On days when I am working by myself (which is most days, really!) I eat pre-dominantly vegetarian meals. An hour long lunch break is often enough to explore and experiment with new ingredients to create tasty and nourishing light meals that are not only easy to cook but extremely quick. A lot of these meals can be easily packed away in a lunchbox for work, college, picnic or potluck. This adventurous, easy to make, easy to take, mostly fuss-free and wholesome cooking forms the entire premise of my new cookbook which will be published by Random House in the autumn of 2014. One of the most agonising decisions was trying to settle on a title for the cookbook. We thought long and we thought hard. We came up with a million titles but the one title that was initially suggested by Nick right off the bat, never left our hearts. It felt right on many levels. Tasty Express. My first cookbook. With over 110 delicious predominantly vegetarian recipes, some naughty creations, a few quirks and lots of visual goodness, Tasty Express will be a book I hope you will want to explore with me. This recipe for a savoury buckwheat omelette although not from the book is a very good example of what the book will be about.
A few weeks ago I was asked whether I would like to write a column for my local newspaper. I am very excited to announce that starting in November I will have a regular fortnightly food column called Cook Republic in The Hornsby Advocate (Circulation of 52,000). I am really looking forward to exercising my literary muscle some more.
This recipe is another favourite from my childhood. Mum would make a version of this for a quick supper served with tomato sauce and with little cubes of butter. As she plated up a hot omelette, my brother and I would float a butter cube on top and watch it melt into a golden puddle. It does taste delicious with the butter. I love to whip up a batch of these omelettes (well, you could call them pancakes!) on some mornings and send them away in lunch boxes for hungry tummies everywhere. Remember when I talked about turmeric in your diet last week? This is another great way to sneak in some turmeric!
These gluten free omelettes are brimming with buckwheat goodness. Buckwheat is a fruit seed and is related to the rhubarb family. It is gentle on the stomach and excellent for people who cannot tolerate wheat and other gluten. It is especially known to reduce cholesterol and improve blood flow. With its high magnesium content, a little bit of buckwheat every few days goes a long way towards a healthy diet.
SAVOURY BUCKWHEAT OMELETTES
A quick omelette made with buckwheat flour and chopped vegetables offers a wholesome and tasty midweek lunch option.
Makes - Serves 2
1 cup (150g) buckwheat flour
½ cup chopped coriander leaves and stalks
1 large tomato, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
olive oil, to pan-fry
butter cubes, to serve
handful of coriander leaves, to serve
1 large sliced green chilli, to serve
ketchup (tomato sauce), to serve
Mix the flour, coriander leaves and stalks, tomato, onion, ginger, salt, turmeric, egg and 1 cup (250ml) water in a large bowl. Rest for 10 minutes.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Pour ½ cup of batter into the pan and cook for a few minutes until there are bubbles on the surface. Gently flip over the omelette and cook the other side until golden. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 4 or 5 omelettes.
Serve hot with butter, coriander, chili and sauce.
You can make these omelettes with besan (omit the egg), teff flour or spelt flour.
Looks delicious and you use and amazing board and I like it much, congrats on your new cookbook.
Yum! I'm a big turmeric fan. I quite like Heidi Swanson's turmeric tea, which is simply honey, turmeric, lemon and black pepper. It's unusual but delicious!
I was pretty excited to give these pancakes/omelette a go as I really like buckwheat. They turned out great! Will definitely make them again.
Looking forward to seeing your book on the shelves!!
I use this same recipe but add a few spoons of rolled oats to the mixture to make it more healthier.
Oh Sneh, the book sounds amazing! So excited for you. Will totally try these delicious omelettes too 🙂
So thrilled for you with these fantastic opportunities. 🙂 I love your beautiful photographs and your innovative recipes. You've worked so hard and RICHLY deserve these great ways to share your talents and passion with the world. 🙂
Congratulations on the book and newspaper column! These pancakes look yummy! Will be testing them out on my coeliac boyfriend!
Buckwheat Omelettes looks good, I have never had anything like that before 🙂
I've finally had the time to read through this post and Sneh, I cannot wait to read your newspaper column in the Advocate!! Congratulations on that! And I love the title of your book, it sounds like a perfect fit for what the book is all about!
I really like the title for your cookbook and congratulations on your column!
Oh what a cute name! I can not wait to see the cover art on this book. I hope you can leak something soon to tease our interest.
Love the omelettes, at least I can be prepared for the summer months in Australia with some healthy breakfast fair.
Congrats on the name! You're book sounds wonderful love, and I can't wait to see it. Also another congrats on your column! You're on fire 😉
The omelette looks fantastic! And how exciting about both your book title and newspaper column!
These look delicious and quite unusual, it seems like your mum was a very avant garde cook. They look like they'd be nice with a bit of spinach in them.
Congratulations on the column and coming up with the perfect name! As with everyone else here, I cant wait to get my hands on a copy and (in the more immediate future) try these amazing looking buckwheat omelettes!! 🙂
These sound very tasty - will definitely make these! Really looking forward to your cookbook as well, and love the name you have chosen. Congratulations.
Congratulations on the new venture with the Hornsby Advocate and your very own cookbook! How exciting! Can't wait to see it when it comes out.
Congratulations on your cookbook! I love the title, and I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands and cook more of your delicious vegetarian recipes 🙂
I really like the name and I am looking forward to the release date. I'm always looking for tasty easy and healthy meals to cook during the week! Good luck with the newspaper column.
Sneh, how fantastic about your column and I really like the name Tasty Express. It says everything about what will be in your first cookbook. Can't wait to see it!
LOVE the name! So perfect!
Congratulations on your new column - it is so nice to read all the good news coming from this space 🙂
Great looking shot and I am loving the board, will give this recipe a go