Saturday, April 11, 2015

Omelet

I must say right at the beginning that I have never eaten an omelet. I’m a little funny with eggs. I like scrambled eggs cooked the Mary Poppins way. And I like some versions of egg salad, and I bake with eggs all the time, but there’s just something about them that makes me feel squeamish. Two of my favorite characters in children’s fiction are not fond of eggs. Beverly Cleary’s Ramona doesn’t like soft-boiled eggs ‘because she did not like slippery, slithery food.’  But while Ramona will eat deviled eggs (as I will sometimes), Russell Hoban’s Frances doesn’t like eggs in any form, and makes up little songs about them.
I do not like the way you slide,  I do not like your soft inside, I do not like you lots of ways, and I could do for many days without eggs.
and
Poached eggs on toast, why do you shiver with such a funny little quiver.
Frances says that
Sunny-side up eggs lie on the plate and look up at you in a funny way. And sunny-side down eggs just lie on their stomachs and wait.  … Scrambled eggs fall off the fork and roll under the table. 

In movies and books often an omelet is a romantic late-night meal shared by a couple. It may also be a Sunday brunch item cooked with lots of vegetables and cheese. An omelet is Tom’s go-to food. Just for fun last night I did a search on how to make an omelet. One of the results was this youtube video. I left Tom a note suggesting he might want to make one using this fellow’s method. Tom cooks his omelets quickly at a high temp, using two eggs, and while he has always enjoyed them, he did indeed try this slower method with three eggs, and he thought it was perfectly delicious. He made his with cheddar cheese, spinach, tomato, yellow pepper, and a little parsley. 


He was so pleased that I thought I’d share the video with any of you who are omelet fans, 


and use it as an offering for Weekend Cooking.

24 comments:

  1. I like eggs quite a bit. And I like omelettes, but I'm not usually patient enough to cook them. For me, it's just easier to scramble the eggs. And the cheese can be thrown in with the scrambled eggs just as well. I don't usually add veggies or bacon or sausage or anything else. I also like hard-boiled eggs and eat them for lunch fairly often. If we order breakfast out, I will usually order eggs-over-medium. I like my whites cooked and really don't like the yolk too runny. So, I'm not picky at all! LOL

    And I pretty much make my scrambled eggs the "Mary" way. Had to go look and see what that was. :-)

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  2. Good video, I'll have to try his method, and not be so impatient, fiddling with them while they cook. I do love eggs, any old way.

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  3. Well, now, I'll have to try this way, Nan.
    We love eggs here and I often make an omelet for supper, /though I've recently learned how to make frittata, which I do when I have a few veggies that need to be used up. Oh, dear; we already ate and now I'm hungry for an omelet.

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  4. This is lovely. Yes, my eggs need to be weeeeelllll cooked! I do feel hungry now!

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  5. Another good omelette (we using British spelling here in NZ) Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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  6. I love omelettes, although I would not want to eat them every day. It is one of the few dishes I make for myself occasionally; most of the time, when it is just me, I don't cook at all and just have a cheese sandwich or some salad. My method is the quick one with two eggs, because I always wait with the cooking until I am so hungry it has to be on my plate real fast :-)

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  7. Thee and me both, Nan. I can't face omelets with all that gooey egg inside and I also can't eat scrambled eggs. The only scrambled eggs I've ever eaten and enjoyed were cooked for me in the US by an American friend who uses no milk so the result is much dryer and not at all runny or gooey. I do however like boiled and poached eggs and really enjoy a hard boiled egg sandwich... especially mashed with salad cream and chopped spring onions.

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    1. You might try Mary Poppins' version. :<)

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  8. We don't eat a lot of eggs but I do enjoy a good omelette or quiche with bacon, onion and cheese :)

    Happy cooking,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. Sounds great, sans bacon. (says this vegetarian) :<)

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  9. I love eggs! I prefer my fried eggs over-easy so the yolk runs all over my toast, but the whites have to be cooked firm. One of my favorite weekend breakfasts is fried eggs on toasted ciabatta with some raw spinach, tomato slices, gruyere cheese and avocado slices. Delicious! I also cook my scrabbled eggs the Mary Poppins way. No added milk, thankyouverymuch! I'll have to try this recipe for an omelete. They always seem like so much trouble to make and I just wait until we're traveling and order one in a restaurant (with cheese, mushrooms, and tomatoes).

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    1. I don't think this is any trouble at all!

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  10. Oh yummy, I like omelets. I like eggs but not often. Funny how everyone is so different with their food preferences.

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    1. I find food preferences just fascinating! When people say 'picky' I say 'discerning!'

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  11. My husband taught me to make an omelette after we got married! How's that for romantic? I usually overload mine with veggies and cheese so that they can't be folded over properly, though.

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  12. Donna - Stratford, OntarioApril 12, 2015 at 6:18:00 PM EDT

    I totally agree Nan, I am not a fan of omelettes either. I have only ever eaten one in my whole life, and I was not very impressed, so that was the end of that.
    Happy Spring Nan, from Stratford where today the swans returned to the river and the crocus are in bloom.

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    1. I do so love hearing from you. I still miss the more frequent connection we used to have.

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  13. Two things. Don't know about russel Hoban and France's and off to look that up as soon as I hit send here. Second, we like omelets and that's just how I make them. I always puck the slow route! And PS|: I see my typos, but every time I try to go back and correct them my IPad Shuts down.

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    1. There is more about Frances here: http://lettersfromahillfarm.blogspot.com/2008/02/book-reportfour-frances-books.html

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  14. I recently told Simon at Savidge Reads that I wanted to do one of our episodes of The Reader's podcast on the topic of omlets. So many of the English books I read involve eating omlets. I think Anita Brookner must eat only omlets. Then when Simon of Stuck In A Book was in DC recently I asked him and his English friend who lives here what was the deal with omlets in English fiction. I don't remember much of what they said except that they found it funny that we spell it omlet in the U.S. as opposed to omlette.

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    1. And English television! The evening after I read your comment, I was watching As Time Goes By and Jean offers Lionel an omelet for lunch!

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