I didn’t know how to make omelettes when I made this recipe, much less L’Omelette Brouillée. My husband says I now make better omelettes than he does and he’s an expert omelette maker! Follow Julia Child’s recipe and you can’t go wrong.
I just wanted to say that these vignettes are based on a true story and have been changed in some ways to further the story.
Growing up, my brother was kind of a stinker. When we played baseball and I pitched, he called strikes balls because he said, “that was a tall person you pitched too,” or “that guy was short.” My mom took us to the mall a lot and one time, while walking past the men’s cologne counter, my brother managed to douse me with men’s cologne with one spray. So at first, I wasn’t too keen on traveling to Europe with him.
When we arrived at the airport, my brother acted his usual self and wandered away to parts unknown. When the airline announced our flight was boarding, he still hadn’t arrived at the gate. My mother was born in the Year of the Dragon and she had a temper to match. She told me to find him or she would leave him. I scurried away, slightly scorched from the flames of her wrath.
At first I was angry at my brother for getting himself in trouble. I really didn’t want to sit next to dragon mother. As the search took longer, I realized that I needed him on this trip. With all the religious Korean ladies, I would have no one on the trip to talk to. I would just have to avoid department stores.
In the end I found him skulking by one of the bathrooms. I didn’t even want to know his plans.
“Hey,” I said to him. “The plane is boarding and Mom said that she’ll leave you if you don’t come right now.” His face sobered and we ran to the gate.
On the plane, I was relieved that my mom didn’t sit next to us. My brother wouldn’t stop pushing the call button so even if I had an emergency, no stewardess would ever come and rescue me. Nope, my brother would be my savior for this trip, which means I would surely be in for a very bad time.
Scrambled Omelette (L’Omelette Brouillée)
Total time – 5 minutes
Yield – makes 1 omelette
2 or 3 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
chopped green onions or chives (optional)
shredded cheese (optional)
1 tablespoon of butter plus a little extra to add at the end (optional)
Preparation and Cooking
1) Read through this recipe carefully. If you’re planning on putting any additions into the omelette, prepare them ahead of time. Total cooking time is about 30 seconds so you have to be prepared!
2) Crack 2 or 3 eggs into a mixing bowl. Beat them for 20-30 seconds until just blended, using a fork or a whisk.
3) Add salt and pepper to taste.
4) Add a tablespoon of butter to a frying pan.
5) Turn the burner on high. Wait until the butter foams and is just about to turn brown. Make sure the melted butter coats the side of the pan as well as the bottom of the pan, by rolling it around.
6) Pour the egg mixture into the hot frying pan. Immediately start moving the mixture back and forth with a fork if necessary, so that the mixture has covered the pan.
7) Add any fillings now. I like adding diced green onions or chives and some shredded cheese.
8) Lift the handle so it’s tilted at a 45 degree angle and push the omelette to the lower side of the pan with your fork.
9) Knock the handle of the pan with your knuckles so that the omelette loosens from the pan and curls over onto itself.
10) Let the bottom of the omelette brown for a few seconds.
11) Slide the eggs onto a plate.
12) Julia says to dot the top of the omelette with butter but that’s too much butter for me.
Enjoy! Love, Ana