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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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Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

What do you do when you just have one chicken leg in the freezer but you have two mouths to feed?

Simple: Make chicken soup for hubby then shred the chicken to make sandwiches 🙂

Ingredients:

Pre cooked chicken leg – I had boiled it in water with onions, garlic and ginger

3 brown bread buns halved

2 tomatoes sliced

1 cucumber sliced

1 garlic clove halved

Mozzarella cheese slices

Tomato sauce

Margarine

This sandwich is pretty simple to do and gets ready in under 15 minutes, well if you had pre-cooked the chicken.

pre-cooked chicken leg

Start by pulling the chicken meat from the bone, hence pulled chicken.

pulling the chicken apart

Tada, chicken shreds.

chicken shreds

Now, prepare the buns to get ready to assemble the sandwich.

plain looking buns

Apply margarine on both halves, then toast them in a hot skillet for about 3 minutes or until they are crispy.

not so plain looking buns

Rub the garlic halves on the crispy side to just give the bread a light garlic taste.

Now, we are ready to assemble.

cucumber slices,tomato slices and mozzarella slices

Start by putting the cheese slices on one half.

Microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the cheese.

Pile on the remaining ingredients.

Add the tomatoes.

Add the chicken shreds.

almost done 🙂

Finally top off with the cucumber, then put the tomato sauce. In case you have mayonnaise you can also put that.

excuse the shadow
yummy

Dinner is served.

Egg in a basket

I saw this recipe on Laura in the Kitchen and I just had to try it. She made it look very simple and true it was simple well except the turning I’m not good at that 😦

You just need some slices of bread, eggs and butter/ margarine. I used margarine.

First to make a basket.

Using a biscuit cutter or a glass cut out the middle of a slice of bread.

I used a glass
break one egg in a cup and season with salt. I also added some parsley

On a hot skillet melt some butter/margarine

Then put your bread

remember to also add the cut out bread

Then here comes the tricky part, gently pour the egg within the ‘basket’

‘egg in a basket’

Let the egg cook to your preference, then flip over to cook the other side.

voila

Breakfast is served 🙂

Delicious

Hubby loved it .

The beauty of this recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

Enjoy!

Egg Sandwich

 This Saturday was a bit different, I woke up a bit late and I had no clue of what to prepare for hubby as he was going to work. Luckily, I had some bread, eggs and dhania so I decided to make a simple egg sandwich.

Ingredients:

6 slices of bread

Margarine/ Butter

3 hard boiled eggs

A handful of fresh coriander/ dhania leaves

Black pepper

Salt

Some dried herbs

The only time consuming part of this recipe is the boiling of the eggs.

Place the eggs in a sufuria with water and bring the water and eggs to a boil. I don’t have a measure of knowing if they are fully done, I just give them 15 minutes to boil.

Since, we are yet to acquire a toaster, I toasted the bread the ‘kienyeji’ way.

boring looking bread

Apply margarine or butter on the bread then place it in a pan, butter side down. Wait for around 2-3 minutes and voila, your bread will be toasted and all crusty. Repeat this for all the slices, just toasting one side, or you can do both for more crunchiness, I just did one side.

Set the bread aside:

The charred parts are the most crunchy

At this point the eggs are done, drain over running water, let them cool then remove the shells.

The hard boiled eggs and dhania

Chop the eggs and put in a bowl and add the chopped dhania. In case you have fresh parsley you substitute the dhania with it.

Yummy

Season with salt, black pepper and dried herbs, I used sage though parsely would be more preferable.

Then assemble the sandwich.

Take two slices of the toasted bread fill the insides with the egg and dhania mixture and voila breakfast is served.

Doesn’t it look yummy?

Verdict:

It was a hit :-). Hubby loved it, mentioning that he didn’t know hard boiled eggs could be served like that #WIN.

If I could do it over again.

I’m not sure I’d change anything I loved the taste and the simplicity of the sandwich and it was quite filling. Perhaps, subtitute the dhania with parsley and try adding some more ingredients perhaps some fried onions.

What do you think?