Category Archives: Breakfast & Brunch

Find all of the tasty Breakfast & Brunch ideas you will need here. Whether you are looking for a delicious everyday breakfast or a lazy weekend brunch, there is something for everyone here. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day! 

Some of my favourite recipes are:
Blueberry & Lemon American Pancakes
Mexican Eggs 

Chorizo & Egg on Sourdough

Incredibly simple I almost feel cheeky to call this Chorizo & Egg on Sourdough a recipe! But it is delicious everyone needs it in their life! 

      

Could breakfast get more simple?

Well obviously yes it could if you fancy cereal or just toast. But as far as a cooked breakfast goes this Chorizo & Egg on Sourdough couldn’t get much easier. As I said, I feel a bit cheeky calling this a recipe because it is so simple. But I hadn’t thought of this specific combination until I went to a local restaurant recently. 

We went to a restaurant called Nonna’s with friends and had their tapas menu. We ate a lot of delicious things, but it was their Griddled Chorizo & Fried Eggs on Toast that really stuck out for me. Such a simple combination that I have had before in slightly different ways, but never like this. 

Good eggs make a difference!

Believe it or not, I have only started eating egg yolks in the last year. I’d eat the whites before but not the yolks. A large part of me starting to eat egg yolks is paying more attention to the eggs I buy. I have always bought free range eggs, but I’ve started buying golden yolk eggs. The more well known brand is Clarence Court which have the most orange yolks of any shop bought eggs I’ve ever seen. This gives the yolk such a rich and creamy flavour that has definitely converted me! 

Although Clarence Court eggs are fantastic, they are over double the price of a standard pack of free range eggs. I tend to only buy them when they are on offer. That is because supermarkets are now offering their own golden yolk eggs that are a good alternative at a much more reasonable price. I frequently see them in Lidl and Aldi so don’t feel like you have to spend the big price tags for a delicious egg. 

Which bread to use?

I like to use sourdough for this recipe. It’s got a lovely flavour and looks a little bit more special. I have a Lidl just down the road from me and I am very happy that their bakery offers a great selection of freshly baked bread. Their sourdough boule is one of my frequent purchases!

If you don’t want to use sourdough, I would recommend another round loaf. Even though you are toasting it, you do still want it to have a good crust. For something like this I wouldn’t recommend a sliced loaf of bread. 

Finishing touches and tweaks

What makes this recipe so tasty are the small finishing touches. The olive oil on the toasted sourdough with a pinch of salt and pepper is delicious, don’t forget it! And the seasoning again over the egg at the end really does make a difference. 

If I was making this recipe not to be photographed, I would fry my eggs in the oil released from the chorizo. This would add even more delicious flavour to the eggs. I didn’t do this because the oil would colour the egg white which would have looked a little odd in the photos! If you use the chorizo oil there is no need to add more oil to fry your eggs. 

Another thing I did different for the photos that I wouldn’t do usually is I trimmed the egg. The only reason I did this was so you could actually see the toast and the chorizo underneath. I initially laid the egg as it was on top and it completely hid the chorizo! Not ideal for photography purposes but perfectly fine usually. 

This recipe isn’t set in stone, it is meant to be tweaked. Your slice of bread might be bigger or smaller than mine so you may need more or less chorizo. 

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Chorizo & Egg on Sourdough

Incredibly simple I almost feel cheeky to call this Chorizo & Egg on Sourdough a recipe! But it is delicious everyone needs it in their life! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Chorizo, Eggs, Toast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 576 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 2 slices sourdough
  • 140 g chorizo
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut your slices of sourdough. Cut two lengths of chorizo to fit on your bread. Cut each length in half and remove the skin

  2. In a frying pan over a medium heat, cook the chorizo for a couple of minutes on each side until crisp. Remove from the pan and set aside

  3. Toast the bread while you fry the eggs

  4. If you do not want to fry the egg in the chorizo oil, remove it from the pan and add up to 2 teaspoons of sunflower oil. Fry the egg over a medium heat until it is to your liking

  5. When the bread is toasted, drizzle it with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt

  6. Assemble by placing the chorizo on top of the toast and topping with the egg. Sprinkle the egg with a pinch of salt and pepper and serve

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Chorizo & Egg on Sourdough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 576 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 1255mg55%
Potassium 421mg12%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 238IU5%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Broccoli & Potato Hash

A delicious breakfast or brunch dish perfect for the weekend. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is packed full of vegetables and topped with a fried egg. 

