These vegetarian Scotch Eggs are deliciously satisfying, eaten warm with chips, or cold with good Piccalilli and salad. They are also fantastic for picnics.
Time: 30 minutes (but any accompanying potatoes and/or salads will take longer)
Good with: Chips, Piccallilli, Red Cabbage & Walnut Salad, Coleslaw, Panzanella
Let me tell you that a properly made omelette is a true gastronomic delight provided you follow a few simple rules, and is as easy to make as, well, cracking eggs.
Time: 15 minutes
Good with: crusty bread or Potato Wedgies and a crisp salad.
French Toast with Piri-piri makes a great lunchtime snack.
- Per person, beat 1 egg and 1 tbsp Piri-piri Sauce together, seasoning to taste.
- Place a slice of bread in a frying-pan, and when the bread starts to brown, carefully pour over the egg mixture.
- Turn the heat down slightly, and cook until the egg is nearly set through. Turn and cook for 30 seconds more.
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I absolutely love really fresh free-range eggs, and luckily a neighbour of mine has a smallholding and supplies me with a generous quantity.
However, imaginative egg recipes are scarce, apart from the obvious quiche varieties, and omelette varieties (frittata and tortilla), so I recently revived an erstwhile favourite: Uova in Camicia, which translates as ‘egg in a shirt.’
My recipe fell out of favour when I made it with fresh tomatoes, whereas actually good tinned tomatoes give a better flavour.
Time: 30 minutes
ciabatta, Potato Wedgies
Roti is a delicious curry from Suriname, which as I am sure you know is a former colony of the Netherlands, located on the northern coast of South America.
Roti is traditionally made with chicken, and contains also snake beans (kousenbanden) and potatoes. It takes it’s name from the flat pancake made from flour and oil that is eaten with it (rather like a paratha.)
This is my version made with egg, mushrooms, cauliflower, sweet potato, courgette and aubergine in addition to the beans and potato.
Time: 30 minutes
I would say that Quiche is my signature recipe, and the menu with baked potato and Red Cabbage Salad my signature menu. Not a single person I have served this to has not been wowed! For pescetarian followers, I present the recipe for Tuna Quiche; at the end I present fully vegetarian alternatives.
The secret of success is to use fresh free-range eggs, and my Rich Shortcrust Pastry.
Pastry: 90 minutes (including resting and rolling)
Quiche: 60 minutes (including 30 minutes to rest)
Difficulty: * * * *
Good with: Baked Potato with Chive Yogurt Dressing, Red Cabbage Salad
Cool vegetarian ideas with some hot chillies added!