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Saturday, 20 February 2010

A Posh Frittata & A New Pan



We recently (well, last year) acquired a new cooker, and because we chose to get an induction hob, we had to buy a whole new set of pans as well. Ever since then we've only had one frying pan, which isn't really enough - I've been constantly looking out for a nice one, but for a long time I didn't see anything exciting enough to tempt me.

But while flicking through a Lakeland catalogue a month or two back, their Stoneline® pan caught my eye. It took me a while to get around to placing the order, but eventually I bought one. And it took me a few more days to get around to using it... but now I've ordered a second one, because it's absolutely amazing.

Disclaimer: I'm not in any way associated with Lakeland or the pan manufacturer. I'm just really, really impressed.

Essentially, this is a non-stick pan that's still okay for metal utensils, and looking at the pan lining it really does seem unlikely to chip. The marketing blurb also says that you can cook without oil, which sounds great. I wasn't feeling quite that brave for my first attempt - however, I put less than 1/4 tsp of olive oil to make my frittata (recipe below) just to coat the pan, and it didn't stick at all, even after the onions had clearly absorbed all the oil and started to caramelize. I even dragged my husband and unsuspecting friends through to the kitchen to look at the pan! (I've never denied being a kitchen geek...) I have subsequently used the pan with no oil, and it was absolutely fine.
Frittata ingredients

The frittata was absolutely yummy, with a great helping of fresh vegetables, and felt like a posh meal rather than the super-quick dinner it actually was. I find a thick frittata stuffed with vegetables to be easier than an omelette, and just as tasty (just be careful to let it set so you don't end up with scrambled eggs instead). We served ours with roast potatoes, carrots, and sausages - but for a lighter lunch it would be just as nice with salad and crusty bread.

Mixed Vegetable Frittata
Serves 4

3 small red onions
1 sweet red pepper (I used the long, thin kind, but I'm sure a bell pepper would also be fine)
4 large chestnut mushrooms
1 medium courgette
8 spears of asparagus
100g cheddar cheese
25g parmesan cheese
1tsp olive oil (to grease the pan)
7 medium eggs
Black pepper to taste
  1. Chop all the vegetables (fairly thin slices/small pieces), and grate the cheeses.

  2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, and fry the vegetables over a medium heat until tender.

  3. Meanwhile, break the eggs into a bowl and mix them with a fork. Add pepper to the eggs and stir.

  4. Pour the eggs into the pan with the vegetables, and turn the mixture a few times to combine. (The egg will start to cook as you're doing this, which is fine.)

  5. Leave to cook over a low heat until the top of the frittata is set (around 10 minutes, but this will depend on the level of heat).

  6. Sprinkle the cheeses evenly over the top of the frittata, and put under a hot grill for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese and cook the top.

  7. Slice and serve straight away.

5:2 Intermittent Fasting button5:2 Diet
Served by itself, ¼ of this frittata has approximately 350 calories. Yes, even with loads of cheese.


27 comments:

Kazzy said...

I am always on the hunt for a new, good pan. Just found one a few weeks ago, as a matter of fact.

Recipe looks great!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Ha Ha...me to a kitchen geek too and a home store is a haven for me...
That said throughly enjoyed this post and am super impressed with the pan myself....infact will check if they ship here too-jus what mom n me are looking for...infact i think Joanne has a v similiar pan too.....
And was always eyeing hers.....

Lovely recipe....have a super weekend and i have a little prize for u right here-3 actually ..to know why i chose u hop by at the link belw..

http://vanillastrawberryspringfields.blogspot.com/2010/02/happy-valentines-day-heart-shaped.html

lakeviewer said...

I've spent a bit of time rambling through your posts, your time in Rome, your wedding day. This is a rich place, indeed. Lucky me!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

That omlette looks incredible! I sat and gawped at it for a few seconds and will be trying it myself. I love omlettes and as we have our own hens we get around 15 eggs a day.

CJ xx

Domestic Executive said...

