I first tasted this dish when a very good college friend cooked this for me. My friend used simpler ingredients (just good tofu, red chili, salt and pepper) but it was really delicious. This is just a tastier version-- so that even non-vegetarians will hopefully love our simple tofu friend a bit more and; so that even lazy kitchen people can enjoy a quick, plain-looking but tasty tofu dish.
Tips and Tricks
I'd recommend mixing in a bit of vanilla essence to the batter to neutralize the smell of egg. Also, when I made this for myself, I used much less egg and more milk and it tasted wonderful.
I love dairies, especially cheese.
However, recently, I've been feeling like I'm developing some sort of lactose intolerance. The past couple of weeks, every time I eat my usual cheesy spaghetti, toasts or cheesecake, my head immediately aches-- from mild headache to quite terrible migraine. It is usually followed by vomiting. After I've vomited a third of my meal or dessert, my head feels lighter. But I would still feel phlegm thickly surrounding my throat. Is that a mild form of lactose intolerance or something? But I tell you, it surely is not pregnancy. hahaha
Anyway, here's one of those lazy food I eat when I'm all alone, having no drive to cook for myself and/or very absorbed with some sort of stuff (like blogging or studying Japanese) to afford distraction. But be sure you have pesto sauce stocked in the the freezer or fridge or else it will be quite bothersome to prepare on a busy day.
Tips and tricks
On days when I make basil pesto sauces, I usually grind extra cashew nuts then store in an airtight container because it's not my hobby to wash my blender. Then whenever I feel like going vegan, I have a cheese replacer to run to. But obviously, I didn't have ground cashew this time so I just crushed the cashew nuts while in its strong plastic sachet and had a nutty, crunchy pesto lunch. *(^_^)*
Pistachio has a different flavor but is as good as cashew in pesto.
Eggy Eggplant. Egg-Plant. Egg and the Plant. Stir-fried Egg and Eggplant. Mother and Egg.
One time my older brother mocked me for my choice of password for my laptop. My password then was "password". But after a few months, my younger sister started overusing my laptop when I'm not home, without my permission. So I decided to change my password. After some time, my brother borrowed my laptop and asked me my new password. I whispered to him "new password". He said verbatim, "for a sister of such creativity, you suck at passwords".
Yeah, I have very poor naming ability too. I named my bicycle Kicchan because it was given to me by a Kida-san. There are still a few examples on my poorly-named list but let's just go back to the dish.
I didn't want to turn you off with a poor dish name, as it did when I reread my candidates above. So I decided to call it "nasu omelet".
Nasu・茄子 is Japanese for "eggplant". I thought this name gives this very simple dish a bit of curiosity, enough to make you try it (and now you know another Japanese word ^_~). This dish is really worth a try-- my husband assures you. I also like running to this dish when I'm out of bento ideas.
Tips and Tricks
If you want it looking meaty like the one on the picture above, stir-fry it a bit longer.
Otherwise, transfer immediately to a plate to decrease after-cooking heat from the pan.
A vegetarian for 12 years and a kitchen warrior since I moved in to Japan, my favorite battle has been winning over my husband's interestingly complicated taste buds.