Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Chickpea & Cheese Omelette Sandwich

Chickpea & Cheese Omelette Sandwich

Sick of eating out so often for lunch, I decided to make my own mid-day meal yesterday. It's a very simple sandwich that I concocted in the morning. Dad had boiled a huge batch of chick peas the day before and I took the opportunity to make good use of this morsels of goodness.

Not sure how many of you are familiar with chickpeas. They're also known to Singaporeans as 'kacang puteh'. The 'steamed nut-like' snack you buy in a paper cone and bring with you when you watch a movie at the cinema. Okay, maybe that's not a common sight anymore. Most people would rather buy a box of high-fat buttery popcorn. Hmmm not that it's an offence. hahaa... but I still prefer my good ol' kacang puteh.

Okay back to those chickpeas as they are known in the English language. Chickpeas are actually legumes. Much like dhal and what not. My first encounter with chickpeas in a totally different form was when I was in London. I don't know why, but I had alot of mediterrean food there. And it always comes with 'hummus'. Hummus is actually a paste made from chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), olive oil and some other spices. It's a very common dressing when you order your turkish wraps or kebabs.

Any how, I didn't have any tahini at home, so I thought why not just use the chickpeas themselves. So I went to get the blender, added a wee bit of water and a spoonful of yoghurt (to moisten the peas, thus making it easier to blend) and off it went! I had some lovely mustard yellow colour paste. I seasoned it with ground oregano, black pepper, garlic powder, chilli powder, and some cinnamon. Yes if you don't know by now, i'm quite big on spices, so I always have some around.

But then, eating the semi-hummus with bread would be quite plain wouldn't it?, thought I. So I opened the fridge, saw some cheese and eggs. And viola, egg omelette appeared in front of me.

All right all right, it wasn't that magical. I don't have my own personal genie, or rather, personal chef. So I fried the omelette. I love cheese omelette. I love the gooey-ness of the melted cheese.

And so, I had my chickpea and cheese omelette sandwich after I spread the semi-hummus on to the pieces of wholemeal bread (told ya I was healthy =p) and placed the omelette on top. Then I remembered, TOMATOES! who eats sandwiches without sliced tomatoes!

So my quick hands found some juicy red tomatoes and off I went slicing it. I added them to my sandwich and there you have it - my lunch.

Trust me, it was filling enough to be a lunch. I brought it to work and refrigerated it.

When lunch time came, I whipped it out and took a bite and man, was I enjoying every bit of it. Though it might be healthy, heck it was certainly tasty as well. I have the cheese and the spices to thank. you can never go wrong with those two! Oh, and I had the sandwich with a cup of warm thick Milo. Awesome. It was a simple lunch, very nondescript, but satisfying, I would like to add.

Sandwich for lunch

More sandwich days to come.... for me, I should fanthom.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nice vegeterian combo to me. And yes, I too miss those kecang puteh mamas outside cinemas. Those good old days. Btw, any idea where to get tahini if making hummus?

eatzycath said...

hi baker, I'm into 'quick-ass' speedy meals and your sandwich sounds really good. In fact, I just bought a can of chickpeas last week, wonder if they will work just as well.

Jennifer said...

Wow that does sound good.
I always have a can of chickpeas handy so I will have to remember your sandwich idea.

the baker said...

hi anon,

i'm not sure where sells tahini... i'll have to ask my aunt, I know she bought a bottle some time back. i'll let you know?

Hey eatzycath,

yes the sandwich tastes good as well. but maybe it's because i like chickpeas... and of course, cheese. i'm sure your canned chickpeas would work perfectly!

Hi Jennifer,

Ya, and it's also a breeze to make. Do try it when you can and let me know how you like it! =)

Rene said...

Hi Baker, Would really appreciate it if u have any info of where to get tahini.

the baker said...

Hi Rene,

Just checked with my aunt - she bought hers from the Toa Payoh Central NTUC, Level 1 at the Natural Food Section near the entrance next to cheers. They should have it at Orchard's Cold Storage too...

hope this helps!

cheers...

Rene said...

Hi Baker, Many thanks for the info. Will check it out. Your sandwich really looked great!

Anonymous said...

hi! i LOVE chickpeas, but i dont know where to buy them! can you point me in the right direction? thanks!! :D

tq

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