Tuesday, May 6, 2008

THE omelette!

Ok so here it is. Seriously, this was amazing...completely and utterly amazing! And I had it cold for lunch today, again with fresh sliced tomatoes and pepper (no salt, my blood pressure you know!)...ooooo I was a happy girl, this was a terrific recipe!

So, for Technodoll and anyone else that is interested....here it goes, verbatim from the chef Rick Stein (he can be seen on BBC Canada):

Baked Greek omelette with wild greens, herbs, leeks and feta

Serves 6

Prep time approx 1/2 hour - cooking time approx 45 mins

We don't have the same wild greens as they do in Corfu, so use brassicas such as curly kale, cavalo nero, or watercress or rocket, as well as as chard, and spinach or sorrel. You can also slip in the odd dandelion leaf and some wild garlic.

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
250g/8¾oz leeks, trimmed, cleaned and thinly sliced
250g/8¾oz mixed leaves (for example, curly kale, watercress, spinach or sorrel, see above), washed, dried and shredded
8 large free-range eggs, lightly beaten
3 tbsp chopped mint
3 tbsp chopped dill
175g/6¼oz Greek feta cheese, crumbled
25g/1oz grated Greek kefalotiri cheese or parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 160C/320F/Gas 3.
2. Heat two tablespoons of the olive oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heat. Add the leeks and cook gently for ten minutes until soft.
3. Add the remaining oil and the mixed leaves to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes until they have wilted down and are just tender.
4. Tip the greens into a bowl and add the eggs, mint, dill, crumbled feta, grated kefalotiri or parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon salt and some freshly ground black pepper.
5. Oil a shallow, round, 20cm/8in non-stick cake tin, pour in the mixture and bake for about 45 minutes or until just set.
6. Serve the chunky omelette with a simple tomato and onion salad and some bread.

** I used spinach and watercress as greens and parmesan instead of the kefalotiri cheese, also cheated on the leeks as Maxi had none, used green onions instead - all onions/leeks etc come from the lily family anyway...didn't taste much different I'm sure!

And to answer Technodoll's other question...concerning breakfast places. I'm not sure what end of town you live in! I live out on the West Island but go downtown regularly for Sunday brunch with a brunch group I belong to, so I've been to a bunch down there also....I have a few I can definitely send your direction depending on where you are!


Technodoll said...

I'm such a geek... I emailed the recipe to myself so I can actually remember to try it soon! merci!

Vegas looves omelettes so this may save my ass someday *grin*

I'm on the plateau... I know, I know! The heart of resto heaven. Hard to find a good brunch though, you'd be surprised :-/

myself said...

Ok...so I haven't been anywhere in the Plateau but I am told Shed Cafe has good brunch.

Been to Quoi d'Noeuf (I think that's how it's spelled) which is near Atwater Market on Notre Dame...small place, but the brekkie was great.

Burgers & Benedicts isn't something I would have expected (in the old Forum) but my breakfast there was really terrific.

Cocktail Hawaii which is on de Maisonneuve near Concordia. Very nice.

And those are the ones I've tried that I liked, I'll ask a coworker who goes every Sunday downtown for a few of his faves (Quoi d'Noeuf was one of his suggestions), I know there are a few places in The Village that are amazing.

Technodoll said...

Burgers n'Benedicts? Two of my favorite foods in one restaurant name? I am SOOO there! w00t! thanks for the tip :-D

Technodoll said...

PS: Do not go to Club Sandwich in the village - they changed their menu and/or chef and it sucks ass now!! awful food, blecchh!

myself said...

Yes it does suck and the waiters have become super snotty - that might only be at night however... - it's another place or two in the Village my co-worker was talking about, he was supposed to ask his boyfriend for me, but I think he forgot.

Apparently there's a good place in Verdun now also.

Ooooo if you like different food, and have never been (speaking of Verdun), on Hickson is a Mauritian restaurant called "Les Delices d'Ile Maurice", it's very reasonable and the food is amazing and the owner is insane. We think he's back from Mauritius. It's a take your own wine joint also. Fabulous dinner. I swear...co-worker and I were just working ourselves up about it this afternoon.

Just a note on the subject of food (from the size of my a$$ one would figure I have a clue!)

Anonymous said...

Seeing your comments makes me want to come to Montreal! Fooooood!!

I'm so trying this recipe when I get settled in!

Technodoll said...

"Les Delices d'Ile Maurice"

I think I just about died laughing... maybe someday I'll tell you story about fat old smelly Maurice :-D

myself said...

Hahahaha does it involve alcohol?

Yikers! I have my own stories.

No more booze there, afterhours booze that is....