Omelets ~オムレツ~


I don’t cook much.


Now, I didn’t say that I CAN’T cook much, just that I don’t. I enjoy cooking, and I really should do more of it, but it can be really hard to feel motivated to cook after a long day at work, especially since I would only be cooking for myself. Still, every once in a while, I like to cook a meal for myself. If nothing else, it’s good to practice.


When I was younger, I used to cook brunch for my family on the weekends. One of the dishes I got pretty good at making was omelets. Crack open two or three eggs, mix them up with some milk, and get to frying them in the pan. I like omelets with a lot of ingredients inside, so I would shred some cheddar cheese, slice up some mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and ham, and add them in as the omelet started to solidify. (I’m getting hungry just writing this.) It’s tough to find the right balance of ingredients, though. Put in too much and you have a really hard time folding your omelet over. Not enough, and it’s just a lot of egg. Heh.


I guess my family liked them. They never told me to stop cooking omelets, so either my family is just really nice to me, or they liked them. Let’s go with the latter. I even got pretty good at flipping my omelets over without using a spatula. It’s pretty difficult, and can get messy if you don’t do it right. (Of course, that’s true even if you use a spatula.) But when you get that perfect omelet flip, oh, it’s a great feeling. Also, one of the best things about cooking omelets is that even if you mess up flipping it over, and it falls apart in the pan, you can just roll with it and say you were planning on making scrambled eggs anyway. The power of positive thinking!


When I was first living in Japan and working as an Assistant Language Teacher, I was invited to take part in some international exchange events that involved cooking. I figured I should share something I was good at, so one time I decided to cook omelets. I got the same ingredients I always used, cooked up some omelets, and shared them with the participants. Almost right away, people started talking about how sharp and intense the onions tasted, which really confused me because that shouldn’t be the case. So I took a bite. WOW! Tasting the onions was like getting slapped across the face.


The reason this surprised me goes back to where I grew up in the US. Southeast Washington State is famous for a variety of onion called the Walla Walla Sweet Onion. As the name implies, they are sweet, even when raw. You don’t have to do anything special to them, because the flavor is wonderful. They’re great raw! You can even put a slice of a Walla Walla Sweet on your hamburger. Just perfect, And I grew up thinking that was how onions tasted. So I was pretty shocked when I found out that was more the exception than the rule, and I felt pretty bad for all the people who were not enjoying their omelets because I didn’t know how to prepare onions the right way.


I wonder if that’s why I never get invited to cooking events anymore….
















Dustin John Kidd(ダスティン  ジョン  キッド)  44歳


島根のこだわりの卵のこと、文化のことなどを島根県立大学短期大学部准教授でもあるDustin John Kidd(ダスティン  ジョン  キッド)さんにコラムを書いていただいています。