One Pan Spicy Baked Eggs, Peppers and Tomatoes

We do love eggs, any which way is fine chez MLM, one of the fastest ways of bringing an easy meal together is baked eggs, baking the eggs cooks them perfectly and are fabulous teamed up with juicy, anti-oxidant rich tomatoes, red peppers and a dash of red chilli's.  Eggs are a great source of high quality protein, plus all the B vitamins and are particularly rich in B2 and B12.  Eggs are also a good source of vitamins A and D plus some vitamin E.

Huevos rancheros or Mexican eggs as they were called when I was younger are great for a weekend brunch or a quick supper when you are scavenging through the fridge for something to eat at 9!  Make sure you take out all of the seeds from the red chilli's unless you need a kick start to your day!

I typically make food for 2-3, Mr J is not keen on leftovers, me I'll eat anything cold the next day! We always end up sharing our weekend breakfast or brunch with TC, even though she has already had her own, there's something about "sampling" a bit of what someone else has on their plate, isn't there!



Prep time:  15minutes
Baking:  8-10 minutes
Serves 2-3



Ingredients

1 glug of Olive oil
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 small red chilli, deseeded and sliced
1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and finely sliced
400g tin/carton, chopped tomatoes
plus a few fresh cherry tomatoes (or whatever tomatoes are going soft in the fridge!)
a small bunch of fresh parsley roughly chopped (grown on my kitchen windowsill)
black pepper
3 eggs

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4

Method

Pop the fresh tomatoes into the oven on a baking tray whilst you prepare the other ingredients, they will be nicely roasted and ready to add to the mix.

Heat the olive oil in a heavy based pan (use one that can go into the oven) and gently fry the onions until soft, then add the garlic, red pepper and chilli and fry for a further 3-4 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Add the tinned tomatoes, parsley and black pepper and simmer everything together for a few minutes until the liquid has reduced, stir occasionally.  Taste, season as necessary.

Make 3 indentations into the mixture and crack an egg into each indentation.  Pop into the oven for around 8-10 minutes or until the egg whites are set. Scatter more parsley over the finished dish.  Serve with homemade soda bread.






This post is an entry for the #eggmainsinminutes Linky on BritMums sponsored by British Lion Eggs, take a look at the Main Meals in Minutes site at http://www.eggrecipes.co.uk/mainmealsinminutes.

Food fast, not fast food!




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Silent Sunday




Going Potty with Princess Polly and Lulu

I never thought I would write about toilet training, it is something we all go through on our way to being an independent grown up.  Some children take to it easily whilst others resist and take their time to become nappy free.  TC has been fascinated by my toilet habits since she could crawl her way into the bathroom to follow me, watching me intently and informing me of what I was to do, wee wee, poo poo?  These words became etched in my mind along with Peppa and counting endlessly from one to ten but there was no interest shown in actually sitting on the toilet or potty.  


A few months ago I bought her 3 potties, 2 toilet insert seats and 2 potty training books, one for each bathroom, these she loves but still she didn't equate what was in the book to the actual event itself.  We sat on the loo or potty time and again reading our books and listening to the "Hooray" button when pressed over and over, but still nothing.

One day when she had finally had enough of me asking if she would like to sit on the potty for a leisurely wee, she picked it up and threw it frisbee style, I ducked, it was time to step back for a while.

I wondered if we would ever see the end or at least the lessening of pull-ups, were they a bad idea, a crutch to fall back on for both of us??  But once she entered nursery and saw all the other children happily sitting on potties or the toilet, she, of course wanted to join in but go straight back into the safety net of her pull-ups.

So a couple of weeks ago the time seemed right, the moon and stars were aligned and off we went to buy some big girl panties, I couldn't find Peppa Pig so Miss Kitty it was, I think Peppa would have been way too distracting as she is o.b.s.e.s.s.e.d with Peppa and more so - George! as she likes to shout out whenever she claps eyes on him!

