Tomato, Onions and Cheese Omelet


My dad is a great cook, and I learned some of my cooking skills from him. One of  his specialties is omelets. We would wake up to the smell of caramelized onions and  bell peppers and toasted bread every Saturday morning. He still makes his gourmet omelet for my mom every Saturday (at least, it's what he claims) and oh how I miss waking up to that smell.  I tried to replicate his recipe and change it a bit, but it's never going to be the same.

Serving: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/3 cup diced onions
  • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers 
  • 1 diced roma tomato
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Chedar cheese
  • 2 leaves of mint or basil for garnish
Directions

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized pan. Cook the bell peppers and diced jalapeño pepper for 1 minute. Add the onions and cook until golden, add the minced garlic and cook for 20 seconds.  Finally, add the diced tomatoes and cook until they get a little soft. Add salt to taste.



Beat the eggs and pour over the tomatoes and onions mix. Mix them well together and spread the mixture to fill the surface of the pan.  Lower the heat and add the shredded cheese on top and put a lid on the pan for 1 minute or until the cheese is melted. 

Garnish with mint or basil leafs and serve with slices of oranges or grape fruit.
Enjoy with  toasted sour dough bread, tea or coffee.





The story of Sweet Lemon

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This is my first blogpost. I'm very excited about this and can not wait to share all sorts of deliciousness with you.

It took me a while to figure out a name for this blog. I knew I wanted to have "lemon" in the name because I just love lemons and limes and the smell, but I also wanted the title to carry a Persian theme (yes, I'm persian). So after consulting with my sister for a while, we came up with this name.  It's perfect, at least I think it is. To me, it conveys the three different tastes in food and I just can't live without salt.

You are asking what this has to do with Persian? Ah!
Sweet Lemon (Limoo Shirin in Farsi) is a citrus that has a lot of vitamin C, as you can imagine, while being very sweet. Growing up, my mom would squeeze two, three sweet lemons and mix them with the juice of an orange every time me and my sister got sick. There was a trick to it though. You had to drink it fast. Sweet lemon juice will go bitter if it stays for more than 10 minutes. The sad part is that you can't even save it in the fridge, it will still go bitter.  And oh the smell.  It is a combination of citrusy, sweet and a tad of bitter.

I haven't been able to find this citrus anywhere ever since I moved to the States, although recently, my friend Rosha found them at a Mexican store in Mountain View, CA and bought them for me. This led me to believe that this citrus is only grown in that part of the world. I can still taste the sweetness combined with a subtle bitterness in my mouth and to this date, every time I get sick, I wish my om would force me to drink it all the way and would come back to my room after 10 minutes to check if I have finished it and tell me: "it will go bitter".