Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Art of Fritata

What I love about cooking is that I can be as creative as I can be, and I can definitely mess up without people knowing. ;-) Similar to painting - my pan is my canvass and my spoon/ladle/flipper are my brushes.  The meats, the veggies, the seasonings - they are my palette.  And I can just paint over my mistakes, the same way I can water down, sprinkle a little of this or that, or maybe turn it into a whole new dish!  I can actually change my mind about how my food would come out - it may start as American, but with a dash of basil and oregano, it will become Italian in an instant.  I'm no chef, but to me, there are no rules if you know your way in the kitchen and you have a good palate.  Ahhh... the joy of cooking.  Takes out the stress, feels liberating, and gives a different kind of satisfaction (vs. satisfaction out of eating).

So... like an abstract painting itself is the fritata or open-faced omelette.  You can practically throw in anything (but the kitchen sink) in this wonderful dish.  

"Cheesy Garlic Shrimp and Spinach Fritata"

The reds: about 8 pieces of shelled shrimps (no tails please!)
The yellows: cream cheese crumbles, parmesan, and swiss cheese
The greens: a handful of baby spinach 
The blend: 3 extra large eggs, 2% milk, salt, and pepper
The finishing touch: a splash of heavy whipping cream

Our breakfast, with hot coffee and bagels.
A forkful of all ingredients and a dash of tabasco (brings out the flavor even more) = the perfect bite.


  1. Oh my, I've done this too without the heavy whip cream :-) I also sometimes add grated carrots... adds a little sweetness to the omelet. Sarap nito!

    Spanish Pinay

  2. Hay kagutom! Padala ka naman dito:) Love the way how you describe your cooking as an artist.

  3. Thanks Lhot! Grated carrots sounds like a great idea! Para more color din!

    Joy - sure, kaso masisira! Hehehe!

  4. I made the BIG mistake of reading this entry of yours at around 1am this morning, with no eggs in sight. Looks soooooo good! Can't wait to try :)

  5. Oooh, Papa E would love this! You're passoin for cooking really shows, and we're all looking forward to more of your creations =)

    1. Thank you! My new challenge now is to start cooking healthier!