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The First Days of Spring: Grilled Asparagus and Soft Boiled Duck Egg Brunch

22 Mar



Nothing says “Spring” more to me than asparagus. The fresh green spears make an appearance a lot earlier here in Spain than in the UK but I still wait until Spring to buy them.  I bought some this week for the first time this year and wanted the first of many asparagus dishes to be a simple celebration of this unique, delicious vegetable.

The Washer Up is working with someone who keeps ducks & chickens at the moment and he, very kindly, gave us some duck eggs to try. I have eaten a duck egg once before, it was on top of a salad I ordered in the restaurant in Harvey Nichols in Leeds (those were the days)!  They have a slightly richer, creamier flavour than a normal egg but nothing to be scared off.  I’ve never cooked with duck eggs before so I thought a simple soft-boiled duck egg would sit very happily on top of my grilled asparagus.  Eggs also represent Spring, rebirth and new beginnings so perfect for my first days of Spring brunch.

I really can’t call this a recipe but here is what I did:

Soft Boiled Duck Egg & Grilled Asparagus Brunch

serves 1, vegetarian

  • 1 bundle of fresh asparagus
  • 1 duck egg
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • salt & pepper
  • shaved manchego or parmesan
  • toasted brown bread (if you like)

Carefully put the duck egg into boiling water and then turn the heat down to medium high. Boil for 6 or 7 minutes depending on the size of your duck egg. Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus and put into the boiling water with the egg for 2 or 3 minutes.

Preheat your grill to hot and place the blanched asparagus on a sheet, drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper, roll to coat evenly then put under the grill for a few minutes to brown slightly. Rolling to cook the other side half way through.

Toast your bread if using. After 6 or 7 minutes drain the water out of the pan and run the cold tap over the egg in the pan until cool enough to handle. Roll the egg gently on your counter to break the shell and peel the egg.

Transfer the asparagus to a plate with a slotted spoon, drizzle with little more olive oil, squeeze over some lemon juice and place the egg on top. With a knife cut into your egg to reveal the soft centre, season the egg with salt &  pepper and then finish off the dish by shaving over some manchego or parmesan. Butter your toast and serve on the side.

Enjoy the first days of Spring in pictures taken while walking the dog…

Rufus in the Spring…!!

Our lily at home….

 Ya es Primavera!!

Thai Spiced Crispy Cabbage Pancake (or Japanese Pizza)

18 Mar

I was looking for a recipe to use up the other half of  the cabbage I used to make my Cabbage, Potato & Leek Soup and found this on 101 Cookbooks. The origianl version is called Okonomiyaki but is also known as Japanese Pizza. It is nothing like a pizza except, I suppose, it’s round. It is delicious though and you can add whatever flavourings you like. I added some toasted sushi nori (the seaweed sheets) and some Thai Massaman curry paste which gave it great flavour. It’s kind of like street food in your own home. It has that crispy, fried, spicy addictive thing that you want to eat with your hands. The shredded cabbage is mixed with leeks, eggs, wholemeal flour and whatever seasoning you fancy.

It’s a mixture of a pancake, frittata, tortilla, rosti and squeak without the bubble. But it definitely is not a pizza….

Thai Spiced Crispy Cabbage Pancake (or Japanese Pizza)

makes 3 or 4 large thin pancakes, vegetarian. Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

  • 1/2 head cabbage, core removed and finely shredded
  • 1 large leek, dark green ends removed, cut in half lengthways, rinsed well and sliced
  • 100 gr wholemeal flour (or plain)
  • salt & black pepper
  • about 2 tbsp curry paste (whatever you have)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 5 eggs, beaten
  • 2 sheets of sushi nori (toasted under the grill for few seconds on each side)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • fresh coriander to serve

In a large bowl, mix together the cabbage, leeks, flour, salt & black pepper until everything is coated in the flour. Stir in the beaten eggs, curry paste, oyster sauce and finely crumble over the toasted nori sheets. Mix well to make sure everything is evenly distribited.

Heat  about 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat.  Add a quarter of the cabbage mixture to the hot pan and press it out and down to fill the pan with a metal spatula. Make sure it is quite thin & flat. Cook for 4-5 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. To flip it, slide it out onto a plate, place another plate on top and turn them over. Add some more oil to the pan if necessary and slide the pancake back into the frying pan. Press down with the spatula and cook for a further 3 -5 minutes until golden on that side too.