The first day was a little challenging, she knew how to tell me she had already passed water but failed to grasp that I needed to know before she actually had filled her shoes.  Many, many changes of panties later, see my Silent Sunday washing line post and with the washing machine on full pelt, she finally did that milestone of depositing the urine in the potty!  The next afternoon she was at nursery where she went through 4 panties in 3 hours and I did feel the stress in her when I picked her up, this is not what I wanted for her, words will be had and compromises made.

Her 3rd day saw her confidently use the potty appropriately a couple of times with a couple of accidents and on her 4th day she filled the potty in one go instead of a dribble here and there.  Thankfully the weather has been glorious here and we spent the afternoons in the garden where she had one accident but it wasn't on my carpet - bonus! 

Today, so far, has seen no potty deposits and no accidents, hope this means she is learning control and not retaining it because she doesn't want to do it in the potty, over analysing a tad now I think!

Overall, for her first concentrated, concerted efforts she has done well, we have tried before and she clearly was not ready for it, now she knows what is expected of her and bless her heart she is trying very hard to be a big girl about it   I know there will still be accidents and I won't be letting her go pull-up free when we're out just yet, I still have memories of a friend's child flooding my car's back seat,  albeit it over 20 years ago, so we are buying a compromise when out and about for now, Bambino Training Pants which are designed to allow toddlers to feel wetness to help aid potty training, whilst minimising accidents, I'll let you know!

I'm linking this post up to The Olivers Madhouse Magic Moments, I'm not sure this qualifies for an actual magic moment but all my moments with TC are magic (except for the temper tantrums, they aren't quite so magic!) and it certainly was magic just now when she finally filled that potty to great applause and a lot of mummy dancing from me!







The Slow Blogging Movement

I've been indulging in a little slow blogging this week, kind of accidentally on purpose, stepping back, but also with another busy week personally and professionally thrown into the mix.  There is always something to do as a blogger, writing, taking photos, photo editing, reading, commenting, joining in on linky's, carnivals, meme's and probably a lot more that I'm still not aware of.  Sometimes the week just flies away from me and it's Friday before I know it!

Having read the post on Tots100 about the Slow Blogging Movement it threw up some interesting points and also made me think about why I came into blogging in the first place.



I am absolutely loving blogging, somewhere to write and indulge my love of photography, a memory box for my daughter, a place to share what I love and to share in other people's lives through their blogs.  My food blog is a place to write about my passion for food, health, nutrition and travel.

To quote from the Tots100 post - "Slow bloggers use their blogs as places to reflect, rather than feeling the entirely illusory pressure many bloggers feel to be witty or fastest or first with the latest hilarious Internet meme, linky or fad"

But as enjoyable as some of the many linky's, meme's, etc circulating are, it does feel like a blogging merry-go-round at times, where you either jump on for the ride and improve your stats, page-views, followers and such like or you rank low in the metrics. 

The new Tots100 metrics are coming into play next month and a seemingly whole new way of measuring our blog's worth in cyberspace.  Klout and Kred which I had barely come across plus Twitter amongst others will now be tapped into for stat's.  I love Twitter (I wonder if there is such a thing as Slow Tweeting), it's my new favourite place which, as overwhelming as it can seem at times, has provided a great outlet and is a networking gem for business.

So, slow blogging or blogging at high speed - the tortoise or the hare, maybe there is a flower-scented, tree lined path straight down the middle where the air is fresh and the pace is steady - that's where I'll be heading because I want my blogs to have longevity and I want to continue to enjoy blogging and not be concerned about how many posts I've managed this week or next or what everyone else is doing or become consumed with stats and rankings.

Do you feel the pressure as a blogger to over-achieve or have you settled into your steady blogging rhythm?  More importantly, are you still enjoying blogging, if not, maybe time to slow it down, jump off the merry-go-round a few days each month and take time to breathe.  But if you love the thrill of the chase then maybe speed blogging is for you.




I'm entering this post into the Tots100 Slow Blogging Carnival #slowblogs