The Perfect Omelette
A fancy, elaborately prepared meal can impress friends, please your family or even woo a date, but in many ways mastering the basics is even more important. Being able to prepare a staple will ensure that you can always have something good to eat - without the need for exotic ingredients, special gadgets or even a lot of time.
Nothing proves this more clearly than the humble omelette. With basic ingredients and simple preparation, you might think that an omelette is an omelette is an omelette. But with a few simple tips, you can make a version that stands above the rest.
The ingredients aren't the source of much debate among egg enthusiasts. A few medium eggs (preferably at room temperature), a little salt and pepper and some extra liquid is all you need. The precise liquid is a slight source of contention - most say a little milk, though some push for water. A few non-conformists even advocate a teaspoon or two of sour cream for fluffiness.
Once you've mixed the ingredients, heat a little butter in a pan over medium-high heat. The pan should be hot enough to "set" the eggs in a few seconds. The poured eggs should cover the pan in a thin layer and begin to bubble slightly.
There is a slight debate at this point. Some people recommend stirring and scraping gently as they cook to help cook them evenly. Others, however, insist that the eggs should be left alone. This will result in an omelette that is "more tender and creamier than...any other method," in the words of Julia Child. Try both methods and see which you prefer.
Whatever route you take, it won't be long before your omelette is ready. Slide it onto a plate and enjoy one of cooking's simplest pleasures.