Fried aubergine and egg toast

Fried aubergine and egg toast

Here is my little twist on fried eggs. And it is egg-cellent! Ridiculously tasty!
Have those for breakfast, brunch or light supper for 2.

Fried aubergine and egg toast

Serves 2

Ingredients:

brown bread, 2 slices, toasted
aubergine, 4 thick ish slices
2 large eggs
1 tsp capers
2 handfuls of green salad leaves of your choice
2-4 tbsp lemon infused rapeseed oil
salt
black pepper, freshly ground

Heat lemon infused oil in a medium sized frying pan. Fry aubergine slices for 2-3 minutes on one side than flip over and fry for further 2-3 minutes, till lightly browned. Set aside on a warm plate.

Crack eggs into a pan and fry, 2-3 minutes, until whites are set. Season with salt and pepper. If you like your eggs over-easy, flip them partway through cooking once the bottom has set.

And now time for a crafty arrangement!

Place salad leaves on the toasted bread, then warm aubergine (2 on each slice of bread) and fried egg. Scatter capers and voila!
All ready to …indulge!

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Fried Eggs With Samphire

Fried Egg With Samphire

Weekend is approaching so why not to treat yourself to a nice breakfast. Fried eggs with a little twist. Samphire! ! ! Quite new to me! Somehow exotic! Trust me …simply delicious!
And all nicely done in 5-10 minutes! How does it sounds?

Fried Eggs With Samphire
serves 2

Ingredients:
2-3 eggs
60-80 g samphire
700 ml water
1tbsp butter, unsalted
black pepper
2-3 pieces of toast bread

In a medium size cooking pan boil water. Do not put any salt as samphire is really salty. Boil for 3-4 minutes.
Meanwhile melt butter in a frying pan and fry eggs to your liking. Sprinkle with black pepper.
Toast bread in a toaster.
Drain samphire and place on bread, followed by a fried egg.

Bon appetit.

Bara Brith

Bara Brith

Bara Brith

Ingredients:

250 g self-raising flour
100 g raisins
100 g sultanas
200 g dark soft brown sugar or dark brown muscovado sugar
300 ml strong hot tea, strained
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp butter, for greasing
optional: butter for serving

Place sugar and fruit in a bowl and pour over the hot tea. Stir well and leave to stand for 3-4 hours or overnight if possible.
Pre-heat the oven to 150°C. Lightly grease the cake tin and line with greaseproof paper. Use 1 kg (2lb) loaf tin.
Stir the flour and egg into fruit mixture and stir well. Then turn into the tin and bake for 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hour. Leave to cool in a tin for 10-15 minutes and then transfer on a wire rack to cool completely.
Serve with a butter.

Maple syrup and Pecan Muffins

Maple syrup and Pecan Muffins

Maple syrup and Pecan Muffins

Ingredients:

350 g plain flour
150 g caster sugar
70 g butter, melted
350 ml milk
100 – 120 ml maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
200 g pecan nuts, chopped and 12-14 halves to decorate
muffins cases and muffin tin

Preheat the oven to 170 C. Place paper cases in muffin tin. I always double line with paper cases.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In separate bowl place milk, egg and vanilla essence and gently whisk with a handheld electric whisk. Then slowly pour into the flour mixture and beat on slow speed. Add melted butter and beat until incorporated. Stir in all the chopped pecans and 3/4 maple syrup, reserving some for drizzling over the top of the muffins.
Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full. Place a pecan half in the centre of each muffin and drizzle remaining maple syrup over the top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool muffins on a wire rack.
Enjoy.

Pancakes with whipped cream and cherries

Pancakes with whipped cream and cherries

Pancakes with whipped cream and cherries.

Ingredients:
For the batter:
180 g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
300 ml milk
1 egg
1 tbsp butter, melted
salt, pinch
oil

For the cherry topping:
150-200 g cherries, pitted, juice reserved
4 tbsp caster sugar
1 tsp cornflour

For the whipped cream:
150-200 ml double cream
2-3 tbsp caster sugar

In a small mixing bowl beat the egg with the milk.
Sieve the flour into a separate, large mixing bowl and add the baking powder and salt.
Make a well in the centre and gently pour egg and milk mixture and beat well until smooth (use a hand mixer). Beat in the melted butter. Then let the batter set for a 2-3 minutes. If too thick add 2-3 tbsp of milk.

Lightly grease a large frying pan with oil and heat over a medium heat.
Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter into the pan to make pancakes about 9 cm across. Make two at a time. Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake. Then turn over with a palette knife or wooden spatula and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden.
Place on a plate or serving dish and keep in a pre-heated oven while you make the remaining pancakes.

