Angelica’s recipes – Ideal Meal on a Budget

12.02.2016 Posted in Red Cooking, Red Writing No Comments

Those who have been following my blog know that I have a book coming out about Angelica Balabanoff at McFarland Publishers in September, The
Strange Comrade Balabanoff: The Life of a Communist Rebel
To celebrate the book launch, for the time being I will dedicate my blog to various themes about Angelica and amongst others her favorite recipes. In point of fact, Angelica did not cook. She was not even interested in food. For the majority of her life she was a vegetarian. Nonetheless, food played an important role in her existence. She used food to fight bourgeois traditions, which was the main battle of her life. My first blog post about Angelica’s recipes was devoted to her favorite food – cheese sandwiches. This one is about the only dish she could make – an omelet. All her life Angelica rented small rooms, moving every two years to a new place. And if the rooms had cooking facilities (which was not always the case), she had a pan to make omelets. I have already made an omelet to honor Angelica in my blog of July 10, 2015. Today’s omelet is not an ordinary one. It is an omelet she used to make when she lived on a low budget in Paris in the 1920s-1930s and when ” An omelet of two eggs beaten with a bit of bread soaked in milk was a royal and rare meal.”

IMG_2811To make it I got: 2 free-range eggs, salt, freshly ground black pepper, 2 slices of bread, a bit of milk, olive oil. I’m not entirely sure how Angelica did it in the 1930s. So my next steps were:

  1. Cracking eggs in a bowl, adding salt, pepper, milk and bread and beating it with a falk; (I’m not sure if she had any pepper but I decided to add it anyhow)
  2. Heating (on a medium heat) a small frying pan;
  3. Dip bread slices into egg mixture one by one;
  4. Fry both sides till slightly golden (I was not sure if I should use butter or fat as I’m not sure Angelica had any. I finally decided to add it to assure the taste.)
  5. Adding egg mixture at the end;
  6. Remove into a serve in a plate;

The final verdict – it surely tastes good though a bit sad if served as a separate meal and needs to be improved with salade and chicken or fish. It helped me to imagine better Angelica’s life during hard times and how difficult it might have been.

To know more about Angelica Balabanoff go to About Angelica.

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