Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes

Last Sunday, I watched a Mandarin Variety show where 2 male artistes were required to cook two dishes to show off their culinary skills. One of the dish they were asked to cook was scrambled eggs with tomatoes which seems like such a simple dish to make. They were not given any recipe on how to cook the dish. They started by cooking the tomatoes and eggs individually and then towards the end, only mixed them together. The dish ended up with the two ingredients having their own taste. Later, a master chef showed them how to cook the dish to ensure that the taste of the tomatoes and eggs are blended together so that they complement each other. He added a little mixture of cornstarch and water so that the two ingredients can combine together. If you would like to try the dish, here’s the recipe:

Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes: Fan Qie Chao Dan
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of white pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 3 tsp water

Drop the tomatoes into a large pot of vigorious boiling water and allow to cook for 30 seconds. When you see the skin starting to split, they're ready for removal. Transfer the tomatoes into a bowl of ice-cold water and you can easily peel off the skin of the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into 1 inch chunks. Beat the eggs in a small bowl. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in skillet or wok over high heat. Once the pan is very hot and the oil is shimmering, add the tomatoes. Season with salt and white pepper, and cook them very briefly, only about 30 seconds. You want the tomatoes to retain their shape, you don’t want tomato sauce. Don’t stir them too violently or you’ll break them up. After about 30 seconds in the pan, transfer the tomatoes to a bowl and set aside. Add a tablespoon of oil to the wok or skillet again and heat over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the beaten eggs. Season the eggs with a little salt. Quickly scramble the eggs until it is almost cooked but still runny, then add the tomatoes and stir fry until the eggs are cooked. Stir in the cornflour water to thicken the sauce. Sprinkle chopped spring onion and stir well. Serve with rice.

Often in life, we have to work in a team on a project. We will be assigned tasks and asked to do them individually without any formal discussion. The project will most likely faced a lot of problems due to lack of cohesion and collaboration between the team members and end up being individual effort of certain parties instead of a team effort.

Like the scrambled eggs with tomatoes dish, a project needs the extra ingredient which is a good team leader to ensure that all the team members work together to make the project a success.

Definition of a team: A small number of people with complementary skills committed to a common purpose, specific performance goals, a common working approach, and mutual accountability.

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