Broccoli & Potato Hash 

Broccoli for breakfast?!

I can imagine this is the reaction a few of you may have when you see this Broccoli & Potato Hash. People all over the world eat lots of different vegetables for breakfast so why not broccoli? I love broccoli, specifically Tenderstem broccoli. I always have some in the fridge and eat it numerous times each week. One of my favourite ways to eat it is my Roasted Parmesan Tenderstem Broccoli

But one meal I hadn’t eaten it for was breakfast. I used my Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash recipe for inspiration and came up with this lighter, vegetarian recipe. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is more suited to breakfast and brunch in my opinion because I haven’t added garlic. 

Perfect for weekend brunch

I know a lot of people eat differently at the weekend from during the week. If you’re having a relaxing weekend and having a lie in, brunch may be you go-to meal. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is perfect for this. It is simple to make so you can continue the relaxed and half asleep feel while making this! 

I have suggested cutting the vegetables into quite a small dice as this speeds up the cooking time. You can absolutely cut them into larger pieces and just allow for a slightly longer cook time. I realise when you’re having a lazy weekend, you might not feel like dicing vegetables. 

Broccoli & Potato Hash makes great leftovers 

You could easily make a larger portion of this on a Sunday and keep it in the fridge ready to reheat on Monday morning. You could reheat it in the microwave if you’re tight for time, or in a pan to ensure you don’t loose the crispness of the potatoes. Then just top with a fresh fried egg and you have a delicious breakfast for a Monday morning that took minutes to assemble. Who wouldn’t want to start the working week with this Broccoli & Potato Hash?!

 

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Broccoli & Potato Hash

A delicious breakfast or brunch dish perfect for the weekend. This Broccoli & Potato Hash is packed full of vegetables and topped with a fried egg. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine British
Keyword Potato, Breakfast Burrito, Broccoli
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 284 kcal

Ingredients

  • 400 g potatoes (waxy)
  • 1 pepper
  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 170 g tenderstem broccoli
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the fried eggs

  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Cut the potatoes into roughly a 1cm dice. Put them in a pan of boiling water for 7-10 minutes until they are cooked through

  2. While the potatoes are boiling, cut the pepper into roughly the same size pieces. Separate the stems of the broccoli from the florets and cut the stems into similar size pieces as the other vegetables

  3. Add the oil to a pan over a medium high heat and add the peppers and the broccoli stalks. Cook for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally

  4. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and add them to the peppers and broccoli stalks. Cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the broccoli florets

  5. Add the broccoli florets and the salt. Turn the heat to medium and allow to cook for 5 minutes or until the broccoli is tender

  6. In a separate pan on a high heat, add the oil and crack in the eggs. Fry until they are to your liking

  7. Serve the hash with a fried egg on top

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli & Potato Hash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 666mg29%
Potassium 991mg28%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 458IU9%
Vitamin C 71mg86%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

My Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole cooks overnight so you have a delicious breakfast ready and waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. 
   

Breakfast is a meal I often overlook. This is partly because I like to have a lie in at the weekends and then walk the dogs so by the time we get back it is sometimes almost lunch time. So why not have brunch I hear you say; well Mr Curly doesn’t like to miss meals. Brunch means two meals a day instead of three which is a big no in my house. 

Instead I thought of coming up with a breakfast recipe that is really quick so we could actually eat it at breakfast time instead of having to faff around cooking. Even a bacon sandwich takes longer than I want on some weekends! 

So that is how I came up with the idea of creating a slow cooker breakfast dish. I wanted to include some of my favourite breakfast flavours into an easy dish. After I had the idea for the dish in my head, I had a quick look on Pinterest to see if anyone else had any similar dishes.

