Thursday, 23 April 2009

Apricot Frittata

One can only follow a post about music, which is food for the soul of a musician, with a post about food for the belly. It stands to reason, I think.

This morning, with all my honey yoghurt gone (Dh really enjoyed it apparently!) and a container still quite full of tinned apricots (we had opened a 3kg tin!) I had a momentary flash of brilliant inspiration. Apricot Frittata! I struggle with eggs first thing in the morning...they're a bit strong flavoured for my deliciate morning tastebuds, but this went down beautifully. Not only was it yummy and satisfying, it also suits a range of dietary restrictions. It is grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free (if you use dairy free margarine). But don't let those labels put you off. It was perfectly delicious and I will be making it again.

Apricot Frittata

a knob of butter (or whatever you use)
tinned pie apricots
2 eggs
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
serves 1
  1. In a small frying pan (mine is 14cm diameter), melt the butter.
  2. Add the drained apricots in a single layer in the pan. When they are warmed through, stir them around gently so the other side has also had some heat and then rearrange into a single layer.
  3. In a bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla together.
  4. Turn down the heat and pour the eggs over the top. Gently pull egg away from the edges and tilt the pan so raw egg will fill the gaps.
  5. When the eggs are nearly set (it will remain runny on the top), sprinkle some nutmeg or cinnamon over the top and pop it under a griller for a minute or two, just to set the eggs that is yet uncooked.
  6. Serve.
I used a non-stick little pan with a non-metal handle. I made sure only the pan was under the griller ~ not the handle and I only had the pan under there for as long as absolutely necessary, so the pan was not damaged at all.

You could, of course, do this in a larger pan with more apricots and eggs and it would be just fine. In fact, your family would probably think all their Christmas's had come at once if you don't usually do such fine things for breakfast!


Rel said...

Interesting! Might try this :)

I know, I know stop reading your blog and get on to selecting books for the retreat!


Tracy said...

LOL Rel. I'm editing session 2 questions...can't you tell?!

The Tin House said...

Tracy, that sounds so scrumptious. I've been reading a backlog of your posts and obviously I've missed something about being on a gluten free diet? Bummer. The birthday brownies were obviously a lovely treat.

Regards the frittata - do you think it would work ok with tinned peaches? I don't have apricots but I've got peaches.

We've got another 5 days of holidays here before school returns. It's exciting watching those little brains develop over the break. I'm loving these holidays more than I've ever done before. They used to feel like a bit of a chore (honestly) with all the bickering and so on. Not sure what's happened this time round.

I've missed popping in to your world here.

Lisa x

Tracy said...

I've missed your posting too, but I know sometimes you just have to focus on real life, don't you!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I can't believe DH ate all your yogurt! Why do they do that? Whenever I have something in the fridge that I've been planning to eat, my husband always gets to it first, even if it's something he hardly ever eats.

The recipe sounds wonderful! You're such a creative cook.


Our Red House said...

The fritata sounds delicious.

My daughter's closest friend here in Adelaide has Coeliac Disease so I am looking for ideas for things to have in the house for her, or that can be made easily. Her mum buys wheat-free soy sauce, so I know it's available.

When she comes for a sleepover she brings wheat free pancake mix for breakfast and my kids love sharing the pancakes with her.


Tracy said...

It's my Dh's mission in life I think! He takes great joy in sneaking things he knows very well are meant for my breakfast LOL. The good thing is, I came up with something super yummy because of it!

Kate, that wheat free soy is called Tamari sauce ~ you'll find it in the health food aisle in the supermarket. It takes a bit of mental adjustment to come up with things that don't include wheat, and for your little friend, other grains as well. We came across some things we preferred with rice noodles or alternatives we needed to try. It's easier to come at when you consider it an adventure in alternatives!