Spanish potato and chorizo tortilla

Living in a household where both humans can get pretty busy for weeks at a time (and the cats are useless at cooking), getting a slow cooker has been a life-saver. Rather than surviving on quick meals and take-outs during these times (think: production week), just a little bit of effort produced delicious and comforting meals, sometimes prepped at 11pm and cooking overnight. This was especially the case when making breakfast food that you can eat at any time, such as this Spanish tortilla and variations of it. You’ll always need between 6-8 eggs to start with, then add 2-3 other ingredients making sure to avoid food that produces too much moisture (e.g. mushrooms) if you’re planning to make the omelette / frittata last a few days. Once you’ve made this, you’ll have a handy snack to have as breakfast, or to stick into a wrap or pita bread, or for example chopped up and added to some greens, and consumed cold or heated up.

For this recipe I used:

  • 8 eggs
  • 2 small wild boar sausages, chopped into small cubes
  • 8 baby potatoes, chopped into small cubes
  • 80g chopped jalapeno cheddar
  • ground pepper to taste

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(I avoid adding salt to uncooked eggs as it tends to bring the water out of them, but that is a personal choice, you can add salt after it is cooked)

Other times I’ve replaced the potatoes/sausage combo (since chopping potatoes can be the most time-consuming part of the process) with sliced courgettes/sweetcorn/bacon or even finely chopped broccoli.

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To make the cleaning time quicker, you may want to line your slow cooker with a baking sheet as so, cutting off the excess before covering with the lid:

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Putting the whole thing together is easy: just whisk the eggs before adding your other ingredients. Then place in your slow cooker and even the top out with a spoon. Set your cooker on low heat for 8 hours and wake up to a delicious breakfast.

Please leave comments with other ideas for making frittata !


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You will need:

  • 200g cooked chickpeas (or canned, drained)
  • 1 cup spinach, cooked or if using frozen, defrosted
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • zest of 1 lime
  • reserve a couple of lime wedges before squeezing (to serve)
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

Fry the onion gently in olive oil for 3-5 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and turmeric and stir. Keep the heat on low so as not to burn the garlic. Add the chickpeas and continue stirring to coat the chickpeas in turmeric. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the spinach and lime zest. Mix the spinach in and cook for a further 2 minutes until heated.

Remove from the heat before adding the lime juice and some salt to taste. Stir and serve hot with a couple of small lime wedges.


Once you try making this and realise how quick and easy (and cheap) it is to make your own mayo, where you know exactly what went inside, you may never buy another jar of mayo again. I like to put some curry in mine, but you may want to use mustard instead. It’s rather important to have an immersion blender and to use a container that is approximately the width of your blender, so there isn’t too much space at the side. You may use a regular blender, but in that case you will need to double the ingredients.

I’m using aquafaba in this video, that is the liquid found with chickpeas that are purchased in a can or carton (not the dried variety of course) that you usually probably chuck out as I did before discovering I could use it in recipes as a substitute for eggs!

If you prefer, you can use a large raw egg instead of the aquafaba, and in that case be sure to refrigerate as soon as possible, and throw it out within a few days and up to a week. Avoid giving to pregnant women. The version with aquafaba is vegan.

So, for the demonstration above, I used:

  • 4 tablespoons aquafaba
  • 2/3 glass vegetable oil (olive oil will have too strong a flavour, so it’s best to use sunflower or other similar oil)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot curry powder
  • pinch of salt

Whizz for half a minute, twisting the blender around slightly to incorporate all the ingredients. Cover and refrigerate when not in use.