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When butter is foaming pour some into egg mixture, stir it in and then immediately pour eggs into pan.
Shake pan to spread mixture evenly. Now, using a fork or thin spatula, draw cooked egg away from edge of pan and let uncooked liquid run into space created.
When omelet is almost cooked, but surface is still soft and liquid, flip one edge of omelet towards center of pan so that it folds over. Then slide unfolded edge onto a warmed plate, rolling folded edge over top of it as you do so.
An omelet cooked in this way requires no filling, except perhaps some fresh, chopped, herbs added to egg mixture about 15 minutes before cooking.
What’s that? Oh yes, all right; if you must you can use olive oil instead of butter.
During the 1990s Michael Sheridan was head chef of the Pierre Victoire restaurant in London's West End, specializing in French cuisine. An Australian, he is a published author on cooking matters, and runs a free membership club for busy home cooks at http://thecoolcook.com