Topping:

To make the cherry topping: put the sugar in a saucepan with the cherry juice and bring to the boil. Dilute the cornflour in a little water and stir into the sauce. Simmer for a 2 minutes, remove from the heat and leave to cool for a while. If required add a bit of water.  Then add the cherries.

To make a whipped cream: in a large mixing bowl place double cream and sugar and whip till thick.

Place 1 tbsp of whipped cream on a warm, but not hot pancake, arrange cherries and spoon a bit of sauce over.

Bon appetit.

Pancakes with whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries

Pancakes with whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries

Happy Pancake Day All!

Pancakes with whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries.

Ingredients:
For the batter:
180 g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
300 ml milk
1 egg
1 tbsp butter, melted
salt, pinch
oil

For topping:
150-200 ml double cream
2-3 tbsp caster sugar
100 g blueberries
100 g strawberries, cut into wedges

In a small mixing bowl beat the egg with the milk.
Sieve the flour into a separate, large mixing bowl and add the baking powder and salt.
Make a well in the centre and gently pour egg and milk mixture and beat well until smooth (use a hand mixer). Beat in the melted butter. Then let the batter set for a 2-3 minutes. If too thick add 2-3 tbsp of milk.

Lightly grease a large frying pan with oil and heat over a medium heat.
Drop a large tablespoonful of the batter into the pan to make pancakes about 9 cm across. Make two at a time. Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes until small bubbles appear on the surface of each pancake. Then turn over with a palette knife or wooden spatula and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden.
Place on a plate or serving dish and keep in a pre-heated oven while you make the remaining pancakes.

Topping:
In a large mixing bowl place double cream and sugar and whip till thick.

Place 1 tbsp of whipped cream on a warm, but not hot pancake, arrange fruit and voila all ready!
Bon appetit.

Spicy meatloaf with onions and bulgar wheat

Spicy meatloaf with onions and bulgar wheat.

Ingredients:

400g pork sausage meat
450g pork sausages with herbs or spices
50 g bulgar wheat
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red chilli, chopped
3-4 tbsp breadcrumbs
2 tsp smoked ground paprika
1 tsp each of dried herbs: marjoram, oregano, thyme
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
salt
black pepper
½ tsp butter

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line with grease-proof paper a large loaf tin (22,5cmx12,5cmx7,5cm).

In a small pan, cook bulgar wheat for 8 minutes, then drain well.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all meat with onions, garlic, chilli, dried herbs and paprika. Add cooked bulgar wheat, beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

Turn into the tin and press down firmly with the back of the spoon. Then spread lightly tomato ketchup over it. Bake in the centre of the oven for 90 minutes. Let it rest in a tin for 5-10 minutes and then transfer to the serving plate.

Serve hot with roast or mashed potatoes and your favourite chutney. Also delicious cold.

Bon appetit.

Mushroom and Egg Salad

Mushroom and Egg Salad

Mushroom and Egg Salad

Ingredients:

4 hard-boiled eggs, roughly chopped

350 – 400 g mushrooms

4-5 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tsp Dijon mustard

salt, black pepper

Cook mushrooms in salted water for few minutes till soft. Drain well and chill. Then roughly chop and transfer to a large bowl.  Add roughly chopped eggs, seasoning, mayonnaise, mustard and stir all well. Garnish with fresh parsley. Voila all ready!

Celeriac, beetroot, lettuce and egg salad

Celeriac, beetroot, lettuce and egg salad

My quick light lunch idea. Quite delicious actually. Dieters update your grocery list – this is something for you!

 

Celeriac, beetroot, lettuce and egg salad

Ingredients:

2-3 eggs, hard-boiled

5-6 leaves little gem lettuce

3-4 medium beetroots, cooked

1/2 celeriac, greated

1/2 apple, greated

1 tbsp raisins

1 tsp caster sugar

lemon juice

salt, black pepper

For dressing:

2-3 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tsp olive oil

2 tsp of white wine vinegar

1 tsp caster sugar

white pepper, pinch

Cut the eggs into quarters, cover and put aside.

Cover the raisins with boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain.

Grate the celeriac and apple on a coarse or extra coarse grater. Place all into a bowl and add drained raisins, pepper, sugar and good squeeze of lemon juice. Mix everything well and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile cut beetroots into halves and then slice thinly. Coarsely chop lettuce or simply using your hands tear all into big chunks.

Than start arranging all on plates starting with celeriac and apple mix. On a top of it place lettuce and then beetroots. Decorate with the wedges of hard-boiled egg and when ready to serve pour as much dressing as you like.

For the dressing: mix together the dressing ingredients and stir well. If required refrigerate.