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Operation Jam Jar is all about getting back to basics in the kitchen.

Check out my efforts at cooking from scratch - cakes, soups, biscuits

Learn how to make things that you would normally buy at the supermarket - wraps, ice cream, pizza bases

Try to live a more 'country' lifestyle in the city - making your own jams or relish

Get the skills to enjoy cooking in a thrifty way, and have a bit of fun while you do it

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Lazy girl frittata

I’m always on the lookout for short cuts.  Anything that tastes good and takes the least amount of effort possible will always appeal to me.  So hang onto your hats cause this one is pretty much as simple as it gets.

Check out your fridge and see what needs eating.  You can use anything, seriously, anything.  Maybe you’ve got five tomatoes and a jar of olives?  Or half a bunch of shallots, a bit of celery and a random bit of cheese?  Some leftover crispy bacon and a can of corn?  A sweet potato and a red onion?  All good options! Today I found an eclectic mix - 4 carrots, an onion, a potato and 2 cherry tomatoes.

Chop up the veg that needs cooking so it’s all a similar size (say 1cm cubes), drizzle with olive oil and bake in the oven on 180°C until golden.  In a medium sized frying pan, whisk up 6 eggs.  Add in the veges plus anything else you fancy that you didn’t need to bake (cheese, olives, shallots etc) plus salt and pepper.

Place on the stove over a med-high heat.  After a few minutes you will notice the edges starting to firm up.  When the centre is getting firmer but still a bit runny, place the pan under a med-high grill for about 5 mins or until the top is golden.  Loosen the edges of the frittata and flip out onto a wire rack.  Once cooled, slice up and serve with a side salad.  Also perfect for lunch boxes or picnics.

If you have any favourite recipes for meals that you can make with minimum effort, I’d love to hear from you!

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