Friday, July 8, 2011

I find ways to improve my life as I grow older

I find that as I grow older, I do not like crowds and noisy places. I like staying home more, especially on the weekends.  Are these signs of old age?  Oh well, age is just a number right? What is important is that we do not feel old and yes, I know it is easier said than done. My psychologist friend said that fear of growing old will only speed the very decline we dread most. She advocates that we recognize and accept the aging process and all that goes with it as a reality and a natural part of the life cycle.  She recommends that we explore ways to improve our life.  I think these are good advice. So, one way I did last Sunday to improve my life was,  I had a relaxing weekend.  I went  for a nice massage in the morning and returned home for a quick simple yummy lunch.  If you have any more ideas to improve life as we age, do share with me. 

I did not do well with this meal. I overcooked the eggs and over baked the biscuit. If I did everything right, this is a fantastic dish. The flavor is awesome.  What is most special is the addition of the pickled shallot to it. It gave a whole new dimension to taste of the omelette. So I did not cook a perfect lunch but that does not upset me at all. I am practicing not sweating the small stuff and I had a wonderful weekend.:)

Chorizo potato omelette with biscuit
Largely adapted from

This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel (Office) Facebook page on 3 September 2012

1 medium potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 eggs
1 Spanish chorizo sausage, cut into 1cm thick slices
10 fresh rosemary leaves
2 shallots, peeled and very finely sliced
1 tbs lemon juice
½ tsp sugar
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
10 or 12 mint leaves

Preheat your to 250 degrees C. Put the potatoes into a saucepan of boiling salted water and simmer them until cooked, then drain in a colander and leave them to steam dry. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl, season well with salt and pepper to your taste, and put aside.

Heat a ovenproof frying pan. Add the chorizo slices and the potato chunks. When everything’s lightly golden and crisp, remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and put aside.  Sprinkle the rosemary leaves into the hot fat until crisp. Pour the beaten eggs on top immediately, adding the potatoes and chorizo and spreading everything out evenly. Place the whole pan in the preheated oven until the omelette is golden brown on top and just cooked through in the middle.

While the omelette is cooking, put the shallots into a bowl with the lemon juice, some salt and pepper and a glug of extra virgin olive oil. Toss and pinch the shallots with your fingertips to soften them slightly, then mix in the mint leaves. Serve a little on top of the omelette with biscuits and gravy.

I am bringing this dish to 'Friday Potluck' July, hosted by  Girlichef.


  1. I agree with your views wholeheartedly! Life's just too short to sweat the little things and I'm glad that you're able to take time out for yourself. As for the omelette, it looks fantastic despite the imperfection!

  2. Whether it is the sign of aging, as long as we live healthy and we live happy in our daily life! The omelette look yummy and delicious with that sausage in it.

  3. It's always a joy reading your stories, Veronica! The food looks good. No one would've guessed it was overdone. Good luck to your kid's "career"!

  4. This looks like a great meal to me! I agree with you. The more I stay home, the more I want to stay home!

  5. Echo your first lines..."I do not like crowds and noisy places" too. Have to shout on top of our voices in pubs and karaoke, eyes got too smokey and what nots. Home is the best especially in front of the laptop haha. Wow love your omelette with biscuit and the nice snap shots. tQ.

  6. If those are signs of getting old, then I've been old for a very long time.

  7. I love spending time at home too, because that way I spend less lol! Oh well, if it helps me to relax, I am all for it...your dish doesn't look overdone at all, so yummy looking!

  8. I like that not only you're looking to improve your life but enjoying it as well. This dish looks fantastic!

  9. Me too. Don't like crowds and noisy places. Prefer to stay at home and cook, bake and knit. LOL, sound like a country-side girl. What am I doing in a fast-living city???

  10. you have so much wisdom and life experience- and sharing on your blog is also a great way to love life no matter what age you are.

    oh and a positive attitude always! *wink* dont sweat the small stuff- just like the eggs being a little overcooked- does it matteR? nooooo.. what matters is love, family and health!

  11. Like you, I also dislike noise and crowds... A great philosophy. It is indeed better to aknowledge things than try to blind oneself.

    That is a wonderful meal! Both the omelet and biscuits look really scrumptious and tasty. *drool*



  12. Not sweating the small stuff, one can declutter so much - life is then so much easier:)) Good advice.

  13. Greetings, and I just love your blog... Would you mind dropping me an email with your email address...

  14. I definitely like staying in more now that I'm older! :P And interesting recipe, I never thought to add a biscuit to an omelette! :)

  15. Veronica: Keep trying. I remember my first batch of biscuit. It was as hard as hockey pucks. I do love chorizo, potatoes and egg breakfast. Gravy and biscuit is right up my alley too.

  16. That omlette looks mighty good to me. I don't see anything wrong with it at all. Love the addition of pickled shallots. Have never tried that before. Another way to improve life which I'm sure you already know, eat good food! I also love getting together with good friends and just catching up on our lives. Good friend's really make a huge difference in our lives. Hope you have a splendid weekend, Veronica.

