A SUMMER FRITTATA AND A DEAR HUSBAND

If you read my blog, you know I am all about fresh local ingredients.  Whatever I can not grow myself, we then shop at our local Farmer's Market just down the street.  I live for summer and fresh ingredients - nothing makes me happier.
Lately, much of my work has been Friday through to Sunday which means I miss the Saturday Market.  No way can I miss out on such deliciousness.  Luckily my sweet Dear Husband has been going to the market with list in hand.  This is no easy feat!  You see, my DH works nights - he is a night owl and does his best work at night.  It is just his own personal clock, where as with me, I like early mornings - I am up with the birds.  Most nights he does not go to sleep until 3:00 a.m. so to get up at 9:30 to stand in line at the market by 9:45 is truly to be commended.
Now the story gets interesting.  If you could attend our local Sooke Market on a Saturday a.m. you might get a rude awakening.  You see, many people, many of them elderly, (bless their hearts) are quite brutal - they budge in line and they use their elbows.  They can be surprisingly aggressive!  So my poor DH has to fight off these aggressors not to mention, the farmer's saying "Oh, here comes the guy with "the list". All done with too little sleep and barely awake at that!
Each Saturday after work I ask "so how did it go today"?  Then I proceed to hear about the vigorous work out he survives feigning off the elderly folk. (honestly, the produce is so darn good, I don't blame them!)  He also has to suffer the taunts from the farmers about "the guy with the list".
So then I asked:  "Why are you so willing to go to the market each Saturday, on so little sleep?"  DH responds, "Because I love my wife and she wants me to".  Ahem...Okay...I might "buy" a little bit of that, but honestly?  He is in love with those Red French Fingerling Potatoes.  Just ask his sister and brother - they will tell you.   Maybe I should be jealous....yes, jealous of Red French Fingerling Potatoes....but then on second thought after 23 years, I don't think I have anything to worry about....this was one mighty fine Frittata.
Now here is some majorly organic goodness:
These Farmer's eggs are as Organic as they can possibly be - just laid the day before - love those bright yellow yolks:

Why can't summer be forever????
1-2 Tblsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 organic eggs
3 Tblsp. Milk - we used Soy Milk
7-8 Organic Red Fingerling potatoes - steamed then sliced
3 Patti-pan Zucchini sliced
1 Tblsp. Balsamic Vinegar
big handful of minced fresh Basil
6 slices of Bacon, diced
1 large Shallot, sliced
1 1/2 cup grated aged Cheddar Cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Steam the potatoes, drain and set aside to cool.  Heat up a frying pan on medium heat, and brown the bacon bits.  Then transfer the bacon to a bowl and set aside.  Drain off some of the bacon renderings, and add the sliced cooled potatoes.  Fry about 5 minutes per side or until each side is golden.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In another frying pan add in a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on medium heat.  Add the sliced pattipan zucchini's, season with salt and pepper.  Saute, about 2-3 minutes per side until golden, then add in the basil, and balsamic vinegar.  Remove from the heat and set aside. In another bowl, whisk up the eggs, milk and season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
Once the potatoes are golden, add the squash and shallots over top, then sprinkle in the chopped bacon.
Then sprinkle the grated cheese over top, and pour in the egg milk mixture.
Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, then transfer to the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes until cooked through.
If you can get all of this organic goodness...you will be in heaven!  Thanks DH for being brave enough to face the wee early hours of the a.m. and to fiend off the aggressors - young or old!  🙂

Ina Gawne
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14 comments on “A SUMMER FRITTATA AND A DEAR HUSBAND”

  1. Hi Ina,
    This looks so yummy! One of these days, I will have to make this for my dear hubby. You are a lucky woman to get such a wonderful husband.

  2. Awww, such a sweet tribute to your hubby and what a fantastic looking fritatta, Ina! Those ingredients--and the results when they come together--are totally worth each of your efforts, I'd say. 😉
    Shirley

  3. Waw! That frittata looks divine! Blass you with such a lovely sweethart of one fine husband!
    You are one lucky woman! 🙂 That fritata is a must make too! 🙂
    MMMMMMMMMMMM,..Everything tastes better with bacon & good produce!

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July 30, 2012
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