Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kale to The Queen’s Spring Frittata

Mystery Lovers' Kitchen is excited today to welcome Nancy Parra, who gives us a peek at her new series, the Kensington Palace Chef Series.


It’s early summer, but with the farmer’s market in full mode you can still get wonderful fresh ingredients to make this frittata. Hi, I’m Nancy Parra AKA Nell Hampton with a new series out --The Kensington Palace Chef Series. As you might know I love cooking and cozy mysteries. This series is a blast because I get to visit London and learn everything I can about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. My protagonist, Carrie Ann Cole, is an American Chef in London as she takes on the role of personal chef to the young family. This is Carrie Ann’s Kale frittata and one of the fun recipes in the first book of the series, Kale To The Queen.

Ingredients:




8 green onions

1½ cups of cooked peas, fresh or frozen
½ cup fresh spinach or kale
24 small new potatoes
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs of chopped chives, basil and parsley (fresh)
½ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese
10 eggs (large)
¾ cup of heavy whipping cream
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup feta cheese crumbled
3½ oz of thinly sliced pancetta or bacon

Directions:

Cut into quarters and cook new potatoes until tender. Wash green onions and chop. Wash spinach/kale, drain well, wilt it in a pan with a little olive oil.

Melt butter and olive oil in a large (8 inch) oven proof frying pan. Cook the onions until soft. (If you don't have an oven-proof pan, cook the onions on the stove, then mix the ingredients in a baking pan, like this Pyrex one.) Remove the pan from heat and add the peas, wilted spinach/kale and potatoes. Sprinkle with herbs and parmesan cheese.



Whisk together the eggs and cream, and add salt and pepper. (I use ½ tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.) Pour into pan over vegetables. Crumbled the feta over the top. Add pancetta in small twists.



Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until set and golden brown.



Serve immediately. Also makes great leftovers served cold.



About Nancy:

Nancy J Parra AKA Nell Hampton is the author of over 25 published novels which include five mystery series: The Candy Coated Mysteries (Kensington), The Kensington Palace Mystery Series (Crooked Lane), The Wine Country Tours Mystery Series (Crooked Lane), The Gluten-free Baker’s Treat Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime), and The Perfect Proposal Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime).  Her writing has been called witty and her protagonists plucky by reviewers around the world.  Nancy is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. 

Nancy is offering a large-print copy of Kale to the Queen to one lucky winner. Just answer her question "What is your favorite British food?" in a comment below, and be sure to include your email (replace the periods with (dot) to keep things safe).


69 comments:

  1. This can't be bad. Lovely ingredients.

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    1. It is so yummy! Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Scones are my favorite.
    judytucker1947(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love scone, too! Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Looks good! We alway enjoyed a nice potroast and roasted potatoes my grandfather was half English. They always have tea with every meal and break. Veronica vboudreau57@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for commenting. I love pot roast.

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  4. A delightful tea complete with all the cucumber sandwiches and treats. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Isn't tea fun? I wish I grew up with that tradition.

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  5. I love British fish & chips ruthaw_1974@yahoo dot com

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    1. I love fish and chips - they can make them gluten free. Thanks for commenting.

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  6. This looks delicious! Please don't enter me in the contest. I read Kale to the Queen. It was amazing!!

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  7. For savory it would be Fish and chips, for sweet it is Eton Mess.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  8. Scones are always good! And when we were in Scotland I loved Cullen skink ( a seafood soup-yummy!).
    patdupuy@yahoo.com

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  9. I drink tea all year so tea is a must with the authentic tea ans treats such as digestives, sponge cakes and scrumptious sandwiches. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. Fish and chips
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    nlb1050 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. Fish and chips with mushy peas...yum! I could stand some right now. I love the title of this book. Thank you for the entry.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  12. Tea bubble and sqweek clotted cream and fruity scones.Candykennedy45@gmail.com

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  13. Cooked well lamb (as opposed to well done-heavily cooked-lamb). Hm, maybe that's more Irish.
    The series premise is fascinating.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  14. Scones with jam and clotted cream are my very favorite. I also like McVities Digestive Biscuits and Hob Nobs. Thanks so much for visiting Mystery Lovers Kitchen and for the wonderful fittata recipe -- it look scrumptious. I would love to win a large print copy of Kale to the Queen (which I loved) for my Mom. bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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  15. I like fish & chips.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  16. The book and the recipe both sound yummy! Oh, so many faves to choose from, but I'll say Trifle,scones and fish & chips are high on my list. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Kale to the Queen. lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

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  17. The recipe looks delicious! I really like fish and chips and scones. Thank you for the giveaway! crossxjo at hotmail dot com

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  18. Fish and Chips. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  19. I'm excited about the new series! Kensington Palace is a wonderful place! I love shepherds pie, which I enjoyed several times in England. I'm trying to develop the perfect recipe for shepherds pie here at home--still working on it! donnascott@pullman(dot)com

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  20. Fish & Chips, scones and crumpets! Yum!

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  21. Scones is my favorite. lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  22. Yorkshire pudding. Although the version my mom makes is different then the typical British version. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, would love to know the difference. Thanks!

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  23. Love tea and scones even like Christmas fruitcake that it seems most don't like.
    vernagass@gmail.com

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  24. Scones definitely! I'm really looking forward to reading this book, its intriguing!
    kathambre@yahoo.com

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  25. Fish and chips are my favorite.
    Indcindy@gmail(dot)com

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  26. When we went to London having cream tea was my favorite. I wanted to find a tea shop every day. The odd thing I took home was a love for cheese and pickle sandwiches. I still make them for myself! Cindy226@gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, yum, cheese and pickle sandwiches sound good!

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  27. Fish and chips and scones are my favorite British foods.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Scones without a doubt! Casmith79@aol(dot)com

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  29. Do scones and tea count? Looking forward to reading Kale to the Queen. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  30. Looks like some interesting reads. Nice recipe. My favorite dish is pasties. Next is Bubble and Squeak. Then Shepherds Pie. The first time I was introduced to a Bubble and Squeak I thought they were joking. While I was there I was invited to Penny Lane to get 'four and fish'. I again thought they were joking. First I learned Penny Lane was real place. Not just the title to a song. One and only time I ever went to England. It was to meet the other half of my family. I was encouraged to stay with them and not at the hotel. So I was able to stay a bit longer and we had a really great time. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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  31. Yorkshire pudding and lamb. My father was 100% British and some day I hope to visit family there.
    Thanks for the chance.
    lady(dot)janel(at)hotmail(com)

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  33. Bangers and Mash (but I am also of Scottish descent)

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  34. I hope that tea on its own counts because I can't think of anything else I've had that is considered "British". Thank you for the chance to win. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. fish and chips are the hubby's favorite, scones are mine. Thanks for the chance to read your book.

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  36. I love fish and chips and some of the candies and "biscuits" (cookies). Not sure I could handle beans for breakfast though, lol. Would love to win a copy!
    kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  37. I love love love good fish and chips,
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  38. Fish & chips are at the top of my list. I love all your series so thanks for the chance to win this new one. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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