It never ceases to amaze me how fast the time goes. My life has changed so much in the last two months and I find myself busier than ever. But you want to know something? I’m happy, really happy. For the first time in a really long time I can truly say I am content with my life. I love my new job, I’m having a really great time with my family and of course my hobby is awesome.
And speaking of my hobby, I am less than two weeks away from attending my first ever Food Bloggers Conference with the Food Bloggers of Canada. I’m pretty excited to be heading off to Vancouver to meet some people I have been talking with online for a while and of course eating some really great food.
One of the unexpected treats I have been discovering is all the swag we are getting. I feel so lucky, especially since we all have been getting some of this great stuff before the conference even begins. My son has been excited to see the packages come to the door and begging me to open them pretty much as soon as I get home from work. The first package that arrived had a beautiful Chicago Cutlery knife inside. We had company over for dinner that night so I caused quite a stir, and it was fun sharing it with them.
The second package that came was from Nordic Ware. We had a choice between cooking and baking and even though I love to bake I decide to challenge myself and got the cooking package instead. Inside was the Eggs Plus Pan and a package of four colourful prep and serve bowls. I was excited to give them a try.
The weekend after I received the package I wasted no time trying the pan out. Because I had some leftover over veggies and cheese I wanted to use up I decided to try making omelettes first. What I really loved about the gift was how thoughtful it was. The four bowls I received were perfect for the four compartments of the Eggs Plus Pan. Before you even get the pan ready you can put together whatever kind of omelette you are craving in one of the four bowls.
Next step is to heat the pan up following the directions. It should be warm before you even put the eggs in. Oh, I also gave the pan a light spray with non-stick spray before I even set it on the stove. When the pan feels ready to go you take your little bowls of pre-made eggs and pour them in the individual parts of the pan. Once the eggs started to set I poured water into the middle section and put the lid on to let the steam do its work. I was pretty happy with the finished product, a very tasty and healthy breakfast.
The next day I decided to get more adventurous and try my favourite Pumpkin Pancake recipe from Isabelle Boucher off the Eat North website. This provided a bit more of a challenge for me. Once I got the batter inside the compartments I had a bit of a challenge figuring out how I was going to flip the pancakes over. I figured out I could use the flat end of some of my wooden spoons that were small enough to get underneath the pancakes but by the time I got myself organized I flipped them over to find them burned.
Ok, so I’ll turn the heat down and try another batch. The second batch wasn’t burned but when I served them up we found the centre to be a little doughy. Oh well, pancakes in the pan will need a little more work.
Since my pancake catastrophe I have used the pan again for breakfast. It is really great with just plain old eggs and I must say I am very happy with how quick and easy the eggs are to make in this pan.
I was going to try some other things but I have been carried away with YYC Pizza Week (that’s a story for another day) so I haven’t had a chance to get back to cooking with the pan. I’m excited to try steaming veggies next, with a different vegetable for each compartment and using broth instead of water to steam. And of course there will be lots more eggs.
In the meantime I’m counting down the days to the conference. I can’t wait!