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Happy Birthday Kenya and Brunch

This post has been in my drafts for ages. Apologies for the delay.

Wednesday, 12th December was a public holiday here in Kenya, don’t we always look forward to holidays? Wa!! For me holiday translates to sleeping in. If you know me, you will definitely agree to fact that I love sleeping or rather I’m not a fan of waking up very early. The funny thing is, it’s not like I sleep in till very late, my version of sleeping in is waking up at 8 am. Yeah!!!

Since, I never get to wake up early enough during work days our breakfast is normally not so elaborate, even the times I’ve served pancakes , I usually make them the night before. So as to revenge our lack of proper breakfast, I decided to make a breakfast for champions during Kenya’s 49th birthday. Considering, there was quite an amount of housework to be done it ended up being brunch.

the main ingredients
the main ingredients

For brunch, I served;

Bacon, Brawn and Tomato Cheese Sandwich

Sausages

Parsley home fries

Bacon, Brawn and Tomato Cheese Sandwich;

Ingredients:

8 slices of brown barrel bread

2 slices of brawn, cut in quarters

2 rashers of bacon

1 white onion sliced

1 tomato sliced

Apricot jam – or whatever kind of jam you have on hand or even honey

Mozzarella cheese pieces

Butter

I started by frying the bacon. Since bacon is already fatty, I try not to use any oil in frying it.

bacon
bacon

Next toasting the bread. I applied butter on one side of the bread then into the pan they go.

toasting
toasting

All done.

toasted bread slices and mozzarella cheese pieces
toasted bread slices and mozzarella cheese pieces

Fry the onions. I added just a tablespoon of oil into the pan.

Side Note: I don’t like accumulating dishes, you’ll notice that I’m using the same pan.

excuse the steam
excuse the steam

I fried till translucent then I set them aside.

the onions and bacon on the side
the onions and bacon on the side

Now to assemble the sandwich.

I applied some apricot jam on 4 slices of the toasted bread.

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On the other four slices, I put the mozzarella cheese pieces then I popped them in the microwave for one minute to get the cheese melting.

cheesy
cheesy

On the cheesy side, I added the brawn.

pile on the brawn quarters
pile on the brawn quarters

Add the tomato slices.

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Finally on the other slices with the jam, pile on the onions and the bacon.

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Sausages;

Simply fry the sausages.

Parsley home fries;

Ingredients:

2 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Salt to taste

Home fries/ Roast potatoes

Before you start thinking I was cooking up potatoes in the morning, let me mention that they were leftover roast potatoes. The previous night we had had dinner at Green View Restaurant and boy don’t they serve a lot of food. We had some packed for us, since we were beyond full. As I was making this brunch I decided to spice up the potatoes.

In the same pan, heat some oil. Add the potatoes, parsley and salt. Keep turning to ensure they don’t burn. Cook until hot and crispy.

potatoes
potatoes

Brunch is served.

Brunch
Brunch

If you look really closely you can see a framed photo of hubby and I.

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This was quite a meal. Delicious and filling.

I’m already looking forward to the next holiday, March 4th.

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Sunday Breakfast

Just a peak on what we had for breakfast, some Sundays ago.

This meal can be classified as brunch since it’s pretty heavy, filled with all the food groups.

For the protein fix:

1 fried egg

1 rasher of bacon fried

1 sausage

For the carbs:

Roasted herb potatoes – you can find the recipe here

roasted potatoes,bacon,sausage,fried egg

Fibre:

Weetabix – the best way to enjoy cereal is to add some fruit 🙂

Fruit:

Banana

Strawberry


I enjoyed mine with a glass of cold milk while hubby took his favourite ginger tea.

PS: I had prepared the potatoes the previous day, so I just warmed them up 🙂

Verdict:

Scrumptious and filling.

Terrific Tuesdays

I’ll be speaking for most people in saying that we normally love these offers. This mainly applies to fast food, especially pizzas and burgers.

Anyway on Tuesday, I had a brilliant idea of making pizza for dinner. The last time I made pizza I was still leaving with my parents and I have to say for a first timer I was pretty ambitious since I also attempted to make the dough, which didn’t turn out too great O-o. The pizza was still edible though.

Well a couple of months later and change of status, I can say I’m much wiser. I decided to buy ready made pizza bread *genius*. Once you have the bread everything else is pretty simple.

The good about pizzas is that you can top them with almost any food that tickles your fancy.

Keeping in terrific Tuesday fashion, I decided to make 2.

Ingredients:

Pizza bread

Toppings

3 rashers of bacon, chopped and fried

2 sausages

1 onion sliced

1 eggplant sliced

1 bell pepper diced

1/2 pineapple diced

Lots of mozzarella cheese

Sauce

3 cloves of garlic chopped

3 tomatoes diced

Salt

Black pepper

pineapple chunks,sliced and grated mozzarella cheese,sliced onions

So I started by making the sauce, which will form the base for the toppings.

in a saucepan, fry your garlic till golden then add the tomatoes

As the sauce is cooking, fry the bacon then set aside.

bacon *yummy*

Now for the sausages,I removed the meat from the casings then fried them together with the sliced onions.

crumbled sausage meat and onions

After the sausage meat was cooked and set aside. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees then assemble the pizzas.

store bought pizza bread

Step 1:

Spread the tomato sauce on the pizza dough, generously

Step 2:

Put the cheese slices

After doing this, I put the pizzas in the oven for about 5 minutes to allow the cheese to sort of melt. In case you are running against time you can skip this and just put all the toppings then bake.

Step 3:

add the sliced eggplants and diced bell pepper

Step 4:

On one pizza, I topped with bacon and pineapples

bacon and pineapple chunks

On the other I put the sausage and onion mixture.

I also added some pineapple chunks

Finally top off with the grated cheese

my ‘Hawaiian’ pizzas

Finally, place in the oven.

You just want the cheese to melt and the eggplants to cook, so 7 minutes are enough.

In my excitement, I totally forgot to add in the herbs when I was assembling the pizza, so I just sprinkled some oregano when I removed them from the oven.

Dinner is served.

enjoy

Verdict:

Hubby loved it.

This was a success.

If I could do it over again:

Probably remember to add the herbs during stage 1. I think I’d also not pre melt the cheese, since the bread almost burned O-o

PS. For my friend Dee who doesn’t like pineapples in her food, you can totally eliminate them from this recipe, it will still taste as good 🙂