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Old 01-29-2010, 12:27 AM   #1
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Newbie cook! Wanting to add some flavour or kick to a meal. Spices? Ketchup? What?

Hey everyone. I'm very new, but I hope to spend a lot of time here in the future.

I just made myself a meal. It was the first time I've ever tried something like this. I'd like a suggestion or two if you guys could.

It was simple scrambled eggs, but with chopped green peppers, celery, cheddar cheese, minced onion, tomato and a bit of tandoori spice. I cooked and scrambled the eggs first and added everything else near the end of the process. It ended up nice and fluffy, with some pleasant pieces of greenery.

One thing I noticed though was that despite the good texture, and the generous sprinkling of Tandoori spice, the flavour was a bit flat.

What could I add to this dish in the future to give it a stronger, more memorable flavour?

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:22 AM   #2
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salt, pepper will bring out the flavour but never used tandoori spice before. Probably need more spice if the flavour is bland.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:04 AM   #3
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I would suggest putting the tandoori spice in when you beat the eggs. Most spices need any liquid they can pick up to get the best flavor.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:27 AM   #4
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It's virtually impossible for me to make scrambled eggs without cheese. Sometimes I put shredded cheddar in when beating the eggs, and a slice of swiss on top right before I take it out of the pan.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:00 AM   #5
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I can't imagine anything with a "generous sprinkling of Tandoori" tasting flat, unless the tandoori is really old.
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:29 AM   #6
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salt.

personally I would cook the veg , and season them, then add the egg and scramble together.

mixing the egg I would as said above add the seasoning and spice to the egg mix before it hit the pan.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:05 AM   #7
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I'm with Robo. Saute the veggies with the spices first. It will deepen the flavour of the veggies. Then toss the eggs on and keep on going. Salt and pepper are all I ever use with my eggs. Oh, I'd add a smidge of garlic and onion to the veggies too.

I've never tried tandoori spice either. Welcome to DC!
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:59 AM   #8
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Hey thanks guys; this is good information. I'll try it again soon using your advice.

The only reason I thought I'd add the veggies and other things last is because I did the same meal a few days ago for my new girlfriend, and it turned out badly. I didn't use a non-stick pan, so the eggs burned, and because they were burning, I felt the need to stir more often, which broke the eggs down into too-small pieces. And then the extra ingredients were mashed up and lost in the burned egg.

It was a bit of a disaster, and we ended up putting pasta sauce over the eggs to make them edible!

This second meal was a private test, and it turned out MUCH better. I'm hoping my third will be better still! Then I'll try cooking it again for her one morning soon and I'll tell you guys how it goes.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:39 PM   #10
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salt.

personally I would cook the veg , and season them, then add the egg and scramble together.

mixing the egg I would as said above add the seasoning and spice to the egg mix before it hit the pan.
Yep, that's my advice too. Remeber salt brings out flavors and makes things taste more like what they are.
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