Most of my post ideas for C&C come to me. What I mean by that is that I don't spend very much time thinking about what I'm going to write. I just go about my day-to-day and my posts, or any creative ideas for that matter, usually greet me with a burst of inspiration. I was taking a Saturday morning barre* class a couple of weeks ago, and throughout the class the ingredients of this delicious omelette started coming together in my mind (go figure, I'm working out and dreaming up culinary adventures- ah, the day-to-day of a foodie.). By the end of the class I was so excited about creating this creation that I even went out of my way to pick up some cilantro & crimini mushrooms, which I felt were essential ingredients to making this omelette magic happen. And it was well worth it. This omelette ended up being easy to make, delicious and protein-y- which made it a perfect post-workout meal.
Before I delve into the recipe, I'll go into a little more depth about why duck eggs are my eggs of choice. They're full of healthy fats and proteins, making them yummy for the brain, the body and the palate. And they're much easier to digest than chicken eggs, which contain proteins that are indigestible for the human body. They also haven't been exposed to any form of genetic modification**. Although locating duck eggs can be a little challenging, they've become a lot more readily available over the years. If you're having trouble finding them, check out the egg stand at your farmer's market. You can also connect with local farmers to see if they have duck eggs that they're willing to sell. My parents live in Switzerland and they happened to come across a cop who breeds ducks as a hobby. He personally delivers their duck eggs on a motorbike 8-).
So, after you've procured your duck eggs from the grocery store, the farmers market or a cop on a motorbike, you can proceed to create this recipe.
Ingredients (for one omelette)
1 medium sized stainless steel pan
2 duck eggs
1/2 medium sized red onion
5-8 organic crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 an avocado
Approx. 1 teaspoon organic raw extra-virgin coconut oil
Some feta cheese (optional)
Dash of goat milk (optional)
Some cilantro (to garnish your creation)
Finely chop red onion. Slice crimini mushrooms (not too thin, not too thick). Heat up your stainless steel pan on a medium flame. Once it has warmed up, add a teaspoon of coconut oil. Allow oil to warm for one minute and move pan around so the oil spreads evenly and covers the entire surface area. Add onion and mushroom. While mushroom and onion are cooking, crack two duck eggs into a bowl. If desired, add goat milk for a fluffier consistency. Whisk. Pour the egg mixture over the red onion and mushrooms in the pan, allow to spread out evenly. Sprinkle feta on top (if you're choosing to incorporate it). Put lid on pan and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until bottom of omelette is firm (you can use a spatula to check). At this point, I like putting my avocado slices inside my omelette, flipping it closed and letting it cook for another minute or so. If you prefer, you can also flip it closed and use the avo slices as a garnish. Once your omelette is ready, gently pick it up with your spatula and place it on your favorite breakfast plate. Decorate with cilantro.
I love having this omelette with some fresh papaya on the side for a nice & refreshing enzymatic burst. Plus the bright orange, yellow & green color scheme of this dish just looks really pretty and bright on a breakfast plate.
Also, play around with different spices! Sometimes I like blending paprika or a bit of turmeric into my egg mixture. And I love adding a dash of cayenne to the final dish. Have fun and enjoy =)
In other news, my Love and I have found a new LA home to call our own! And I could not be more excited. In many ways it's the ideal creative space. Lots of windows. A labyrinth. And a magical garden filled with flowers, trees and birds. We already have lots of ideas about how we're going to use the space to create more creativity-inspiring content for you. Stay tuned =)
Happy spring everyone! And remember to embrace the beauty of change.
With love & creativity,
author: Leah Steiner // photos by: Juliana Mariia Rose
*Barre is one of my favorite types of exercise. It uses low impact isometric movements that work all of your major and minor muscle groups. I'll share more about this transformative workout in a future post. But just wanted to give you a snippet =)
** Source: Avaness, Christina. Living Beyond Organic: Nutritional Knowledge Redefined!. Las Vegas: Tiara Publishing, 2009. Print.