For those who know me personally will know that I have a crazy tendency towards spicy hot food. For a start, I like to sprinkle chili flakes in all my pasta dishes and sneak fresh chilies into my meals whenever I can, much to my hub’s dismay. This morning, I woke up with an urge of having something spicy hot to kick start my day. However, my sanity tells me that I should give my tortured taste buds a good R&R as well as be considerate to my better half.
Taking a recipe cue from the “Woman’s Day All Colour Book of Cooking for Two” (it was a 1979 publication and hence the “…all colour book…” on the title), I was inspired to make the “Ranch-style eggs” where green and red peppers are one of its main ingredients. Perfect! I thought. It is no doubt that red/green peppers (capsicums) are the more forgiving members in the chili family plus, I have found a “loophole” of having my inner urge and compromise co-exist in this dish. If you notice, I used the word “inspired” as clearly I don’t follow the recipe to a tee because the frugal side of me has made me used as much leftover from the fridge as possible.
Sunny Side Up Eggs with Red Peppers & Smoked Chicken (Breakfast / Brunch Idea)
(inspired by Woman’s Day All Colour Book of Cooking for Two” – 1979 publication’s Ranch-Style Eggs recipe)
1 tbsp of butter & 1 tbsp of oil
1 medium sized onion peeled and sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 red pepper, cored, seeded and sliced
2 smoked chicken drumsticks, deboned & sliced
1 punnet of cherry tomatoes / 2 large tomatoes
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper
1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
1. Preheat the oven at 220 degrees celsius.
2. Melt the butter with the oil in the frying pan. (To save on washing up, I used an oven friendly frying pan.)
3. Add the onion and garlic and fry on medium heat until the onion becomes translucent.
4. Add the peppers, smoked chicken and tomatoes and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Then, stir in Worcestershire sauce, pepper and salt to taste. Turn off the stove.
6. Make 2 hollows in the mixture and break an egg into each.
7. Bake in a preheated hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until the eggs are just set.