- 3 free range eggs
- A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
- Knob of butter
- 15g-20g grated cheddar cheese
The Perfect Omelette (by a 5 year old)
Take 3 eggs, some cheese, a little oil, a knob of butter, salt, pepper and a 5 year old girl. Combine. Well sort of. Don’t put the child in the omelette. Follow the instructions below instead.
How we did it:
- We decided to follow Jamie Oliver’s method of cooking the perfect omelette (you can view it here on youtube). Jess watched this twice to let it “sink in”. Then forgot it all apart from the egg cracking part, so I gave a few prompts along the way.
- She cracked 3 eggs into a bowl – no bits of shell at all…impressive! She’s much better at it than me. She does have a unique technique though and I’m not too sure how there is never any shell in the bowl because she kind of “squeezes” the eggs. The end result is actually really good but it’s a very painful process to watch, bordering on stressful actually.
- She added a pinch of salt and pepper to the bowl.
- We took a medium sized saucepan and warmed it over a medium heat.
- Jess whisked the eggs with a fork for about 15 seconds.
- We poured the oil into the saucepan and added the butter and coated the bottom of the pan as it melted.
- Jess poured the egg in and with a wooden spatula she moved the egg around pulling it in from the edge to the centre – this was for about 10 seconds, tilting the pan to fill the gaps where they formed. After 30 seconds she moved the pan around one more time and then turned the heat down to low. We followed Jamie Oliver’s instructions to the letter (which is highly unusual for us as we normally abuse recipes, guidelines and advice).
- Jess sprinkled the cheese into the pan. This had been pre-grated for her to avoid fingers ending up in the omelette. It had also been “pre-tested” by Jess’ little sister Annie. She likes cheese. A lot.
- We let it cook for about 40 seconds, and dislodged the edges with the spatula and moved it around in the pan by tipping it (this was to ensure it wasn’t sticking to the saucepan).
- We turned the heat off and then I helped Jess remove the omelette by tipping it away from us, placing the spatula under the nearest side and flipped it in half and then tipped it carefully onto a plate.
What we thought of it:
It really was perfect. Jess was extremely pleased with herself too. It’s the first thing she’s cooked pretty much entirely herself. I think it may have gone to her head slightly. I know for a fact that if I ever make an omelette in front of her she’ll be there to correct my every step – “no daddy, that’s not how you do it, don’t you know anything about coagulating eggs…”