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Kristy April 8, 2014 at 3:01 am

Hey Jules! So happy to have found your website. You love and prepare the exact type of food that I do (and try to!) and have the same philosophy when it comes to entertaining. Although I’m Australian (Brisbane girl but also lived for 2 years in Melbourne), I moved to Cartagena, Colombia 2 years ago. I’m on a serious budget here and a lot of ingredients that I was accustomed to just don’t exist.. but in your website I have found so many of the old recipes I use to make.. and still others that I can adapt to prepare here. I see myself using you as a reference point ALL THE TIME going forward. So thank you! I’m broke, but I will do my best to send all my financially mobile friends your way. And I’ll also give you one of my favourite go-to meals as a kindof exchange.
At it’s most basic, it’s a shallot/green onion omelette with oysters sauce. You can pimp it up with green broccoli, prawns, corn etc as you see fit. It’s super fast, super tasty and fairly healthy.
So just beat together eggs.. you can add salt, pepper (white pepper works well), chilli flakes. Add in chopped green onions (they’re called scallions too, right? So many names. but the long green ones with the white ends). I always add in chopped garlic and ginger too.
pour eggs into heated fry pan. if it’s not non-stick, ofcourse add some kind of oil.
While that’s getting all cooked and golden, I nuke some broccoli florets in the microwave in a bit of water. 2 minutes is normally heaps of time.
Now the omelette is cooked, I slide it onto a plate (golden-side down), add the cooked broccoli in the middle, then fold the omelette over so it looks like a semi-circle.
The key is the oysters sauce, which you now drizzle over the top. Oyster sauce tastes SO good with eggs. Ok, that’t it. You’re done. You can add some fresh chilli if you like. And cilantro/coriander. You can serve with rice if you like.
Also check out the oyster sauce/egg combo in the delicious egg dish by kylie kwong. basically she slides 4 un-beaten eggs into a wok of hot shimmering oil. they bubble up like magic, getting crisp on the outside but take them out while they are still gooey and runny on the inside, drain them for a second on paper towel, drizzle the oysters sauce, then sprinkle with white pepper, freshly chopped chilli, and shallots. It’s so frickin good. Go try it now! Anyway! I wrote an essay here.. and it’s a comments section not an email.. so SORRY! I did that stream-of-consciousness thing that I always do. So.. THANKYOU, you’re awesome, you make me miss australia and australia food, you are going to be helping me so much as I tailor my repertoire to Colombia (and to my new vegetarian boyfriend!!) and I wish you huge amounts of success!

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