Serve straight away garnished with lots of fresh coriander leaves. This is a perfect quick and easy supper or brunch dish with bags of flavour. Great hangover food that isn’t bad for you!!

Desert Island Banana and Coconut Breakfast Muffins

14 Mar

This is the perfect pick me up after all this rain. I wanted something tropical to remind me of the sun that seems to have disappeared for good. Banana and coconut, such a classic combination that takes me back to Caribbean holidays when I was younger. One holiday to Antigua in particular springs to mind. I had the amazing banana bread for breakfast every day for three weeks, it was that good. I’ve never found a banana bread to match it since. That might be something to do with waking up to a view of the turquoise sea and pinky white sandy beach though, it makes everything taste better.

So if muffins grew on palm trees this is what they would taste like. Banana, coconut & honey. So, go with me on this one and imagine yourself stranded on a desert island and all you have to eat are muffins that grow on trees. It wouldn’t be so bad would it? And if the rain is throwing your fantasy off just imagine it’s a tropical thunder-storm, they only last for an hour and it means you can shelter in the bar with an over-garnished tacky cocktail. Or is that just me? Oh yes, this desert island has a bar and a hammock. Well, it’s my fantasy I can have what I like…..

These delicious little fantasy muffins are made with wholemeal flour and olive oil rather than butter. So you can eat as many as you like. In fantasy world that is…..

Desert Island Banana & Coconut Breakfast Muffins

makes 12, vegetarian

  • 250 gr self-raising wholemeal flour
  • 175 gr brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100 ml milk (I used goat’s milk)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 ripe bananas, quartered lengthways and chopped
  • 50 gr toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 50 gr desiccated coconut
  • about 12 tsp honey (a squeezy bottle is easiest)

Preheat oven to 180 C. Sieve the flour and salt into a large bowl, mix in the sugar, cinnamon & nutmeg and make a well in the centre. Mix together the egg, milk & oil in a jug and pour into the well in the flour. Mix together with a wooden spoon until just incorporated. Don’t over mix or your muffins will be tough. Then carefully fold in the banana, walnuts & coconut.

Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases and spoon (or use and ice cream scoop) the mixture into the paper cases about 2/3 full.  Make a hole in the top of the muffins with the back of a teaspoon and squeeze in about a teaspoon of honey (see photo above) don’t worry if it overflows.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes until golden brown & cooked. Remove from the muffin tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.

You could add whatever you like to these muffins, some dates would be nice and follow on from the palm tree theme. Or maybe some chopped apples would be good with the cinnamon & nutmeg.

Just keep the fantasy going by imagining yourself on that tropical beach somewhere. You know what, I think the sun might be coming out!  That’s the power of positive thinking for you. I’d better take the dog out before it starts raining again……

New Year’s Day Brunch: Eggs Tex Mex with chilli cheese sauce

1 Jan

This is a Tex Mex twist on Eggs Florentine, my favourite brunch dish, which is a toasted english muffin topped with wilted spinach, two eggs and a hollandaise sauce. In this recipe the hollandaise is replaced by an amazing chilli cheese sauce I made last night as a dip for nachos. Hot cheese & chilli- it doesn’t get better than that. Forget those scary, bright orange, chemical cheese dips you can buy, this is made with real cheese and real chilli and it’s really addictive….

Chilli Cheese Dip/Sauce

adapted from a recipe by The Homesick Texan

makes a big soup bowl full, vegetarian

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (you should use Jalapenos adjust quantities to suit your taste)
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 cup milk (I used goat’s milk)
  • about 300 gr grated cheese (I used a cured Manchego. Monterey Jack, Cheddar & Red Leicester would be good or a mix)
  • a small handful of chopped coriander
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 150 ml sour cream or creme fraiche
  • the juice of half a lime
  • salt & balck pepper

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over a medium low heat, add the onions & chillis and cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Whisk the cornflour into the milk and then whisk it into the onions. Cook for a few minutes until it thickens, whisking all the time. Then stir in the coriander & tomatoes.

