When we saw that there was a Bulgarian dish called ‘Mish Mash’, our first thought was, ‘A dish with ‘mash’ in the title! WE MUST MAKE THIS.’
Our second thought, upon reading the recipe, was that we couldn’t quite figure out how this ‘Bulgarian omelette’ designed to feed four could only have three eggs, yet also contain three peppers, three tomatoes and nearly a whole packet of feta cheese. This was like no omelette we’d ever made before, and we weren’t sure whether to assume it would actually feed two, rather than four (partly because of there only being three eggs, and partly because we’re a bit piggish), or whether we should halve the recipe to make it a ‘Serves 2’. In the end, we went for the former: partly because three eggs is too difficult to halve, and partly because we’re a bit piggish.
We consulted a number of recipes which were all very similar, the main difference being whether to add the tomatoes and peppers individually or at the same time. We ended up using the following amalgamation:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 red peppers
200g feta cheese
3 eggs, beaten
Small handful of fresh parsley
Salt and pepper
1. Chop all of the vegetables and the feta into small pieces.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion.
3. Reduce heat and add the peppers and tomatoes. Cook until fairly soft, although a little bit of crunch left in the peppers is nice.
4. Stir in the feta, followed by the parsley, eggs and seasoning. Stir until the eggs are cooked and everything is well mixed.
Serves 2-4, depending on how piggish you are
As you can tell, it’s really more scrambled eggs with bits in than a traditional omelette, which is why the quantity of eggs seemed incongruous with the other ingredients. Miranda initially thought that with all that feta cheese, it would be too rich, but it was balanced out nicely by the peppers and tomatoes and actually worked well. Strictly speaking, it would probably have served three better than two, but there wasn’t SO much of it that we felt stuffed afterwards. It was very tasty, although Ash did comment that it got a bit boring having mouthful after mouthful of the same thing for a whole meal. We thought that it might work well as a side dish (a side to sausages, says Ash), in smaller quantities of course! Obvious bonuses of serving it as a main are that it was really quick, really easy, and really cheap: less than £5 for dinner for two.
Greece is next! Miranda in particular is excited about this because now we’re getting into the region of food she really likes. Ash is excited because it might mean we cook stifado. Fun times ahead!