Brunch without a shadow of doubt has to be one of my most favourite things about the weekend. Actually no, not just the weekend but one of my most favourite things about life in general. If I were to get up at 6am on a Tuesday morning and cook myself a steak for breakfast then I would most definitely be judged. People would think I was crazy, maybe a pig even. Not that I’m overly bothered about peoples opinions on my eating habits, but I guess eating steak at 6am isn’t exactly “normal”. Fast forward to the weekend and add 5 hours on to that clock and eating a steak in the morning becomes perfectly acceptable. Brunch is never a judgemental occasion which is why I absolutely love it.
I’ve always found our views in the UK on suitable breakfast items very strange. Why is it okay to have a bowl of chicken and sweetcorn soup at midday but a completely ludicrous idea only 2 hours before? Isn’t food just food? So what if I want to eat a chilli con carne at 9am, just let me get on with it. Okay so perhaps that’s a little extreme… even I wouldn’t want to eat chilli con carne at 9am… but you get where I’m coming from.
When I was travelling through South East Asia it was perfectly normal to have a bowl of chicken fried rice or noodles first thing in the morning and let me tell you, it sets you right up for the day! Well they say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, don’t they? Yet so many of us make do with a tiny yoghurt or a piece of fruit.
I think it would be a better world if we all ate what we wanted without fear of being judged. That’s not to say I think you should eat steak every day for breakfast, please don’t do that. I don’t want to be held responsible for making everyone morbidly obese. That would not be good. All I’m saying is that brunch does not just have to be for the weekend. Here’s a brunch favourite for you all to try… Happy days!
2 medium sized potatoes, peeled and diced
100g chorizo, diced
Half an onion, diced
1 teaspoon paprika
2 large eggs
1 birds eye chilli, finely sliced
Salt and fresh black pepper
Serve with fresh avocado or if you have a bit of extra time why not try my Best Ever Guacamole 🙂
- Begin by parboiling your diced potatoes until they are soft enough that a knife slides through but without breaking them. Drain and set to one side.
- Next, preheat your oven to gas mark 6/200C or 180C for fan assisted ovens.
- Using a large frying pan heat around a tablespoon of olive oil over a medium to high heat. Throw in the chorizo and onion and fry until the onion begins to soften. Stir frequently to prevent anything from burning.
- Add in the potatoes and the paprika and mix well. Season with salt and fresh black pepper and then fry for a further minute or two before drizzling over another tablespoons worth of olive oil. Next, make two large gaps in the pan and then carefully crack your eggs into the gaps. Fry for a couple of minutes before transferring your frying pan to the oven.
- Bake for 4-5 minutes or until the egg is cooked to your liking. Carefully remove your frying pan from the oven and set to one side. Season your eggs and then sprinkle as much of the chilli on as you like.
- Share out over two plates and serve with a dollop of guacamole on top! Best. Brunch. Ever.