Turkish eggs on pita

Turkish eggs with pita

This is an oldie but a goodie, and a recipe I’ve been making most weekends for the past four years. Partly because it’s my boyfriend favourite and partly because it’s cheap as chips – which is good, as I seem to have misplaced all my money. Either that, or I’ve spent it on simply breathing in this overpriced town… and Celine Dion tickets. I mean, what’s the point in living in London if you can’t afford a Friday night Deliveroo? #middleclassproblems. Oh well, at least I’ll get nice and thin, especially if we get a no-deal Brexit. Come on Boris, do it for halloumi!


Turkish eggs on pita
Serves 1 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 10 mins /
You’ll  need:
Non-stick frying pan preferably with a lid 
Spray rapeseed oil
2 eggs
1 brown pita bread
3 tbs Greek yogurt
Small handful fresh mint, chopped
Small handful of fresh dill, chopped
¼ tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 tsp garlic extra virgin olive oil (if you don’t have garlic oil simply grate half a garlic clove into the yogurt and use regular extra virgin olive oil)
3 pickled chillies, stalks removed (optional) 


TIP: This is a great way to use up Greek yogurt you have left over from another recipe. 


Method
1. Roughly chop the mint and the dill and put to one side. In a small bowl, add the yogurt and season with salt. If not using garlic oil, stir the grated garlic straight into the yogurt.
2. Spray a small non-stick frying pan with rapeseed oil and place over a medium heat and allow the oil to heat up for a couple of minutes. Crack in the eggs and fry until you have set whites and runny yolks – to make sure my eggs are perfectly set, I like to put the lid on the pan for the last minute to allow the steam to cook the top part of the eggs.
3. Meanwhile toast the pitta and using a knife, butterfly open on a plate. Add the yogurt to the centre of the bread and spread it out using the back of a spoon. Top with the fried eggs and liberally sprinkle over the herbs, smoked paprika and the chilli flakes. Remove the stalks from the pickled chillies, arrange them on top and drizzle over the garlic or extra virgin olive oil.

Turkish eggs with pita

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Ramen eggs

BENTO: Ramen Eggs
Ramen Eggs
Ramen Eggs

I recently watched a documentary called ‘Miso Hungry‘ which made me a bit obsessed with Japanese food. Fat comedian, Craig Anderson, swaps his junk food-laden diet, for nothing but traditional Japanese cooking for 12 weeks, in a bid to shed a few pounds. It’s no secret that the Japanese live the longest healthiest lives in the developed world, but is it as easy as swapping a burger for a bowl of natto? Of course it’s not – that’s why it’s so funny.

Anyway, not only is Japanese food slimming and healthy, it’s lovely and cold. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s been like a hundred degrees in London this week, which has turned my little Camden flat into a fully functioning oven. So when you live in an oven, turning the actual oven on is frankly suicide, especially when you look and feel like a fat manatee. I really should lay off the crumpets.
Anyway, ramen eggs are delicious, nutritious and definitely worth trying. They’re easy to make and are a great addition to any lunch box. I personally like to eat mine drunk after a night out.


Ramen eggs
Makes 4 / Hands on time 15 mins / Total time 15 mins + cooling and marinating 
V Df
You’ll need: Ice and a sandwich bag
4 eggs (fresh eggs are harder to peel once boiled, so I recommend using eggs that are a little older and need using up)
10 tbs of water
6 tbs of light soy sauce
4 tbs of mirin


TIP: Keep refrigerated on the liquid and consume within 1 week. 


Method
1. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and turn down to a simmer. Carefully immerse your eggs in the water and cook for 8 minutes. Whilst boiling, prepare a bowl of iced water.
2. Once boiled, remove the eggs carefully and place in the iced water and cool for a minimum of 30 mins (the longer you leave them, the easier they are to peel).
3. Meanwhile, put a small sandwich bag in a small bowl and fill the bag with the water, soy sauce and mirin. Put to one side.
4. Once the eggs have fully cooled, carefully peel them and pop them straight into the bag with the marinade. Make sure the eggs are well immersed in the liquid before twisting the bag and tying either in a knot or with an elastic band. Place the bag back in the bowl and leave in the fridge, preferably for 12 hours. Cut them in half and enjoy cold.

Ramen Eggs
Ramen Eggs

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Turkish eggs on pita

Turkish Eggs
Turkish Eggs

This is my boyfriend’s absolute favourite breakfast, he’s been harassing me to make it for ages. I tried to explain that he could always make it himself but this didn’t go down very well. Anyway, don’t be scared of frying eggs, they don’t need to be cooked in a bath of oil like that grotesque scene in Withnail and I (click here). Also, I don’t appreciate being spat at by lamas let alone by a saucepan of hot oil, so let’s use spray oil instead yeah? Far less spitty.
Anyway, I tend to always have a couple of frozen pita breads in my freezer, so this recipe is pretty easy to throw together just as long as you have bit of yogurt to use up. It has to be plain yogurt mind, don’t be using any old strawberry Frube you find at the back of the fridge.
In any case, I hope you enjoy this Turkish delight as much as Jamie does. It’s been known to cure many a bad hangover.

P.S. I apologise if you watched the ‘Withal and I’ clip to the point where the old woman bites into her fried egg sandwich and it all falls out the back. That gave me nightmares for quite some years.


Turkish eggs on pita
Serves 1 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 10 mins /
You’ll  need:
Non-stick frying pan preferably with a lid 
Spray rapeseed oil
2 eggs
1 brown pita bread
3 tbs Greek yogurt
Small handful fresh mint, chopped
Small handful of fresh dill, chopped
¼ tsp smoked paprika
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 tsp garlic extra virgin olive oil (if you don’t have garlic oil simply grate half a garlic clove into the yogurt and use regular extra virgin olive oil)
3 pickled chillies, stalks removed (optional) 


TIP: This is a great way to use up Greek yogurt you have left over from another recipe. 


