Tomato poached eggs

This is one of my absolute favourite ways to prepare eggs.

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Would you get annoyed with me for saying it is dead easy and a favourite breakfast for the whole family? It is also a crowd pleaser and an easy one pot breakfast for those of us who’s kids can’t reach the sink yet.

Ingredients:
1/2 a red onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic minced
A splash of oil
A pinch of salt
1 can chopped italian tomato or pureed tomato
1/2 tsp ground green peppercorns
1 heaped tsp of your favourite pesto
4 eggs
Toast or crusty bread

Method:
Use a deep pan with a tight fitting lid.
Sprinkle the chopped onion with a little salt and fry until translucent in a little oil. Add the garlic and fry but don’t let it scorch.
I use a hand blender to puree the chopped tomato because I prefer a smoother sauce.
Add the tomato and allow to simmer for about 5min, this enhances the tomato and cooks out some of the “canned” flavour.
Now you can season the tomato sauce however you like. This time I stirred through a spoon of genovese tuffle pesto and a good grind of deliciously subtle madagascan green peppercorns. Really you can use any spice combo though, you could go with a little cumin and smoked hot paprika, or a generous shake of italian herbs, or even just a generous pinch of fresh basil and a little balsamic vinegar.
The sauce should have cooked down slightly at this point. Using a spoon create a little well in the tomato and break an egg in.
The pan should fit 4 eggs comfortably.
Cover with a lid and allow to cook for 3 min for soft poached and then serve immediately. For medium poached take the pan off the heat and allow to stand for an extra minutes. Hard poached, you can leave the eggs in the covered pan off the heat for 3 min.
The residual heat of the sauce will continue the cooking the eggs.
Scoop up some sauce and spread it on your toast, top with eggs.
I drizzled a little pesto over mine, but a little salt and pepper to taste will be just perfect.

Tip:
When frying onion if you want the onion to caramelise don’t add salt and it will caramelise quicker, however if you want your onion cooked until soft but not caramelise a sprinkling of salt will draw moisture out of the onion and stop it from browning immediately.

Play dough recipe

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I adapted this fabulous play dough recipe from The Deliberate Mom my first attempt was a little too dry so I added an extra half a cup of water which gave a much better consistency.

Aromatherapy Play Dough

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
4 Tbsp. cream of tartar
2 Tbsp. mineral oil (or baby oil)
2.5 cups water
Food colouring (for vivid colour use about 1/3 to 1/2 a bottle)
10 drops of essential oil in either lavender or chamomile

Mix dry ingredients in a large pot.
Mix water, oil and food colouring thoroughly and stir into the dry
ingredients.
Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture thickens.
When you find it difficult to turn your wooden spoon, it is done. I found that it formed a ball around the spoon.
Remove from heat.
Cool slightly, then knead.
And essential oil to the dough while kneeding.
Store in a covered container or in a sealed plastic bag.

Don’t put this dough in the refrigerator!

Sugar-free banana flapjacks

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I saw a recipe somewhere for Paleo pancakes. Dead easy and apparently delicious. The instructions said mash one banana, mix with two eggs and fry in a medium heat pan with a little coconut oil or spray and cook.

Well that’s easy I thought… and so began one of the greatest disasters to occur in my kitchen thus far. Let me tell you, banana flavoured scrambled eggs have nothing to recommend them. There I am with a bowl of egg and banana mix and I am wondering what to do with it when it strikes me… I don’t have to stick to paleo… so out comes a couple extra ingredients from my pantry and moments later delicious flapjacks are happily frying in the pan.

These flapjacks win the toddler seal of approval!

Recipe:

2 large or 4 small bananas

2 extra large eggs

1/2 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

a dash of cinnamon

pinch of salt

coconut oil for frying

Method:

Blend together the banana and egg with a hand blender. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Fry on a medium heat in a little coconut oil. Et voila… there is nothing to it!

My boys loved them, and they are even tasty cold. Perfect car snacks!

Where possible I use all organic and/or free range products.

Blog relaunch

Hi there friends, it been a while!

Well I wish I had a good excuse for being away but really all I can say is that I was caught up in life. It happens to the best of us.

I also had to take some time out to think about where I wanted to go with this blog, and frankly the overshare-about-my-personal-life format wasn’t really working for me. So it is time for a change! Now I could either delete my existing blog and start afresh or take the existing FM blog and give it a little shake up. Is it silly that I am sentimental about my blog and can’t bear to erase it from cyberspace?

From now on I will be focussing on quick, easy recipes for big and little people. These will include all the tried and tested favourites as well as any experimentation and kitchen alchemy I might try. I hope you will all enjoy this new direction dear friends.

Love and cookies,

Fabulous Mommy

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