La Cuisine Française / La Comida Española

Senior School
8 May 20

Every fortnight the MFL department will be posting two different recipes for you to try out; one from France and one from Spain.  
We would love to see your photos if you try any of the recipes.

Spain – Tortilla Española
This is also called a tortilla de patata or potato omelette.  Fortunately, it does not require special equipment to prepare it. It takes about 20 minutes to prepare and cooks for 20 to 25 minutes. 
•    6 to 7 medium potatoes (peeled)
•    1 whole yellow onion
•    5 to 6 large eggs
•    2 to 3 cups of olive oil (for pan-frying)
•    Salt (to taste)
1.    Slice the peeled potatoes into pieces approximately 1/8-inch thick. 
2.    Peel and chop the onion into 1/4-inch pieces. Put potatoes and onions into a large mixing bowl and mix together. Salt the mixture to taste
3.    In a large, heavy, non-stick frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. 
4.    Carefully place the potato and onion mixture into the frying pan, spreading them evenly over the surface. The oil should almost cover the potatoes.
5.    Leave the mixture in the pan until the potatoes are cooked. Remove the vegetables from the pan with a slotted spoon or spatula. 
6.    Crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl and beat by hand with a whisk or fork. Combine the potato-onion mixture with the eggs. Mix together with a large spoon.
7.    Pour 1 to 2 tbsp. of olive oil into a small, non-stick frying pan (approximately 9 to 10 inches) and heat on medium heat. When hot enough, stir the potato-onion mixture once more in the bowl and pour into the pan, spreading evenly over the pan. You may need to turn heat to medium-low. 
8.    Allow the egg to cook around the edges. Then, using a spatula, carefully lift up one side of the tortilla to check if the egg has slightly browned. The inside of the mixture should not be completely cooked and the egg will still be runny on top and in middle.
9.    When the mixture has browned on the bottom, you are ready to turn it over to cook the other side. Place a large dinner plate (12-inch) upside down over the frying pan to cover the top. With one hand on the frying pan handle and the other on top of the plate to hold it steady, quickly turn the frying pan over and the tortilla will fall onto the plate. 
10.    Place the pan back on the hob and add some oil. Let it warm for 30 seconds and then slide the tortilla (which is probably still a bit runny) into the frying pan.  Cook the tortilla for three to four minutes and then turn off the heat. Leave the tortilla in the pan for two minutes before sliding it onto a plate to serve.

France – Clafoutis
This is a classic French dish that can be made with any type of fruit. It is easy to prepare and tastes delicious.
•    3 large apples
•    3 eggs
•    1 cup of plain flour
•    1 cup of sugar
•    1 cup of milk
•    A few drops of vanilla essence
•    1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
1.    Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2.    Grease a flan dish.
3.    Peel the apples and cut them into thin slices. Place the sliced apple into the flan dish.
4.    Beat the eggs with the sugar until they form a smooth mixture.  Add the flour, vanilla essence, milk and oil and mix well.
5.    Pour the mixture into the dish.
6.    Bake for 30 minutes.