My local Borders is closing for business and everything must go, including cook books, which I so graciously helped them get rid of yesterday. Everything was 40% off, which for a $30 cookbook is still pricey, but I justified it by only buying three, instead of the eight that I wanted.
This morning, I planned to make some tea, use the rest of the eggs I have in my fridge, and settle into some cook books. Settle in I did, and I’ve been reading and scheming for the better part of this day.
Before I started reading, however, as I said, I made eggs. I had leftover pasta from the workshop I led on Thursday, and decided to make a Fritatta again, but this time using pasta instead of potatoes. I dumped the leftover pasta into my cast-iron skillet and tossed with some olive oil to heat through.
Then I whipped up the remaining 5 eggs I had with a splash of milk and poured the mixture over the heated pasta.
Then I let it set up for about five minutes. I topped with Parmesan cheese and some fresh herbs then transferred it to a preheated 300 degree oven.
I cooked it until the center was firm, about 5 more minutes (it needed less time than last time because there were less eggs).
Then I cut it into wedges and served! It was really good and really interesting. The texture was obviously different than the potato fritatta but good nonetheless, and the tomato sauce gave the eggs an interesting flavor. Tomatoes and eggs are good. So was this.
So back to the cookbooks. After I made this fritatta I was reading this wonderful Williams Sonoma cook book about the city of Florence, where I studied abroad, and it’s cuisine. The first half of the book reads almost like a guide book to Florentine cooking and it made me sick to go back, like, tomorrow at the latest. The second half of the book is recipes, and the first recipe is a fritatta. The first sentence of the first recipe says “The expression fare una fritatta (make a fritatta) is also used to convey “make a mess of things.” Awesome, right? And such a perfect sentiment for a fritatta, in which almost anything goes.
Fritattas are my new favorite quick option to create not only a delicious meal, but to clean out my fridge.