I’m not sure where August went, but apparently school is back in. Suddenly it’s dark at 8 o’clock, and I’ve put on my wooly socks and hoodie – although I’m strongly resisting turning the furnace back on.
And so we’re shifting gears back to rushed mornings, packed lunches and dinner at a more regular hour than it has been over the summer. But because W turned 13 in August (!!) and is now as tall as me, he’s hungry all the time! Fortunately he can cook, but isn’t always inclined to do so. He can turn out a decent omelet and over-easy egg – his go-to meals or snacks when he wants to cook something himself, but as part of the year-long video series I’ve been doing with the EggcentricTV and the Egg Farmers of Canada, we decided to make frittatas in a jar, in part as a way to deal with the leftovers that always seem to be taking up space in the fridge.
This isn’t a recipe so much as a process — and like the kind of frittata you make in a pan on the stovetop, this can be made with just about anything you can think of: grated or crumbled cheese, bits of cooked meat, fresh herbs, green onions… anything that pairs well with eggs, which is just about everything.
Here’s how you do it: Crack an egg or two into a glass jar, add a drizzle of milk or cream and a pinch of salt and pepper, and some fresh or dried herbs or grated cheese if you like. Stir it up with a fork (or put the lid on and shake it up), then microwave (with the lid off) for 1-2 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the eggs are cooked. To make a jarred frittata, add some leftover chopped meat, potatoes and/or roasted veggies to the mix. This is a great breakfast to grab and go — crack the eggs into the jar, add other ingredients, seal and throw into your bag to bring to work and microwave at the office, or have kids cook their own when they get home from school or in between evening practice, lessons or other events.
And yes — there’s a video! It’s up now on the EggcentricTV app, which you can get free via the iOS App Store or Android Google Play — it takes a minute to download, and there are tons of great videos on there. So you (and your kids!) can go watch me make these, if you’re so inclined. (W refused to participate on camera this time… maybe I can convince him one of these days to demonstrate his omelet technique.)
Happy back to school week, all!