Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Caramelized Onion Scrambled Eggs : A Smell into The Past

I don't know what  it's called, but I  have a special ability of connecting events in my life to the smell associating with them . I can probably index my life by the smell of each period .. Coco Chanel perfume: my newly wed days,  Ralph by Ralph Lauren: junior high , Air Wick cool linen and white lilac: my first year in the U.S.

A while ago I was at my sister's apartment and she was showing me her perfumes. As I smelled each perfume I started telling her of what each reminds me of: 2003 summer program before I got married, winter 2002 when we were traveling to Suadi Arabia by car,...November 2008 when I was at Disney Land... Excuse me, she said : could you just tell me if you like the perfume  or not. I am not interested in the historical record behind it :) !

The smell of this scrambled eggs reminds me of the my childhood when we would gather every Wednesday night  at my grandmas' house. All of us, the cousins, the aunts, the uncles, old and young. The supper was the same every week: delicious creamy French white cheese, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, freshly baked flat bread brought from the nearby bakery,  the best quality honey brought from Iran and scrambled eggs ...caramelized onion scrambled eggs and hot tea. Very simple, yet it is the most delicious meal I ever had in my life.

Long gone are those days when supper was simple, life was simple. Sadly, people rarely eat this way anymore. Now supper is usually a long feast , filled with all kinds of fancy dishes, or a take out order from a restaurant.

Those days won't  come back, but I am still here...my memories are still here...and the smell of those eggs is still here to remind me of life as I knew it.

What's one smell that reminds you of your childhood or a special time in your life?


1/2 cup chopped onions
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbs oil

- Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium- high heat. Add the onions and sauté until golden brown.

- Add the eggs and cook until almost done. Remove from heat and continue to cook in the skillet for a few more seconds. Transfer to dish.

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how i like it:  I am not usually a big eggs fan. But when I do eat it, I like my eggs to be just a bit undercooked. I think there is a massive difference in taste between well cooked eggs and undercooked ones. This caramelized onions eggs dish is perfect for breakfast and supper. Perfectly paired with honey, as it complements the sweetness of the caramelized onions. 


  1. I really had to think hard on what smells remind me of my childhood... and then I though it's probably not a very good smell..Lol.. My mum was a terrible cook so I don't have any fantastic dishes to remember that period, but if anything reminds me of my youth it is the smell of really beautiful dark red strawberries... The ones that you can't seem to find so easily anymore too!

    1. Thank you Simon for stopping by. I love your blog and it's a pleasure having you over here.
      Oh, your mom should be very proud of you know, and yes you can't find these strawberries anywhere now.

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