Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Basil Fritatta

Summer days in Asturias have that thing where the days look that they have 36 hours instead of 24. Days are so long and the temperature is so mild that so many things can be done in a day!
In one of those rare days when the sky is clear blue with no clouds I organize everything around the beach. Beaches in here are not crowed and there is always this northeast wind that keeps the heat “under control”.

In one of those sunny days, the last thing that you do is staying indoors. So for lunch I prepared something easy and fast: Tomato, mozzarella and basil frittata. Eggs from my cousin hens, tomato and basil from my garden produce …. Nice, nice, nice!
The recipe is from a book that I bought at Williams Sonoma in one of my New York trips. The book is all about eggs. Eggs in all possible ways. (“Eggs” by Jodi Liano)
I hope you like it!

190 gr cherry tomatoes halved
125 gr mozzarella cheese diced
10 eggs
1 tablespoon cream or milk
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper

Gently stir in the tomatoes and mozzarella mixture. Cook undisturbed until they begin to set around the edges, 2-3 minutes.
Transfer the frying pan to the oven and bake until the eggs are set around the edges and just firm in the center, about 5 minutes more.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Fresh Cream Pound Cake

This recipe has nothing fancy or complicated. As a matter of fact is it just an excuse to use the fresh cream that I get delivered at home in Asturias. Fresh cream from just milked and boiled milk … music to my ears!

I usually get once a week a nice amount of cream that I use in my baking. This time I just wanted to use the cream in something easy and quick … and nice for breakfast!

This recipe is one of my favorite ones for pound cake. The cake It is just a very simple and tasty. I bake it with apples, as a base for cupcakes … I hope you like it.


Serves 6-8

75gr unsalted butter, softened

125g sugar

200g flour

1 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

2 medium eggs

150 ml cream


Preheat the oven at 180º. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix the eggs and cream and add to the butter mixture, beating in each addition thoroughly.

Sieve together the flour, salt and baking powder. Fold it into the cake mixture.Bake for 60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.