I wasn’t home much today so I’m making a quick recipe tonight. I’m trying another omelette recipe from the 1906 Berlin Cook Book despite my dislike of eggs. I live in hope that this is an egg recipe I’ll enjoy. This time it is French Omelet using another recipe from Mrs. H. Rathman.
I chopped the onion and mixed it with the milk (1 pint = 2 cups), bread crumbs (1/2 pint = 1 cup), eggs, flour and some parsley. I also added salt and pepper. I beat everything together while the butter melted in the frying pan. A spider is simply a type of frying pan. It was an old term even in 1906 but would be part of the vocabulary of an older contributor. I’m sure I used cooking terms that date me as much as Mrs. Rathman’s terms date her. Once the butter melted I poured in the “batter”. This make a large omelette as it nearly filled my frying pan to the top. I think this recipe suits a wider frying pan. As it cooked I tried to figure out how I was going to flip it. I ended up cutting it in half and I still mangled the flip. As it cooked I began to anticipate tasting this French Omelet since it looked and smelled good.
Mrs. H. Rathman (Katherine Kraemer) had French-born parents which is likely where the recipe name originates. I can picture the Rathman’s and their adult daughter enjoying an omelette for lunch or supper. The parents are in their sixties so an omelette is easy to eat and inexpensive.
I think I’ve found another egg dish I can tolerate eating. The onion flavour covers up the taste of sulphur I usually experience when eating eggs and the bread crumbs prevent the curd like texture I dislike so much. Omelette purists will probably hate this one since it lacks the delicacy of a true omelette but if you want to stretch your eggs or perhaps tempt an egg hater like me, then this recipe is well worth trying.
Mrs. H. Rathman
1 pint milk, 1/2 pint bread crumbs, 3 eggs, 1 small tablespoon flour, 1 onion chopped fine, a little parsley, season with pepper and salt, have butter melted in a spider. When the omelet is brown turn it over.