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The Breakfast Challenge – Egg in a Nest

Five serves of vegies a day.  Doesn’t seem like much, but it’s amazing how many days I realise I haven’t had my five serves.

I’m harvesting squash, tomatoes and capsicum from the garden, our new chooks are laying, I’m having lots of fun with sourdough, and I’ve been racing off to work every morning to sit at a computer all day lately and not getting enough exercise.  So this is my current favourite breakfast.

(The Breakfast Challenge??)

The Recipe:

For one – multiply by the number of people.

You need a nice heavy frypan with a lid for this. It takes less than ten minutes to make.

  • Slice a large button squash in half and use a dessertspoon to scoop out the middle.  Place it cut side down in a frypan with a tiny bit of olive oil over a medium heat.  Put the lid on and don’t peek too much.  Cook for a couple of minutes until the squash just starts to brown.
  • At the same time, in the same pan or another if you are making for a few people, sauté some spring onion, capsicum, tomato, and if you like a bit of spice, a little chili.
  • Turn the squash over.  Salt and pepper it and put a little dab of butter in the scooped out centre.
  • Spoon in tomato-onion-capsicum mix to nearly fill the hollow.  Hollow out the middle of this mix a tiny bit and break an egg into it.
  • Pour a tiny bit of water into the pan, enough so that the squash is sitting in a few millimeters.  Put the lid on the pan and turn the heat down to medium-low.
  • By the time you have toasted some sourdough for soldiers, the egg should be set and the squash tender.


{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial March 5, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Fantastic idea, thanks for the suggestion Linda. I have a bag of button squash – a gift from a generous friend – so I’ll try this for Sunday morning breakfast!

  • umatji March 6, 2011, 2:01 pm

    oh boy this sounds wonderful. have been rereading your book on the loo and it is like meeting an old friend! so many good reminders and sooo many things i had forgotten. Would you still like the muesli post? i have the photos all ready and the text started but my boys have been unwell and i get unreliable! let me know.

  • Linda March 7, 2011, 8:17 am

    I’d love it! (Hope your boys are better. Sick kids are no fun).

  • Emilia Smuts March 7, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Hi Linda

    This looks delicious! Would button squash be the same as a medium sized patty pan squash? Another question: I would like to know if you aerate the seaweed brew at all. Mine gets quite smelly after a week of brewing and the aeration does help the stink to go away. Will it have the same benefits as non-aerated brew?
    Thanks very much!

  • Linda March 8, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Hi Emilia, I don’t aerate, and it does get smelly, mine only for a couple of days before it settles down. I’m sure aerating would improve it – make it more biologically active faster – I just don’t have an easy way to do it. I have in the past used the plunger from an old, hand operated washing machine – a big conical thing with holes in it – to aerate compost tea and it worked well. I’m not sure what patty pan squash is, but basically any squash that will cook in 5 minutes or so will work.

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