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Appleton CSA Week 15

Field Update from Farmer Andrew

The final succession of lettuce has been transplanted and the last seeding of spinach will happen tomorrow. As we focus the bulk of our energy on harvest now, the weeks seem to fade together as tasks become more monotonous. To-do lists are repetitive and workdays all start feeling the same. Harvest a few tender crops. Bulk harvest a storage crop. Do a bit of field cleanup and seed it to cover crop. Then harvest some more. Fall harvest is typically a time of beautiful abundance on the farm, and this year is no exception. We couldn’t help but pause a moment this week to admire some of the gorgeous vegetables we been pulling out of the fields.

Ingredients

25g/1oz butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large onions, finely sliced
750g/1½lb small  potatoes,parboiled and sliced into 1cm/½in pieces
250g/8oz handful fresh spinach, kale, collards, tatsoi etc cooked and roughly chopped
10 eggs lightly beaten
salt and freshly ground pepper
other additions can be made, some sweet peppers thinly sliced, garlic, etc. that is up to you!

Method

  1. In a large, heavy-based frying pan, heat the butter and oil. Cook the onions slowly until transparent and soft.
  2. Add the potato slices and fry gently for two minutes.
  3. Stir in the spinach, kale, etc.
  4. Season the eggs with salt and freshly ground black pepper and pour onto the contents of the frying pan.
  5. Cook over a low to medium heat: it may take up to ten minutes until the egg is set enough to turn the tortilla over, and if the heat is too high, the bottom will burn before the middle is set.
  6. Once the bottom is nicely browned and the center has set, it is time to turn it over. This is done with a double flip: place a plate (or the bottom of a tart tin) over the pan and flip it over once, so that the cooked surface of the tortilla is on the bottom. Take another plate, and flip it again so the cooked surface is on the top. Then place the frying pan back over the tortilla plate and flip one more time, so the uncooked bit is now in contact with the base of the pan.
  7. Replace the pan over low heat until the tortilla is cooked through.
  8. Serve hot, warm or cold, cut into slices or cubes.

Other additions can be made, some sweet peppers thinly sliced, garlic, etc. that is up to you! This dish can be served warm or cold.

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