Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Big Brunch Tomato Eggs

Confession time. Everyday for the past 4 days, since turning a year older, i have been eating chocolate for breakfast. Slowly and happily, i have been working my way through the bounty of delicious confectionary given to me by thoughtful friends and family. A slab of chocolate in one hand, a cookery book in the other, i have been immersed in food heaven. I'm choosing not to mention about the week of birthday celebrations involving copious amounts of food and cake.

The downside to all this indulgence is that i have stopped exercising and have not so much as glanced at the bowl of fruit sitting in the kitchen.

Time to reign it in. Instead of a slab of chocolate, i kick started the day with a less sugar loaded meal, a plate of these Big Brunch Tomato Eggs and a pomegrante and ginger beer drink. 

Whilst i have thoroughly enjoyed all the chocolate and good food, my body was very grateful to receive a hefty dose of vitamins and minerals this morning.

Recipe - Big Brunch Tomato Eggs by Donal Skehan http://www.donalskehan.com/2010/05/big-brunch-tomato-eggs/

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
A good handful of spinach, roughly chopped
A small handful of basil, roughly chopped
4 large free range eggs
A little grated Parmesan cheese to serve
A generous pinch of sea salt and black pepper

In a large frying pan heat the oil and fry the onion and garlic slowly for 7-10 minutes until soft but not coloured.

Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Stir through the basil and spinach until it has wilted.

With the back of a spoon make four wells in the sauce and then crack the eggs in. Make sure the wells are deep enough for the eggs to sit in, otherwise they will spread around the tomato mixture.

Cook the eggs in the sauce until the white is cooked through and the yolk is still soft. Place a lid on top to speed up the process.

Season with sea salt and black pepper and a good sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

In the spirit of healthy eating, i ate these without anything to accompany them. However, these would be great with some potato waffles or toast.



  1. Lovely post. Glad you had a nice birthday.

    This looks fantastic and will give this a bash soon.

    Looks slightly middle eastern maybe with out the spices? Reminds me of a Rick Stein recipe I once made.

  2. It's always a bad idea to read your posts late at night. I always get peckish afterwards!

  3. I've definitely been on a similar sweet tooth kick (but minus the chocolate, since I don't really like it--crazy, I know). But this tomato dish looks and sounds so delicious. It's OK to spoil ourselves once in a while. :)

  4. Iona - Not sure of its origins, may be abit of an italian influence with the garlic and basil

    Dez - I make the same mistake often

    Caroline - I agree, i think going on a sweet binge makes me appreciate my fruit and veg more.

  5. This delicious looking egg dish seems like the perfect way to reign in all those sweet cravings! :)

  6. god that looks glorious