Funny how the planets align. We just bought a new frying pan this week and it's amazing how it's transformed our omlette cooking too. Watched Delia on line this week and it reminded me that I'm probably cooking more frittata than omlette so promptly made a plain cheese omlette which tasted just as good. I reckon a decent frying pan will deliver you the best fast food everytime without the hang ups about eating well!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Oh Rachel ..ur so so sweet too...jus enjoy 'em the way u wan...if u dont wanna post 'em dont ...if u dont wannapass em dont ...am happy that u simply like 'em and maybe if u like,u can post 'em on ur side bar.......
Thanx for follown but somehow my feeder aint updating nor that awrds post nor the post i jus posted an hour or so back shows...any idea why????helppppp ....it shows a week old post....

"And so our stories go..." said...

Yum, this looks so good. And I think I'd like the pan too.
Mary

Stephanie V said...

I've heard of this brand - nice to get a real review. Your omelette looks so yummy...I'm going to make one for lunch.

Acting Balanced Mom said...

so glad you found a new pan you like... new pans are on my agenda for 2012, so I have bookmmarked the site! Thanks!

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

LOVE this recipe, and the pan looks awesome. Thanks for the site!

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Rachel,tryinmg going to ur acoount page in ur feed burner proflie and resyncin -there is a button there- maybe it'll help u......

or trying going to 'ping my feed burner' and enter ur feed burner address and pinging first-maybe it'll help u...

Your new post are updated in my google reader though-,ie on my dash board......

cheekymama said...

hi Rachel, I've seen your name on a few other blogs but first time I've stopped by yours. That omelette looks super tasty. I actually am no fan of eggs, but I do like an omelette especially loaded with stuff.

I usually cram it with potatoes, tomatoes, chillis - anything to disguise the egginess lol This looks like a delicious recipe to try, and healthy too!

Pleased to meet you, I also blog at http://babesabouttown.com

fdiary said...

Thanks for the heads up on the cookware. I have a few pots that I inherited after my mom passed away but I definitely like to get a pan that I don't have to use oil with since I live on a low-carb diet. I also prefer to add any condiments, oil and seasoning after I cook the meal so this sounds like a winner, going to check out their website now.

Emma said...

Sounds like it's a really good pan, and the veggies really yummy. We have an induction stove as well.

RennyBA said...

Woooow, what a post - what delicious food and tempting photo of it - my mouth is watering!

The mixture in the pan -> Breath taking :-)

bellsknits said...

finding great cookware is one of the joys of life! I'm very attached to some of mine!

Chef E said...

That pan of veggies looks great! I made lamb for hubby tonight, and I am in love with this concoction called Balela, chickpeas, a Mediterranean dish, and I infused it with some mashed potatoes, a little hot sauce and mushrooms on top, Wow!

You have to so try it. Easy to make, and I am nuts for it, cannot get enough veggies lately.

Pans on the other hand, I have one of everything! LOL I am addicted to pans, and used an induction stove in culinary school when they first came out. The one I use now is glass top, and I hate it, but its a rental condo.

Jenn said...

Looks yummy & love your new pan. Just stopping by to show some love! -Jenn (from SITS)

MJ said...

I am SOOOOO hungry now, haha!

christine said...

New pan - can't wait to see it! Mine invariable tend to buckle - even expensive ones:-(

christine said...

Chekymama - if you don't like the "egginess" of an emelette, try mixing half a carton of silken tofu with a little milk or water, and using that instead of the egg for your omelette, it should do much the same trick, ie binding the veg together :-)

Small Burst said...

I love getting new kitchen gadgets including pans. This recipe looks yummy. I'm going to scour the fridge to see if I can make an omelette this morning.

Erin said...

Fun to get a new pan. I'm a kitchen geek too! My idea of heaven is a kitchen store. Following you from Friday Follow.

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God's Favorite Shoes! said...

That looks so delicious! I envy people who know how to cook so easily! I need to study recipes for my meals to come out decent!

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Sweet and Savory said...

I love ometlets. They are the perfect way to get more veggies into our diet.

Thanks for sharing at Meatless Monodays.

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