Monthly Archives: May 2012

Baked Eggs with Spicy Beans

My breakfast on work days is often being skipped or in a rush. When it comes to weekends, however, I try to take my own sweet time and enjoy a good hearty breakfast.  I love cafe-styled breakfasts. Smoked salmon and poached eggs is my usual pick but lately I have been loving the clay-pot eggs with spicy beans served in Factory Espresso near my house.

When I don’t feel like the dressing up to go out for breakfast, I try to emulate cafe-style breakfast at home. Sometimes, it’s equally satisfying enjoying breakfast in my pjs. No makeup and effortless dressing is what I needed to completely unwind in the comfort of my own home while enjoying my recreation of my favourite dish of the moment.

Baked Eggs with Spicy Beans

(tweaked from the BBC GoodFood)

Makes about 3 to 4 portions depending on the size of the ramekins (I used Maxwell & Williams Microstoven 13.5 cm Round Au Gratin Dish which fill 3 of these dishes.)


  • 3 to 4 eggs (see above)
  • A can of  400g (14 oz) net weight Cannellini beans, rinsed with water & drained
  • A can of 400g (14 oz) chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (leaves & stalks), chopped (leave some for garnish)
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • Salt, sugar and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Toasted bread soldiers for dipping

Let’s start:-

(1) Heat the oil in a small pot. Add garlic and chilli flakes and saute until aromatic.  (2) Add the beans followed by the chopped tomatoes and paprika. Let it simmer over low-medium heat until slightly thickens, covered. (3) Add chopped coriander and continue to simmer for a minute or so. (4) Check seasonings. Add salt, sugar and pepper to taste. (5) Divide the bean mixture into the ramekins/dish. Use the of a large spoon make a dip in the sauce, then crack an egg into each one. (6) Put the ramekins/dish under a griller for 5 to 6 minutes until the eggs are done to your liking. (7) Scatter with the corianders leaves, more black pepper (optional),  drizzles of olive oil and serve with bread soldiers.


Orange Apple Festival – Orange Regions Farmers Market

It may seem like yesterday that I posted about my trip to the Farmers Market in conjunction to F.O.O.D Week and here I am again, with another post about the Orange Farmers Market. This time was a part of the three-day celebration of Orange Apple Festival. Whether it was F.O.O.D Week or the Apple Festival, they were somehow scheduled in a way to coincide with the once a month Farmers Market in Orange. Repetitive maybe, but I’m not complaining. I have always anticipated my trip to Farmers Market. I envy those who can go on a weekly basis. ;)

(To my non-Australian readers – it wasn’t a celebration of the fruits, oranges and apples. In case you’re wondering where were the oranges in the photo below, it was a celebration of apples (only) in a regional town called Orange in New South Wales – 3.5 hours away from Sydney.)

{Here an overview of the Orange Showground where the Farmer Market was held. Blooper alert! I actually went to the wrong location. The last farmers market was held near the Orange Library and I went straight there without checking the change of location to the Orange Showground. No big dramas though, as these two locations were just 10 minutes apart. But this shows I can be a bit…of a ditz sometimes haha!}

{Apple bobbing – it is harder than it looks! Don’t you agree?}

{The motto of the Festival “celebrating all things apples” was certainly true to its words!}

{Abilene Grove EVOO, Borenore NSW}

{Clockwise from top left – Greentreeshouse, Bodhi Garden (Vegetarian restaurant), Nashdale Orchardist, Bakehouse On Wentworth}


{Sampling fun! I got to try 2 very different cordials (i) rhubarb and elderflower and (ii) ginger and elderflower from Jarojill Estate. I decided on the ginger one as it tasted so good as a hot drink and simply perfect for the cold season. I have been told that Whiteys Pies are well-known in Orange. I got to try a small slice of an apple pie sample…which led me to bring 2 mini apple pies home with me. ;)  }

{Got some kale, garlic and purple potatoes from The Farm Gate, Nashdale.}

{For more information on the festival, please check out the official website here}



And here are the food I brought back from the market…

and  my loot of fruits and vegetables which I talked more about them here.

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