A Mental Block and a Neglected Pan
After the success of Persian Egg Pie when I started my recipe challenge it I expected to overcome my fear of cooking omelettes and made good use of my omelette pan. Not so! The omelette pan I was so grateful to have been given has still been idling in the cupboard, appreciated but under-used. Several times I’ve considered making an omelette but each time I’ve decided at the last minute that it would be too difficult and heated something from the freezer instead. I assume my fear of the humble omelette must stem from never having been shown how to make one, not knowing about drawing the edges in to allow the uncooked egg to run underneath and, as a result, my one and only attempt at cooking an omelette before starting this challenge being half overcooked and half undercooked. I am determined to master omelette making though so this week it was time to try again.
Edible With Room for Improvement
On the basis of it being the first vegetarian omelette recipe I came across when I started thumbing through books this week, I decided to try the Pea and Mint Omelette found in The Best Ever 20 Minute Cookbook by Jenni Fleetwood. It was simple enough to halve the recipe so that it was a two egg omelette, plenty big enough when it would only be me eating it, and the instructions were clearly written so I felt fairly confident that I’d cook something edible. I was slightly distracted and managed to burn the butter a bit, trying to do too many things at once, but I can live with browned butter.
The omelette itself was a mixed success. None of the omelette was overdone and the texture was pretty good, I liked the contrast in texture between the egg and the lightly cooked peas. I wasn’t quite so enamoured of the overpowering mintiness of it; I like my mint subtle but this was full on, I could still taste mint a couple of hours later despite eating chocolate pudding after the omelette. I re-read the recipe after eating to check I hadn’t inadvertently used the full amount of mint in my half-size omelette but, no, I had halved the mint along with everything else. It’s just as well I had burnt the butter or all I would have tasted was mint.
My next omelette is a less scary prospect but it will definitely feature different herbs!
5 out of 5 for clear instructions and ease of cooking.
3 out of 5 for flavour.