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Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Do We Know Who Invented The Omelette?

"Who invented the omelette
Omelette is a French word, and was first officially used in a French cooking publication, Cuisine Bourgeoisie in the late 17th century although the word ‘alumete’ was used as early as the 14th century. Of course, this is just a name, so odds are that the dish had already been around for a while before finding itself in French cookbooks.

Was it a global discovery?
It seems that omelettes have surfaced at some point in every culture in the world. The Romans were known to use eggs and dairy to create dishes, the Persians had their own omelette variation, and so did the ancient Japanese. It seems that different people at different points all discovered that pouring eggs into a heated pan, along with other ingredients was a great way to eat!

Napoleon’s legend
Perhaps the omelette’s most famous historic moment (or at least myth) was that Napoleon Bonaparte and his army were travelling through a small town, where a local innkeeper served him an omelette. Napoleon was so impressed that he ordered that all the eggs in the town to be gathered to create one huge omelette for his army the next day. Whether or not this actually happened, it did mark the beginning of an annual festival in the town of Bessières, France where
 every year a giant omelette is made for all the townspeople to enjoy.

Unclaimed credit!
Tracing back the origins of food is never an easy task, especially with something as universal as omelettes. Evidence of its variations can be found in all kinds of ancient cooking books, and every country has their own variations. It seems that no one actually knows where the omelette was first invented, or by whom. It could have been a master chef, soldier or housewife; whoever it was certainly had no idea how popular it would turn out to be!"
Above words from article here

Do you like omelette? We often have one!
There are so many good recipes and variations available - for instance this low carb Caprese Omelette is lovely, a taste of Italy in each bite, more details here 


You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health it is always advisable to consult your Doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan

35 comments:

Christine said...

I love omelettes -Christine cmlk79.blogspot.com

Tom said...

...this is something that I've never given thought to.

Elephant's Child said...

I don't care who first made an omelette - but am grateful to them.

J.P. Alexander said...

No lo saia, gracias por los datos. Me gustan las tortillas. Te mando un beso.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Omelette, is one think you can get creative with.
Coffeee is on and stay safe

Angie's Recipes said...

We LOVE eggs! Your omelette looks so tempting.

Practical Parsimony said...

I love eggs. I love scrambled eggs. I do not like things in my scrambled eggs unless it is cheese.

Barwitzki said...

Nam, nam, nam I can always eat omelets :-))) for breakfast, lunch or dinner :-)
not exclusively of course...
A hug to you from Viola

Margaret D said...

Something we don't eat much at all down here.

Jo said...

I love an omelette, such a versatile dish.

Valerie-Jael said...

Love omelettes with stir fry veggies, yum! Valerie

baili said...

i ate numerous omelets i think dear Jan and i would have never stopped if there were no threat to my health :(

this was interesting sharing indeed specially regarding huge omelet for Napoleon :) now i know why people try to biggest flag or pizza etc now days :)
blessings

R's Rue said...

Very delicious.

Giorgio said...

That's a great post, Jan. Interesting information about the Napoleon army's huge omelette and the annual festival held in Bussiere (France). And great picture of the Italian omelette topped with tomatoes and cheese (mozzarella is its Italian name).

My name is Erika. said...

Omelettes are so yummy. I wonder who made the first one, but I guess as long as we can enjoy them, it doesn't really much matter. This is a fun post.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Omelettes were the first cooking lesson I had. Second was learning to make egg nog.

Debbie said...

omelettes and frittatas are awesome...i love that they are perfect for any meal!!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Interesting article, Jan. I learned a lot. I have all the ingredients for that omelette, and I am always looking for ways to use my fresh basil. Thanks for sharing.



pam nash said...

Not folded over? Am I mistaken thinking omelettes are cooked flat filled with good stuff then folded over??

happyone said...

I do like omelettes but don't eat them very often.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I love omelettes, Jan! We often have one for supper as we have our largest meal at noon. The Caprese omelette is one I will be trying. Thank you for the inspiration!

Mary Kirkland said...

I do like a mushroom omelette.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely, the only thing is vegan.

Lowcarb team member said...

pam nash said...
Not folded over? Am I mistaken thinking omelettes are cooked flat filled with good stuff then folded over??

Hello Pam
Many thanks for your comment and question.

When researching this it would appear that when it comes to omelettes there are three types. Some you roll, others you fold and a few you keep flat.

The French way, is by rolling it over; the American way, is by folding it over; and the farmer’s way, is by keeping it flat and cooking it in the pan or popping it in the oven!

The caprese omelette I featured in this post comes under the Farmer-Style Omelette ...

But however you prefer to cook your omelette enjoy it :)

All the best Jan

William Kendall said...

A meal I quite enjoy.

Jenny Woolf said...

When I was in Japan we found they had some nice egg dishes, omlette style. https://food52.com/blog/23835-omurice-best-japanese-omelet-recipe I also used to cook an Indian dish called "moonshine" never found a recipe for it, it was passed down in my family when they lived in India. They're a great fallback.

Martha said...

It's been so long since I had an omelette. They are great.

Debbie said...

omelettes and frittatas are the best. i love that they can be served for any meal!! and another great reminder of ways to use my tomato's up!!

Ananka said...

It was a good invention! Eggs are the reason I am not fully vegan!

Lowcarb team member said...

Jenny Woolf said...
When I was in Japan we found they had some nice egg dishes, omlette style. https://food52.com/blog/23835-omurice-best-japanese-omelet-recipe I also used to cook an Indian dish called "moonshine" never found a recipe for it, it was passed down in my family when they lived in India. They're a great fallback

Hello Jenny
Many thanks for your comment.
I checked out the link you gave for the Japanese omelette, it looks good and I like that they use a lot of butter :)

Keep enjoying your omelettes.

All the best Jan

Linda said...

I’m trying to imagine an army-sized omelette.

https://linsartyblobs.blogspot.com said...

I like omelettes.

Jeanie said...

I love omelettes and until now, never knew anything about them (except the recipe!)

It's me said...

Mmmmmmmmmm…..🍀🍀🍀

Teresa said...

En España tenemos muy buenas tortillas y me encantan, especialmente la de patatas, pimientos, tenemos de muchas variedades. Besos.