The Delightful Treat from my Childhood

Today I miss my home and my father's breakfast. I remember the cold Russian winter weekends, when my mother and I would have lazy mornings. We would stay in bed until the very last minute when my father would call us for breakfast. His special eggs, simmered in sour cream and tomatoes are always special. So moist, creamy and juicy! But most importantly, there is nothing more precious and special than your father's delicious breakfast!

These days eating an egg has become a very special occasion for me. Why is that? Eggs are super healthy and delicious. They are one of the best sources of proteins and folic acid. They are also very low in saturated fats which lead to bad LDL cholesterol (HBS, 2017). However, most of the eggs that we buy these days come from the unhappiest, stressed chickens and are nothing but a source of antibiotics and cortisol. Industrial chicken farming is disgusting and harmful for everyone - animals, people and the planet. We cannot support such unsustainable farming any longer!

Yet, chickens are an important part of the food chain, farming and ecosystem. I do not think that we need eggs every day and there are multiple ways and recipes to substitute eggs. However, If you have your own chickens or live next to a farm with chickens, which lead a happy and healthy life, then an egg once in a while could be a delightful treat! This is exactly what I will have today!

Toast with Eggs and Tomato Sauce Recipe

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 1 person


1 big, ripe and juicy tomatoes

any toast of bread that you like most

pinch of salt, pepper and sweet paprika

a bit of fresh parsley

1 tbsp olive oil

2 eggs

Making the toast:

1. Pour some olive oil on a pre-heated frying pan. Add chopped tomatoes (my father does not peel tomatoes and so do not I) and parsley and stew for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Add a big loaf of bread and let it absorb the sauce from the pan for 2-3 minutes, that take it out and place on the plate

2. Add and the eggs. If you eat butter, this is the right time to add a bit - right in the end. But the dish will be amazing without butter as well. Keep the heat low and gently mix tomatoes with the egg white.

3. When ready, put everything on the loaf of bread and sprinkle with salt, pepper and sweet paprika.

I love this dish so much that I can eat it for breakfast, lunch or even dinner! Egg yolk and tomatoes are so delicious! But the best in this recipe is the warm and juicy loaf of bread. If you have a bit more time you can crisp it in the oven before soaking in tomato-olive sauce.

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