Plaiting the Abruzzo Sun; a Frittata Recipe With the Remains

una treccia

It’s pick and plait time here in Abruzzo at the moment, with onions and garlic becoming works of art as our neighbours trim their roots and string them together ready to lend some flavours in the deep mid-winter.

Italia Trimming Her Garlic

In the heat of the hot summer sun it’s hard to think let alone care about a hard cold winter so far away, but for anyone who has access to fresh garlic or freshly harvested onions and who is looking for a light fast dinner that is just perfect with a wild spinach salad, here’s a tip from my ever-wonderful neighbour Italia, who I have to say is one of the best cooks I know.  Typically Abruzzese it ensures that nothing goes to waste and makes the most of eggs fresh from their own hens (which it seems  everyone in my village sensibly keeps); who’d want to endure a supermarket egg either for taste or on their conscience!

Italia on Treccia Day

Not all of the green leaves from the garlic or onion are used for plaiting (una treccia) and those that are trimmed and remain can be used make the base for the sweetest light frittata (omelette).  Simply finely chop the leaves from what appears to be the stem from ideally a mixture of these two bulbs – allow the leaves from 2 onions and 1 garlic per person.  Fry gently in a glug of virgin olive oil and pour in 2 beaten eggs per person with a little salt & pepper to create a frittata  – it should take about 2 mins cooking time.  This is wonderful served with some Abruzzese Olio Santo (chillies in Olive oil).

The beginnings of a Treccia

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Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 12 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance SEO food and travel copywriter and EFL teacher. She is the founder of the Life In Abruzzo Cultural Association, co-founder of Let's Blog Abruzzo. she is the founder of the 'English in the Woods' initiative, teaching English outdoors in a forest style school.


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