Category: Omelette

A Not So Speedy Omelette – A RFFMT Recipe Revamp

The  original recipe for a Speedy Omelette comes from the “Unexpected Guest” Chapter of The A-Z of Cooking. Two things, first I’m not a fan of the unexpected guest and would more than likely not feed them at all.  It would be Deliveroo at best. Second, we, me, all of us are up to U…the end of the A-Z is nigh.  Not long to go now….let’s celebrate with an omelette.

In many ways, the chapter on how to feed your  Unexpected Guest is actually a primer on how to punish your unexpected guest because the recipes are almost singularly yecchhhh!!!!  The speedy omelette is by far the best recipe in the chapter but then again the chapter contains these delightful titbits so that’s not saying much.

Appetizer – Chilled Ten Minute Potato Soup

Made from dehydrated onions and Smash.  Served chilled.  Did someone say runny, cold fake mashed potatoes?

Talk about revenge being a dish best served cold.  This is quite clearly a dish for the passive aggressive host.  “Oh, I do so like surprises.  And I hope you do too.  Have some soup”.

I always find ads where something is encouraging you to eat itself kind of  creepy.  Is anthrophomorphic-cannibalism-phobia a thing?  Because I think I have it.  As off-putting as this is, I would still much rather eat Potato Pete’s soup than the ten minute chilled variety.

Main – Storecupboard Casserole

Yippee – more Smash! This time a revolting combination of spaghetti sauce mix, tinned tomatoes, canned ham, canned corn and green pepper. So the only fresh thing is the worst vegetable ever.

The recipe also contains the following sentences:

“Add the ham with some of the jelly from the can.  Don’t add too much jelly or the sauce will be too thin”.

No shit don’t add too much.  You know how much canned ham jelly is too much? 

Any. 

Those three words should not even exist together.  Urgghhhhhh!!!! 

This lady advertising this canned ham looks as miserable as hell. Probably because she’s’ thinking “Not only is “If it were a tomato you could squeeze it” about the dumbest advertising slogan in the entire  world but that can better be sealed correctly.  Because they are not paying me enough to get leaked on with canned ham jelly”.

Then there is:

Make up the mashed potato according to the directions on the packet, but add a little milk so that it will be soft enough to spread.

What texture is it normally?  Rock?  I honestly don’t know.  I had a proper mother who only ever made mashed potatoes out of potatoes.  Let’s just be thankful they didn’t tell you to thin out your fake mashed potatoes with some canned ham jelly.

Wow right?  That’s casserole is not even passive aggressive. It’s had a few too Stellas and is just flat out SCREAMING in the street,  “Don’t ever fucking come to my house without an invitation again.  Because I have canned ham jelly and I’m not afraid to use it”.

 

Dessert – Ice Cream with Jam Sauce.

The first time I typed this I wrote Ice cream with ham sauce.  That is how traumatised I am by the preceding recipe. 

This is actually ok.  Hot jam with a bit of oj.  On ice cream. 

Boring.

But not disgusting. 

Which given the rest of the meal is a huge bonus.

The Original Speedy Omelette

Speedy Omelette recipe

Admittedly, even in it’s original state, this is not as vile as the above recipes.  It probably won’t send your unexpected guests screaming from the building and unfriending you on Facebook.  On the downside, it may also not teach them that turning up unannounced is totally obnoxious. 

he Speedy Omelette Revamp

However, let’s drift into the realm of fantasy and suppose that your uninvited guest is actually someone that doesn’t have you gritting your teeth and wondering if you can put ground glass into their drink.  Maybe it’s that cute guy, you know the one from the bar / cafe / work / gym.  The one with the eyes / smile / butt / six pack.  And you want to do a bit better than the speedy omelette?  Why not try my non-speedy omelette?

Cut a potato into a small dice, heat some oil in a pan and panfry until golden. 

Speedy Omelette2Meantime, lightly steam some asparagus and grate some cheese.

Make your omelette and pile in your filings, reserving the asparagus spears for the garnish.  Warm through so the cheese goes melty, flip and serve!

Speedy Omelette5This will take a little longer to make than the Speedy Omelette above but hey, if he’s that cute why would you not want him hanging around for as long as poss?  Hell, crack open a bottle of wine, Elizabeth David style and make a night of it!

