Last night I was so lucky to walk into the kitchen at just the right time! I have asked Fina, in the past, to teach me how to prepare a tortilla, spanish omelette, but have never been around to catch her before dinner is served and it is too late to learn. But today, after my run, I popped my head into the kitchen to find her just beginning to cook.
It was so much fun to spend time cooking with Fina. Food really does bring people together. Cooking with her made me really feel like I was at home. At first she was hesitant to let me do anything, but I think my persistent “quieres ayuda” and “yo puedo” annoyed or convinced her enough of my eagerness and ability. We talked about the current scandal about the Spanish Infanta who was on trial this weekend, divorce, my family and the problem with not cooking food from scratch. And as per usual, Fina fed me, while we cooked! Not that I was turning her down by any means. The strawberries were delicious, they are getting sweeter everyday, and I ate a potato out of the raw egg mixture, under Fina’s guidance (demand). I guess that just reminds me of how crazy we are in the U.S…. always worrying about contamination and bacteria, since Fina didn’t even think twice. So hopefully next week’s post has no news about E. Coli…
Here is the recipe and pictures for those interested!
Ingredients (Yield: 3 Tortillas)
- Dice the potatoes.
- Salt the potatoes and set aside.
- Fill a small frying pan with Olive oil. Let it get hot.
- Add salted, diced potatoes. The oil should just about cover the potatoes. Turn the heat to medium and cover. Cook this way for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so.
- Thinly slice onion and add to the potatoes.
- Cook potatoes and onions for another 8-10 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked.
- Drain extra oil from potatoes and onions.
- Separate yolk from the white.
- Beat whites until frothy.
- Add yolks beat until frothy.
- Add potatoes and onions to eggs. Mix well.
- Coat a small frying pan with olive oil.
- Add 1/3 of the egg and potato mixture to pan and cover.
- After about a minute and a half, flip omelette onto a lid or plate and put uncooked side down into pan.
- After another minute, flip again. Push down onto omelet using spatula.
- After another minute or so flip again and cover.
- Continue flipping every minute or so until omelette is cooked through. 9-10 minutes total.