Today someone I love very much challenged me to make a new dish. I'd been talking about making brunch, and how much I'd been craving an omelet. I hadn't made one in a while as I was rationing my eggs, and was missing some of my favorite ingredients. I was also frustrated because my last few attempts to make an omelet resulted in a mess that mostly stuck to the pan. This time, I thought I would use my cast iron pan instead of the aluminum one. During this time, I've come to appreciate my cast iron set all over again.
So, my loved one, someone who has a lot of experience with cooking as a former chef, gave me the idea to make a frittata. I'd never eaten one before, but I had a general idea of what it was like. I also assumed that it would be tasty, as I generally like most egg dishes. So while I had no idea what I was getting into, I decided to go to the store and buy some eggs, as the recipe would wipe me out completely.
Now, going outside is a exercise in resilience. The moment I step outside, my stress levels are elevated, and I begin sweating, even though it's only 52 Fahrenheit outside. It doesn't help that I'm breathing through a mask. I decide to take a long walk to a supermarket with two entrances, as it seems less crowded, and I could really use the exercise and Vitamin D. Sadly the market didn't have any butter pecan ice cream, but I got what I came for.
As I arrived home, I could feel the delayed onset of panic that I experienced the last time I went out for groceries, on the 3rd. I reached for the first sort of comfort: my support network. Inexplicably, everyone was away. So instead of allowing myself to unravel, I got to cooking straight away. I chopped up my veggies, I sautéed the vegetables and the meat, and then added the eggs with heavy cream. I let it simmer on the stove top to set partially, then put it into the oven. 20 minutes later, I had a delicious frittata. I sent my loved ones pictures of the food and I felt really happy and proud of what I made, and that I defeated my anxiety demons, so here I am, sharing it with you.