Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Moroccan Eggs with Cubed Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus

Moroccan Eggs with Cubed Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus

My recent move from North, via West and, finally, to East London left me little to no time for cooking. Changing jobs twice also added to the hectic life I’ve been living. At last, I’m starting to feel more settled. The Vegetarian has filled our tiny terrace with edible produce. Every morning we wake up and check the progress of the seeds we've planted; the pea shoots have been the most impressive so far.  I also now have my dream kitchen so it’s time to get cooking!

After a very long Jubilee weekend, full of socialising and dancing around the city, we were in need of a huge healthy breakfast. This Moroccan-influenced meal ticked all the boxes. It serves 2 but could easily serve 4: we were just being very greedy. It did keep us full for most of the day, though.

Serves: 2 greedy people.

500 g cherry tomatoes, halved
4 spring onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp caster sugar
4 medium organic eggs
Handful parsley, chopped
Bunch of asparagus, trimmed
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 bay leaf
Sprig of rosemary
Sprig of thyme
Olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper

M: Chunk of chorizo, sliced

Cubed Sweet Potatoes
Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Drizzle an oven dish with olive oil and place in the oven for a few minutes. Toss the sweet potato cubes in the hot olive oil with the thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, crushed garlic cloves and seasoning. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, turning occasionally.

Moroccan Eggs
Meanwhile, heat a little olive oil in a large frying pan and gently fry the cumin, spring onion and finely chopped garlic for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, chilli flakes and sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Use a wooden to spoon to break up some of the tomatoes.
Make four wells in the sauce and break an egg into each. Ruffle the egg whites as they start to solidify in the sauce. Cook for two minutes and cover for a further minute to cook the tops of the eggs. Sprinkle with parsley. 

M: Fry the chorizo for a minute.

While the eggs are cooking, place the asparagus in a pan of salted water for 3 minutes. Drain and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Serve the Moroccan eggs with the sweet potato cubes and asparagus on the side.

M: Add the chorizo to the meat-eaters plate.

Moroccan Eggs with Cubed Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus

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