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Summer Greens Tortilla and a hijacking

Perfect served hot or cold as part of a buffet or picnic!

Perfect served hot or cold as part of a buffet or picnic!

Apart from the foodie things I get up to, the occasional festival and the odd moment where I’m feeling blue I don’t share too much about my personal life on here. For no other reason than I’m a little bit shy and so I let the food do the talking.

But today I am going to hijack this recipe to share some personal news, it’s been on my mind for months now about how to do this and I decided nestled in amongst a recipe was the least fussy and slightly less scary way to break the news. Since my end of 2013 post where I was feeling a bit lost in life, I have to inform you that me and my husband Scott have sadly separated and moved out of our home to follow different paths. Moving house again within 6 months and dealing with all the mixed emotions has taken its toll but I am feeling hopeful and positive about the future.

I felt the need to share this because Scott is embedded deep in the history of this blog and I didn’t want to leave this new turn unmarked. I was expecting the sadness and fear of moving on from my marriage but not the shame, even though I feel my life will be ok and I am actually doing well I still feel this deep embarrassment when telling people my marriage didn’t work. But the level of support both myself and Scott have received has kept us strong, and we remain friends, which is all that matters.

Easy to slice and serve :)

Easy to slice and serve πŸ™‚

I am living alone for the first time ever in my life but I am really enjoying it! I thought making meals for one person would maybe be harder but I am eating much healthier and the freezer has become my best friend! When you live alone you don’t really have to think about normal routines, you can just eat when your hungry…and eat whatever you like too! I have always thought that batch cooking and freezing portions was the way forward for a healthy and low budget lifestyle and this is certainly ringing true now, especially with evening meals.

For lunches too I have been making batches of falafel or tortillas and having a piece or two each day with salads.

I love tortilla because it is so versatile! For this version I have added some summer greens for extra nutrition including spinach, spring greens like sweetheart cabbage, courgette and onions and flavoured it with chives.Β  You could add anything though including beetroot, carrot, tomatoes, kale, mushrooms….anything!!!

Delicious creamy potato mixed with seasoned greens and eggs

Delicious creamy potato mixed with seasoned greens and eggs

Unfortunately I do not make a vegan version of a classic tortilla like this however I am working on it!! I eat a mainly vegan diet with no dairy but eggs are the one thing I am yet to cut out!

Cuts into 8 large slices

Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free, Fuss Free

Ingredients are rough estimates – use enough to fill the sized pan you are using!

6 Medium sized Baking potatoes
3-4 Leaves Cabbage (Sweetheart or savoy is best)
3 Handfuls Spinach
1 Large Courgette
1 Onion
1 Bunch Chives
3 Garlic Cloves
4 Large Eggs
Salt and Pepper

To prepare your vegetables Chop the potatoes into bitesize chunks (do not peel but definitely give them a scrub). Remove the tough bottom core from the cabbage leaves and then wash and thinly slice into strips. Wash and wilt the spinach. Wash and Finely dice the courgette. Peel and finely dice the onion. Finely chop the chives. Peel and crush the garlic.

Par-boil the potatoes for 5 minutes until starting to soften then drain and put to one side.

In a deep set frying pan roughly 20cm/ 8″Β  diameter heat up some oil and add your cabbage, spinach, courgette and onion. Cook for a few minutes to soften then add the potatoes, chives and garlic and plenty of salt and pepper.

In a bowl beat the eggs. Once the potatoes have started to brown and cook through pour the eggs over the top so everything is evenly covered and using a spatula pat the top down to make everything sit in the pan with a smooth top. Don’t leave this on a very high heat as the bottom will burn before the egg sets.

At this point pre heat your grill to a medium/ hot heat.

Once the egg looks like it has set and the sides have started to come away from the pan (a sign it is cooked) place the pan under the grill to brown the top. You can pierce the tortilla with a knife inbetween the pieces of potato to see if any uncooked egg appears, if so then give it a little longer.

Turn the tortilla out on to a plate and allow to cool slightly before slicing. This sort of dish is great served hot or cold and can be kept in the fridge for 3-4 days.

 

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25 thoughts on “Summer Greens Tortilla and a hijacking

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  3. Sorry to hear about your split. At least you guys are able to still be civil and for that you are doing amazingly well. My ex is still not talking to me 16 years after I left him so no failure on your part, more honesty and honesty is never to be held in shame. Better to admit something isn’t working than to labour on flogging a dead horse. I applaud you both and love that you are relishing your newfound foodie freedom. It will be interesting to see where the blog goes from now on :). I found a great vegan version of a fritatta here…

    http://anodetomungbeans.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/the-incredible-vegan-frittata/

      • I haven’t tried it yet either but it does look the bomb doesn’t it? Perfect for our wintery weather here in Tasmania. Sending wafts of happiness and warm Brunhilda hugs over to you especially if your summer is wet πŸ˜‰

  4. Sorry to hear that you’ve been having a rough time, but glad to hear you’re doing okay. I admire your courage in sharing the news with your readers and I hope you know that we are here for you. Wishing you the best xx

  5. ((hugs)) I went through a very similar change in January, so I understand a lot of the mixed emotions. The freedom to eat what I want, when I want has been incredible though! Love your tortilla & cheers to what the future holds for you!

  6. I’m sorry to hear your news, but nice to read that you are both feeling supported by those around you and have been able to remain friends. That seems to be a great deal more positive than many separations I’ve witnessed. Wishing the best for you.

  7. Becky, I’m sorry to hear about this. It has surely been a difficult time, but please know that your readers are here for you. Sending lots of positive thoughts and hugs your way!

  8. Oh Becky, had a feeling something wasn’t right. I’ve been through this myself but with 4 amazing children by my side, so different circumstances. Allow yourself time to embrace the many emotions this change brings, its not easy but if you’re good to yourself and have support you will survive. Today you have jumped one of the many hurdles we have to face when change occurs, so well done you. Wishing you both well

    • Thank you once again for your kind words Jane! Telling people has been so hard, very mixed reactions but overall a lot of support. It has been very up and down but I am feeling happy and hopeful xx

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