Unsurprisingly I wasn’t the first person to come up with a slow cooker breakfast dish! However the recipes I did find seemed to be American and used frozen hash brown potatoes which are strands of frozen potato. These aren’t something I have seen here in the UK, but regardless I preferred my idea and was pleased I had a new twist.  

I assembled the dish at night before going to bed, not really knowing exactly how it would turn out! I woke up in the morning and was very pleasantly surprised. It looked exactly how I wanted it to. All you have to do is add some grated cheese and let it melt before serving – could breakfast get any easier than that?!

This Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole definitely got the thumbs up from Mr Curly. He loved having  hearty breakfast that he hadn’t had to one make himself (he’s the bacon sandwich maker in our house) and two, was ready quickly.  

If you like to sleep longer than 8 hours, you might find that your potatoes start to get slightly darker round the outside so do watch out for this! This Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole serves 6 people, so if like Mr Curly and I there are only two of you, you can keep it in the fridge for a couple of days and reheat it in the microwave.

This Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole might not be a glamorous looking dish but it is very tasty!

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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

My Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole cooks overnight so you have a delicious breakfast ready and waiting for you when you wake up in the morning. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine British
Keyword Slow Cooker, Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 374 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 400 g pork sausages (6 sausages)
  • 500 g waxy potatoes I used Charlotte potatoes
  • 1 red pepper (bell pepper)
  • 6 large eggs
  • 30 ml semi skimmed milk
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • spinkle black pepper
  • 50 g cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Remove the skins from the sausages and tear into chunks. Brown the sausages in your slow cooker on the hob or in a pan

  2. Add the diced potatoes and pepper to the slow cooker along with the sausages 

  3. Whisk the eggs together with the milk, salt and pepper in a jug. Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the slow cooker

  4. Cook for 8 hours on low before adding the grated cheese and allowing to melt before serving

Recipe Notes

If you leave this cooking for longer than 8 hours, you may notice the edges start to get a bit darker and potentially start to burn. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 243mg81%
Sodium 758mg33%
Potassium 670mg19%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1025IU21%
Vitamin C 33mg40%
Calcium 108mg11%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Blueberry & Lemon American Pancakes

These Blueberry & Lemon American Pancakes are so light and fluffy. They’re packed with deliciously sweet blueberries which along with the lemon give these pancakes a lovely fresh taste. 

American Pancakes are my favourite type of pancakes because I love their thick fluffiness. I’m also unfortunately not gifted in the art of making crepe style pancakes so American pancakes are definitely my go-to. 

I absolutely love blueberries and obviously blueberry pancakes aren’t a new invention at all, but I wanted to adapt my Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes recipe to incorporate them. I can’t actually remember if I have eaten a blueberry pancake before, but I knew how I wanted them to taste. The addition of the lemon compliments the blueberries really nicely and gives them a fresh taste. 

I love how when you’re eating the pancakes and the blueberries burst, the delicious juices create their very own sauce. These pancakes are delicious as they are, but if like Mr Curly you like some extra sweetness, I recommend drizzling over some golden or maple syrup.   

I read somewhere years ago that your first pancake will always turn out a little less than perfect. This does always seem to be the case with me. My first pancake tends to be a little dark or I get too eager and try to flip it too soon. So don’t panic if this happens to you because I’m sure the rest of the will turn out perfectly!

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Blueberry & Lemon American Pancakes

These Blueberry & Lemon American Pancakes are so light and fluffy. They’re packed with deliciously sweet blueberries which along with the lemon give these pancakes a lovely fresh taste. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Blueberry, Amerian Pancakes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 259 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 135 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 130 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp melted butter cooled slightly
  • ½ lemon zested
  • 100 g blueberries
  • Spray oil

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour, baking power, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl
  2. In a jug add the milk, egg, vanilla extract and lemon juice and whisk lightly before adding the melted butter and whisking again
  3. Pour the milk mix into the flour mix and whisk until you have a smooth batter
  4. Let the batter stand for a approximately 15 minutes
  5. Add the blueberries and gently stir to combine
  6. Put a large frying pan on a medium to low heat and spray with oil. Once the pan has heated up, add a large spoonful of the batter. Remember to not overcrowd the pan – two pancakes at a time is usually perfect
  7. Once bubble start to appear in the pancake they are ready to flip. Cook for a minute or so on the other side and then serve 

Nutrition Facts
Blueberry & Lemon American Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 431mg19%
Potassium 323mg9%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 140IU3%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mexican Chorizo

Perfectly Spiced Mexican Chorizo served over scrambled eggs is the perfect way to start a day. Once you’ve eaten these you’ll struggle to have scrambled eggs alone again!