  17. Aww I'm sure this tasted better than you think! It looks like a fabulous recipe!

  18. A great recipe -- I can hardly resist anything with eggs and chorizo!

  19. Well, it sure looks fabulous! I love everything in it and if I can ever, ever find Spanish chorizo, I will definitely make this. We're in the middle of a 6 month stint of cooking w/ Jamie Oliver if you'd like to share this over at IHCC, as well! Now, if only I could get a massage ;)

  20. @girlichef, Thanks. I think you can make this with other sausage too. I have shared the link at IHCC. Thanks for the introduction.

    @Yasmeen, Me too:)

    @Joanne, Yes it taste wonderful and will be better if I did not overcook the eggs.

    @LeQuan, Agree with everything you said. Family and friends enrich our lives!

    @Reese, I used to make very fluffy biscuits, I think last Sunday, I was too relax even with the baking and cooking time... haha

    @Not Quite Nigella, Ya, I did not too, my Quay Lo was the one who suggested that.

    @A Year on the Grill, Thanks you for dropping by and I have dropped you an email.

    @Filip, You must try it, you will be glad.

    @Rosa, It is a delight to see you again. Thanks for the kind words.

    @Emily, Yumm indeed!:D

    @Keat, from your blog, I can see you are one who will not sweat the small stuff. Good for you!

    @daphne, so true about family and health, they are what matters most.

    @NEL, same here.

    @yummychunklet, we value life more as we age.

    @Jeannie, I am sure a relaxing weekend is important to people who wears many hats like yourself.

    @That Girl. You are old for a long time? That's ok if you don't feel old at all.

    @Barefeet in the kitchen, Home sweet Home!

    @Shirley, Thanks, you are always so kind with your comments. I really appreciate it.

    @Mel, Yes, that i most important to stay happy and healthy.

    @Veggie Girl, Glad that you agree and thanks for your compliment on the omelette.

  21. So glad you brought this by IHCC this week...I would definitely have some fun in the sun with this beauty ;)

  22. wow! thank you so much for dropping by my blog.

    i'm shock that i have been visited by a famous blogger like you :)

    i should try to cook this even though my cooking skill is crap.

    look delicious. now i'm hungry at 3am :)

  23. Thanks for linking up with us over at IHCC. This omelette looks absolutely stunning and loaded with so many wonderful and flavorful ingredients.

    Congrats on the massage!

  24. It's pretty much hard to fault chorizo, egg and potatoes! I eat any them any time in any form. Even if it was adapted from the 'dreadful' Jamie (I have a personal thing with him).
    I like the simplicity. Well... simplicity is the sophistication of serenity. ;)

  25. Great advice. I should pay attention.

    We also loved the flavors in this dish. Good for you for not sweating the mistakes!

  26. I like staying home more and more lately too.
    And this would be a lovely meal to stay home with!
    Thanks for cooking with us at IHCC.

  27. It looks amazing to me, sometimes I like things a little overbaked rather than under. As long as you don't stress over it. My husband is so good about loving everything I make, i get more upset with myself than anyone else does. So I just let it go! I would love a bite of this though!

    P.S. I always like to stay away from big crowds, or I have to prepare myself for it if I do go.

  28. @Lyndsey, Most often we are our own worst critic. Yes we have to let go my dear, I HAVE to on doctors advice hehe...

    @Natashya, I am happy to cook with IHCC and so glad to make some new friends. Hope to see you around.

    @MM, Oh flavor in this omelette is truly awesome.

    @PFx, haha I won't ask what' your persona thing with Jamie but I am glad you agree that this is a simple and delicious dish.

    @Kim, nice to meet you!, thanks for dropping by and hope to visit with you often.

    @Faisal, Oh no, I am no famous blogger. I have enjoyed your posts and thanks for dropping by and would like to try out the recipe. Looks like you can cook this for a really EARLY breakfast at 3 a.m. hehe

    @girlichef, Thanks for hosting the event, it is so much fun to see so many wonderful dishes from the other talented bakers and cooks.

  29. Wow, I thought is pizza..It is interesting. I nvr bake omelette in the oven. should try it.

  30. Love the idea of this omelette - and it looks pretty good, even if you weren't entirely happy with the results :-)

    I have definitely become so much more of a "stay-at-home" girl as I've aged.

    Sue :-)

  31. Oh my gut, Jamie must be really proud of you! You made the dish looks so beautiful... are those scones, looks great with the dish(virtually)!

  32. @Jes's, Ya, it looks like pizza isn't it? Egg pizza! hehe

    @Sue, That's the beauty about photography.

    @Alice, Thanks, I love to watch Jamie cooks, he made everything look so simple.

  33. from the picture,i thought it's a pizza but this dish does sound delicious to me. Yeah, i know that you're one person who doesnt care about the age number and we just do whatever we enjoy doing. It will be a crying shame and regretful to wait until we're on our deathbeds. Even for certain people if everyday seems to be like routine and ordinary life, they are already very happy and contented as they believe to be wholehearted and appreciate all the moments that they share with others.


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