THE ORANGE TRADITION: ADDING COLOR AND TASTE TO THE CLASSIC FRITTATA

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
THE ORANGE TRADITION

THE ORANGE: ADDING COLOR AND TASTE TO THE CLASSIC FRITTATA

An oranges left in the toe of a Christmas stocking is a traditional homage to St. Nicholas.  Shelled nuts are found there too. The story goes that the patron saint took mercy on a struggling father of three young girls who simply had nothing to give for wedding dowries. Those were the times when you had to sell a girl to a man.  It has been payback ever since.  One quiet winter night, Old Saint Nick climbed to the chimney of the house and dropped golden coins down the chute. They fell into one of the girl’s stockings that was hung to dry. Overtime oranges came to symbolize the golden coins and the european act of gift giving on Christmas was reinforced.

I say Eat, Drink & Be Merry during the holiday and ORANGAH glad it wasn’t a bananna

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KNOCK KNOC
whot’s there?
ORANGE
organge who?
ORANG-AH GLAD I DIDN’T SAY BANANNA?


FRITTATA:

Maple-glazed Turkey Bacon, Eggs, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic, Heavy Cream, Fig Jam, Walnut Oil, Salt & Pepper, Grated Cheese

Frittata’s come from Italy. It’s an umbrella term for a hearty recipe that combines vegetables, meat and dairy together in an oven to cook. All combinations can work which opens the door for creativity and customization. It’s music to my ears frankly that sounds a little like jingle bell rock.  For this recipe I pulled on seasonal inspirations that highlighted oranges and walnuts.

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FRY BABY
COOK ELEMENTS LAYER BY LAYER

TIP #1 LAYER INGREDIENT IN FRY PAN

Start with the base and build. I start most things I cook with onions and garlic in a fry pan.  Your choice here is to fry in animal or plant fat. In the rare occasion you want both, balance is essential. I used lean turkey bacon and walnut oil.  A lean protein won’t overpower a counter nut-based protein. Full disclosure, I may not have explained that right.

“The fact is, what sets humans apart is our diets of meat and vegetables. We have access to millions of combinations of nourishment. I say that in graditude.”–Samantha Knapp  

Once you get the base, you can layer on top. Potatoes and cheese are staple component of traditional frittatas. So is  rustic frittatas. I also added tomatoes and squeezed oranges for citrus freshness. Feel free to get creative.

Creative people layer. Josh Hutcherson who stars in the Hunger Games Trilogy said, “I’m all about flannels and layers, sot that’s pretty much what I rock.” I like him.

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KNOCK KNOCK
who’s there
ORANGE
orange who?
ORGANG-AH GLAD I DIDN’T SAY EGG?

TIP #2 WHIP EGGS

He’s cute and successful and so is this next technique. Crack the eggs  and cream then whip with game strengh.   Hopefully, you don’t have to hunt for them. We are a stretch of the timeline from easter in telling this Christmas tale.

In the Hunger Games, Katniss hunts. It saves her life and leads to a revolution. Consumers are mad for the idea that hope triumphs fear. Opening weekend at the box office according to FOXNEWS.COM brought in 152.5 million in 2012. The sequel Catching Fire was the biggest November debut in the history of the world with 161 million in sales. Power in numbers my friends celebrating the freedom of democracy where government with out the support of the people is weak.

“It must be very fragile, if a handful of berries can bring it down.” ― Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire

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FOLD LAYERS
INTO BAKING DISH

TIGER LILY’S TIP #3 COMBINE IN OVEN SAFE DISH

Here’s where the two meet. The perfect human diet is based on one that you cook for yourself. If for only the argument that you have control of how the food is stored, prepared, spiced and cooked. Cooking these proteins together results in a healthy, well balanced meal.  In the acclaimed film documentary baring the same name, CJ Hunt argues the perfect human diet should be high in animal fat.  Highly refined sugars he says are behind the obesity epedemic.

Have fun with it. Grate cheese.

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GRATE CHEESE
BAKE 20 MINUTES at 350 DEGREES

TIP #5 GRATE CHEESE AND BAKE

Complete, place into the oven and bake for twenty minutes at 350 degrees.  If you’re like me and don’t cook by the clock, watch for the top to golden brown. The Frittata for breakfast is better for you then processed grains, like bread.  That’s the sell for the recipe. It’s one of dozens I do everyday.

For the blog, it goes something like this: Read and log onto my website, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com. Buy one of my creations, hire my creative or any one of the talented members that make up our staff. 

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CATCHING FIRE
HOME COOKING REPLACES FAST FOOD

TIP #6 SERVE IN EXCHANGE OF FAST FOOD

Mc Donald’s took the yoke out of the Egg McMuffin. I am not sure what that’s suppose to mean? When you taste the finished Frittata in my recipe it is light with a juicey citrus taste. I am just putting it out there.

In the love story of Katniss and Peta, he smuggles this starving young survivor a loaf of bread. I can’t say for absolute certain my side on the war of grain against meat. In this case, I would go for the grain. It has a 100% love guarantee. In some cultures love is food and then again in the story of St. Nic food is gold. Live your life wisely and in good nature. Think with your head and act with your heart. When the two are in harmony you will always get 100-percent.

“May the odds be ever in your favor!”

##ONE LOVE

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