As a kid who ate TV dinners for lunch every day during summer vacation, I relied on the microwave for my livelihood. To this day, when I walk into a hotel room and I see that it's equipped with a microwave, it makes me feel a little more at home—even if I don't end up using it during my stay.
The microwave, my friends, is not just for heating up leftovers. Here are a few of my favorite things to make in the microwave:
All of these are made in a fraction of the time it takes on the stove, while dirtying only one dish instead of an extra pot/pan.
Reading The Goldfinch reminded me of all the funny little snacks and summertime lunches I used to make for myself when my parents weren't home. In the book, Theo goes through periods where he's either ravenous or he has little to no appetite. One of the parts I enjoyed most about the book was that Hobie makes simple but appetizing creations for Theo whenever he needs to recover from a traumatic event. Aside from being a good listener, it's his way of comforting Theo. His choice for a hungover Theo is a simple breakfast of poached eggs and an English muffin. Sounds like a lovely reason to get up in the morning and start your day fresh.
On the eighth morning I woke sweat-drenched after four hours' bad sleep, hollowed to the core and as despairing as I'd ever felt in my life, but steady enough to walk Popchik around the block and come up to the kitchen and eat the convalescent's breakfast—poached eggs and English muffin—that Hobie pressed on me.For the rest of us who don't have a Hobie to make us "the convalescent's breakfast," might I make a suggestion? The microwaved omelette. Quick, healthy and satisfying, when you want something to eat, but can't muster up the strength to even think about washing a saucepan or turning on the stove.
—The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
The Magical Microwaved Omelette
1. Beat 2 large eggs in a large microwavable bowl. Choose a bowl that's large because the egg will puff up in the microwave and you don't want it to spill over.
2. Microwave on high for 1 minute and check. If it's still a little runny, keep microwaving in 20 second increments until it's done.
3. Season with salt, pepper and perhaps a dash of hot sauce, salsa or tabasco, and enjoy. Toast an English muffin to go with it, if you're feeling adventurous.
Disclaimer: This "omelette" is definitely not Jacques Pepin-approved (and probably isn't even technically an omelette). It definitely won't satisfy people who are picky about having their omelettes slightly runny. If you're a fan of eggs in all forms (even well done and rubbery), then this will suit you just fine.
Thanks to the almighty microwave, you'll go from raw eggs to a fluffy omelette in 2 minutes. Even if those are the two most productive minutes of your day, you could do worse.