Hello and welcome to all about food. This week we return to my favourite meal time; breakfast. Enjoy!
I like to get my children to sit and eat breakfast with us at the weekends but I don’t seem to be very original when it comes to what to give them! Have you any suggestions?
I am always surprised by the amount of letters and emails I receive regarding breakfast recipes. I think for many, breakfast, particularly at the weekend is a precious time and can redeem all those rushed or skipped breakfasts during the week. For those of you who have not discovered the joys of a lazy Saturday breakfast or brunch I highly recommend it becomes a family tradition. Of course, breakfast like other meal times, should not be about trying to cook several things at once, that’s why I like to serve up everything from the one pan. Simple and tasty!
Heavenly bacon and eggs
(Serves 4 +)
1 large onion, finely diced
4 bacon rashers, cubed
4 tablespoons of breadcrumbs
4 large free range eggs
250ml of milk
170g of ricotta
salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200ºc. Sit a heavy based oven proof frying pan (I use my cast iron pan for this), over a medium heat. Add the olive oil, onion and bacon and gently cook until the onion are soft and translucent.
Remove from the heat, tip the bacon and onion on to a plate and set aside. Sprinkle the bread cumbs over the base of the pan and sprinkle the bacon and onion on top. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and milk, stir in the ricotta and season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the breadcrumbs and bacon and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the eggs are set and lightly golden.
Bord Bia launches Farmers’ Market training workshops
Bord Bia is set to host a series of Farmers’ Market skills training workshops around the country this November to support new and existing members of the food market network. The ‘Skills Training for Selling at Farmers’ workshops’, designed by Bord Bia, will provide practical solutions to the challenges most frequently faced by market sellers. Local food producer, farmer and successful stallholder Margaret Hoctor from Kilmullen Farm, Co. Wicklow will deliver the workshops.
Limerick's Food & drink producers are invited to attend the first workshop on November 8 at The Castletroy Park Hotel. A €15 charge per person applies and you must register in advance. For registration and further information see www.bordbia.ie/FarmersMarketsTraining or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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