Yesterday Pablo gave us a bucket of eggs. Yes, a bucket. His wife is away and therefore he and his two sons are living on a diet of fried eggs and potatoes. Now, the boys say they are fed up with eggs. Hence the bucket. Real eggs, a mixture of colours and sizes – as brown as chestnuts and white like a sheet of unwritten paper – and smeared with muck. There was a second gift from Pablo, a bunch of fresh garlic. Our eyes lit up as we thought of the culinary delights ahead of us, so wait for a bunch of fresh garlic recipes! It is a beautiful rose pink and smells divine. First, we will eat them the way Pablo cooks them: with huevos rotos, literally ‘broken eggs’. These differ from revueltos, scrambled eggs, in that they are just gently stirred to pierce the yolk, but the yolk and white remain separate rather than blended. This recipe is the throw-it-together kind, inspired part by Pablo and part by the egg and chips we eat occasionally at a restaurant chain called El Sarten de Abuela where huevos rotos con patatas fritas is served in an old fashioned black speckled enamel bowl. Serves 2
4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
Potatoes, peeled and chopped into thick slices
Olive oil for frying
Par-boil the sliced potatoes in a saucepan in lightly salted water until almost tender. Drain. Put the lid back on the pan and give them a good shake to rough up the edges [this gives you more crispy bits].
While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the garlic. Heat some olive oil in a large wide frying pan and gently fry the garlic slices until pale golden and soft when pricked with a sharp knife. Remove from the pan. Break each egg into a separate bowl [in our case, to check for freshness], then share the sliced garlic between the four bowls. In the frying pan, add more oil and then the potatoes. Fry gently, turning the potatoes so they go golden on all sides. When the potatoes are cooked, tip in each egg. Stir gently to break up the yolks, do not over-stir. Once the yolks are cooked, it is ready to serve with a sprinkle of sea salt.
5 to remember
un cubo – a bucket
su esposa/su mujer – his wife
por lo tanto – therefore
una dieta – a diet
estan hartos de [algo/alguien] – they are fed up with [something/someone]