At the time I’m writing this, no-one really knows what’s going to happen to the travel industry. Even before this virus confined us all largely to our homes, many people were avoiding flying, for instance, because of concerns for the planet. Will flying become a more unpopular way to travel?
I don’t know but there’s one way we can all enjoy the flavours, literally, of foreign parts by making their favourite national dishes in our own homes.
As many of us have to be a little more frugal these days than only a few months ago, if we choose an economical dish then we can make a ‘themed meal’ complete with a bottle of wine and Spanish music playing.
One of my own favourites is the simple Spanish tortilla. (Note that in Spanish the word means ‘omelette’ whereas it has a different meaning in other Spanish-speaking countries.)
It’s easy to make using the most basic ingredients and is much more delicious than you’d think from the short list of ingredients. Don’t be fooled by the ‘Spanish omelette’ you might have seen with all sorts of bits and pieces in it – this is simple and very tasty.
In fact, it’s so simple to make that I’ve added a video below to show you how to prepare this wonderful dish – no fancy instructions are required. You certainly don’t need to be accurate with quantities and proportions. What makes this dish even more perfect is that it’s delicious hot and just as good when served cold.
And in addition to the pantry staples of oil, salt and pepper, you need only three ingredients – potatoes, eggs and eggs. Look, I know it sounds boring. I know that it’s tempting to add garlic to the mix or add grated cheese to melt on the top but I promise you, it’s just right just as it is.
See the video and more info below.
I’d recommend the following proportions if you’re serving four people – but it depends how greedy you are and whether you’re serving the tortilla as a meal or as a snack. In Spain, it’s often served as a snack on a slice of crusty bread (like in the photograph above). As a main course, it only needs bread and a lovely salad to accompany it. And wine, of course. Rioja will do the job perfectly.
Oh, those proportions… 1lb potatoes, 1 large onion and 6 eggs. But by all means, vary it depending on your own personal taste.
JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.
We’re a meat-free household but if you don’t feel that the tortilla is an adequate enough meal without, then try some Spanish chorizo to go with your meal. It’s easy to order online.