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Not So Speedy Omelette with Potatoes and Asparagus
A delicious modern spin on a 1970's recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large potato peeled and diced into 1cm cubes
  2. 1 bunch asparagus
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 1 tbsp water
  5. 50g Cheddar cheese, grated
  6. butter or oil for pan
Instructions
  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
  2. Drain in a colander and allow to dry completely.
  3. Heat oil or butter in a non-stick pan.
  4. Add the potatoes.
  5. Stir and toss occasionally as they cook.
  6. When they are golden brown on all sides, place on kitchen paper to drain.
  7. Chop the tips of the asparagus off and then slice lengthwise.
  8. Steam over boiling water for 2 minutes
  9. Plunge into cold water and then place on kitchen paper to drain.
  10. Whisk the eggs with the water,salt and pepper.
  11. Melt more butter into the pan the potatoes were cooked in. Cook until it sizzles.
  12. Pour in the egg mixture and tilt the pan so the mixture covers the base.
  13. As the omelette starts to set, loosen the mixture from around the edges and tilt the pan so the liquid egg flows underneath.
  14. Spoon the filling onto the omelette whilst the top is still a bit runny (it will continue to cook after you fold it).
  15. Fold and serve garnished with the asparagus tips.
Notes
  1. If you don't have or don’t like asparagus, sub in mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, ham, rocket or crabmeat. You can also swap out the Cheddar for Gruyere, feta, goat's cheese, mozzarella or your favourite cheese!
Adapted from The A-Z of Cooking (1977)
Adapted from The A-Z of Cooking (1977)
Retro Food For Modern Times http://www.retrofoodformoderntimes.com/

Have a fabulous week.

And remember, if this blog was a tomato, you could squeeze it. 

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Rumanian Herb Omelette

Oops…I P’ed too early last week.  Which, although unfortunate is a lot better than peeing too early!  So, tonight we’re taking a step back in the alphabet along with our step back in time and heading back to the letter O in The A-Z of Cooking.  The chapter I skipped is called “On Your Own” and is, of course, meals for one.  I eat a lot of meals on  my own so I was looking forward to trying some of the recipes starting with a Rumanian Herb Omelette.

Rumanian Herb OmeletteIt may surprise you to know that my knowledge of Rumanian (Romanian?) food is…well…sketchy…would be an overstatement!  Non-existent except for a herb omelette would be another.  But how authentic is the herb omelette?  I turned to the keeper of all knowledge aka Google.

This article on Romanian Food doesn’t mention an omelette. It does have a beef salad cake though!

No omelette on the Wiki either.

This wiki does.  But there doesn’t seem to be anything specifically Romanian about it.  In fact, it seems like a fairly bog standard omelette recipe. 

So, now feeling somewhat older but none the wiser, here is the recipe from The A-Z of Cooking.

Rumanian Herb Omelette Recipe2

 

The addition of sour cream seems suitably Eastern European and added a nice flavour to the eggs and herbs.  The flour?  Hmm…I’m not entirely sure about it.  The texture of the omelette became slightly more pancakey than a normal omelette which was not unpleasant, but not altogether necessary.  Maybe, in this age of cro-nuts and cruffins I should be embracing the concept of a new hybrid food a little more enthusiastically but I’m not sure the world needs an omecake or a panlette!

Rumanian Herb Omelette2Having said that, this was a tasty, quick and easy meal for one and perfect with a side salad.  Mine was a very simple chopped avocado, shaved fennel and balsamic vinegar. 

I also used tarragon, parsley and chives as my herbs because (smirk smirk) I have them all growing in my garden.  You can pretty much use what you have or what you like but this was a deee-licious mix!

Okay, back on track now and next time we’re looking at Q.  Will it be 100 things to do with a quince?  Quirky food?  Quiet food?  Find out next time!

Have a great week!

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MFCB 8 – The Neapolitan Omelette

Now, this one really has me bamboozled. 

My first reaction was “That’s one of the dumbest things I ever heard of.  Who puts spaghetti into an omelette?”

But then, I started thinking…what if you replaced the tomato puree with bacon?  Would you get something like a reverse carbonara?  What if you added fresh tomato?  And mushrooms? 

Might the Neapolitan Omelette not become something utterly delicious?

I’m throwing this one over to you in a couple of ways.

You can cook it and let me know. 

Or you can comment and let me know if you want me to cook it when I get home.

Or both…

Comment, send photo’s if you decide to make it and we’ll decide if this is a lost classic or if it should have been left in the 1970’s.

 

 Neapolitan Omelette

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The Margaret Fulton Cookbook 7 – Omelettes

Many a good cook’s reputation has been built on the ability to make an omelette.

 – Margaret Fulton

Many a photographer’s reputation was ruined by putting feathers in an already overcrowded photo of an omelette. 

