Eating Out


How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Eggs are the beginning of life. Human beings grow from fertilised eggs. Chickens lay eggs for procreation and its lucky for us that they do – they’re versatile, filling, delicious and nutritious. Its not often you have a food that you can apply all of those adjectives to.

So, eggs – that are the beginning of these strange lives we lead – are also the perfect beginning to the day. I often reminisce about all the wonderful breakfasts I’ve had in my time as well as mourning the disappointing ones. I also take pictures of the best examples for gluttonous posterity. To answer the title question, how do you like your eggs in the morning? – I like them any which way, but usually softly scrambled.

 

Ottolenghi Shakshuka Eggs

The finest, most generous portion of Shakshuka at Ottolenghi.

Above was a part of the most wonderful brunch I had obe sunny Sunday last summer at Ottolenghi Islington. We’d already filled up on toast and spreads but I still managed to push passed the full-barrier to mop the last blob of tomato.

Gizzi Erskine Breakfast Soft Boiled Eggs & Chorizo

Chorizo, Sweet Potato Mayo and a Soft Boiled Egg.. inspired by Gizzi Erskine.

This was inspired by a Gizzi Erskine recipe from Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts. Sweet potato mayo is like the sweet nectar of the Gods. Who’d have thunk? The sweet and slightly sour mayo is a perfect foil for the spicy chorizo, rich egg and the acidity from the tomatoes. Leftover mayo is also great just spread on bread, or just eaten from a spoon. I’m gross like that.

Fried Eggs & Bacon Jam

Bacon Jam stirred through some Baked Beans topped with a Fried Egg.

Dan Doherty is seemingly the don of Brunch. His Duck and Waffle is a great place to get eggs 24 hours a day in London. His latest book Toast Hash Roash Mash is also basically cover to cover brilliant brunch recipes. He had a recipe for Bacon Jam.. which was the first thing I cooked from the book. Imagine a cross between BBQ Sauce and a Conserve, but with bacon. Honestly, it’s incredible. Like the best example of sweet and salty. It turned a rather pedestrian breakfast of baked beans and a fried egg into something I’d pay for in an embarassingly hipster breakfast cafe.

Scrambled Eggs, Sourdough and Black Pudding

Perfect scrambled eggs with black pudding, bacon jam and sourdough toast.

There’s a little bit of Bacon Jam left in the above breakast.. and some overpriced but unbelievable black pudding I bought in Riverside Market along with some sourdough, from Riverside Sourdough.. and some XL eggs – scrambled with a healthy and hearty Irish portion of butter and a dab of creme fraiche for some French sophistcation.

I fucking love eggs. I sometimes fantasise about being a healthy clean eating vegan.. or ‘plant-based diet’ guru. I have cookbooks just about eggs.. and eggs being the start of most life on this planet. It seemed a fitting subject for this first post. Genesis, Chapter One. In the beginning, God probably started off with eggs, cooked any which way.