Mr Bennett Omelette

On 5th October 2015, This was Dinner

I had to go to my book and check the name of this recipe. Apparently, there is an Omelette Arnold Bennett, so named because the travelling writer was so delighted with the egg, smoked haddock and parmesan concoction that chefs at the Savoy created for him, he insisted on it being made wherever he travelled. (Source: The Guardian.)

Was Jamie Oliver’s recipe Gordon or Arnold?

Why do we say Gordon Bennett as an exclamation of what? Disbelief. Well apparently as an expletive. The short version? Gor Blimey which is in itself, a version of God Blind me, thus adapted to take into account one Mr Bennett’s ‘famously outrageous lifestyle and newsworthy stunts’. (Source: The Phrase Finder.) This was the 1800’s. I wonder who’s lifestyle and stunts could inspire an expletive that someone is looking up in the year 2215? I think Kanye is a front runner.


  • Finely slice some spring onions
  • Flake some smoked mackerel
  • Grate some parmesan
  • Get chives, eggs, a lemon, butter, oil & seasoning ready


Beat some eggs in a bowl and add a little seasoning and half the parmesan.

Heat a little oil and butter in a frying pan.

Add the spring onions and cook until softened. Add the flaked fish then carefully pour over the eggs. Move everything around so it’s nice and even.

When the egg is cooked around the edges and turning opaque on top, your omelette is done. If you fold it over it will finish cooking on the inside.

Sprinkle with parmesan and snip over some chives.

TWD_0510_OmeletteAfter all that, I’m still no wiser as to why Jamie called his ‘gordon’, that’s why I’ve gone formal with my title but it was delicious so who cares?

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