiering. At this point, we don't live together, so the amount I can help her is limited by that fact. At the same time, she needs so much personal, alone, and quiet time that living together just would be too tiering. So, we try to find solutions where I can help. I come over and cook in the weekends, and on sundays I'll usually try make enough food to last to the middle of the week. Both for lunch and dinner.

Unfortunately, I can't always be there to help. Sometimes my schedule just won't open up for me to actually do alot. So I've been trying to devise foods that can be handy for her when myself or her mother just don't have the opportunity to help  her out. I saw this pinned post on pinterest that just was a brilliant idea, and I thought "This might be a way to make an easy lunch for her!".

So, I spent about one hour in the kitchen making mini omelettes in silicone muffin liners. These can then be frozen for up to 6 months. Anything I put in the recipe here, really just is for guidance. You can put anything you want and like in them really. Make them exactly what you like, that's the beauty. Use fresh produce, and you'll have good healthy small meals! Heat them either in a frying pan on medium heat with a lid on, in the oven on 200 degrees celcius for about 10  minutes, or in the microwave.

Bite size egg lunches

6 eggs
6 spoons water
2 tomatoes
5 mushrooms
1 bell pepper
chopped spinach
chopped parsley
chopped basil

cured ham
smoked chicken
smoked salmon

Wash all your produce properly, you don't want dirt or pesitcides in your food! Slice the tomatoes and mushrooms in slices, not cubes. Place these in the bottom of the liners, that'll make it easier to unstick the omlettes from the liners later. And they create a nice base. Either use just a mushroom or just a tomato, or both if you like. Then start chucking in whatever you want into the liners. Don't overfill them with produce though, remember that the eggs go in there too! I like making sure that there are different combinations, that way each time you eat one, you won't be eating the same thing every time. And I don't like mixing the meats, one type of meat per liner. 

Beat together the eggs and water, with some salt. But don't over do it with the beating like I did here! I was chopping up the produce and forgot to glance over at the mixer, so they became WAY too fluffy. The batter shouldn't change colour or get to much air in it. The batter will rise in the oven if beating correctly. Mine defluffed instead, which wasn't too nice. I baked them in a preheated oven (200 degrees celcius) for about 20 minutes. Let them cool in the liners, and take them out by overturning them and tapping the bottom for them to release. Let them cool further before placing the in the freezer. Be sure they don't touch too much, they will freeze together! If you freeze them for 30 minutes on a plate (with a baking sheet underneath so they don't freeze to the plate), you can then place them in a plastic bag. The outsides will have frozen enough to not make the stick together even if they weren't frozen through and through. 

Cooked and overturned omelettes. 
Since I was already in the kitchen making food, I thought I might as well make some more! So I placed bacon/ham/chicken in the bottom of various liners, and cracked an egg into each of them. Then I baked them in the oven for about 20  minutes. This will not cook the yolk through and through, it will be soft in the center. So be careful when taking them out of the liners when cooled, you cannot overturn and tap the bottom, it will break the yolk. So here, it's better to carefully loosen the edges of the liners from the eggs, and then turn the liners inside out. Alternatively, you can freeze them while in the liners and then remove the liners when they are frozen. Since silicone doesn't freeze, the liners will still  be easily removed.

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