Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spanish Omelette

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is definitely one of the most entertaining books I've read in recent times.

Suspense, intrigue, revenge, love (of books, unrequited love, lost love, first flush of love ), the difficult journey from childhood to adulthood - this page turner has it all.

10 year old Daniel Sempere is introduced by his father to the Cemetery Of Forgotten Books - an old and secret place that houses books that even time seems to have forgotten. This is a place that is not many are privy to and the tradition here is that the first time someone visits the place, he must choose any book he likes and then become its caretaker, so to speak.

Daniel chooses a novel Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax - though this is an author that he, the son of a book shop owner, has never heard of, it seems to him that this book has been waiting all along for him. It is a novel that makes its way to his heart and soon, Daniel is seeking out other works by Carax.

To his dismay and shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every single copy of every novel that Julian Carax has ever written. In fact, the one copy that he has of the Shadow of the Wind seems to be the only one that has survived and someone seems to be intent on getting that from him as well.

Why is this person so keen on destroying Carax's work and who is Julian Carax? Daniel's curiosity is piqued and he starts to find out all he can about the mysterious and elusive Carax. But what starts as simple curiosity of an admirer leads him over the course of the following 10 years to a labyrinth of secrets, lies and revenge. As he delves deeper and deeper into the mystery of Carax's life, Daniel soon realises that he and those closest to him might be in great danger...

There are several food references throughout the book - Fermin Romero de Torres, Daniel's friend and mentor, has a voracious appetite - ham croquettes, brioches with butter, sandwiches, omelettes, chocolates and sugus sweets - he seems to be able to wolf down large quantities of food with great alacrity.....

"Did you hear that?" Fremin suddenly said. "Sounded like a drumroll for a somersault."
"Yours truly's rumblings. Look, I'm suddenly terribly hungry...."

I wanted to make patata bravas but in the end, I was too lazy and ended up with the Spanish Omelette which is something we have pretty regularly at home.

"Would you object to a stop at the bar in Plaza de Sarria to polish off two well-endowed omelette sandwiches, plus trimmings?"

The tortilla de patatas or Spanish omelette - is a typical Spanish dish consisting of an egg omelette with fried potatoes and is one of the most popular tapas in Spain. In fact different regions in Spain have their own ways of making this omelette, here's how I make Spanish Omelette at home.

Spanish Omelette


Eggs - 3
Potato - 1 large
Bell pepper, red - 1/2, chopped
Onion - 1/2, chopped
Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp, chopped
Green Chillies - 2, chopped
Olive oil - 1.5 tbsp
Salt and pepper


Parboil the potato and slice it into circles. Heat oil and fry the potato slices till done.

(Traditionally, raw potatoes are fried in a couple of tablespoons of oil, the idea being that the potatoes should be stewed in the oil - I balk at the idea of using too much oil and so parboil mine).

When the potatoes are nearly done, add the onions and fry them till pink.

As the onions fry, gently beat the eggs and add the remaining ingredients. When the potatoes and the onions are done, transfer them into the eggs in the bowl and mix gently.

Tip the eggs into the pan and cook, covered, on very low heat till done.

Cut into wedges and eat as is or with some salad or bread.

Here's what the other members of the Book Club made:

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  1. Great! I was wondering who will pick up that omelette sandwich reference :)

  2. real thick and nice crusty!!

  3. The novel does sound very interesting! omellete looks good!

  4. The book sounds interesting! The omelette looks delicious :)

  5. Lovely crust layer and so good to have as breakfast!

  6. omelette, my fav , more yummy with veggies inside

  7. the book sounds really interesting. The omelette looks nice nad thick and delicious!

  8. Seems its like complete food with all those ingredients..real yummy

  9. hey AD,
    seems like a great read!
    wow! never made such thick omelettes :) Thanks it's a keeper recipe!

  10. Wow! Omllets ..looks yummy! nice clicks too :)

  11. Hey.. we posted a similar recipe a couple of days ago.. Check it out



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