Crafty in the Med

I am here to enjoy meeting other bloggers and to share my love of craft ,mostly crochet, my thoughts and my daily happenings here in Alicante,Spain, my adopted country. I belong to a local choir because singing and music makes me happy. Flea markets and book shops are two of my favourite places to be. I read lots......sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I walk and walk and walk for about 10 months per year during the hot months I swim.

Friday, 24 July 2020

The Real Thing

Mrs Oyster and babe......continues end of post

       How to make the real thing 🍳

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REAL Spanish omelette!  
I emphasis REAL because some people are inclined to add green peppers,carrots,peas,garlic and other bits and call that a Spanish omelette. An authentic Spanish omelette is made up of exactly four ingredients:Potatoes,Onion(optional),eggs and fried in Olive oil.  When you go for Tapas here in a local bar you can choose between Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelette) or Tortilla Española sin cebolla (Spanish omelette without onion) and you will also be asked "caliente o frio?"(hot or cold). Delicious either hot or cold!!

Tortilla Española

Ingredients: Extra-virgen Olive oil, 500 grams Potatoes ,1/4  Onion (optional) ,6 large eggs, salt  for seasoning                      ( 4 servings)

Method: Slice potatoes (wafer thin slices).

I know for a fact Yaya (Little Granny, my MIL) who taught me how to cook Spanish dishes would frown to see these slices...she would be telling me to cut them finer!!!   Sorry Yaya!! xx

Heat oil in pan add & fry potatoes on a medium heat ,add the chopped onions when potatoes start to soften.
Stir every few minutes until potatoes have softened . 
Strain potatoes and set oil to one side.

Whisk eggs into a large bowl ,add potatoes stir well and add salt. Pour a little of the strained oil into a pan Tip potato and egg mix into the pan cook on medium heat shaping the omelette with a wooden spoon into a round. Place a large heat resistant plate over the omelette and flip over pan so omelette slides onto plate ,slide omelette from plate back into pan so the other side gets cooked;continue to press edges inwards to maintain the round shape.
When cooked place plate back on pan and flip over pan & omelette on to plate.

That is a typical Spanish omelette!! 

Some people boil or microwave the potatoes before frying to cut down cooking time ....right....they turn out OK that way ..but....the taste is definitely not the same! You can taste that the potato has been boiled !! .  Yaya (Little Granny), My Spanish Mother-in-law ,would have definitely frowned at that ...I can just hear her now ..... "no tiene idea""  (they have no idea).

Tortilla Española is one of the most practical of dishes. It is a great favourite here to have when you go on a picnic,barbecue, a buffet,children's party,a snack and so on..... 😊

May's make during Lockdown:

             Shhhh!! now......Mama's taking care of her baby!! 

Mrs Oyster and babe



Thanks for calling in!    

  Have a great weekend!!

Stay safe

Amanda x


  1. That looks wonderful Amanda. I had no idea that the omelettes that we have here aren't the same as the "official" Spanish Omelette.
    Mama and Baby oyster are darling too.
    Take care,

    1. Thanks for calling in the UK some very strange concoctions are called Spanish omelettes. The original is quite plain but delicious. A x

  2. I have made them before but I'm afraid that I am guilty of boiling the potatoes first, I didn't think they would soften if I just fried them, I will try it this way next time. I love the cute little oyster and baby. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  3. Hello dear Amanda!
    Your Spanish omelette looks delicious!
    Thank you very much for the recipe!
    Wow! The Mama and Baby oyster are adorable!
    Have a lovely weekend! Stay safe!

    1. Thanks Dimi. Mama and her baby pearl were incredibly easy to make. Do you crochet? x

  4. Hi Amanda, thank you for sharing your true authentic Spanish omelette. Here in the US they add so much spice and peppers that I have never wanted to order one. But your recipe looks like something I'd love. Cute little Oyster! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. I love that little oyster. I'm not very good at hard crochet patterns but I'll look at it and see if I can figure it out! Enjoy your weekend my friend!

  6. I often make an omelette - the thin variety and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, but I will try making a Spanish one. Your photos and instructions are excellent. It looks as if it would make a delicious meal served hot or cold. The crocheted oyster is charming.

  7. That sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe.

    1. It is Mere and quick to make! enjoy your weekend too x


Thank you for your comments. I do read them and try to reply to all as well.Please keep them coming. Amanda :-)