I like the sameness of omelette making. The technique might vary, but in the end, you always get an omelette.
Or hopefully you do.
I talked to a friend today, I told him how much the transience of life has been scaring me lately.
And he looked at me and said simply, "That's the way it's always been."
But I can't shake the fact that most of the people I know now, I probably wont know in five years.
Despite the aches and bruises, the same/dullness of school, that guy who never called me, the cruel thing she said, the times I cried in the shower, and all the breaking aching disappointments of growing up and living more, I love this now.
I love these people and laughing until crying with them, the dreaminess of Friday afternoons, my neighborhood grocery store, the fact that I live above a doughnut shop, running in the quiet neighborhoods around the university, coffee shops and conversations that roll and unwind endlessly...
These are things worth remembering.
These are things to love.
So I look forward and smile.
Hopefully by then I'll be writing better songs and living in Brooklyn, with an apartment full of plants and twinkle lights.
And it will be better.
But five years from now, no matter the location, no matter who I still know, or who I am.
I will still be making omelettes.
They're the perfect comfort food for when you are hungry and maybe a little lonely and need a hot meal.
Omelettes: a meal for every now and every future.
from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
2 or 3 eggs
Big pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
Beat the eggs and seasonings in the mixing bowl for 20 to 30 seconds until the whites and yolks are just blended.
1 tablespoon butter
An omelette pan 7 inches in diamete at the bottom
Place the butter in the pan and set over very high heat. As the butter melts, tilt the pan in all directions to film the sides. When you see that the foam has almost subsided in the pan and the butter is on the point of coloirng (indicating it's hot enough), pour in the eggs. It is of utmost importance in this method that the butter be the correct temperature.
Let the eggs settle in the pan for 2 or 3 seconds to form a film of coagulated egg in the bottom of the pan.
Giving the handle of the pan with both hands, thumbs on top, and immmediately begin jerking the pan vigorously and roughly toward you at an even, 20-degree angle over the heat, one jerk per second.
It is the sharp pull of the pan toward you which throws the eggs against the far lip of the pan, then back over its bottom surface. You must have the courage to be rough or the eggs will not loosen themselves from the bottom of the pan. After several jerks, the eggs will begin to thicken. (A filling goes in at this point, if using.)
Then increase the angle of the pan slightly, which will force the egg mass to roll over on itself with each jerk at teh far lip of the pan.
As sson as the omelette has shaped up, hold it in the angle of the pan to brown the bottom a pale golden color, but onlya second or two, for the eggs must not overcook. The center of the omelette should remina soft and creamy. If the omelette has not formed neatly, push it with the back of your fork.
Turn omelette onto a plate and rub the top witha bit of butter and serve as soon as possible.