Turn the heat down to low and slowly add the cheese a heaped tablespoon at a time, stirring to melt the cheese before adding the next spoonful. When all the cheese has been added & melted in, add the sour cream, season with salt & pepper and stir in the lime juice.

Pour it into a bowl and serve with nachos, tortilla chips or raw veggie crudites for dipping.Try to resist eating straight from the bowl with a spoon!

 If you have any left you will definitely find loads of uses for it. In fact you will be designing  dishes especially for it. When I woke up this morning I already knew what we were having for brunch today. I think I must have been dreaming about it, it really is that good….

 Eggs Tex Mex Recipe

serves 2, vegetarian

  • 2 english muffins, sliced in half through the middle
  • 1 bag fresh spinach (about 25ogr) picked and washed
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • a knob of butter & 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt & black pepper
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • some chilli cheese sauce (see recipe above) about 200 ml maybe more!

Melt the butter and a splash of olive oil in a large pan over a medium heat, add the garlic, cook for 1 minute then add the spinach, season with salt, pepper & nutmeg and put the lid on. Meanwhile reheat (if cold) the cheese sauce over a low heat in a small pan stirring occasionally. Toast/grill the muffins. In a large frying pan heat 1 or 2 tbsp olive oil over a medium heat then carefully crack in the eggs (1 in each corner) and cover with a lid. Stir the spinach, when it has wilted, remove from the heat and replace the lid to keep warm. Cook the eggs until just set, about 3 minutes.

Butter the muffins halves, top with the wilted spinach and the 2 eggs then pour over the chilli cheese sauce…

Garnish with coriander or parsley leaves and devour greedily…..

“When life hands you lemons…”

30 Dec

“…..Make Lemon Curd”

It was mandarins, now its lemons. They are everywhere, people are giving them away. That’s how we came to have a huge bag full. The lemons obviously like the rain..

I would usually make lemonade but it’s not really the weather for it. I’m sure it won’t be long before the sun comes out again but until then its going to be lemon curd. The mandarin jam is nearly finished so I need something else to spread on my morning panettone. The second panettone I made came out the same as the first (a bit like a giant teacake). It tastes great but the electric went off half way through cooking it again so it didn’t rise very much. I’m not making it anymore I’m obviously jinxed Panettone-wise. And anyway, as my friend Tara said “that’s why people buy them”! I wouldn’t usually agree but on this occasion I admit defeat. Luckily they are all reduced now in the sale after Christmas…

Lemon Curd Recipe

makes about 1 & 1/2 jars (double it to make 3 jars, obviously!) I only had 2 jars, vegetarian

  • grated zest & juice of 3 small lemons
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 gr caster sugar
  • 115 gr room temperature unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 tsp cornflour

Lightly whisk the eggs in a medium saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients and put on a medium high heat. Whisk continuously until thickened about 5 – 8 minutes. Lower the heat to minimum and simmer, whisking for another minute. Remove from the heat and pour into hot sterilized jars (just put them through the dishwasher or fill with boiling water from the kettle and tip out). Seal immediately, leave to cool then store in the fridge.

Serve on hot toasted bread (or panettone). They’re reduced at the moment!!

Enjoy….

    

Christmas Carbicide and Boxing Day Bubble…

29 Dec

On Christmas Eve we walked up to these rocks….

Then the Washer Up made his amazing vegeatble sushi rolls stuffed with omelette, carrot, spring onion & spinach which we served with sushi ginger, wasabi paste & soy sauce… yum!

Followed by a spicy miso noodle broth with pak choi & shitake mushrooms..

And then we played cards..with the cat!

On Christmas morning we walked up to our favourite hilltop retreat and ate mince pies..

From there we could see this waterfall on the mountain over the other side of the valley and decided to walk there on Boxing day… more of that “adventure” later…!

Our Christmas Dinner was “Potatoes Four Ways” also known as “Christmas Carbicide!”..

This consisted of (clockwise from bottom right) Dauphinoise Potatoes, Potato Fondant, Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Mash & Polenta Encrusted Roast Potatoes. As you can imagine I have only just emerged from my carb induced coma.. The stuffing on top is Sage & Onion. I think my favourite was the Potato Fondant which is a disc of potato cooked slowly in butter & stock.  We served this with roasted shallots, peas & green beans with garlic & ground almonds..

