An oeuf is an oeuf

An oeuf is an oeuf

The Easter Omelette, or ‘Omelette Pascale’ is more than just a recipe in Catalonia – it’s a whole tradition!

PRONUNCIATION
Un oeuf (singular) – an uff
Des oeufs (plural) – des uh

According to legend, Napoleon Bonaparte was travelling across southern France with his army, when he first tasted an omelette prepared for him at an inn near Bessières.

He was so impressed that he had a giant omelette made for his troops the very next day. What a nice man! An oeuf is plenty.

Fact or fiction, the omelette de Pâques became a tradition to feed the poor at Easter.

Choirs would roam the streets in traditional Catalan costume, singing ‘goigs dels ous’ ( joy of the eggs), solemn Easter songs, and receive in exchange gifts of eggs, black pudding, charcuterie, wine – everything they needed to cook up a delicious Easter omelette the next day. In clement weather, they would create their giant omelette over a roaring fire out in the open air, often as part of a picnic or get together to symbolise friendship and fraternity.

To help you avoid ending up with egg on your face, here is some useful eggy vocabulary.

yolkjaune
coquilleshell
oeuf durhard-boiled egg
oeuf à la coquesoft-boiled egg
oeuf pochépoached egg
oeuf brouilléscrambled egg
oeuf sur le platfried egg
œuf pourribad egg
œuf en chocolatchocolate egg
œuf de PâquesEaster egg
coquetieregg cup
mouillettesoldier (for dipping)
œuf battubeaten egg
blancs d’œufsegg white
oeufs de poules élevées en plein airfree range

 

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