I have been a fan of Cool Chili Co ever since I first visited their stall in Borough Market. It is the only place I buy my Mexican spices and have been shopping there for years. 

So when Cool Chile Co sent me a couple of their new recipe kits I couldn’t wait to try them out! The kits come in a little ice cream style tub which includes the recipe with full instructions and all the spices you need to recreate the recipe. 

These kits are a great idea because you don’t have to worry about adding too much or too little of the spices. Also you don’t have to buy a whole pot of an ingredient you may only use every so often. Everyone knows a person that has found a jar of herbs or spices in the back of their cupboard that is about six years out of date!

I love chorizo, but I’d only had Spanish chorizo before. The difference between Spanish and Mexican chorizo that I can work out, is that Spanish chorizo is dried and cured and found with the ready-to-eat meat section of the supermarket. Mexican chorizo is spiced and ground and usually served fresh and raw with the rest of the uncooked meats. 

As I didn’t remember trying Mexican chorizo before, I was excited to try this. The recipe does take a little time to make. I must warn you, you can’t knock this up in the time it takes to cook the eggs. The good thing is that once you have made this, it makes eight portions so you can freeze the rest which makes it a lot quicker next time you want tasty Mexican Chorizo and scrambled eggs! You could also freeze the chorizo raw so you cook it once it has defrosted. But I decided to freeze it once it is cooked so I only need to heat it through once properly defrosted to make it even quicker. 

I incorporated two of the steps in the original recipe instructions. The instructions provided said to blend the chillies, then pass them through the sieve. Then to add this back to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients. When I tried to blend the chillies, it just chopped them up but I wasn’t anywhere near the consistency to be able to pass them through a sieve. So I added some of the soaking liquid along with the rest of the ingredients to get the paste like consistency I was looking for. 

I made this Mexican Chorizo using low fat pork mince because I always buy low fat mince whenever possible. It was only when I was looking at the recipe on the Cool Chile Co website that it said to use meat with 20% fat. When I next make this, I will definitely use the meat with a higher fat content because I think it will help keep the pork more juicy. 

Don’t be worried by the fact that there are quite a few chiles in this recipe, the finished Mexican Chorizo is quite mildly spiced so I think everyone will enjoy this.

You definitely don’t have to serve the Mexican Chorizo with corn tortillas, but they added another delicious flavour to the dish. 

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Mexican Chorizo

Perfectly Spiced Mexican Chorizo served over scrambled eggs is the perfect way to start a day. Once you’ve eaten these you’ll struggle to have scrambled eggs alone again!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Chorizo, Mexican
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 50 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 20 g sachet Mexican Chorizo Spice Mix from Cool Chile Co
  • 1 Chile Ancho
  • 2 Chiles Guajillo
  • 1 Chile de Árbol
  • 500 g minced pork or beef 20% fat
  • 3 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 50 ml cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oil

Instructions

  1. Wipe the dried chillies clean and remove any seeds and stems
  2. Open the chillies out flat and briefly toast them in a dry pan on a medium heat until you can begin to smell them
  3. Add the chillies to a bowl and soak them in just boiled water for 15 minutes
  4. Remove the chillies from the liquid and add them to a small food processor. Keep the soaking liquid
  5. Blend the chillies with the sachet of Mexican spice mix, garlic, cider vinegar and 3-4 tbsp of the soaking water. You’re looking for a smooth paste like consistency
  6. Push the blended mixture through a fine sieve
  7. Once cool, add to the meat and mix thoroughly
  8. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the oil. Once the oil is hot, add the meat to the pan. Break it up using a wooden spoon and cook until it is browned and cooked through
  9. Serve with scrambled eggs

Recipe Notes

Disclosure: Cool Chile Co sent me this kit to review, no payment was received. All opinions are my own. 

