Monday, 5 December 2011


You know one of those Sunday afternoons when you're pottering around in your PJs, the kids are putting their homework away, there's nothing on TV and the prospect of a cold Monday morning looms over the house? Today was one of them.

I thought I'd reinvent an old favourite. Turned out pretty good too.

Here's what you will need:

4 hard-boiled eggs
4 panino rolls - you can use regular rolls if you want. Panini are just sexier.
1 green chilli or two if they're small
1 small white onion about the size of a ping-pong ball.
1 small tomato - a cherry tomato will do
A fistful of finely chopped coriander leaves
2 tablespoons of pasta sauce - I used Dolmios
2 tablespoons of butter - I used Clover
Some ground red chillies, coarsely ground black pepper and salt

The steps below occur in quick succession and on high heat, so make sure you have everything ready before you begin.

Chop the onions and the tomato into small (no bigger than 5mm x 5mm) pieces.
Cut open the green chilli and get rid of the seeds inside it. Then chop it into thin slivers.
Cut up the eggs into small chunks, no bigger than, say an olive, including the yolks.
Cut the panini.

Ready? Here goes...

1. Non-stick pan. High heat. Butter. Once the butter melts, throw in the chopped onion.
2. As the onion starts turning pink, add the tomatoes, stirring all the while.
3. Wait 30 seconds and add the green chilli and coriander leaves. Keep stirring.
4. Add a teaspoon each of red chilli powder, black pepper and a little salt. Don't stop stirring. Give it about 60 seconds.
5. Add two tablespoons of pasta sauce and mix it all well. 10 seconds at most.
6. Chuck in the chopped boiled egg and mix well. Turn down the flame somewhat.
7. Stick a panino roll in the toaster
8. Turn the heat up to full and stir to prevent browning. Do this for about 30 more seconds and then turn the heat off.
9. The roll should be toasted by now, butter it up (this is important if the egg mix is too dry); add the egg mix and serve with cold beer.

If you choose to add mayonnaise, make sure you never, ever tell me about it.

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