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The egg omelet represents everything that is good and bad about today’s diet.
The omelet is traditionally made with just an egg or two as the sole ingredient, and that’s it. The egg is whisked, cooked in butter, folded over, and placed on the plate — and the taste of fresh egg enjoyed slowly with a fork.
The original word for omelet is alemette, meaning “thin plate” in French. Here in the West, the thin-plate omelet is gone along with the thin, sleek bodies. It’s now overstuffed.
Today we cut, dice, and slice as many things as we can to throw into the egg, effectively burying the very element that gives the dish its name — the egg itself. It’s no longer about the egg, but everything else. It’s a deranged amalgamation of distraction, an ADD on the tongue, a Hail-Mary stimulus to our exceedingly lost sense of taste.
The egg omelet now suffers an onslaught of cooking rules and methods: Beat it with water… no, beat it with milk… actually, it should be heavy cream… about two tablespoons… actually, only one tablespoon, or you’ll make it too watery. Make sure it’s all eggwhite.
The omelet also suffers obesity: add sausage, bacon, ham, onion, potatoes, mushroom, 3 different cheeses, salt, pepper, and a dash of paprika. Maybe throw in hot sauce. And, maybe add in just one yolk.
How many ways can we complicate the egg omelet?
We treat our diet the same way we treat the omelet. We assign our diet unnecessary rules, then complicate it with novelty concepts, and then bury it in distractions. Just as we’ve lost the meaning of an egg omelet, we’ve lost the meaning of food. Which is to sustain life, and to enjoy.
Instead, we’ve turn a thin plate into mound of gluttony — unfocused and reckless.
I want you to try something:
For your next meal, make an omelet. You can use one, two, or even three eggs. Beat it in a bowl to a delicate froth, and then cook with a little butter in a frying pan. Cook it well, but don’t over-cook it. Then fold it over and place it on a plate. Then sit down and enjoy it. Just the omelet. And maybe a piece of fruit. That’s it.
If we can keep our diet this simple and minimalist, I think we’ll enjoy eating — and living — much more.