Saturday Breakfast and Brunch Memories:
Smoked Salmon “Egg in a Basket”
(Egg in a Hole)
Saturday and Sunday mornings used to be a treat for me when I was little; when we lived in Shatin (Hong Kong), every weekend, if my dad wasn’t working, we would get up late and have breakfast together. Sitting at the dining room table with a magnificent view over Shatin valley with its flame trees and lush greenery, mum used to make us a taste of home……..toasted bacon sandwiches with Worcestershire sauce. Piles and piles of hot buttered toast were placed on a plate in the middle of the table, she would then “ferry” over hot, crispy fried bacon and I was allowed to “make” my own bacon butty – placing the slices of bacon between toast with a generous splash of Worcestershire sauce over the top, the sandwich was then eaten with pure enjoyment…….hot butter streaming down my fingers. Those humble sandwiches were (and still are) the best breakfast (or brunch) that I have ever eaten. I have no photos of me with a bacon butty “in hand”, but the photo above was taken from that era, and shows me on Christmas day in 1962 with a little round Doll’s House that my mum made out of a cake box, with cotton wool for a snowy roof no less! That photo really brings home to me just how spoilt we have all become – there was no expensive electronic toys or “X Box” games, just a Christmas stocking, lots of books and that magical home-made cake box Doll’s House, a treasured and much-loved toy that I had for many years.
Those childhood memories of special family breakfasts have never left me, and even today, I think that breakfast has to be most favourite meal of the day, and toasted bacon sandwiches are up there with smoked salmon, a good cheese board, home-baked bread and wine. So, when I was looking for a special (but easy) breakfast recipe to make for a leisurely weekend treat recently, I was rather intrigued by a friend’s recipe for “egg in a hole” but notched up several levels and served Scandinavian style with smoked salmon, capers and crème fraiche. As usual, I adapted to recipe to what I had in the pantry and vegetable basket, and used shallots in place of onions and garnished it with fresh dill tips. Using thick slices of home-baked bread and some superb Scottish smoked salmon, this dish was truly a dish fit for a king, and we both enjoyed it with a big pot of tea and some fresh orange juice.
So, for today’s’ recipe, I would like to share my version of Smoked Salmon “Egg in a Basket” (Egg in a Hole) – not a toasted bacon butty, and nary a splash of Worcestershire sauce in sight, but made in the same spirit of those weekend family breakfasts many years ago, and with a view of a verdant spring garden in SW France in place of Amah Rock and Shatin Valley. They say that it is better to travel than to arrive, and it seems I have been travelling all my life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way and my life has been enhanced and enriched by all the places I have lived and the people I have met……..Shatin has changed a lot since I was last there in the 80′s, and it is unrecognisable from the Shatin I knew and loved in the 60′s, but some things never change – family, good food and friends, so I’m raising my mug of tea this Saturday morning to my mum and dad, and for those delicious toasted bacon butties of my youth!
Have a wonderful weekend and may it be filled with all the breakfasts and brunches you can fit in and enjoy! See you next week, Karen
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