Monday, May 18, 2009

One person's weeds... another person's dinner.

I did a bit of weeding at the community garden and made this "weed" fritatta for dinner. It includes orach, sunflower seedlings, dandelion leaves and johnny-jump-ups, all of which grow like weeds if unchecked. My gardening friend Karen has a carpet of fuscia-coloured orach in her garden. It was my first encounter and I must say, it is delicious. I'll be nipping back to her garden for more. Here's a closeup of the fritatta -- pretty as a piece of art!

Weed Fritatta
8 eggs
a generous pinch of dried thyme
salt and pepper
2 handfulls of small tender weeds plus some baby spinach
12-15 johnny-jump-up flowers
a bit of butter

Scramble the eggs in a bowl with the thyme, salt and pepper. Gently stir in the baby weeds. Do not add johnny-jump-ups at this point.

Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Melt a bit of butter and swirl it around. Pour in the egg mixture. Place the flowers decoratively on top, pressing gently. As the eggs solidify, lift the cooked edges and tip the pan so the liquid egg runs under the fritatta.

When the egg is cooked on the bottom but still jiggly in the middle, place the skillet under the brioler and cook until the egg is just set. Allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving.


Susan said...

That is beautiful! Love it!

Sam said...

Amazing, I never would have thought of a weed omelet, thanks for the inspiration.