Maria’s bubble bap
Maria’s bubble bap | It’s the order her market caff is most famous for, and Maria claims that it’s her bubble and squeak that put the dish back on British menus. With fans like food writer Matthew Fort, chef Jamie Oliver and HRH the Prince of Wales, it seems foolish to argue with her. “Bubble and squeak is very simple,” she says. She makes hers by frying cold, boiled potato and cabbage together, “keep frying and keep adding to it,” says Maria. (You can press it into a patty, with lots of…
One-pot lentils with naan lid
One-pot lentils with naan lid | “Entertaining friends and family doesn’t have to be a complicated affair - a simple one-pot comfort dish can be just as impressive. The cauliflower sambal and boiled eggs add a nice finishing touch to this vegetarian winter warmer.” Rachel Khoo, Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne
French tomato tart (tarte à la tomate)
French tomato tart (tarte à la tomate) | The simple tomato tart is a favourite French dish that makes use of all of those excess ripe summer tomatoes in the kitchen. There are a number of variations, including the upside down tarte Tatin, but this tarte à la tomate is a classic recipe, without cream or eggs in the filling, and just a little kick of Dijon mustard smeared over the free-form pastry base.
Filipino Spanish omelette
Filipino Spanish omelette | Scrambled eggs, soft onions and sweet tomatoes combine in this Filipino take on the Spanish omelette. Served with rice, this beautifully simple dish makes a hearty breakfast, Sunday night dinner or supper.
Great Aunty Kim’s mint egg
Great Aunty Kim’s mint egg | "This is possibly my favourite Great Aunty Kim dish. It’s very simple but so tasty and one of those dishes that proves you need very little to create wonderful flavour. Serve as a fabo dine-alone vegetarian dish or as part of a shared meal. A big bowl of rice with this dish is the purest form of happiness for me." Poh Ling Yeow, Poh & Co. 2
Green tea and egg rice (ochazuke)
Green tea and egg rice (ochazuke) | Using matcha is a departure from the traditional way of making this uber-simple Japanese dish - generally, tea brewed using regular green tea leaves is used. It's a flexible kind of comfort food, so toppings can chop and change depending on your tastes. Use slices of raw salmon instead of the omelette, or chunks of cooked fish. Scatter over some sliced green onion, toasted sesame seeds or torn bits of nori instead of the seasoned, pre-cut version.
Shan-style egg curry (khai oop)
Shan-style egg curry (khai oop) | Khai oop is emblematic of Mae Hong Son-style cooking. It is also a very simple dish to make as the ingredients are obtainable just about anywhere.
Bitter gourd, egg and spam stir-fry (goya champuru)
Bitter gourd, egg and spam stir-fry (goya champuru) | This simple stir-fry has its roots in over 1000 years of trade history between Okinawa and South-East Asia, Japan, China and, more recently, America. It is the iconic dish of Okinawa and tells the island’s whole story on just one plate. Although you can substitute pork belly for the Spam if you have an aversion, just know that I asked one 90-year-old Okinawan lady what people had used on the island for their goya champuru before Spam. Her…
Eggs in pots (oeufs en cocotte)
Eggs in pots (oeufs en cocotte) | Eggs and crème fraîche are all you need for this super simple yet very tasty dish. You can also throw in almost anything savoury you find in your fridge. Try serving it with plenty of crusty bread.
Egg and bacon bread bake
Egg and bacon bread bake | “This is a really easy dish to put together with a few simple ingredients. It's perfect for any time of day - breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a midnight snack. You don’t have to used sliced white bread for this - just use whatever you have hanging around at home and even better if it’s a few days old. And it wouldn’t be a Khoo recipe if there wasn’t some cheese involved! You can easily make this dish vegetarian by just leaving out the bacon and using a…
Egg fried rice
Egg fried rice | This basic fried rice is a good choice for your first attempt at wok-frying. No meat or delicate vegetables to worry about – just a simple dish that will work well with good wok technique.
Eggs in pots (oeufs en cocotte)
Eggs in pots (oeufs en cocotte) | Eggs and crème fraîche are all you need for this super-simple yet very tasty dish. You can also throw in almost anything savoury you find in your fridge. Try serving it with plenty of crusty bread.
Divorced eggs | Huevos divorciados is a common Mexican breakfast dish and is basically jazzy fried eggs. This recipe is so named because the eggs are served with two conflicting sauces: one red and spicy and the other green and cooling. The green apple salsa would usually be made with tomatillos (a relation of physalis), though it works really well here with apple and herbs. Or you could make a more simple salsa by simply dry-roasting guajillo chillies and blending them with water and a…
Baked taleggio eggs with preserved lemon and parsley
Baked taleggio eggs with preserved lemon and parsley | This is inspired by the French dish "oeufs en cocotte", which derives its name from the terracotta dishes in which the eggs are cooked. There are many variations, but Jay’s version is influenced by his leanings towards Italian cuisine and his need to have a simple, fast, delicious and consistent dish to serve in his small and busy café. The dish is fantastic for breakfast or brunch.
Asparagus galette with egg and dill chèvre
Asparagus galette with egg and dill chèvre | This asparagus and egg galette is a simple meal to prepare. It's great as an appetiser, meal for one or a fancy breakfast. The Merideth's dill chèvre (goat's cheese) is the key to this dish. If you can't find that particular brand, try to include a creamy, tangy soft cheese like danish feta or a goat's cheese.
Buckwheat crêpes with eggs (galettes de ble noir a l’oeufs)
Buckwheat crêpes with eggs (galettes de ble noir a l’oeufs) | A classic French dish to be enjoyed day or night, buckwheat crêpes lend themselves to any number of toppings. Here, we've paired the crêpes with baked-on eggs and a simple side salad.