If anyone wanted to make a breakfast I would really love, it would be breakfast fried potatoes or home fries with onions, red and green peppers (capsicum), a sprinkle of grated cheddar cheese and topped with a fried egg. Toast would be nice but it’s not necessary for me.
Recently, before the dizzy, I received a gorgeous bright red Chasseur cast iron skillet from Your Home Depot along with a digital thermometer. I’ve been so unwell that cooking anything was problematic and cooking something good enough for that skillet was next to impossible. When the world is tilted and twirling, nothing works right.
With the help of my delightful physiotherapist, I’m getting better, although too slowly for my liking. I got up this morning and I decided that I didn’t want one more bite of take away food. That’s what John calls cooking. He’s been really kind to me but while he can cook quite well, he doesn’t enjoy it like you and I do. We’ve been doing the, “It’s 7pm, what would you like for me to get for you for dinner?”
Today I wanted breakfast potatoes and nothing was going to keep me from it. The dizziness is down to what you might remember having as motion sickness. It’s disgusting but the world is not moving when I open my eyes. Win! I knew if I could make the potatoes I adore, I could photograph it thanks to auto-focus.
To cut down on the time it takes to go from raw potato to fork in mouth, I microwave my potatoes for about 5 minutes in this terracotta covered pot that’s made just for cooking potatoes. The pot absorbs the moisture from the potato and it’s dry when it comes out. I have this dish well worked out. I put the potatoes in the microwave while I chop the onions and peppers and by the time I get that done and cleaned up, the potatoes get put on a cutting board to cool a bit.
While the potatoes are cooling, I saute the onions and peppers with some salt and when they’re nice and soft, I park them in a bowl and then cube and cook the potatoes in a small amount of oil. When they’re nearly done I scoop out the potatoes into the onions and wipe the pan and toss it all back in. Sprinkle some cheese and into the oven under the broiler/griller just to melt the cheese.
I cook the eggs while the cheese is melting and then pop them on top and eat. I ate enough of this that I won’t have to eat again all day.
The Chasseur cast iron frying pan was a real winner. I have a couple of other cast iron frying pans but they aren’t anywhere near as smooth as this one. I just love it. It’s heavy and holds the heat so well and went from stove top to the oven without a care.
Thanks to Your Home Depot for sending me these great toys. If you’re in Australia, Your Home Depot is a great place to get top quality kitchen gear at very good prices. I’ve been ordering from them for years and I’ve never been disappointed.
For those of you who are thinking it, two things. Yes, I could live at Denny’s for breakfast and I can buy off the back page too. Love me anyway.
Thanks again Maureen – we are glad this dish made you feel better and thanks for the tip about cooking the potato first!
What’s your go-to tip for saving time when cooking? Are you a fan of stove-to-table cookware like Le Chasseur?
- 2 large potatoes
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 piece of red capsicum (bell pepper) chopped
- 1 piece of green capsicum (bell pepper) chopped
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper
- Wash potatoes and microwave for 5 minutes then place on cutting board to cool.
- In a skilled over medium heat, saute the onion and capsicum with a sprinkle of salt in a small amount of oil until the onions soft and translucent - set aside.
- Add all but a teaspoon of oil to the hot skillet
- Preheat griller/broiler in the oven to 200c/400f
- Cube potatoes (no need to peel) and add to the skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with salt to your liking. Stir frequently to brown on all sides.
- Remove cooked potatoes to the bowl with the onions and mix well.
- Drain oil and wipe out skillet and return potatoes, onions and capsicum to the skillet and sprinkle over the cheddar cheese. Place under griller.broiler just until the cheese is melted..
- While cheese is melting, heat another skillet and add the teaspoon of reserved oil and fry the eggs to your level of doneness, sunnyside up or flipped, both work fine. Season with salt and pepper.
- When the cheese is melted, remove the skillet from the oven and place the cooked eggs on top.