Saturday, February 16, 2008

Weekend breakfast

What a week. It started off with the shocking news of the shooting of Jose Ramos Horta - the President of East Timor. Having lived in East Timor for a couple of years, the little country has a very special place in my heart. I'm very sad about what is going on there right now... and hoping for the best.

I'm currently doing some work with the High Commissioner for Human Rights and this week was a particularly busy one as I had two colleagues coming to Freetown for the week - one from Washington DC and the other from Bogota and it was all non-stop meetings, being stuck in bad traffic, climbing countless flights of stairs in 90% humidity and trying to retain some level of composure.

The other notable event of this week was a fuel shortage in Freetown. There is an imminent fuel price increase and most stations have stopped selling fuel until the price increase is implemented so they can make more money. This means that only a couple of fuel stations are selling fuel, resulting in lines of dozens and dozens of cars at these stations. I had the misfortune, along with thousands of others of getting stuck in the middle of this.

Needless to say I'm very happy that the weekend has finally arrived. We are in a rush every week-day morning and don't have much time to enjoy breakfast during the week but on weekends it's a different story and we really take our time. This morning we had, what I suppose I could call 'Eggs Mexicana' (or Huevos Mexicanos) fresh mango juice and coffee. Delicious.

For Eggs Mexicana you will need:

(Serves 2)
  • 2 flour or corn tortillas
  • 4 free range eggs
  • Bacon or ham (optional)
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 chili
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime
  • A little coriander
  • Salt, pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying eggs
  1. Make the salsa. Chop tomato, avocado, onion, chili and mix in a bowl. Add juice of one lime, season with salt and pepper, add coriander and mix.
  2. Cook bacon or ham if using.
  3. Wrap the tortillas in foil and heat in oven for a few minutes until soft and heated through.
  4. Fry (or poach) eggs making sure that yolks are runny.
  5. Take one tortilla per person, on one half of the tortilla place bacon, then salsa, then eggs. Fold the other half of tortilla over and eat immediately.