Celebrating friendship

Sunday, September 29, 2013
Thursday was a beautiful day in every way.  It was unseasonably warm, and a group of us spent a day outside the city celebrating a milestone birthday of one of our members.  In addition to going on a vigorous hike and enjoying great food, we spent a lot of time talking about life before and after fifty.  We talked about growing older with integrity, and about how we hope to spend the rest of our lives.  We shared ideas about music, spirituality and books, and connected in a thorough way that we seldom have the luxury for in the city.

It was a perfect day with a wonderful group of friends, and days like that must be cherished.

Did I mention how beautiful the weather was?  And I'm hoping you'll indulge me as I post one more summer recipe.  This frittata is a perfect summer dish, but you could make it any time of the year by substituting seasonal vegetables, or frozen vegetables.

Happy birthday, Karen!


Frittata with Summer Vegetables and Goat’s Cheese
(adapted from River Cottage Veg)

2 medium new potatoes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces mixed vegetables, such as asparagus, green beans, fresh or frozen peas, broccoli (I used 1/2 cup peas, 8 stalks of asparagus and 1 cup of broccoli)
1 Tbsp canola or olive oil
1/2 cup green onions (scallions), trimmed and coarsely chopped
A handful of chives, chopped (about 1 1/2 Tbsp)
9 large eggs
3 ounces goat cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/4 inch slices.  Put them in a large pan, cover with plenty of water, add salt and bring to a boil.  Meanwhile, cut asparagus (and green beans, if using) into 
1 1/2” lengths, and cut broccoli into small florets.  When the potatoes come to a boil, add the green vegetables.  Once the water has returned to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes, by which time all the vegetables should be just tender.  Drain well. Cut potatoes into 3/4” fingers.

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add green onions and sweat for about 5 minutes, until soft.  Add drained vegetables and chives, and toss with the onions.  Turn heat to medium-low.

In a bowl, beat eggs with salt and pepper, and pour over the vegetables in the pan.  Cook, gently stirring once or twice, until well mixed.  Pour into a well-greased 10" round baking dish. Crumble the cheese over the surface of the frittata, then bake for 15 - 20 minutes, until the egg is set and top is starting to colour.

Allow to cool slightly before serving.  May be served warm or cold.






29 comments:

Trish Feehan said...

It really was a wonderful day, Beth! :)

Valerie said...

Beth, I'll welcome any of your summer recipes well into winter. :D
This frittata looks scrumptious! Goat cheese, potatoes, asparagus...what's not to love?

Angie Schneider said...

Goat cheese in summer veggie frittata...how could one not love it!

cquek said...

Oh my.. what lovely pictures!!!

Kitchen Riffs said...

Sounds like a terrific day! Certainly my day will be wonderful if I make this frittata - truly nice recipe. And I have some goat cheese on hand, too, so I have no excuse not to! Thanks for this.

Gloria Baker said...

what beautiful day! and what nice dish Beth!!

Denise Browning said...

Hi, Beth! What a great celebration...And the frittata is the perfect dish for it!

Belinda said...

How fun to spend a gorgeous day with gorgeous friends. And gorgeous food.

Barbara said...

What a delightful day, Beth. Good friends, good weather and good food. Can't think of anything more perfect!
Happy Birthday to your friend Karen.

yummychunklet said...

Tasty looking frittata!

bakewithjill.com said...

This looks and sounds delicious, especially with goat cheese!

Guru Uru said...

Fun company and wonderful food :D

Cheers
CCU

Danielle Giannandrea said...

Lovely day with great food and great friends! ♥

Kalyan Panja said...

looks delicious...just mouthwatering!

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Beth, there is no better way to celebrate with friends or celebrate friends and friendship than with healthy and delicious food such as this amazing frittata from HFW! Simply wonderful!

I Wilkerson said...

Sounds like a great get together! And I love frittatas--year round, but an especially nice way to use up bits of leftover veggies during the growing season!

I Wilkerson said...

Sounds like a great get together! And I love frittatas--year round, but an especially nice way to use up bits of leftover veggies during the growing season!

amy (fearless homemaker) said...

Sounds like a wonderful day to celebrate friendship! And how great does that frittata look? YUM!

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl said...

That frittata looks delicious, and what a fun afternoon it must have been!

Bonnie said...

Beth, Your day sounds like the way to spend time with good friends.. I love a good frittata. It is the perfect way to use up vegetables hanging out in the fridge. Have a grand week. Bonnie

Katerina said...

I see a very beautiful and happy company there! Integrity is a very important factor when it comes to aging! I wish for all people to have it as they grow old. The frittata looks absolutely perfect, I would add just a little bit of feta to jazz it up a little!

Caroline Taylor said...

Happy birthday to Karen, this sounds amazing.

allieksmith said...

Happy birthday to Karen! I love days like the one you described--great weather and even better company!

grace said...

super duper fantastic frittata, beth! i love the versatility of egg dishes, and i can't think of a better dish to share with friends!

Joanne said...

I can happily eat fritattas year round! And they are truly the perfect hanging-out-with-friends food. Sounds like you guys had a great time!

Juliana Levine said...

How nice being able to meet friends and enjoy each other...the frittata looks great... I love frittata with all its versatility.
Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

Julie said...

Friendships like those are to be cherished! Sounds like a beautiful day. Love the frittata!

Claire Davis said...

We've had warmer weather and it does still feel like summer! Frittata sounds delicious.

Paula Montenegro said...

A frittata with asparagus, friends and a birthday outside, what a great way to spend the day Beth! And goat cheese on top of it all!

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