On Thursday this week, after working several 11 hour workdays and going through Presidential election shock I made myself run in the morning and prepared a quick breakfast for several friends, one of which brought eight eggs from her lovely backyard chickens. Sourcing eggs from local sources that I trust is hard and it's one of the many areas I miss about my old job working directly with farmers. While local Co-Ops carry Free Range, the yolks are a pale yellow, indicating they aren't given much access to forage for insects or given vegetable scraps to supplement a feed and grain diet.
To honor (who honors eggs really but you see what I mean) these eight orbs, I made something special that could incorporate the last of some summer produce (my sad final sweet Italian pepper) and the old standbys of winter (spinach, leeks, and garlic). To assemble...
Wash and prep your vegetables. Generally a rough chop of any greens will work (chop them once, turn and chop again cross-wise). Slice one leek's white and light green stem into 1/4" half circles, saving the greens for stock. Dice the pepper. In a medium pan, saute together for four minutes over medium-low heat with a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of local lard or butter or oil. Mince two cloves of garlic and set aside.
Meanwhile, get out your aggression about the election (you like that rhyme?) by whisking the eggs as long as you can stand it. Stir the cooking veggies and go back to whisking your eggs again. Add the spinach and garlic with another tiny pinch of salt and stir for one minute. Whisk those eggs one final time and pour over the vegetables evenly. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan. Cook for 10-15 minutes, occasionally lifting the pan and tilting to move the raw egg from the center to the edges.
Feeling anxious and impatient? Scramble it all together instead.
Grate a bit of Parmesan or other cheese on top if that's what you're into. Cover until melted and center of the frittata looks cooked through. Remove from heat, cut into 2-4 pieces and serve with tortillas or toast or roasted vegetables.
Soak up the vitamins and protein and feel damn good about doing something for your body. You're going to need it to fight for the world you want to live in.