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Spanish Fritata #2 – My children call it vegetables in disguise!

Posted on January 31, 2011 by in eggs

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Spanish Fritata

Spanish Fritata. I often make fritata, it is a great throw-together-in-a-flash meal and if you play your cards right, you are guaranteed a meal so packed with flavors and textures that it needs very little else, in fact if you have little individual pans, you can save up on dish washing time too, because everyone can eat straight from their pans.

Spanish Fritata. I am fortunate, because my children love most vegetables, but if you have a picky eater in the family, you might have to tweak the recipe somewhat to suit your family’s taste. The Spanish Fritata with Exotic Mushrooms I made last year went down a treat with my family, so I knew I could try my luck again, this time however I really wanted some Spanish flavors with smoky roasted peppers, onions, green olives, potatoes and some intense sun dried tomatoes. My hubby and children loved it, but halfway through his meal my son said: “Mom, there are an awful lot of vegetables disguised in here.” I guess I overplayed my hand a bit. Speaking of disguise, just a quick thought!

Spanish Fritata

I have been wondering lately……here in the blogger sphere, we all lead such perfect lives. We all have fully stocked and  fully equipped kitchens, very appreciative and supportive husbands and families. We all have above average food budgets, extravagant holidays, we only eat at very expensive restaurants  and only drink designer drinks and so we live in this perfectly manicured world. I can’t however help to wonder, if life here in the blogger sphere is really as perfect as we make it out to be. How far from the reality is this persona or image that you have created on the Internet. All the bloggers that I have met, are honest, beautiful, but real people with real families and pretty normal lives, but I do read blogs where things are just a bit to perfect. Last year, I met a lady through a food blog and she was leading this awesome life in NYC with “her bloke”. I was so envious of here and we even shared the occasional email. Then one day she dropped the bomb, she and “the bloke” was no more, her blog is no more and I have not seen or heard from her since….. I was just sad to think that her persona on the Internet was so perfect and yet in real life it wasn’t.
I guess, I just want to say that, with me, what you see or read is what you get and if ever I can be of help to anybody, it would be my pleasure. We are “connected” whether we want to believe it or not! Enough of being so deep, back to the recipe…

Spanish Fritata

Spanish Fritata #2


1 large onion – sliced thinly
1 can of sliced roasted red peppers – mine was an import from Spain(you can make your own)
2 wheels of feta
10 baby potatoes – cooked
½ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil – chopped
fresh parsley
½ cup stuffed green olives
salt/black pepper
vegetable oil
smoked red bell pepper flakes – use  smoked paprika if you cannot find the red bell pepper flakes.
8 eggs – beaten with about 100ml milk

Heat the oil in an oven proof skillet. Saute the onions with the smoked red bell pepper  flakes until the onions are soft. Add the potatoes and sun dried tomatoes and  allow potatoes to brown slightly. Beat the eggs and milk and pour over the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Gently lay the slices of pepper all around the skillet and crumble the feta over the top. Place the olives into the egg mixture and pop into the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until the eggs are set. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Of course, Monday would not be Monday without a meatless meal, so this is perfect for Meatless Monday! Last week I got into some trouble for using crayfish in a meatless dish, so I hope I have redeemed myself with this recipe.

Have a lovely week everybody!!

More Meatless Monday Recipes

Beetroot Tarts

Chunky Basil and Tomato Soup

Summer Capsicum Pasta Salad

Penne with Summer Vegetables

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13 Responses to “Spanish Fritata #2 – My children call it vegetables in disguise!”

  1. Pam 31 January 2011 at 5:49 am #

    I am loving the olives in there Nina… it looks so tasty.

    Looking forward to getting my book – thank you!

  2. Adele 31 January 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Nina, I totally agree with you. I try to keep it real on my blog too, which is probably why I don't post so often- most of the time what we eat is way too boring to write about! Of course all of us would like to try a new recipe every day, source exotic ingredients from all over the world, and visit the market daily to shop for dinner. Reality, in my house at least, is make do with what I have in the cupboard, or a quick dash to the supermarket. A special meal needs lots of planning in my world!

  3. Marisa 31 January 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Loving those Spanish flavours! I also make fritatta fairly frequently – it's a great use for all those odds & ends in the fridge.

    Interesting bit about our blog life vs our real life. I think they're fairly similar in my case – I've never pretended to be a perfect or orderly cook in my blog or in real life. 🙂 We don't really go to fancy restaurants either (maybe once in a blue moon – we have a budget, after all!) and sometimes our supper is hotdogs or kfc.

    I love how you keep it real on your blog Nina – having met you in real life, I can definitely say there are no disguises here.

  4. bellini valli 31 January 2011 at 9:29 am #

    This is a hearty Meatless Monday dish Nina. And as far as our lives go I'd have to say most of us do paint a rosy glow. I for one want to concentrate on the positive and not bring myself down with the unpaid bills, and every day struggles of life including the burnt hamburgers. Blogging is theraputic that way:D

  5. That Girl 31 January 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Those veggies don't look disguised to me, they look colorful and delicious!

  6. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 31 January 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    I love vegetables 'disguised' this way. So funny what your son said 😉 Interesting thought about bloggers. Pretty much what you see is what you get in my case! I agree about the 'therapeutic' comment from Val. I enjoy the creative aspect of cooking and blogging too.

  7. Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! 31 January 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    Wow, that looks so good! I just might be inspired.

  8. Sylvie 1 February 2011 at 12:23 am #

    I love vegetables, so no disguise needed in my kitchen, but if disguised than like this please!

  9. Adele 2 February 2011 at 1:49 am #

    Wow, Nina, just noticed you got nominated for a Bloggie! Congratulations!

  10. Jeanne @ CookSister! 8 February 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    LOL – frittata definitely is vegetables in tasty disguise! Also a great way to use up forgotten bits in my fridge – there, see, my imperfect life showing through! hahaha!

    I do have a public persona on my blog, one that swears a lot less (!) and is wittier tan she has time to be in real life. But I do not think I paint a rosy picture that is at odds with my life (anybody that read my chocolate orange cake near-disaster post has to agree!!) I am not a fan of chocolate-box blogs cute where all you see is perfectly pink toddlers without chocolate smeared on their clothes, well-behaved pets, and kitchens full of matching pink crockery and appliances. But at the same time this is not a confessional, a depressing diary, or Big Brother. I assume that people do not want to see the tedious buts of my life, or read 50 posts on sausages and mash a year from me! I DO eat KFC sometimes; I DO eat sausages & mash, and fish & oven chips – but how many amusing stories can I weave around that? ;o)

  11. MarthaAndMe 10 February 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    Fritatta is a great go-to food for real people. I appreciate your words about how things always seem to perfect on blogs. On my blog I report on my disasters as well as sucesses and keep it real that way

  12. Katrina 4 April 2011 at 9:34 am #

    Thank you for sharing this recipe, one favorite of the whole family. I'll try this over the weekend!

  13. supersmartie 23 June 2011 at 9:56 am #

    I can't cook. Seriously, my husband does all the cooking…he can take a chicken bone and a rotton potato and turn in into something marvelous!
    BUT then came Fathers' day and how do you spoil someone who cooks all the time….by making your Fritatta!!! It was so easy and he actually took two helpings! Thanks Nina!

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