Tortilla Express – Olé

17 01 2012

‘Sound-bites’ for the Day:

‘Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling…’

‘I don’t believe in low-fat cooking’

‘Gordon Ramsay makes me laugh because he knows I’m not a chef.’

Nigella Lawson

With Chris visiting her parents in Bath, and Valeria in school  – I’ve had a lazy day catching up with some reading & blogging!

It’s my turn in the kitchen tonight, though, & I’m all set to go with my variation on Nigella’s basic Tortilla/Spanish Omelette recipe – taken from ‘Nigella Express’.    

  •          225g canned baby new potatoes, halved ‘        
  •          6 large free-range eggs
  •          75g chopped flame roasted peppers (from a jar)
  •          6 large spring onions – finely diced
  •          75g strong cheddar – grated
  •          1 clove garlic – finely chopped
  •          1 small red chilli (seeds removed) – finely chopped
  •          a sprinkling of oregano or mixed Italian herbs
  •          salt and pepper to taste
  •          olive oil
  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, add the peppers, spring onions and cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Turn on the grill and let it heat up.
  3. Coat a small, heavy based frying pan with olive oil. Add the garlic, chilli, and herbs. Warm gently (taking are not to bun the garlic!).
  4. Add the potatoes to the oil and sauté for a couple of minutes.     
  5. Pour in the omelette mix and cook gently for five minutes – by which time the bottom should be set.
  6. Rather than turning it, sit the pan under the grill for a few minutes to set the top. I like to leave it until golden!
  7. Turn the omelette upside-down onto a plate to let cool. It will carry on cooking in the middle as it cools.
  8. Once cool slice into 4 large wedges and serve with a tossed salad (if you’re healthy) or baked beans (if you’re like me!)     

While on the Spanish theme, I’ve made a steady start with my NY resolution to complete an acoustic guitar course, but need to fit in few extra sessions this week, having had a complete break from practice while in Prague.

The book I’ve been using is easy to follow but the tunes are a bit ‘twee’ – ‘Daddy’s taking us to the Zoo tomorrow’ – type thing.

However on Sunday I did pick up ‘Learn to Play Guitar in 24 hrs’ complete with CD, from ‘the Works’ in Stratford, for a bargain bucket price of £3.99.

It’s pretty comprehensive and features ‘performance pieces’ and makes references to serious guitarists such as Jimmy Page, BB King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Paul Weller. In short it carries a bit more street cred than ‘Abracadabra Guitar’!

Also today I’ve placed my online order with Amazon, for a ‘Complete Spanish Course’, so I should be up and running by the weekend. We just need to book a short break in Spain now – as an incentive!  





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