Every now and then I’m in the mood for a good old basic – a dish that reminds me of my childhood. And I bet it rekindles some memories for a lot of you too. This is probably one of the easiest ways to get children to eat their greens, or in this case.. their cabbage. This ‘traditional’ Bubble and Squeak can also be made with leftovers, but fresh is always better especially when you’re using vegetables!

I used:

  • 1/2 a cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons of pancetta cubes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 or 3 eggs

Peel off the outer layers of the cabbage before chopping it in half. I used half a cabbage for 2 large portions. Cut it up into strips and roughly again across to make smaller strips.

Peel and chop an onion. Place the cabbage and onion in a deep skillet. You won’t need to use any oil. Place on a medium heat and stir often.

Add the pancetta and keep cooking. The cabbage will take a while to soften, but it’s best to check the consistency every now and then to avoid it cooking too much and becoming soggy. In other words, don’t cook it to death.

In a separate bowl whisk the eggs well. Wait until the cabbage is almost done and then add your eggs whilst stirring continuously. Now you’re ready to serve with some fresh pepper.

You will need:

  • Fresh gorgeously ripe summer tomatoes or tomato concentrate
  • Fresh bread with a hard crust
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pickled vegetables (gardiniera)
  • A can of tuna fish
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Capers
  • salt and pepper

Optional : green peppers, olives, onions or pickled onions, garlic

Pack it up and go to the beach! Summer’s here!!

Spiced coffee is one of our local traditions, however it is also a quick and simple way of transforming an ordinary mug of coffee into a heart-warming cup of brew¬† ūüôā

For 3 cups of coffee, warm up 500ml of water. If you have a  coffee pot use this. alternatively an ordinary saucepan will do.   Throw in your spices:

1 cinnamon stick

1 1/2 teaspoon of whole cloves

1 teaspoon whole aniseed

If you are using ground spices, use slightly less.   Simmer for a few minutes until the water starts to turn very slightly brown, absorbing the flavours from the spices.  Next, add the coffee. 2 tablespoons of instant or ground coffee.   If you use ground coffee, allow it to simmer for a couple of minutes before proceeding.

Strain the coffee using a tea strainer, or a piece of clean cotton cloth. Add sugar to taste, and serve.