Method
1. Roughly chop the mint and the dill and put to one side. In a small bowl, add the yogurt and season with salt. If not using garlic oil, stir the grated garlic straight into the yogurt.
2. Spray a small non-stick frying pan with rapeseed oil and place over a medium heat and allow the oil to heat up for a couple of minutes. Crack in the eggs and fry until you have set whites and runny yolks – to make sure my eggs are perfectly set, I like to put the lid on the pan for the last minute to allow the steam to cook the top part of the eggs.
3. Meanwhile toast the pitta and using a knife, butterfly open on a plate. Add the yogurt to the centre of the bread and spread it out using the back of a spoon. Top with the fried eggs and liberally sprinkle over the herbs, smoked paprika and the chilli flakes. Remove the stalks from the pickled chillies, arrange them on top and drizzle over the garlic or extra virgin olive oil.

Turkish Eggs
Turkish Eggs

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Perfectly poached eggs

Perfectly Poached Eggs
Perfectly Poached Eggs

My quest to cook the perfect egg continues with ‘poaching’  – aka, the scariest of all the egg cooking methods. But why are we so afraid? I think poaching an egg always seems like the riskiest option, especially when you only have two eggs left. No no, better play it safe and fry them instead.
But if you want to take a chance, then you have to make some tough decisions. To vinegar or not to vinegar? To swirl the water or not to swirl? Frying pan or saucepan? Refrigerated or room temperature eggs? Boil or simmer? AGHHH FORGET IT!
Poaching an egg can be a very stressful time in ones life. I don’t blame you for frying but if I told you there’s a way of poaching eggs that won’t make you run for the hills would you do it? This is where my story begins…
One blustery but warm Autumnal morning, I rise from my sleeping quarters to find my housemate Isabelle in the kitchen. It’s a small kitchen, with a blue tiled floor which feels cold on the soles of my feet. She delicately stirs a spoonful of sugar into her tea, I can’t help but notice her slender bird like hands. There’s a small frying pan simmering away with what look like two cloudy white orbs floating on the surface, like two boats on a calm sea… But they are not boats, oh no, Isabelle is making poached eggs!
“Are you poaching eggs? I say, bemused. “How are you doing that?”
“Yeah, it’s easy, I’ll show you” she says and she did, so now I will show you. Hold onto your hats, it’s going to be wild!


Perfectly poached eggs 
Serves 1 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 10 mins / V Gf* Df
You’ll need: Small shallow frying pan, ramekin, slotted spoon, kitchen roll (optional)
2 medium eggs, refrigerated or room temperature
Toast and smashed avocado to serve (optional)


Method
1. Boil a kettle and pour the boiled water into a small shallow saucepan, leaving 1cm from the top. Bring to the boil, before reducing the water to a low simmer.
2. Crack one of the eggs into a small ramekin and gently pour it into the water – don’t panic if the white spreads out bit, this is normal. Repeat with the second. If the eggs look like they’re merging together this is also nothing to worry about.
3. The eggs won’t take long to cook once in the water to keep a close eye on them. Now is a good time to toast the bread.


NOTE: If the egg yolks are poking out the water, use a slotted spoon to gently push them under the water until the tops of the yolks look set (see image below).


4. After about 2 mins, move a slotted spoon gently underneath each egg to make sure they’re not sticking to the bottom. This is also a good opportunity to lift one of the eggs out and inspect the whites. If they’re set then check the yolks – if you like your yolks a little harder return to the water to cook for longer.
5. Once cooked, remove one egg at a time with the slotted spoon, allowing any excess water to drain through the spoon back into the frying pan. Serve immediately on toast.

 

 

Perfect Poached Eggs
Perfect Poached Eggs

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Birthday avocado & eggs on toast with sweet chilli sauce

Birthday Avocado & Eggs On Toast with Chilli Sauce
Birthday Avocado & Eggs On Toast with Chilli Sauce

It’s my 31st birthday today, yippee hooray!… Although I don’t feel as fresh as I perhaps hoped I would, managed to drink a tad too much Prosecco last night at Mahiki. Have woken up to some very unflattering pictures of myself on Facebook. In one of them I’m sprawled over my poor friend Rachel, drinking out of a giant cocktail treasure chest through a very long straw. Classy.
Anyway, it was fun so who cares. This is my favourite hangover breakfast (so end up eating it most weekends). It’s super quick, super easy and super tasty. I tend to always have some sliced sourdough in the freezer for hangover emergencies such as this one, I suggest you start doing the same. It also helps that I live with an avocado addict so I always have the bits I need to make this.


Birthday avocado & eggs on toast with sweet chilli sauce
Serves 1 / Hands on time 10 mins / Total time 10 mins /  V🌶
You’ll need: A small frying pan
1 small garlic clove, peeled
2 slices sourdough or bread of choice
1 tsp rapeseed oil
2 eggs
1 avocado, flesh scooped out
Chilli flakes to serve (optional)
Sweet chilli sauce


Method
1. Put a small frying pan over a medium to high heat with a tsp of oil. Meanwhile peel the garlic clove and toast the bread. Once the oil is hot, crack in the eggs and fry until the whites are set and the yolks are soft –  I often cook mine with a lid on to ensure a set white but be careful not to over-cook the yolks.
2. Rub each slice of toast with the raw garlic clove and smash the avocado on top. Finish with  the fried eggs and serve with chilli sauce and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.

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