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Chorizo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Vitamin A 1390IU28%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mexican Eggs

Quick, really tasty and packed full of flavour. My Mexican Eggs are great for brunch, lunch or dinner and is one of my go-to quick meal favourites. 

This is the first recipe I think of making when Mr Curly is away and I’m cooking for one. That isn’t because he doesn’t like it, it’s because I think of it as a special treat just for me. You may think that sounds silly, but this is seriously good and you’ll understand once you’ve tried it.

I came up with this recipe when I was thinking of something I could cook for dinner one night when Mr Curly was out. The majority of the time, we eat together so meals are generally frozen in portions for two; whether that is a dish made and ready to reheat, or chicken breasts. Because of this, I tend to look in the fridge and see what I can make from what I have. 

These are all ingredients I more often than not have in my fridge and cupboard. I made it up as I went along and it turned out exactly as I wanted and I now make it every time Mr Curly is away. 

 
A great thing about this recipe is you can tweak it to your taste. If you don’t like your food very spicy, only add a small amount of chile; but if you like it with a bit of heat, add more. I have also used a selection of chile powders which I get from the Cool Chile Co, but if you do not have them, you can just use whichever chile powders you have in your cupboard. 

This recipe is delicious at any time of day and makes a great brunch, lunch or dinner dish. I love it as it is, but you can also eat it with a tortilla. I usually allow two eggs per person, but feel free to tweak this. For example you could reduce the potato and add another egg is you fancied. Obviously you can make this dish vegetarian by leaving out the chorizo, but you may need to add a little extra oil as you won’t have the oil from the chorizo. 

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Mexican Eggs

Quick, really tasty and packed full of flavour. My Mexican Eggs are great for brunch, lunch or dinner and is one of my go-to quick meal favourites. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican, Eggs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 521 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 300 g potatoes diced
  • 200 g peppers diced
  • 100 g chorizo sliced
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¼– ½ tsp chile powder I used a combination of ancho, chipotle and pasilla chile
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp milk

Instructions

  1. Clean the potatoes and dice them into roughly 2cm pieces – don’t worry about peeling them
  2. Boil them in salted water until they are just soft
  3. While the potatoes are boiling, de-seed and dice the peppers into roughly the same size as the potatoes
  4. Add 1 tsp oil to a large frying pan on a high heat and add the peppers. Cook until the peppers start to blacken
  5. Once the potatoes have softened drain them and add them to the peppers along with another tsp of oil
  6. Reduce the temperature to medium high and allow the potatoes to crisp up
  7. Cook for around 10 minutes, stirring often to make sure one side doesn’t get too brown
  8. Peel the chorizo and cut into thin slices
  9. Turn the pan down to a medium heat and add the chorizo. Let the chorizo crisp slightly but watch it because it can burn quickly
  10. Crack the eggs in a jug or bowl and add the milk, salt and chile powders and whisk together
  11. Turn down the heat to the lowest setting and add the egg mixture. Make sure you scrape all of the chile powder out of the jug because it has a habit of sticking to the side
  12. Cook for a minute stirring to keep the egg moving
  13. As soon as the egg starts to come together and look like scrambled egg, turn off the heat and the heat left in the pan will continue cooking the egg

Recipe Notes

It is best to use a waxy potato that holds its shape. 

Nutrition Facts
Mexican Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 416mg139%
Sodium 1362mg59%
Potassium 1131mg32%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 910IU18%
Vitamin C 97.5mg118%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Potato & Egg Cakes

Crisp on the outside but fluffy in the center, these delicious little Potato & Egg Cakes are great as they are or served as part of a full breakfast. 

My Mum was definitely the cook in my house growing up making us all sorts of homemade meals which is where my love of cooking came from. But every once in a while, my Dad came up with a little gem. 

