Curious Which Recipe I Chose For Our 1 Year International Food Challenge Celebration?


August 31, 2014 by Joanne T Ferguson

Spanish-tortillaCurious Which Recipe I Chose For Our 1 Year International Food Challenge Celebration?

I am and I already know which recipe I chose!

First of all, Happy 1 Year Anniversary to um, well, The International Food Challenge Group which includes me!

IFCIFC-Anniversary-photo                                        Photo Courtesy of Saraswathi

For those who have been following the series, would know The International Food Challenges are a joint effort of sharing passions for all world cuisines started by Sara from Sara’s Yummy Bites and Shobana from Kitchen Secrets and Snippets.

Over the year, we bid goodbye to Shobana who had other commitments, but we still continue “as an enthusiastic group” monthly and it continues to be fun in learning about all world cuisines.

This month’s challenge is a little different as Saraswathi highlighted two recipes from each month this year and we could choose a recipe that we may have missed and wanted to make; what a great idea!

Before I describe the particular recipe, any yearly celebration is always nostalgic for me and as such, like on New Year’s Eve, we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new, but not before reminiscing about some of the highlights the whole year through!

International Food Challenge Japan – Hokkaido Challenge “rung in the year” with Shazia Wahid from Cutchi Kitchen hosting and providing the suggested recipes.

I LOVED creating Hokkaido Milk Bread using Tangzhong as it was a “technique” I had never previous done and it was fun!

In March I asked Are Your Curious About This Month’s International Food Challenge – Persian Cuisine? thanks to host Savitha Ramesh from Savitha’s Kitchen.

I LOVE Persian food and really enjoyed making Joojeh Kabab – Persian Grill Saffron Chicken!

Let’s not forget the month I hosted and asked all Would You Like To Be California Dreaming? with my Croque Monsieur!

There was A LOT of cheese YUM going on there!

With a food nickname like FANG, I think I LOVE all world cuisines!

I was excited when I asked Are You Curious About Thai Cuisine? as if I close my eyes, I can still smell the wonderful, aromatic, hot and spicy flavors of Northern Thai Chicken Curry with Homemade Spice and Curry Paste.

Lastly, one of my earlier challenges included Chinese Cuisine – Cantonese Region where I enjoyed making Joanna’s Vegetable Wonton Soup and Scallion Pancakes!

Not only are the monthly International Food Challenges, fun, but we all get to learn more about someone’s country and cuisine!

As I have been feeling “happy and peppy” lately for a variety of reasons, today I thought I could go for a bit of Olé!

When I saw Pavani’s Andalusian Courgette Tortilla (Zucchini Omlet) at Cook’s Hideout, I knew it was “the one” today for me!

I would also like to thank Sharanya from NotJustTheCakes for hosting “a few Andalusian Cuisines.”

For those who may not be familiar with Andalusia, it is Spain’s “second largest Autonomous Region” and is located at the south of the Iberian Peninsula (peninsula located in southwest Europe occupied by Portugal and Spain.)

Andalusia-map                               Image Courtesy of Roused to Mediocrity

Did you know Andalusia comes from an Arabic word Al-Andalus which means “to be green at the end of summer?”

I didn’t know, so we learned something new together today!

Most people would associate Andalusia with the Pure Spanish Horse called the Andalusian, as it is a remarkable creature!

Throughout the centuries, is has been known as “a war horse” (for its ability and bravery) and one which is “prized by nobility.”

Let’s get onto the cuisine, eh?

Andalusian cuisine is quite varied and “is simple and tasty.”

Did you know the three most important native Andalusian ingredients are garlic, olive oil and wine with the most widely used herbs such as thyme, parsley and fennel to name a few?

Most Andalusian recipes are handed down from generation to generation with the flavors and aromas influenced by the sea, the land, the mountains, olive oil and wine!

Today, I chose an Andalusian Courgette Tortilla because I enjoy foods and recipes for their “ease and simplicity!”

I slightly adapted Pavani’s recipe as wanted to use what I had on hand as minimizing food wastage is my passion.

Have you ever heard or tried White Courgettes aka zucchini before?

Neither had I!

White-zucchini-vegetable Zucchini-white
I then thought Spanish red onions would be nice with this!

