Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tortilla De Patata

Meat and Potatoes?
Meat don't even think about it, unless it is 100% organic, eats only grass and very lean.  If you have cancer you should not consume any animal protein.  There are several reasons why you should not eat the normal supermarket meat.  This meat is fed on corn.  Cows were not designed to eat corn.  They were made to eat grass.  When they eat grass their meat contains Omega-3, good for us humans.  When they consume corn their meat contains Omega-6, bad for us humans.  The corn they consumed Genetically Engineered.  The corn they eat is sprayed with who knows how many harmful pesticides.  And it ain't washed.  Those pesticides do not disappear.  They reside in the beef but mostly in the fat of the beef.  And when we eat that beef with Omega-6, GE's and pesticides we are now storing those harmful elements in our bodies.
Potatoes are yet another story.  First of all, if you do eat them, then they have to be organic, of course.
Here is basically what happens to non-organic potatoes.  Potatoes live under ground as a tuber.  Above the ground there are green leaves that give the potatoes it's energy to grow.  Crop dusters fly over head spraying these plants with harmful pesticides.   Then the plants are watered and this water takes the pesticides down underground where the plumb little potatoes suck up that water with the pesticides in it.  So at home, just washing the potato won't rid it of the pesticides.  Moral of the story, go organic.
Then the question arises if you have cancer should you eat organic potatoes or not.  In the book, (Anticancer, A New Way Of Life), Dr. Servan-Schreiber believes that foods with a high glycemic level should be avoided because cancer feeds on sucrose that the body produces from starch found in foods.  And potatoes usually contain large amounts of starch.  However, in the book, "The Gerson Therapy", they state that potatoes are fine.  Personally I believe potatoes and all starches should be consumed with moderation.  Just as with animal protein.  That's to say, every once in awhile unless you have cancer and are trying to beat it with a anticancer diet I would not eat potatoes or animal protein.
That being said my recipe for today is probably Spain's most common household dish, "Tortilla De Patata"  Again if you have cancer do not eat this dish.  Nor should you eat this dish often.  The spanish Tortilla de Patata is similar to the Italian Frittata.  And I love it!  It is served all over Spain and is one of my favorite dishes here in Spain.

Cook onions until just starting to turn brown

Add potatoes and caramelize 

Strain onions and potatoes well then add to eggs

Pour into a very hot and well oiled skillet

Place plate over top of skillet and flip tortilla onto plate

Then carefully slide tortilla back into same skillet

Let sit for 10 minutes if you can

Breakfast, lunch or dinner

Tortilla De Patata
by Jeff Harter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1/2 hour
Keywords: saute appetizer breakfast side snack potato Spanish

This is Spain's most popular dish amongst the Spanish. It is found all over the country in bars, restaurants and in the homes. Use organic eggs, onions and potatoes as well as olive oil. Buen Provecho
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 Large onions
  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 8 large eggs
  • Salt
  • Place a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes then add the olive oil and heat for 5 minutes. Chop onions into small pieces then add to the oil and cook stirring frequently until they just start to turn brown. Meanwhile, peel and slice potatoes into about the same size as the onion but a tiny bit larger but all about the same size to insure uniformity in cooking. Cook the onions and potatoes until well caramelized. Pre-heat oven to 350 F/180 C. Next, stain onion and potato mixture for about 5 mins. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a large bowl with plenty of salt. Then add the onion and potatoes, mix well and let sit for 5 mins. Heat the skillet again with a generous amount of olive oil. When nice and hot add the egg, onion and potato mixture. Lower the heat and cook for 5 mins then stick in the over for about 5 mins. Take out of oven place a plate over the top and quickly flip over. You have to be quick or else the egg goes everywhere. Once the tortilla is on the plate you gently slide it back into the skillet and cook another 5 mins over low heat then 5 more mins in the over. Take it out of the oven and place the plate over the top again and flip once more. And presto your tortilla is done. Let sit for 10 minutes before devouring.

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