- 240ml extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 t
- 1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 x 2cm lengths
- 3 large onions halved and sliced into 0.5cm thick moons
- 1/4 red pepper, deseeded and cut into 2cm cubes
- 1/4 green pepper, deseeded and cut into 2cm cubes
- 12 eggs, beaten together
- Salt and black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat to 180 degrees. Carefully add half the potatoes and fry them for 8-10 minutes, until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Reheat the oil and repeat with the remaining potatoes. Drain well, allow to cool slightly then cut into chunks and set aside.
- Pour off two-thirds of the oil, heat the remaining oil and fry the onions and peppers for 8-10 minutes until soft. Stir in the potatoes and cook for 5-6 minutes over medium heat.
- With the pan over the heat, spread vegetables into an even layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then pour over the eggs. Gently loosen the egg around the rim with a spatula. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the edge of the tortilla begins to set, then pull it away from the rim and tilt the pan so liquid egg fills the space. Repeat, working all the way around the pan to keep the tortilla even, until all the egg is set, around 7-8 minutes. Cover the pan with a plate slightly larger then the pan. Using oven gloves, hold the pan and invert the tortilla onto the plate in one quick motion.
- Add 2 T of olive oil to the pan and place over medium heat. Carefully slide the tortilla back into the pan, wet side down, and reduce heat to medium-low. Move the spatula around the rim, tucking under any rough tortilla edge so it is neat and rounded. Cook for 6-8 minutes, until the tortilla is slightly springy to the touch.
- Remove from the heat and invert the tortilla onto a clean plate. Rest for 10 minutes.
My middle sister is married to a Spaniard and they have 2 sons who are now teenagers. They always lived between Madrid and Ibiza, and the boys practically grew up on the beaches of Ibiza. I always loved visiting them, just to experience the Spanish life-style. I couldn’t believe how late the Spanish eat, and how the kids are just playing around on the streets (or beaches!) until late at night. It’s a whole different kind of lifestyle there! I can go on and on about Spanish food, and in fact about tapas in general, and perhaps I need to do another blog just on that topic…. But here I try to concentrate on a few dishes that are child friendly. Tortilla, Gambas with Chilli and Garlic, and Seafood Paella. Of course the gambas is spicy so not suitable for small kids, but you can also adjust the spiciness according to taste, and the older kids love it.
My sister used to always say how nice it was for the boys growing up in Ibiza, as they lead a very outdoor and healthy lifestyle. People just think of Ibiza as the total party place. But in fact it is such a family orientated place as well, depending on where you stay. Only once I had kids of my own and started to visit them every year for the last 3 years, did I really start to understand this. We would go with all 4 kids, and you would think that with 4 small kids, it wouldn’t be a holiday at all. But in fact the kids were so busy on the beach all day long we just spent the whole day there. In the evenings we would just eat at one of the restaurants on the beach while the boys played football on the sand with all the other kids, and the girls would just play with the sand. We would watch over them from the restaurant, with a jug of sangria and some delicious food! Everyone was happy!
During our stays we would have several dishes that always was a hit with the kids, and what better way to enjoy it then on the beaches of Ibiza! I recently came across a beautiful cookbook called ‘The Ibiza Cookbook, EIVISSA’ which I absolutely love. Here I will share their ‘classic’ tortilla recipe. I say ‘classic’ because it’s not really the classic tortilla, but a version they say is taken from the restaurant Can Cosmi, who they call the tortilla masters of Ibiza. I love any version of a tortilla, you just can’t go wrong!
Now I’m dreaming back to the days on the beeches of Ibiza…. Doesn’t it just make you want to book a trip there for summer!? 😉
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