Joanna's Andalusian Zucchini Tortilla
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#easy #entertaining #tortilla #egg #zucchini #Spanish #onion #breakfast
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2 - 4
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced,
  • ½ Spanish red onion, fine diced
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced (see Notes)
  1. Prepare red onion,garlic and zucchini; set aside.
  2. In small bowl, beat eggs and cream until combined; set aside.
  3. Heat pan - medium-low heat, then add 1 tablespoon oil; saute zucchini until edges look crispy; about 1½ minutes each side; remove, set aside.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; saute onions and garlic until onions are soft and translucent; about 4 minutes.
  5. Lower heat to low, add zucchini and pour egg mixture over top; cook until bottom is settled. (See Notes)
  6. Flip tortilla onto a plate and place back into the pan until tortilla is done and fully set.
  7. Enjoy!
If white zucchini are not available, fee free to substitute for green.
I place a dinner plate over the pan and checked after about 2 minutes, moving areas cooked omelet to allow the running egg to get absorbed.

I really enjoyed this today and it could not have been a more perfect recipe to choose to celebrate the, um, well, International Food Group’s 1st Anniversary, which includes me!

Are you curious like me where the zucchini is?

I diced some cooked zucchini over the top, but then I just had to give you this view!

Are you a fan of Andalusian Cuisine?

Will you now try Andalusian Cuisine inspired by me?

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37 thoughts on “Curious Which Recipe I Chose For Our 1 Year International Food Challenge Celebration?

  1. That milk break looks good. I’ve never heard of milk bread before, but now I am intrigued.

  2. The Persian Grilled Saffron Chicken looks like something I would like to try – I just love the color. The cooking challenges seem like a lot of fun. I wish I didn’t have so many commitments because I wouldn’t mind doing something like this. The Zucchini Tortilla looks delicious!

  3. Rally L.C. says:

    WOW Joanne, you left me speachless here (not to mention mouth watering!)! All I could think of if that I need to tell you to go Master Chef, you are beyound talented. I really like your pick, I love zucchini very much, my late grandmother she used to make an amazing zucchini soup and I tried to perfect her recipe over the years. Now I am gonna try yours too.

  4. Tiffany C. says:

    What a great choice! I have some zucchini growing in my backyard garden and I think I’ll try to make this after I pick them. I’ve enjoyed following your food challenge. Now I want to eat!

  5. I am trying to incorporate more vegetables in our diet, and zucchini is one of those veggies that we do actually enjoy eating. I usually slice it up real thin and saute it in a pan, however this idea is so much more creative. I think we would love it!

  6. Michelle Hwee says:

    All of these foods look amazingg!! My cousins’ grandma is from Spain so I have definitely got a taste for their food! I’m not so picky so I would definitely try out any of these 🙂 My brother on the other hand won’t touch any veggies so I’d have to alter it a bit for him. Thanks for sharing this fun post!

  7. Nicci says:

    Wow. All those items look so interesting to try, but I think I need to upgrade my palate first! I can be a wimp when it comes to trying to new foods, but I’m slowly getting there. I had scallops for the first time last month! I would love to visit Andalusia sometime, thanks for sharing your inspired recipe.

  8. I love seeing what you make with this club!! The recipes always turn out amazing and look so delicious. This recipe sounds delicious and looks amazing, would be great to whip for a quick dinner

  9. Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper says:

    Oh yummy! This looks amazing! I am a huge zucchini fan and always looking for new ways to prepare it and eat. Can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. ascendingbutterfly says:

    I am a foodie and my favorite thing about travel is sampling the local cuisine! I am always surprised how many times chefs at the restaurants and hotels are willing to share their recipes! Thanks for sharing this Andalusian Zucchini Tortilla I look forward to making it! 🙂

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  11. Your International Food Challenge Group sounds like great fun and you sure have tried some delicious recipes, Joanne. I had never heard of white zucchini before – it sounds really interesting. Love your Zucchini Tortilla recipe and I enjoyed learning more about Andalusia too! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned and will tweet 🙂

  12. Kimberly says:

    Looks incredible! Pinned. Hugs! Lou Lou Girls

  13. Looks delicious! I love to make “breakfast for dinner” so I will definitely be pinning this one.

  14. Diane Ugo says:

    All that food is making my mouth water, especially the Croque Monsieur.

  15. saras says:

    Woow Joanne, I really enjoyed the way you Presented this post..Thanks being wit j us .

  16. glamorous glutton says:

    Your International Food Challenge looks great and really fun to do. I love the look of your Tortilla, I bet it was delicious. GG

  17. Well you learn something new every day-thanks Joanne! 😀

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