This was all covered with “purple” gravy (don’t ask- it was red onion gravy but I blitzed it so it was purple!) nice…
We had red wine with dinner which was probably not a good idea, the Washer Up is not good on red wine…

So it was with a hangover on Boxing Day morning that we embarked on our trip to the faraway waterfall…. We parked at Barranco Blanco and took some pictures of the lovely waterfall there….

We couldn’t get down to the bottom because of all the water but you can see some more pictures I took there earlier in the year here.

We set off on the path around the valley and looked back at our favourite hilltop, where we walked to on Christmas day..

We passed another small waterfall on the mountain path before we went “off road”….

So, The Washer Up said it would only take us about 20 minutes off the path to reach the waterfall. Needless to say we ended up on a steep incline head height in thorn bushes with no idea how to get out! It was impossible to reach the waterfall through all the spikey bush but we got near enough to take this photo. There were three levels of waterfall..

It was pretty scary trying to find our way back to the path, but we haven’t given up. Next time we are going to go along the river bed at the bottom and see if we can reach it from that direction….

By the time we arrived back at home we had been out for about 3 1/2 hours so we were starving. What was in the fridge? Leftover potatoes and veg from our Christmas dinner. So it had to be Bubble & Squeak with a Fried Egg…

Put all of your leftover potatoes (mash & roasts) in to a bowl with the leftover veg and stuffing and mash with a potato masher. Shape into a ball and place a slice/chunk of goat’s cheese in the middle roll it up again to seal it and shape into patties.
Sprinkle some flour/breadcrumbs/polenta on a plate and lightly coat the patties to give it a nice crust. Fry in hot butter & olive oil over a medium high heat for about 5 minutes on each side (turn them over when browned). When they are nearly cooked crack two egs into the same pan and cook until just set.
Serve the Bubble & Squeak straight away topped with the fried egg (and some HP sauce!). The addition of the goat’s cheese is a Nigel Slater idea. I’ve never tried it before. It’s lovely when you cut into the Bubble & Squeak and the cheese oozes out. With that and the soft egg yolk …..heaven!!
Hope you enjoyed your Christmas too xx

Shakshuka – eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce

20 Dec

Shakshuka is an Israeli dish perfect for a spicy Sunday Brunch. It is all cooked in one pan so less washing up and you don’t have to worry about poaching the eggs because they cook in the tomato sauce. This dish is really simple and shouldn’t be as delicious as it is…

Shakshuka Recipe

serves 2 vegetarian

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chilli chopped
  •  1/2 red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2- 3/4 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 75 ml veg stock or water
  •  salt & black pepper
  •  4 eggs
  • 5o gr feta cheese
  •  a handful of chopped coriander or parsley plus some leaves for garnish
  • warm bread (I used a rustic baguette but pita or flatbread would be nice)

Heat the oil in a large- ish frying pan over a medium high heat and cook the onions & chilli for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until softened. Add the garlic, cumin & paprika and cook & stir for 2 more minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock/water, reduce the heat slightly and simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened and reduced.(About 8 – 10 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

Crack the eggs into the sauce, try to do one in each corner. Put the lid on and cook for about 5 – 6 minutes until the yolks are just set. Baste the whites with the tomato mixture but don’t break the yolks. Replace the lid for another minute if you need to cook  the whites more. Sprinkle with the fresh herbs and crumble over the feta cheese.

 If you’re really lazy you can eat it straight out of the pan with some crusty bread. If not serve it on warmed plates with extra coriander leaves and the bread on the side.

I think this brunch could be the perfect  “hangover cure” for the holiday season. Bloody Mary anyone?!!

Wild Fig and Mandarin Muffins

13 Nov

Tomorrow morning we are going to help pick olives at a friends finca and Margarita, the hostess, is making lunch for everyone, so I thought I would make something sweet to keep the sugar levels up mid morning. We picked some figs yesterday on our walk and the restaurant has orange and mandarin trees in the garden so that was the inspiration. I’ve made orange & cranberry muffins before so it was just a matter of replacing the cranberries with figs…

Wild Fig & Mandarin. Sounds like a Jo Malone fragrance doesn’t it, and if it isn’t it should be. They smell really good..

