Thursday, 17 November 2011

Play It Egg-ain, Sam

Now that the show I've been working on (Ralph Tropf's The Animal Within) is open, I can concentrate on more important things; like a blog about an actor who prepares lunch. Which, of course, is only possible when the actor in question actually has the time and inclination to prepare such a lunch. Such as the lunch he or she prepared today.

To begin, I realise I already did an omelet post. But I feel like that was a specialised omelet, not the sort of thing you can necessarily find in a diner or Denny's. Here, I've decided to do the classic American omelet. Which is actually French. I hope you understand.

Most omelets are made with three eggs. Three eggs?! Sweet Gorbachev! One egg has 71% of one's daily cholesterol intake (based on a 2000 calorie diet)! My feelings on the matter can be summed up in this poem.

So, when I order omelets at diners, I ask for egg whites. At home, I replace an egg with an ounce or two of milk. And I try to eat that omelet when I know I'm going to have a workhorse kind of day.

What's nice about an omelet is you can put just about whatever you want in them. I like peppers and onions, some like bacon, ham, cheddar, swiss, mushrooms, etc. I usually try to have a stash of frozen veggies in the freezer just in case I want to whip something up quick.

The Gist of Omelet Making

Put a little oil or butter in a pan and let it get hot or melt over medium-low heat. Whisk together 2 eggs, 1-2 oz. milk, and a heavy pinch of salt in a small bowl. When the pan is hot, pour in the egg mixture and let stand for a minute, until the bottom firms up. On half the egg, sprinkle on your fillings: up to 1 oz. of cheese, a handful of chopped veggies, and/or a small quantity of finely chopped meat. With a spatula, carefully slide the omelet up the side of the pan, then deftly fold it over itself. Some uncooked egg will spill out; it's not a big deal. Cook for a bit on the one side, then flip over to cook the other. Cook the egg until almost done; it will finish cooking on the plate. Sprinkle with chives or parsley, season with black pepper (and more salt, if necessary), and serve with some wheat toast.

Packed with enough energy to till an entire field!

Super easy, quick meal designed to load you up with enough energy to get you through the day, the night, and part of the next morning.

Title inspiration: Play It Again, Sam, a romantic comedy in three acts by Woody Allen. Premiered at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City on 12 February 1969, starring the playwright and Diane Keaton, among others.

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