Gross. And unhygenic. 

MCFB Omelettes2
MCFB Omelettes2

 In contrast, the modern photo tips a wink to the Elizabeth David classic “An Omelette and a Glass of Wine”. 

Gorgeous.

Here’s the recipe

Herb Omelette Recipe     Enjoy!

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Crespéou (70’s Style Retro Picnic Bling)

In his introduction to the Crespéou in Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi says

If I was going to sum up my cooking style in five words, 70’s-style-retro-picnic-bling would not be them”

Huh…Weirdly enough that’s exactly the style of cooking I aspire to. 

Still, with an introduction like that, there was no way I was not making a Crespéou!  I was already thinking about  having a month of  food I have no idea how to pronounce (Kouign Amman anyone?).  Google tells me this is Cresp-ay-oo. And also that it’s from Provence and so-called because the layers look like crepes.  Never say I don’t do the research hard yards for you…

Crespeou5So what is this unpronounceable piece of 70’s style crepe like Retro Picnic Bling?

Well, it’s layers of three differently flavoured omelettes stacked on each other and baked.  One red, one yellow, one green.  Which just goes to show the difference between those classy people of Provence and around here.  We’d be calling it something dumb arse like “Traffic Light” Special. 

Crespéou – Red Layer

Yotam suggests red peppers for this layer.   I used sun-dried-tomatoes because red peppers and I have a love-hate relationship.  Without the love.

Hmm, I have realised in looking at this picture of the red layer that I may have put in fresh coriander rather than ground.  Oops.

Crespeou Red Layer
Crespeou Red Layer

 Still, I think that is one of the benefits of a dish like this.  You can mix up the flavours. I have seen other recipes where people have used, zucchinis, mushrooms, olives, all sorts of things. It could really become a “clean-out-your-fridge” type dish. 

Crespeou Red Layer2Crespéou -Yellow Layer

The yellow layer was intriguing.  I have never used turmeric in an omelette before.  It really works!!!  If I was going to mix this layer up a bit thin crispy discs of pan sautéed potato would be great!

Crespeou Yellow LayerThe trick with this dish is to leave the top of your omelettes much more runny than you would any other omelette.  The idea of this is that when you stack them and bake them the egg will solidify and the layers will stick together.

Crespeou Yellow Layer2
Crespeou Yellow Layer2

Crespéou – Green Layer

Another genius combination – green onions, green chilli, basil, tarragon and cumin!!! Wow!!!  This layer was really perky and fresh!!!

Once you have cooked all your omelettes, stack them up as neatly as possible.  And into the oven they go to cook up that last bit of runny egg.

 Crespeou - Stacked

 Once cooked through, you can eat your Crespéou as is or trim the edges with a sharp knife to be able to see the layers.  I used a small square pan so I cut mine into four cubes…

Crespeou
Crespeou

 These were superb. I had it for lunch I think 3 days running and looked forward to it on day three as much as I did  on day one. 

And I know what you’re all thinking.  Which layer tasted best?  I did separate one of my cubes and ate each later alone.  And they were all really good.  But the combination was a-may-zing!!!!

Yotam Ottolenghi also says of the Crespéou that:

“If there is one recipe that might make me cringe in years to come, it will, for sure be this one”

I say “I love you.  Can you not be so happily gay and be my boyfriend? You could cook me Crespéou and we could go on a picnic in a field in Provence and I could dance around listening to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on a vintage Walkman.  Or…hold your head up high and embrace the Crespéou for the lunchbox saviour that it is.  And I’m sure even better on picnics. Especially picnics in Provence.  With heaps of rosé wine and 1970’s disco music on your vintage Walkman.

Which is fairly redundant –  I  can’t think of ANYTHING that wouldn’t be better on a picnic in Provence with heaps of rosé wine and 1970’s music on your Walkman.  Can you?

Speaking of which…before she was Totally Eclipsed in the Heart Bonnie Tyler was Lost in France which would actually be the perfect musical accompaniment to the Crespéou…

 The full recipe can be found in Plenty More or online here

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  Bonnie Tyler being Lost in France is here:

 

 

 

 

Make.  Listen.  Drink lots of rosé and imagine yourself lost in France.

 This week, I’m cooking up some more 70’s Style Retro Picnic Bling courtesy of Jane Grigson!  Have a tres fantastique week what ever you get up to. 

And turn around bright eyes.

And P.S. – I’m totally contemplating the name of this blog to Retro Picnic Bling.  Loving it madly!!!

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