He didn’t cook very often, but as children always made the packed lunches for my sister and I. When he did cook though, he did like to have a little experiment. One of his go to recipes was cottage pie with the addition of baked beans which sounds pretty weird, but it was actually pretty tasty!

These Potato & Egg Cakes are another one of his creations, one that I have borrowed from him and make myself (I haven’t made the cottage pie with baked beans I’m afraid). He came up with the idea as a way of using up left over mashed potato when he lived by himself. I don’t know about you, but working out how many potatoes to peel to make the right amount of mashed potato isn’t as easy as it sounds! Because I would always rather have too much than too little and leave people hungry, I always seem to make a little bit too much. What better way to use up your leftover mash than turning it into a tasty brunch?! 

When I used to make these with Dad, we only added one egg and cooked it more as one large cake rather than the smaller ones. By using another egg, it helps bind the mixture better which makes it easier to make smaller cakes that don’t fall apart when you flip them. If you don’t leave them to cook for long enough on the first side, they may fall apart slightly when you do flip them over. This really isn’t a problem at all as it will still be tasty. 

Wherever possible, I like to get free range eggs from local farms because they always taste better in my opinion. My parent’s chickens aren’t laying eggs anymore so I do definitely miss my tasty egg supply. When I went on a girl’s weekend to the Cotswold’s recently, we went for a walk in the village we were staying in to search for the farm we were told sold eggs. We managed to find a little honesty box at the end of a drive and then realised we should have brought our own egg box! We must have looked a little bit strange walking long each carrying an egg back to the cottage! I used some of the delicious eggs to make these Potato & Egg Cakes when I got back home. 

I tend to eat these as they are but you could easily add them to a cooked breakfast; you may just want to make them a bit smaller. 

Serves 2 as a main breakfast 

400g mashed potato, cold
2 eggs
½ tsp salt
Pinch of pepper
2 tbsp sunflower oil 

  1. Take the leftover mashed potato out of the fridge and break it up a bit using a fork 

  1. Add the eggs, salt and pepper to the mashed potato and mix 

  1. Heat some of the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat 
  2. Spoon a large spoonful of the mixture into the pan and allow to spread out until the ‘cake’ is the same thickness all over

  1. Allow to cook for around 4 minutes on each side until golden brown and then flip and cook for the same amount of time on the other side 
  2. Keep cooking until all of the mix is used up. Don’t overcrowd the pan, and add more oil as needed 
  3. Serve as they are or alongside some bacon or whatever takes your fancy!

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Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts)

All-butter puff pastry filled with deliciously rich egg custard flavoured with vanilla is my idea of heaven – I love these Pasteis de Nata!2015-03-21 15.01.03

I don’t like custard. Well I didn’t until I tried one of these! Rien’s Aunt made these at Christmas and I was reluctant to try one as I’ve never had custard and liked it before. I am incredibly glad I tried one, they were absolutely amazing. The pastry is flaky and buttery which goes perfectly with the creamy, thick egg custard.

I knew I wanted to make these for my Mum because she likes English egg custard tarts so these are perfect for her. I decided to make them for her birthday so I had a few months to wait before I made them! Since then, I have seen Patesis de Nata everywhere! They were featured in April’s issue of Good Food and were the cover recipe on Delicious. So by waiting and making these now I am right on trend!

Although both Good Food and Delicious featured a recipe, I knew I was going to use the recipe Rien’s Aunt, Carol, had given to me because I knew they were delicious. She found the recipe from the Guardian which was featured as Lucian Freud’s favourite breakfast dish. The recipe can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/oct/25/lucian-freud-custard-tarts-breakfast-champions.

This recipe featured a couple of firsts for me; all-butter puff pastry and vanilla pods. The all-butter puff pastry was a little bit harder to work with than usual puff pastry because it started to almost melt whilst working with it due to the high butter content. So try to handle it as little and quickly as possible. The vanilla pod added a fantastic flavour which couldn’t have been replaced with vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste and I was excited to finally use it.

