I woke craving eggs, or rather I went to bed thinking of eggs. You see with school and all I normally get home very late. On most occasions hubby waits for me in town so that we go home together thus we both get home late and no one is really up to cook. Anyway I digress, so yesterday on our way home hubby tells me that my mum had called him requesting us to pass by for some ripe bananas, yeah we live near both our parents. Since we left town at around 9:30pm we arrived at almost ten, so we just picked the bananas and I packed what they were having for dinner and so when we got to our home I didn’t make the eggs. Pretty long explanation for my egg craving 🙂
This is a quick and easy recipe that you can whip up even on a workday.
1/4 green pepper chopped
1/2 tomato chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 tomato sliced lengthwise for garnish
Oil for frying
Assemble your ingredients.
Heat your skillet/pan , heat the oil about a two tablespoons would do.
In a bowl, mix in the eggs, tomatoes, bell pepper, salt and pepper.
Now the fun part, pour in the egg mixture and fry away 🙂
Cook the egg according to your preference. I like mine well done.
Then the hard part, egg turning. Let’s just say even with hubby not being around I did it successfully!
Butter beans are white or cream coloured flat beans. They are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A and thiamin. They are a good source of protein plus they are very low in calories and fat. I have come to love these beans not only because of their nutritional benefits but also for their rich taste.
Another thing if, you are pretty busy with either work or school, beans and other legumes tend to become your friends. Let’s take the case of these beans, I bought a 1 kg pack, then washed and soaked the beans overnight. The following day, I cooked them in a pressure cooker for about an hour and they were done. Once cooled, I packed in portions enough for three people then refrigerated. This helps because if I want to cook beans in the evening all I do is remove one pack from the freezer and voila, stew in 20 minutes tops.
1 half of a medium sized onion sliced
2 tomatoes diced
1 tablespoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon coriander powder
1/4 tablespoon black pepper
1 cup pre cooked butter beans
2 bay leaves
1 cup water or vegetable stock
Handful of dhania chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt to taste
First, have you guys noticed how expensive some vegetables have become? I was shocked the other day when I went to the market and found that 8 and I mean 8 tomatoes are going for 100 shillings (slightly above one dollar). The onions and the dhania are equally expensive. The horror. It seems until the shortage ends, I’ll stick to using onion halves and substituting tomatoes with tomato paste. Enough with my rant back to the cooking.
In a sufuria, heat the vegetable oil. Saute the onions. When I was setting out my ingredients, I realised that there was a potato laying around, so instead of throwing it out, I peeled, washed then diced it and added it to the sauteed onions.
Add the tomatoes.
Next, add in the spice; turmeric powder, black pepper and the coriander powder.
Stir and cover to let the tomatoes cook down.
Add the butter beans.
Stir in with the yummy spice mixture. Add the water and the bay leaves.
Cover and bring it to a gentle boil.
After ten minutes of simmering, remove the bay leaves then throw in the chopped dhania.
Note: Bay leaves are never eaten, they are great for adding flavour to the food, always remember to remove before serving
Stir for about two minutes just to awaken the flavour of the dhania. Serve with your accompaniment of choice.
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.
For brunch, I served;
Bacon, Brawn and Tomato Cheese Sandwich
Parsley home fries
Bacon, Brawn and Tomato Cheese Sandwich;
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
I started by frying the bacon. Since bacon is already fatty, I try not to use any oil in frying it.
Next toasting the bread. I applied butter on one side of the bread then into the pan they go.
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.
I fried till translucent then I set them aside.
Now to assemble the sandwich.
I applied some apricot jam on 4 slices of the toasted bread.
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.
On the cheesy side, I added the brawn.
Add the tomato slices.
Finally on the other slices with the jam, pile on the onions and the bacon.
Simply fry the sausages.
Parsley home fries;
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.
Brunch is served.
If you look really closely you can see a framed photo of hubby and I.
This was quite a meal. Delicious and filling.
I’m already looking forward to the next holiday, March 4th.