A sorrel story…..with a bit of tomato and egg thrown in.
This weeks fruit and vegetable box was like looking into summer itself, sweet shiny nectarines, apples, sunshine yellow melon, long green courgette, colourful mixed peppers, fresh orange carrots, new potatoes galore, a little paper box of sweet cherry tomatoes and a packet of sorrel.
Sorrel is a herb whose name derives from the French word for sour given its acidic taste. Unlike more popular culinary herbs such as mint, basil, rosemary and thyme it is rarely to be found in local supermarkets. Once a very popular ingredient in stews, soups and salads sorrel fell out of favour with cooks for a very long time and is even considered by some to be a weed to be tossed into the composter. Thankfully sorrel is becoming more readily available via local producers and independent health shops. Sorrel should not be eaten in any great quantity due to its mild toxicity but in small amounts it’s lemony flavours add a welcome burst of flavour to all manner of dishes, particularly egg and fish dishes.
For this dish only small amounts tomato, sorrel and (if using) cottage cheese are required due to their natural tanginess which are balanced out by the rich egg yolks and the sea salt.
Tomato and Sorrel Omelette
- 3 cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 3 sorrel leaves, finely sliced
- 2 free range eggs
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- (Optional), desert spoon of cottage cheese or creme fruit
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together, ensuring the egg yolks and white are well beaten. Heat a small amount of butter or oil in a non stick frying pan and add the egg mixture. Twist the pan carefully around to ensure an even covering of the mixture in the pan to enable the omelette to cook evenly.
As the omelette cooks it will begin to lift from the pan enabling you to fold it in half and turn it. This should only take a few moments. Carefully lift the omelette from the pan and serve. If it breaks up, why worry? A dish packed with all these flavours won’t fail to taste amazing. Delicious served with freshly sliced avocado.