Mr. Matthews’ Omelet

mr-matthews-quicheIn 1980 we took a 6-weeks driving tour of Great Britain that was truly the trip of a lifetime.  Planned our route for months.  We put over 6,000 miles on a brand new Volkswagon “Golf” we rented just outside London, where our epic journey began.  Drove all the way to Edinburgh by way of Berwick-on-Tweed, back down through the Lake District, over into Wales, Down the west coast to Tintagel in Cornwall, stopping over at Clovelly a day, a dip down to Lynton-Lynmouth and finally back to London by way of a B & B just down the road from Paul McCartney’s famous Windmill home.  The car dealer rep was honestly gob-smacked when we turned the car back in and he took note of the odometer that had read nearly zero when he handed the car over to us.  🙂

My husband, a retired World History teacher, just had to see Hadrian’s Wall, near Corbridge, so we picked a lovely little country cottage from our AA Farmhouse Guide whose description was idyllic and which turned out to be the most memorable one we stayed it during out 6-week tour of the UK. The proprietor was a stout, soft-spoken, distinguished, silver-haired gentleman named Mr. Matthews.  The approach to the establishment was through a circular drive in a lovely garden.  Once inside the cottage (more a mansion almost) we look up to see the massive staircases that encircled each end of the main room. We looked at each other and our eyes said “Picked a good one, this.”

The very formal dining room had a massive picture window that looked onto a huge garden lined in pink honeysuckle!  Mr. Matthews, assisted by a lovely daughter, served dinner that night himself, as he was inordinately proud of his B & B.  It was a non-fancy meal, but typical, hearty country fare: ham, greens, potatoes and baked beans.  The British, you see, ate a lot of canned beans throughout WWII (beans on toast, my father said, was a favorite when he was stationed there in 1943).  To this day, beans are still a staple in their diet and served in ways we “colonials” would never dream of…………that turn out to be quite tasty.One of the side dishes on the plate was baked beans which were tasty with his ham.

At breakfast the next morning, our omelet was again served by Mr. Matthews, presented with great pride.  He was beaming when he said “You don’t get an omelet like THAT in just any B & B”.  We smiled to show how eager we were to try his special omelet that clearly had everything in it that was leftover from our dinner the night-before.  It was cooked to perfection and man, I’m here to tell you that his was one of the best omelets I ever ate!

Well, I ramble on in a sea of nostalgia, so I’ll get back to the matter at hand, the recipe and prep.  I’m such a lousy omelet cook I invariably tear them up rolling the sides over, so I prefer to bake them like a quiche to avoid that issue.    This recipe is not suitable until you reach the legumes level of the Atkins carb reintroduction ladder well into the OWL (Ongoing Weight Loss Phase).  It is not suitable for Primal-Paleo unless you omit the beans, but that’s really what makes this recipe so special.  But a bacon-onion quiche, although a horse of another color, is always good. 🙂

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INGREDIENTS:

5 slices lean “streaky bacon” as Mr. Matthews would call it (regular bacon ion the States)

2 oz. chopped yellow onion

½ c. well-rinsed pork ‘n beans (from a can)

3 extra large eggs, beaten (more if you want a thicker, heftier, more eggy quiche)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Coarsely chop the bacon into 3/4″ dice.  In a non-stick skillet, brown the bacon but stop before it is crisp.  Chop the onion and add to the pan and saute/cook until the two are brown and tender.  Drain off the excess grease.  Sprinkle the beans evenly on top.   Drizzle the beaten eggs evenly over the mixture.  Pop into 350º oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or just until the center is set to the touch.  Cut into 4 portions and serve.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:    Makes 4 servings, each contains 136 calories, 6.9 g fat, 4.70 g carbs, 0.95 g fiber, 3.75 g NET CARBS, 9.77 g protein, 2261 mg sodium

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