Bacon and egg breakfast muffins

For me a Sunday breakfast has to be more interesting than the standard bowl of cereal I have every other morning. It often involves croissants, scrambled egg on toast or smoked salmon bagels. However, last weekend I decided to go for something a little bit different, a bacon and egg breakfast muffin. The idea came from watching Rachel Khoo on The little Paris kitchen a couple of weeks ago, I noticed her making Croque Madame muffins which I wasn’t entirely keen on but the idea of making something like that into a muffin looked great. So I took what I remembered of what she did and changed it to suit breakfast; the main and most important change, I think, was taking out the bechamel sauce! Something I definately couldn’t eat so early in the morning.

I think variations of these will start to appear more regularly for breakfast on a Sunday now! You could probably get nearly an entire fryed breakfast in one of these…well a very small fried breakfast anyway. Or they would be great served with beans, mushrooms, sausages etc.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Slices of white bread
  • 100g Butter (melted)
  • 4 Slices of bacon
  • 4 Small eggs
  • 100g Cheese (any cheese that you enjoy melted will be fine, I used mature cheddar but you could use a gruyère or maybe mozzarella)

Makes 4 muffins

Preheat the oven to 180C

  1. Slice the crusts off your bread and roll them out until they are around half as thick as they were to begin with.
  2. Liberally brush both sides of the bread with meted butter and cut each slice in half.
  3. Cross the two halves over each other and place into a muffin tray. There seem to be many ways to put the bread in the muffin tin but I found this way to be the easiest as the bread didn’t seem to split so easily.
  4. Fry the bacon as you like it and then place one rasher into each bread case
  5. Crack the eggs over a bowl and allow around half of the egg white to run out of the shell, place the yolk and the rest of the white on top of the bacon. If it looks like there is space for more egg white then add more, but ensure you don’t overfill them as this makes them more likely to leak and get stuck to the tray.
  6. Cover the egg and bacon in cheese and brush the top of the bread with more butter.
  7. Place in the oven for 13-15 minutes if you want a runny egg, and 20 minutes if you want a set yolk.
  8. Take the out of the tray and serve immediately.20120909-210255.jpg

Meal Planning Monday

Well not quite Monday I know, didn’t have a chance to sit down yesterday and plan, but hey better late than never!

  • Monday: Pasta bolognase
  • Tuesday: Lamb stew
  • Wednesday: Sausage casserole
  • Thursday: Tuna, creme fraiche and peas with pasta

I am away from Friday to Monday this week so won’t need to plan any meal as i’ll probably eat out a lot.

Do you have any quick dinner suggestions for me for next week?

Meal Planning Monday

I found out about Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday’s through Nellys’ blog in January and have finally decided to give it a go as I have a new job and a very tight budget. Also as I am currently only cooking for one I really don’t want to slip into unhealthy food habits, like ready made pasta sauces and take-away’s. But, equally I don’t want to plan to make lovely exotic dishes because I know this is unrealistic as I am starting a new job and so likely to come home and be pretty tired each night.

I hope that doing this will prevent me getting into the habit of buying things randomly every week with no plan on what to make with them and then lots of fresh things going to waste.

Tuesday: Sausage casserole with boiled potatoes and vegetables

Wednesday: Tuna and peas with crème fraîche sauce and pasta

Thursday: Sweet chilli with rice

Friday: Pasta bolognase

Saturday: Chicken kiev with mash and green beans in white sauce

Sunday: Pork chop, roast potatoes, vegetables and stuffing.

This week I aim to also bake some kind of oat bar/biscuits. Do you have any oat based recipes that you would recommend?

Falafel and sweet chilli wraps

Now while these don’t technically have to be baked, I thought I would post the recipe as I am trying to be a bit healthier; since I never stopped eating rubbish after Christmas! I decided to try and make these as a certain American fast food chain offers something very similar at the moment and I am slightly addicted, though I’m sure this home-made version must be healthier or at least less greasy. This is not the quickest dinner to make, so maybe it should be saved for a weekend, but they are yummy and the sweet chilli sauce really adds to the overall flavour.

Parts of this recipe are based on this BBC Good Food website recipe.

