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Ziploc Omelet
2006-04-12, 9:23 a.m.

Day 598 The Ziploc Omelet

Highlights of this are posted over at Serenaville , hopefully in the comments section of that post.

Well, lets get to the bottom line. I tried the Ziploc omelet and lived to type about it. So far. In truth, it was surprisingly non-eventful. So non-eventful that even my camera and phone decided to give their batteries a break this morning and not cooperate, thus, no photo documentation of the event. You didn’t really want to see close ups of my kitchen anyhow, did you?

The breakdown:

1. Got out all the necessary gear. Filled a 2qt saucepan about half way with water and set it on the stove. Fired up the burner and let the water get started.
2. Also got out 1 Ziploc sandwich bag, 2 large eggs, about 1 ounce of Cabots 75% fat free cheese and 1 slice of deli ham-off-the-bone lunch meat.
3. Beat up the eggs, added 2 tbsp skim milk, sliced up the ham & cheese, mixed it all in with the eggs.
4. Deposited gloopy egg/cheese/ham mixture into sammich bag.
5. Got out as much air out of the bag as humanly possible without squirting eggs all over the kitchen.
6. Set timer for 13:00, plopped bag o’ eggs in the now boiling water. Took care to not let bag touch any part of the pan not under water (fear of melt down)
7. Made coffee, prepped toast, ran out to get paper, cursed camera & phone again for letting their batteries get dead.
8. Flipped bag o’ eggs while cooking once or twice in an effort to even out cooking. Noticed the proto-omelet had quite the propensity to float.
9. Ding! (That was the timer going off)
10. Turned off burner, picked bag up out of water bath. Seemed liked if fluffed up quite a bit during the cooking process. Note: the bag DID NOT explode (Major bummer)
11. Opened the sammich bag, kinda held it over the plate and tried to ‘pour’ omelet onto plate.
12. Omelet slid out of bag quite nicely and plopped itself right in the center of the plate. Nary a single bit stuck to the bag. Very cool.
13. Omelet rather resembles a burrito sitting on the plate like that. I sorta coarsely chopped it with a fork, slathered it with my condiments of choice (Dinosaur Barbecue ‘Devils Duel’ Habanero sauce and some hot salsa) {Yes, I like me some hot peppers}
14. Remarkably, it tasted like a ham and cheddar omelet with hot sauce & salsa. Really not too bad.

So, tried the omelet and survived. The 13 minutes cooking time is a bit of a downer, but it gives you lots of time to do other things like make coffee, get the paper, swear at your dead electronic devices multiple times and even empty the dishwasher. I can see a benefit to it though. If you have a large family or large gathering, you could do up multiple individual omelets, bag ‘em all and cook them simultaneously in a large pot of boiling water. Then everybody gets their omelet of choice, and they’re all done at once so there’s no eating in shifts and clean up is a snap. After all, how hard is it to clean up a pot that you just boiled water in, eh?

Updated stats:

Weight start: 206.5 on 1/1/06 (265.0 on 1/15/05)
Current weight 197.25 on 4/8/06 (I was good, didn’t peek this morning!!)
Target: 180 by 7/1/06 (looking harder & harder to hit)
Next “official” weigh in: 4/8/06

The Keep on Truckin goal: (idea stolen shamelessly from Marn’s Big Adventure)
Miles at speed 4/11/06: 269.77
Miles with cooldown: 297.46
Target for 2006: 1000 miles

Might have to add a little something for the 5K training too.

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