7 March 2006

self portrait Tuesday


I haven’t looked up the theme of this month’s self portrait Tuesday, but I was taking photos of our view, as is my wont lately, turned around and caught sight of myself (always an unnerving experience) as clearly as if in a mirror.

I like how the view of the hills is behind me, and if you look closely you can see all my books (well, some of my books ...) on the shelves in the house. Kind of sums up me at the moment.

You can also see the dining table.
So here’s a recipe.

Ten Minute Tortilla

3 large potatoes, steamed in their jackets
several good slurps of olive oil
6 or 7 eggs
salt & pepper
grated cheeses (cheddar and parmesan)

Slice the cooked potatoes into rounds of about 1/4 inch or 5mm thickness. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan and cook the potatoes for a few minutes. Turn the heat to low and add the beaten eggs, salt and pepper. Cook gently until the bottom is done, sprinkle the cheeses on top and finish under a hot grill until golden. Cut into wedges and serve with a green salad. It’s great served cold for lunch the next day too.

That’s the basic recipe. I usually add onion, and the odd vegetable such as grated zucchini or finely diced broccoli. Sliced tomatoes are nice too, added on top with the cheese. But it’s great and very simple just with the potato.

PS. I am destined not to see Brokeback Mountain. Last night was the second attempt … the first time it was sold out and we had to see Broken Flowers, in which Bill Murray steps straight off the set of Lost in Translation and onto that of Broken Flowers without breaking stride or facial expression. Last night due to unforeseen events we ended up seeing the new Woody Allen movie Match Point, or, Woody goes to London, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ lips and Scarlett Johanssen’s breasts. I quite enjoyed it, especially as Rupert Penry-Jones has a small walk-on part, and oh Jane, I might have to arm wrestle you for him.


Kim said...

My GOD your windows are clean. Forget books or views, that glass is shiny shiny shiny.

If i get to the movies sometime before 2010 I'll be tickled pink. I am desperate to see the new Woody Allen movie, but Scarlett kinda annoys me.

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

You see how we complement each other Kim? I quite like Scarlett, especially with a pearl earring, but Woody Allen just shits me to tears.

But back to you, Suse. Love the pic. Sorry you missed Brokeback because I WAS kind of RELYING on you for a review -but no pressure, honestly, it's F.I.N.E.

Oh-oh. I think hormones just kicked in...Yadza.

blackbird said...

thank you.
now I have something lovely to stare at in the event that you don't post for a couple of days...and I don't mean the hills.

I am not seeing Brokeback Mountain.
Something happens to me when too many people yap at me about a film --

As they become more insistant, I become more resistant - and, now?
I have completely talked myself out of it.

The other day someone said, OH YOU HAVE TO -how else will your children know about gay relationships?!
and I said, UUUUUUUHHHHHHH, I guess from our friends D and D, who have been married longer than I have?

hmmm, have I gone on a bit?
I think I will go look at you again.

SueeeuS said...

Stunning. You, your views, your home. All.

I don't get Woody Allen. His humor and style is lost on me.

Beth said...

Oh it does look warm there. I'm still under a blanket of snow here in Buffalo! Gorgeous view, gorgeous windows - I'm utterly jealous.

--erica said...

the sunshine looks lovely! love the spt! This month is another difficult one :(

I'm going to try your recipe this week too! thanks for sharing.

capello said...

Thanks for the receipe!

I have celiac disease and the 10-minute tortilla sounds like a good replacement for quish. Because I love quish and can't have any now.

So, thanks!

(also? those windows? and your view? makes me totally jealous)

telfair said...

That's a great picture.
I was absorbed in examining your red Mary Janes which I've read rave reviews about (they deserve every compliment.)

Also still laughing at your friend Bec's comment about Woody Allen. "...just shits me to tears." I can't think of any better way to describe my relationship with Woody Allen films.

Can't wait to try the recipe...was it a "slurp" of olive oil? Or a "glug?" Now I need to go back to your post and check.

herhimnbryn said...

What a smashing pic. Australian scenery and such sparkling windows m'dear!

lk said...

Heavens, your windows are clean!
I can't even imagine having windows that sparkle! With a three year old who likes to write with spit, I can't even keep the tv screen clean. And, really, you are so lovely! It looks so warm and wonderful... grey skies and bluster here where winter isn't finished yet....

doubleknot said...

Wonderful picture and wonderful view. I can just make out your bookcase also.
With so many people saying they weren't going to see Broke Back Mountain and so close lipped about the subject matter it took my daughter to tell me about it in one of her book reviews. Now all I have to do is wait till it comes out on DVD - can't stand indoor movies anymore - too loud and too crowed.
Sorry I just can't stand Woody Allen and don't get his humor so I just ignore him.

Jane said...

I may let you have him in return for Heath or Jake. I read the screenplay of BB Mountain yesterday - excellent. Third time lucky for you, maybe?

dani said...

that view is to die for! and so is your house - i love these windows and the high ones at the back of the room and you look cute too!

Lazy cow said...

Now, you say that you are short but you look so tall in this picture (and some others). See, I'm commenting on old posts now :-)