Saturday, July 5, 2014

Anna Sultana’s Sweet Frittata

Last weekend Paul and I saw the movie Morning Glory.
The weather wasn’t exactly the best for any outdoor activities.
It seems to be one of those summers where it rains every weekend.
Things could be worse.

The movie is a light comedy.
Rachel McAdams has to deal with grumpy serious news journalist Harrison Ford.
He's a Walter Cronkite type.
Well, it’s been a few years since Harrison was flying around in Star Wars.

When Diane Keaton tells Harrison that NBC wants Rachel because she’s done such a good job handling him, Harrison goes to the studio kitchen and shows the viewers how to make a good frittata. 
During her job interview Rachel sees the show, is touched and returns to her job.
Like I said, it's a light comedy, and not supposed to make too much sense.

Back to the frittata…
As Harrison’s character explained, frittata is an egg-based dish, enriched with meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta.
It’s an omelette with enough stuff in it that it could be served as a complete meal.

If you’re curious, here’s a recipe for Ma’s regular Frittatas.

Yeah, well, there’s more than one way to make a frittata.
My Ma used to make a light dessert out of cream of wheat.
You know how it is… you buy a few bags of oatmeal and such at the beginning of winter, planning to start the day with a good hot meal.
The kids ask for their favourite cold cereals.
Suddenly it’s April and the bags are still sitting there, untouched.
Time to cook up plan B.

I don’t know if Sweet Frittata is the right word for these things.
But that’s what Ma called them.
And they’re good.
Even when it’s not April.

                        Sweet Frittata

Serves 8 

Peel the zest from
2 lemons
Chop finely. 

Place in a large pot
3 1/4 Cups milk
3/4 Cup farina
Pinch of salt
Stirring constantly, bring to a slow boil.

Just before it begins to thicken add
1/4 Cup sugar
the finely chopped lemon zest
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Stir until the mixture becomes thick enough to spread.
Pour into a 8 inch square pan.
Put the pan into the refrigerator.
Allow it to cool and harden enough to be able to cut into pieces.
When firm, cut into squares about 2 inches long.

In a small bowl place
2 Eggs
1 Tablespoon water
Beat together.

Place in a small plate
1/2 Cup bread crumbs
Dip the squares into the eggs and then in the bread crumbs.
Set aside 5 minutes so the crumbs will stick better.

Place in a fry pan
4 Tablespoons butter, or oil
Heat over medium heat.
Fry the squares on both sides till golden.

Before serving dust with
Confectioner’s sugar (optional)

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