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I went into making these having no idea what I was doing and only having a fairly brief recipe to guide me. A couple of times I had a few doubts and wondered whether they would turn out right. The main stage when I was a little worried was when I was pouring the custard into the pastry. On some of the tarts, the custard began seeping out so I thought these would not turn out very well. When I took them out of the oven though, I couldn’t even tell which had been the problem tarts!

One tip I would advise is when pouring, use a jug! When I was pouring the warmed cream into the egg yolks I thought it would be fine to pour from the pan – it wasn’t. If you’re anything like me, it will be far easier, and quicker, to use a jug whenever you’re pouring.

When the finished tarts first came out of the oven, they did look good but I remember thinking they didn’t look as good as Carol’s. I left them to cool and when I came back to them, the custard had settled and almost sunk down a little bit and I was very happy to see they did now look like Carol’s! So don’t panic if yours look slightly different when they first come out of the oven, they should settle and look amazing!

My Mum said these reminded her of when we were on holiday in Portugal and had Pasteis de Nata and that these were just as delicious. A couple of weeks before I made these, I went to Nandos with a friend and had one of their Pasteis de Nata. I am very pleased to say that these are far better than the ones in Nandos – don’t take my word for it, try them yourself!

If you manage to control yourself and not eat all twelve at once, store the in an airtight box. Heat them for approximately 20 seconds before you want to eat them, it definitely makes a difference and they will be as delicious as when they were warm from the oven.

rien

Makes 12
320g pre-rolled all-butter pastry
3 egg yolks
100g caster sugar
2 tbsp cornflour
200ml single cream
250ml whole milk
½ vanilla pod
Spray oil for greasing
Icing sugar for dusting

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Grease a 12 hole muffin tray and put in the freezer
  2. Take the pre-rolled pastry straight from the fridge and dust with icing sugar. Roll along the longest side into a tight log and cut into 12 sections

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  1. Dust each section with icing sugar and roll flat until it is roughly 11cm across. Push each round into the muffin tray, it doesn’t have to be flat around the edges as they are meant to have folds in the pastry. Put the tray in the fridge

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  1. Whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar until creamy. Mix the cornflour with a splash of milk and then whisk into the egg yolks. This looks exactly like something we used to play with as a child, its a liquid until touched and then it turns solid. You’ll know what I mean when you get to this stage!
  2. Heat the cream and milk together in a pan along with half a vanilla pod with the seeds scraped out, until almost boiling

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  1. Remove from the heat and fish out the vanilla pod, then whisk slowly into the yolks
  2. Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat gently for three minutes, stirring continuously
  3. Pour into the pastry cases and bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden and dark spots appear on the custard

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  1. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin. Best eaten warm
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Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes

Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes are always the pancakes for me. Deliciously light & fluffy and fantastic accompanied with crispy bacon and maple syrup. These make the most amazing weekend brunch.  

I love American Pancakes because they are so thick and fluffy! Traditionally in the UK, people tend to make crepe style thin pancakes. I can’t speak for everyone, but growing up we did only tend to have these on Pancake Day!

I first came across American pancakes when we went on a family holiday to America (obviously). Back then I don’t think it was very common for people in the UK to consider having bacon with pancakes. This is because people associated pancakes with the thin crepe style pancakes which were covered in lemon juice and sugar. 

I am a fan of a thin crepe with lashings of Nutella but I am really quite rubbish at making them. Maybe it is because I prefer Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes and this means I just haven’t practised the other kind enough.

Since our first trip to America it has become a tradition in my family to have Light & Fluffy American Pancakes and bacon for breakfast on Christmas Day; after all Christmas is all about indulging! My Mum bought an American pancake maker which plugs in and can be put on the table so the pancakes can be cooked there and then without someone being stuck in the kitchen or the pancakes getting cold. She makes the batter up and can then cook six little pancakes at the same time.

What to serve with Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes

Whenever I make these Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes, I always serve them with bacon. Pancakes and bacon are such a classic combination that you really must try if you haven’t already. The common accompaniment is maple syrup, but I’m afraid it’s a bit too sweet for me! Instead I eat mine with tomato ketchup which I know isn’t to everyone’s taste. 

These Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes are the perfect brunch dish and definitely shouldn’t be just kept for Pancake Day!

What would you eat your American Pancakes with? Do you like bacon and maple syrup or something else?

Updated February 2019

5 from 2 votes
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Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes

Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes are always the pancakes for me. Deliciously light & fluffy and fantastic accompanied with crispy bacon and maple syrup. These make the most amazing weekend brunch. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword American Pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 476 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 135 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 130 ml milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp butter melted and allowed to cool slightly
  • spray oil

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in short bursts in the microwave and then set aside to cool slightly 

  2. Sift the flour, baking power, salt and caster sugar into a large jug

  3. In another jug whisk together the milk and egg before adding the melted butter and whisking again

  4. Pour the wet mix into the dry mix and whisk until you have a smooth batter. If you have any lumps, just keep whisking until they disappear

  5. Let the batter stand for a approximately 15 minutes

  6. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and spray with oil. When the pan is hot, add a ladle of batter to the pan. If your pan is big enough you can add two at the same time

  7. When the top of the pancake begins to form small bubbles, it is ready to flip onto the other side. In total it should cook for roughly a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown

  8. Keep going until you have used up all of the batter making sure you spray the pan with more oil before you add more batter. The cooked pancakes can be kept warm in a low oven or under some kitchen paper

Nutrition Facts
Thick & Fluffy American Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 142mg47%
Sodium 754mg33%
Potassium 449mg13%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Calcium 208mg21%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Burrito

If you’re looking for a delicious and filling brunch dish, my Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Burrito is for you. Packed with tasty vegetables, chorizo and a slight spice, this is the perfect way to start your day.    Breakfast in my house seems to be the least thought about meal. Although I do love a good breakfast, I seem to fall into the pattern of having the same things for, especially during the week when I’m at work. Sometimes at the weekend I do branch out and make a bacon sandwich, but this Chorizo & Egg Breakfast Burrito is definitely a treat. 

This isn’t a recipe I recommend making as a regular breakfast, but for a brunch dish every so often I do definitely recommend it! It takes a bit longer to make than a bacon sandwich, but in my opinion it is well worth it! This is why I suggest making it as a weekend brunch dish, after you have had a nice lie in or a lazy morning and then have the energy to potter around in the kitchen. This energy is what I lack early in the mornings!

This recipe is really adaptable. You can use as many different chile powders and as much of them as you like. I personally would keep it relatively mild as it is a breakfast/brunch dish and I do not fancy something really spicy in the morning; but feel free to increase the spice if you want. You can also add other ingredients that you like, for example onions and mushrooms. These would go really well with the other flavours. You could also add more eggs and less potato if you want the eggs to be more of a prominent ingredient.  

This burrito is very tasty and is a hearty meal so perfect for a lazy Sunday at home with a cup of coffee and catching up on the news. 

Updated 2018

Serves 2

2 large tortilla wraps
1 potato, diced (approx 300g)

1 large pepper, diced
4 eggs
150g chorizo, sliced
1 tbsp milk
½ tsp chilli powder 
¼ tsp sea 
salt
Twist of pepper
Spray oil
60g grated cheese

  1. Cut the potato into cubes keeping the skin on. Put in a pan of boiling salted water for 5 – 10 minutes or until just soft
  2. Meanwhile in a frying pan, heat the spray oil and add the chopped peppers. Cook for approximately 5 minutes on a medium high heat before adding the cooked potatoes. Cook for a further 10 minutes until coloured and crispy
  3. Cut the chorizo into slices and add to the pan and cook for 5 minutes until golden and crisp

  1. Mix the eggs in a bowl with the milk, chilli powder, salt and pepper

  1. Turn the pan down to a low heat and add the eggs. Keep stirring until the eggs cook which should be around one minute. Turn the heat off straight after the eggs are no longer liquid
  2. Lay a tortilla wrap on a board and then add the filling making sure you keep it in the centre and then add the grated cheese on top. Fold the left and right side of the tortilla in, then fold the bottom over the filling and tuck in. Roll until the seam is on the bottom

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