The Italian flat omelette, known as a frittata, can be made with all sorts of fillings, from cooked vegetables to leftover pasta. In Basilicata, spicy red chillies are often included, with the addition of pecorino cheese for extra piquancy. Chillies are used liberally in the cooking of this region and are somewhat revered by the locals - a custom that dates from the times when it was believed that they offered protection from epidemic diseases such as the plague and cholera. Heat the olive oil in a wide frying pan. Add the sliced hot chilli and fry over medium heat for 3 minutes. Strain into a large bowl, discarding the chilli and any seeds, and leave the chilli-flavoured oil to cool. Do not wipe the pan clean.
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