Wild Fig & Mandarin Muffins Recipe

Makes about 10 vegetarian

  • 200 gr self raising flour (I used wholemeal)
  • 125 gr caster sugar
  • 100 gr brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large mandarins
  • 200 gr fresh figs roughly chopped
  • 250 ml greek yoghurt
  • 50 gr butter, softened
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Sieve the flour and salt into a bowl then stir in the sugars and cinnamon. Grate the zest of the mandarins into another bowl then beat in the greek yoghurt, butter and egg until smooth. Add to the dry ingredients and fold in gently. Peel the mandarins, remove as much of the white pith as you have the patience for, then cut the segments in half longways. Add the figs and mandarin segments to the mixture and fold in gently using as few strokes as possible. Do not over beat, the mix should be slightly streaky. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with 10 paper muffin cases and spoon the mixture into the cases to about 3/4 full. Bake for 35 minutes until golden and firm.

Eat warm, straight from the oven, or if you can wait for them to cool, make a mandarin icing glaze to drizzle over them. This increases the mandarin flavour and makes them even more moist and scrumptious….

Orange Icing Glaze Recipe

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • about 3 or 4 tsp freshly squeezed mandarin juice

Put the icing sugar in a bowl and slowly whisk in the mandarin juice a teaspoon at a time until you have a thick drizzling consistency. When the muffins have cooled completely take a teaspoon of the icing, hold it over the muffin and drizzle it artistically over the top. Leave it to soak in a bit if you can wait, if not just enjoy straight away with the icing all over your fingers..

Perfect for afternoon tea or a mid morning snack, to keep you going until lunch, maybe!………

Fabulous Cabbage Recipes

12 Oct
 
 

We walk past these cabbages every day and see them growing. I love the silveryness of their leaves in the sun. After the rain we have had they are definitely looking ready to me so I am finally accepting it is now Autumn and am going to cook with cabbage tonight…

 
 
 

 

Our Broccoli & Cabbage

 

Indian Spiced Cabbage & Potato Samosas Recipe 
 Makes about 8 samosas Vegetarian/Vegan

Indian Spiced Cabbage Samosas wih Fig Chutney

 For the Samosa Pastry

makes about 8/10 samosas

  •  225 gr plain flour (I use wholemeal, you can use white or a mixture of both)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or veg oil
  • 110 ml water (You may need a little more but start with this)
    1. Mix the flour, salt, cumin seeds & turmeric in a large bowl until combined.
    2. Add the oil & water, stir with a wooden spoon then use your hands to bring it together to form a ball of dough. (You may need to add a little more water if it’s too dry).
    3. Wrap the ball of dough in clingfilm and put it in the fridge while you make the filling.

    For the cabbage

  • 1/2 head cabbage cut in half & finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp punch pooran*
  • 1 small fresh chilli chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • a pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp salt
  •  a squeeze of lemon/lime juice
  • a handful of fresh coriander chopped
  •  2 tbsp veg stock
  • some leftover cooked mashed potato or chopped cooked potato whatever you have.

*Punch pooran is a whole spice mix made up from cumin, fennel, fenugreek, black mustard & onion seeds. It gives a great rounded flavour to any indian dishes & is available from East End Foods.

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok to a medium heat. Add the punch pooran, cooking until the seeds start to pop, then quickly add the rest of the spices, garlic & ginger cooking them for about a minute but do not burn them.
  2. Add in the cabbage and salt and stir to coat the cabbage in the oil & spices then add the veg stock to loosen it slightly and stir fry the cabbage until it is cooked how you like it. (I like it cooked but still a bit crunchy about 5 mins).
  3. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice & the chopped coriander and check for seasoning.

You can serve it like this as a side dish its delicious..

Indian Spiced Cabbage

4. Now add your cooked mashed potato or cooked chopped potatoes (As much as you like) and stir to combine well.

Cabbage & Potato Samosa Mix

5. Now take the dough out of the fridge, flour your board & rolling pin and start to need the dough for about a minute to make it stable.

6. Cut the ball of dough into quarters then into eights and roll out one of the pieces of dough to about 2 or 3 mm thick. Then trim it into a square about 10 or 12 cm.

