Omelette Arnold Bennet for Best of British – London
The Best of British Challenge has moved on, it started in Cornwall at the Chocolate Log Blog, then I took over here on Farmersgirl Kitchen with the Scottish challenge, last month Yorkshire was the county of choice over at Lavender and Lovage. I didn’t have any trouble thinking of recipes for the last three, but when Fiona at London Unattached announced that she was hosting for ‘London’ I was really stumped as to what to make.
I toyed with ‘London Particular’ a yellow split pea soup which is supposed to resemble the fog known as a London Pea Souper. Then I thought I might make bagels after learning about the long tradition of bagel-making in the east end of London. In the end, I stumbled across a recipe for Omelette Arnold Bennet and I knew I had found my London entry to the Best of British Challenge.
The Omelette Arnold Bennet was created by the chefs at the Savoy Hotel in London for the writer Arnold Bennett, he loved it so much he insisted on it being made for him wherever he travelled. It’s still on the menu at the Savoy to this day.
Omelette Arnold Bennet (Serves 2)
This is a lower fat recipe using a cornflour based sauce rather than the traditional bechamel
200g smoked haddock (I could only get dyed smoked haddock but, for preference I would choose undyed)
200ml semi-skimmed milk
25g parmesan cheese, grated
5 eggs (separate white and yolk from one egg)
salt and pepper to taste
1. Place the fish in the milk and cook gently for about 10-15 minutes until the fish is cooked through. Remove the fish to another dish.
2. Mix the cornflour with a little cold milk and pour the warm milk from the pan into the bowl. Mix well and return to the pan, cooking through until thickened, add half the grated parmesan, season and stir in the yolk from the separated egg. Leave to cool.
3. Beat the white from the separated egg in a large bowl until it forms stiff peaks and set aside.
4. In another bowl, beat the 4 whole eggs.
5. Break the haddock into large flakes.
It’s not the most photogenic of dishes, but we enjoyed the different textures of the layers and the salty, tangy flavours of the smoked fish and parmesan cheese pefectly offset by the eggs. We raised a glass to Arnold Bennet and the chefs of the Savoy Hotel, for introducing us to this exceptional omelette.
The challenge ends on 23rd September, so there is still time to enter, find out more about the challenge and the prizes visiting London Unattached – Best of British