It is Easter Sunday and I bet there are many little people scurrying around the house hunting for chocolate eggs from the easter bunny. Although we don’t celebrate Easter as a religious festival here at Mumchic HQ , it is always wonderful to be part of the spirit and have our own little celebration. The fabulous two received their baskets this morning but I will not go into that story yet as is quite entertaining and deserves its own blog post .
Coming back to Sunday , I absolutely love the idea of having a lazy Sunday breakfast with the family , it is a great way to round up the week , cook a few favourites and talk about the complexities of life. Many families have Sunday Rituals , with my family back in Karachi , we would often prepare a brunch instead of a breakfast and the table would be laid out with the likes of pancakes , omelettes , parathas ( Pakistani flat bread) , freshly warmed croissants or even the calorific and sinful Halwa Puri ( Spicy chickpea curry served with puffed up bread and traditional semolina halwa- a rich sweet ) bought from road side stalls and tea houses.Oh please don’t get me started on Halwa Puri.
Believe me if you are a Karachi-ite and have not experienced the absolute divinity that is Halwa Puri , please give up your Karach-ite status as of now ! This is what a typical Halwa Puri stall looks like and on a weekend you would often find yourself lining up in a longish queue to place your order. Most of these stalls will also have a makeshift restaurant pretty much randomly set-up on the footpath. I can tell you , from political debates to cursing the cricket team for its match fixing to questioning global warming , these makeshift restaurants have seen it all over a breakfast of Halwa Puri and cups of garma garam doodh patti chaai. ( steaming hot milky tea ).
Mouths watering yet ?
For this Sunday , the day being all about eggs , chocolate , painted, boiled , tie died , I thought it would be perfect to share with you a breakfast recipe that has become a super hit with all members of Mumchic HQ in recent times. In fact , you could say we literally hold out for the weekend so we can prepare this delicious version of eggs. Not that they can’t be made during the week but if your household is anything like ours in the morning during the week ( read : unbelievably buzzing ) , you may want to defer this recipe to the weekend just so you can savour it .
A couple of months ago , the fab two and I were staying with a dear friend , R and her family in Sydney , it was then that I was introduced to this brilliant twist to an omelette. R’s family too , likes to have a special sunday breakfast and the star of the morning are Aunty Rose’s special ” Sunday Eggs ” , a fusion between omelettes and a fritatta , and boy are they special !
You will need :
- 2-3 tbsp oil
- 3-4 eggs
- 1/2 cup of finely sliced fresh mushrooms
- 2 brown onions chopped
- 1/2 clove of garlic finely chopped
- 1 tomato chopped to small pieces
- 2 long green chillies finely sliced into rings or chopped ( these may be omitted if you are not a chilli fan )
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper ( more for sprinkling )
- 1/2 cup of freshly chopped coriander leaves
- Heat oil in a non stick fry pan on medium heat.
- Add the mushrooms and fry until they soften.
- Add the onions until they become a faint golden ( bear in mind , we are not overcooking the onions in this one ).
- Now add the garlic,tomatoes , salt and crack in some fresh pepper.
- Allow the mixture to cook on medium heat until it all comes together and the oil is separated .
- Add in the green chillies and mix well.
- Here’s the tricky bit , create 3-4 ( depending on how many eggs you have ) wells in your mixture and keep your eggs cracked and ready.
- Pour in the eggs , one for each well taking care not to break the eggs in the process.
- Sprinkle the chopped fresh coriander all over and lightly sprinkle black pepper over the eggs if desired.
- Lower the heat just a tad and allow the mixture to cook well , you will find that eggs will somewhat bind into the mixture giving it a sort of fittata feel.
- If there are whites that have not been cooked , feel free to spread them a little with a fork.
- Cook until eggs are fully cooked.
- Serve with a lightly toasted baguette and butter.
Enjoy and a very Happy and Safe Easter All
Share a thought : How do you like your eggs on a Sunday ?
Feel free to play around with the ingredients , there have been occasions when I have added sundried tomatoes or omitted the mushrooms.
Sprinkle some mixed herbs,fresh chives and crushed red chillies to give it that Italian feel , anything is possible with this versatile recipe.