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Omelets: The Beginning
When I was a young'un, I never knew what an omelet was. I don't recall omelets ever being mentioned in the house, let alone offered. We usually had cereal for breakfast (with powdered milk during the lean years, yuck), but when we DID have eggs we had three (okay, four) choices: scrambled, fried, and soft or hard boiled. I never liked soft boiled or fried (runny yolk? EWWW!), so I usually had scrambled. Over the subsequent years I learned OF omelets, and knew they had eggs in them, but I never actually SAW one.
Fast forward to my early 20's and a Morning After episode where the guy I was with asked if I wanted to make an omelet for breakfast. I looked at him like he'd just sprouted antlers. Omelet? WTF? How was I supposed to MAKE one if I'd never even SEEN one? My Traditional Female Cred, never very strong in the food categories, took a major hit. He had to show me, and I was less than impressed. Not at him, his culinary knowledge or skills in the kitchen, but at how EASY they were to make.
"They're scrambled eggs with stuff in it?
Oohhhh, okay, I get it." ::rolls eyes::
Somehow I thought they'd be fancier than that. Unfamiliar dishes have that effect on me. I thought they’d need special hard-to-make sauces with unpronounceable spices in it, or that it would need to marinate overnight or something. I was completely taken aback by how easy it was to make, and that you could add ANYTHING to it! Sausage? Sure! Shredded cheese? The more the merrier! Peppers? Spinach? Bacon? It was like the pizza of the breakfast menu, anything and everything is welcome! Pile it all on!
Omelets really are that simple, but I never knew. I NEVER KNEW! I was fully aware that we didn’t have much money when I was growing up, and sacrifices were made to make sure we had something to put on the table, but I’m baffled as to why omelets weren’t even mentioned. I mean, we DID have bacon and cheese: that could have been added. Anyway, I am now able to make my own omelets. Today I added sausage.