Falafel:

400g Tin chick peas
1 tsp Ground coriander
1 tsp Ground cumin
1.5 tbsp Red lentils boiled as per instructions
1.5 tbsp Plain flour
1 tbsp Sunflower oil
0.5 tsp Chilli powder
60g Breadcrumbs

4 Tortilla wraps
Lettuce
Cucumber
Sweet chilli dipping sauce

Makes 4 wraps/ 8 falafel pattys

  1. Put the chick peas, coriander, cumin, chilli and oil in a food processor until the chick peas are puréed, then add the flour. Remove this mixture from the food processor and mix in the lentils.
  2. Form this mixture into small burger like patty’s, and coat them in breadcrumbs – they should be slightly sticky so that the breadcrumbs stick without any need for an egg.
  3. Leave them to rest in the fridge for a couple of hours, where they will become slightly firmer
  4. Shallow fry them for around 8-10 minutes on each side, turning occasionally, but not too often or they will break up. Or bake them for 15-20mins at 180C, until the breadcrumbs become golden brown and they are hot throughout.
  5. Serve them in a wrap with the lettuce, cucumber and sweet chilli sauce.

Food for thought

I recently went into London to take a look at what the bakeries, patisseries and cafes had on offer as I am still interested in one day owning a cafe. However, I was also just interested in what people are making and eating for lunch currently, as it is all too easy to get stuck in a rut of ham/cheese/tuna sandwiches. These are a few of the places I either ate at or found interesting:

My first stop was Herman ze German, which is near Charing Cross Station, they had a really interesting range of pretzels and cakes that are freshly made each day. I tried the crumble swirl which was a lovely sweet dense sponge with a crumble and icing topping (shown on the left of the bottom shelf). Next time I go there I will definatley be trying the chocolate twist pretzel (pictured next to the chocolate dipped crossiant) as this looked delicious. For lunch they also offered a range of rolls, which had many typical German fillings, such as a salami, cheese, boiled egg and salad roll. It is very common in Germany for many different fillings to have egg included with them. Their range of drinks was also very interesting, all of them were German and they included flavours such as: apple and rhubarb, apple and beetroot and a very high caffeine cola.

I then came across MD’s yummin’ it up in Covent Garden, I didn’t try anything here but their food looked amazing! The window display showed a range of different small pieces of bread that formed an open sandwich. There was a huge range of toppings from roast beef and tomato to caviar, boiled egg and tomato. All of the toppings were very neatly placed onto the bread, with some of the spreads being piped on, which made them look lovely. Next time I am in the area at lunchtime I will, try them out and see if they taste as good as they look.

For lunch I stopped at Leon in old compton street, after reading one of their cookbooks I was intrigued as to what their food would be like. I ordered the chicken club wrap with the slaw and fresh home-made lemonade; the wrap was nice with big chunks of meat however, it would have been a lot better had they not smothered it in a very spicy chilli sauce. Someone I was with ordered the meatballs and they looked lovely and apparently were delicious, so I would be more inclined to recommend them and will be trying them next time I am in the area.

I also visited the Soho Hummingbird bakery and I found this very disappointing, I had wanted to visit for a long time and was excited to finally get the chance. While the cupcakes looked pretty they didn’t appear to be worth the £3.55 price tag! I also thought it odd that they put no descriptions next to any of the cakes as many of the names are not in the slightest descriptive e.g. red velvet, black bottom cupcake etc. and while there were staff available they seemed to just be pushing the ‘cupcake of the day’ but even then the description only went as far as ‘delicious’. I tried the red velvet cupcake as it was one I had remembered hearing many good things about, the sponge was lovely and light but the cream cheese frosting was a bit too cheesy for me, I am used to them being sweeter.

I also saw bakeries that had lovely rustic looking rolls, tarts and quiches, as well as amazing looking cakes; there were soo many places that offered beautiful looking food. One of the things I found from looking at these places is that if ever I owned a cafe/bakery I would ensure that for lunches the bread and rolls I used were of a high quality and looked good. As when I was walking around I found it was the look of the bread used that made me want to try things before I even looked at what was within them.