10 - 12 cm Samosa Square

7. Now take a heaped tablespoon of the mix and put it on one half of the square, leave the edges clear

8. Now fold the empty side over the filling to make a triangle and press down the edges then seal them again with a fork.

9. Repeat with the rest of the pastry.

I baked mine in a preheated oven 210 degrees for about 10 – 12 mins. I brushed them with a little oil first & oiled the baking tray. You can deep fry them in hot oil for about 2 minutes on each side.

I served them with some of my fiery fig chutney (see recipe) but you can serve them with any chutney you have or a raita either way they’re great.

 I love potato, especially mashed potato, and I also love Indian food so this next idea is an Indian spiced version of Colcannon (An Irish dish with mashed potato & cabbage) or Bubble & Squeak, an English dish made with leftover potatoes & vegetables (usually Brussel sprouts or cabbage) which is made into patties and fried in a pan. Heaven….

Indian Spiced Bubble & Squeak with a Poached Egg

serves 2 vegetarian

Brunch Heaven
  • leftover Indian spiced cabbage (see above)
  • leftover mashed potato
  • 2 eggs
  • coriander or chives to garnish
  1. Mix the cold mash and cabbage together well

2. Press the mix into two chefs rings or cookie cutters to make patties ( Or just shape them by hand). Then heat some oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the patties to the hot oil and cook them until well browned on both sides and hot in the middle

Bubble & Squeak

3. Meanwhile put a large pan of water on to boil with a squirt of vinegar. When it’s boiling turn off the heat, stir the water and carefully crack the two eggs into the water (Break them into the surface of the water). Put the lid on and leave them for 3 minutes.

Serve the poached egg on top of the Bubble & Squeak and garnish with chives or coriander. 

Enjoy!

Spiced Asparagus Brunch Recipe

18 Sep

I know that it is not strictly speaking asparagus season but it’s still good here so I couldn’t resist. This is a gorgeous brunch dish though it could be breakfast or lunch or even a late supper…

The inspiration for this dish came from a book I bought recently on a trip back to the UK for a wedding. The book is Flavour by Vicky Bhogal & it has loads of really exciting vegetarian recipes that I can’t wait to try. Her recipe is for just the asparagus with a mustard seed cream sauce but I had some cooked new potatoes left from the night before so I thought it would be great with those & a poached egg on top, everything is great with a poached egg on top!! You could also serve it on leftover mash.Ibought the book in TK MAX which has a brilliant reduced recipe book section, so many to choose from. I also bought some measuring cups which are great for american recipes, anyway..  

Spiced Asparagus Brunch
Vegetarian Serves 2

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (I didn’t have any mustard seeds)
  • 1/2 tsp onion seeds
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 100ml creme fraiche (about 1/2 tub)
  • handful fresh coriander chopped

 For the Asparagus

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • enough cooked new potatoes quartered
  • 1/4 red onion chopped
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • squeeze lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • coriander sprigs to garnish
  1. For the sauce, heat the oil & butter in a small pan with the cumin, poppy & onion seeds.
  2. When they start to sizzle add the onion & garlic & fry until light golden.
  3. Turn down the heat & add the garam masala, salt, pepper & lemon juice & stir well.
  4. Add the creme fraiche & cook for about a minute.
  5. Add chopped coriander & turn off heat
  6. Meanwhile steam the asparagus for 3 or 4 minutes until just tender.
  7. Heat some oil in a large frying pan and fry 1/4 chopped red onion over a med high heat with the rest of the spices for a few minutes until softened & fragrant.
  8. Add the chopped cooked potatoes & stir to coat in the onion & spice mixture, cook for 2 mins.
  9. Add the cooked asparagus to the potatoes stir to coat & cook for 1-2 mins.
  10. Add the lemon juice, salt & pepper turn the heat off & put a lid on.
  11. Have a pan of boiling water on the go when you are nearly ready to serve add some vinegar to the water.
  12. Turn the water off & crack both eggs into the water very near the surface.
  13. Put the lid on & leave for 3mins.
  14. To serve put the asparagus & potatoes on the bottom of the dish.
  15. Take the poached eggs out of the water with a slotted spoon & drain on kitchen roll.
  16. Put the eggs on top of the asparagus.
  17.  Spoon the warm sauce around the asparagus & potatoes & garnish the eggs with coriander

Enjoy!

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