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Friday, September 30, 2016

Our Family Dinner Night with Spanish Omelets

While my hubby and I were in Spain, we had Spanish omelets on a couple occasions.  The first night we were in Spain, we found ourselves at a little bar that was kind of like a fast food restaurant.  They had amazing prices, which was great after the expensive food in Switzerland!  At the place in Spain, you could get a glass of wine for $1,50 Euros and the little appetizers and snacks were only $1,0 or $2,0 Euros.  That night I got a dish of olives and a Spanish omelet sandwich. . . and chips and salsa.  I was determined to eat as many olives in Europe as possible, but that's not we're talking about right now!

The Spanish omelet that we had in the Catalunya region was diced potatoes in cooked egg, which was then cut into little squares.  I had the Spanish omelet again one day for breakfast at a little sidewalk cafe.  That time the Spanish omelet was served with little pieces of crusty bread with tomatoes on top.  I was very pleased with my little meal!

I tried to recreate a Spanish omelet and the bread for my kids for dinner last night.  Since my kids aren't huge onion fans, this omelet is pretty basic.  And truthfully, I don't remember there being onions in my omelet in Spain.   The fact that it's basic makes it pretty darn easy.

We used:

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil~~ If you can get your hands on some European Olive Oil, even better!
2 large yellow potatoes, peeled and diced on the small side

1/8 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. salt
black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp. onion powder

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

6 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt

How we cooked it:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil over medium high heat in a cast iron skillet until it runs easily and covers the bottom of the skillet.
Turn burner to low, add potatoes and cook potatoes on low, stirring occasionally until the potatoes are tender~~ about 10 minutes.  Test the potatoes to see if they're as soft as you like.
Sprinkle the paprika, salt, pepper and onion powder over potatoes and stir to mix throughout.

Remove potatoes to a bowl, scraping all the potato pieces off the skillet.

Whisk eggs together with 1/2 tsp. salt.

Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to skillet and heat over medium heat until warm.
Combine eggs with potatoes and stir.
Pour egg potato mixture into skillet and give it a swirl to evenly distribute the potatoes.
Heat over medium heat about 2 minutes until the sides are slightly set.
Move the skillet to the preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until all egg is cooked through.
Test it with a cake tester or toothpick.

All ovens vary, so you can check yours at 15 minutes if you wish.

Let the omelet cool while you prepare the bread.

For the bread we used:
Half a loaf of French bread and enough olive oil to brush onto the slices of bread.
Can of Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes ~~ Petite diced tomatoes would be better, but  I couldn't find them.


Slice French bread into slices about 3/4 inch thick.  Place bread on a baking sheet~~ I used a Pampered Chef bar pan.
Brush bread slices with olive oil.
Cook in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes.

Let each person spoon diced tomatoes onto their bread if they wish.

After the bread is done, cut the Spanish omelet into little squares and put 4 - 5 squares on each person's plate.

We served our Spanish omelet and Crusty bread with roasted asparagus and sparkling mineral water.  The kids were NOT a fan of the sparkling mineral water!  More for me.

I also spiced up some plain black olives and manzanilla olives with a drizzle of olive oil, the juice from half a lemon, 2 minced cloves of garlic, some black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and put those in a little bowl on the table, along with a bread basket and the leftover asparagus and omelet so that we could easily get more.

My kids really liked the Spanish-style omelet and got seconds.   I believe they would like me to make it again.  It was a fun, easy way to show them how we ate while we were in Europe.

Have you ever had a Spanish omelet cooked this way?






Thursday, September 29, 2016

Happy National Coffee Day

Does anyone else find it funny that National Coffee day follows National Drink Beer Day?  Ha!

As with yesterday, I'll be showing some of the coffees that we had while we were in Europe.  When we were in Switzerland, we actually had a coffee machine that was built into the cabinets.  It was pretty cool.  I didn't actually get a picture of it.  We actually ran out of coffee beans while we were there and tried to buy coffee at the Co-op, but got the wrong thing.  We thought we were buying beans but ended up with some kind of K Cup things.  We ended up having to open up the K Cups and use a French Press to make our coffee the last day we were in Switzerland.  The picture below was from when the machine was still working and we weren't in a rush to get out of town!  The top peaks were finally beginning to peak through.  We had clouds and rain for the first couple days.  The blue skies were a welcome sight!
Here are some more pics of our European coffee adventures!

My hubby was not a big fan of European coffee.  I read in a book that Europeans drink small amounts of really good coffee as opposed to the HUGE proportions that Americans drink.  I think it's cute the way every cup of coffee we got had a little sugar packet and a little treat.  I will definitely miss the cute little cups of strong coffee.

The cute presentation makes me want to break out my small cups and saucers!  

Happy National Coffee Day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Happy National Drink Beer Day!

It's funny to me to make a post about "National" Drink Beer day when these pictures are all from Europe.  We tried to drink the local beers and wine when we were there.  I never did drink the one popular French beer, because I've had it before at one of our Disney Parties. 

We were really, really tired by this point.  I think this was on our first day in Switzerland.  It had been a long 36 hours or so already.  This beer is Rugenbrau, which seems to be the most popular beer in Switzerland.  It was the beer that was on all the signs at most pubs and restaurants. 


This is one that we were drinking when were in Horner's Pub in Lauterbrunnen.  Horner's Pub was home base for all of the BASE jumpers when we were there. I have no idea where this one originates.

This is the Heineken that I drank while I was waiting for the more adventurous (everyone but me) people at the Canyoning Park.  
We had a couple nights in Barcelona before we left Europe.  I believe we had a beer that was native to the Catalunya region while we were watching the fireworks for the La Merce festival.  
I had several other types of beers while we were in Europe, but didn't get images of them all.  I had to rely on my little digital camera.  It seems that most phone cameras are better than my digital camera now, but it's what I had with me.  My phone wouldn't work in Europe while we were there, so I left it with parents in case anyone tried to get in touch with me while we were gone.  Figured it would make things easier for all of us!

What beer are you going to drink today on National Drink Beer Day?
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