Those who have been following my blog know that I have a book coming out about Angelica Balabanoff at McFarland Publishers in September, The Strange Comrade Balabanoff: The Life of a Communist Rebel. To celebrate the book launch, for the time being I will dedicate my blog to various themes about Angelica and amongst others her favorite recipes. In point of fact, Angelica did not cook. She was not even interested in food. For the majority of her life she was a vegetarian. Nonetheless, food played an important role in her existence. She used food to fight bourgeois traditions, which was the main battle of her life. My first blog post about Angelica’s recipes was devoted to her favorite food – cheese sandwiches. This one is about the only dish she could make – an omelet. All her life Angelica rented small rooms, moving every two years to a new place. And if the rooms had cooking facilities (which was not always the case), she had a pan to make omelets. So to honor Angelica I decided to make one. I do not often make them so at least I compete on equal terms with my herione.
I got: 2 large free-range eggs, salt, freshly ground black pepper, 1 small knob butter, a bit of olive oil. My next steps were:
- Cracking eggs in a bowl, adding salt, pepper and beating it with a falk;
- Heating (on a low heat) a small frying pan, adding a knob of butter and a bit of olive oil;
- Adding eggs, moving the pan around to spread them evenly;
- Using spatula ease around edges, fold over in half; it was not as easy as I have thought – part of my omelet turned into scrambled eggs making my dish sad-looking and only partly successful;
- If your attempt of folding an omelet is more sucessful – wait until it startes to turn brown underneath and slide onto a plate. To make it more fun – add fresh herbs, mushrooms or grated cheese.
- In the conclusion I would like to say that if Angelica knew how to make an omelet, she was really not that bad in cooking.
Have an tip for successful omelets? Let me know.
For more omelet recipes go to http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/eggs-recipes/omelette/#hOC5W1lSm0HvCVHo.99
To know more about Angelica Balabanoff go to About Angelica.