One of my other resolutions was to eat healthier this year -- and I'm sorry to say that I started off today on a bad foot. I just finished a 3-egg omelet with diced ham, onions, shaved Stilton, some crumbled vintage Gouda and a little handful of shredded Tex-Mex cheese left over from our tacos earlier this week . I whipped up the eggs with about 1/4 cup of milk, a bit of fresh ground multi-corn pepper, and a pinch of salt. To put the extra touch of healthiness on it, I cooked it in a bit of duck fat left over from Christmas.
This was one of the lightest, fluffiest omelets I have ever had, and words can hardly describe how delicious it tasted. I'm sure it was all kinds of bad for me, but I don't cook like that very often, so I think I'm allowed an occasional decadent treat.
I made a small change to my normal coffee routine this morning. I started using a French press for my coffee (after breaking my second Bodum last year), and my usual routine has been to let the coffee sit on top of the grounds once I have pressed the plunger. The pot holds just enough coffee for three of my Starbucks mugs full. The first two cups are always good (not quite as good as I got from my lamented Bodum, but a far cry better than drip). On most days I will stop after two cups, but on weekends and holidays I will often head back out to the kitchen for that third cup because I hate to waste coffee.
After the coffee has say for that long on the old grounds, and by the time I have finished microwaving it, let's just say that it can be pretty vile at times. I have always assumed that the coffee has gone bad because of oxidation, but I was pretty sure that sitting on the old grounds for that long probably wasn't doing it any good either. Today for a change I poured the whole pot into another container after I plunged it, and poured it back after rinsing out the grounds. I lost some coffee during the transfer process, since I left a bit of the sludge behind on each pouring, but in the end I was pleased with the results. When I grabbed a third cup today, even after nuking it for 2 minutes, it was still quite drinkable. I could taste some oxidation, but it was way better than the usual third cups.
Lesson learned: make less coffee, since I probably don't need that third cup anyway.