it was nice to be in london all weekend long for a change. the city has really come alive in the past week ever since the weather got a whole lot warmer. sidewalk cafes are doing brisk business, the crowds at pubs are overlflowing to the streets and the city's parks are full of londoners and tourists making the most of the sunshine. we even recorded 25 degrees centigrade last thursday. it looked like summer was going to be here sooner than expected and i was as happy as can be but it rained yesterday evening and the temperature has dipped again to normal spring time levels. we'll have to wait for another month or so for that lovely heat!
i wanted to spend most of saturday walking outdoors so i ate a big brekfast to load up on lots of energy to get through the day without stopping for lunch. i made spanish omelette using free range eggs bought from tesco.
i finely chopped a big potato, a medium onion, a medium yellow pepper and a small clove of garlic. i also sliced a few tomatoes.
on medium heat, i sauteed the potatoes in two tablespooons of extra virgin olive oil for about ten minutes. i added a few teaspoons of cayenne pepper to spice it up a bit. just as the potatoes were turning brown, i added the chopped onions and peppers and cooked for another ten minutes. right at the end, i added the chopped garlic and waited for a minute before taking the vegetable mixture off the heat. in a separate pan on high heat, i added a tablespoon of olive oil and cooked the tomatoes for about three minutes, until just soft.
i then mixed 6 eggs (using only 3 eggs if you're making just one omelette) with a dessert spoon of water and added a fistful of finely grated cheddar cheese. i seasoned the eggs with sea salt and freshly ground pepper before making the omelettes.
i then returned the non-stick pan to a medium heat and added half the egg mixture. i then spooned in half the vegetables and half of the cooked tomatoes. after three minutes, when the eggs were cooked to my liking, i folded over on a plate and quickly chomped down my spanish omelette with a few slices of toast and lots of orange juice.