My ma het altyd gesê: as daar eiers in die huis is, het jy kos op die tafel – van vroeg tot laat, ontbyt tot aandete en tussendeur, kan dit deel vorm van jou van jou spyse. Soveel meer so, noudat voedingskenners dit eens is dat een tot twee eiers maar daagliks deel kan uitmaak van jou dieet.
Eggs can be enjoyed with any mealtime: as a main dish, as an accompaniment to other meals or as a part of a recipe. The versatility of the egg places it amongst the top items required in basic culinary preparation, after all what other ingredient forms the base of so many recipes – from sauces to sweet treats, fish cakes to frittatas and not forgetting eggs as the perfect topping to a juicy steak or sandwich filler extraordinaire.
So, the deliciousness of eggs is confirmed, but how do they rate on the nutritional scale? Eggs contain protein and just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues. This high-quality protein found in eggs makes them one of the most affordable substitutes for more expensive proteins in these tough financial times.
Next to affordability, another scarce luxury must be time. Rushing to work, fetching kids, helping with homework, how is one expected to produce nutritious and delicious meals for the family at any time of the day – not just breakfast? Including eggs is a good way to start, when all else fails who doesn’t enjoy a hearty frittata loaded with all those leftover veggies and rotisserie chicken sitting in the fridge? Or how about an onion tart – you have no idea how truly delicious it is!
Serves 6- 8
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 – 35 min
125 g butter
250 g bacon, cubed
4 onions, peeled and sliced
60 ml (4 tbsp.) flour
500 ml (2 cups) milk, lukewarm
4 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground pepper
150 g (about 1 ½ cups) grated cheddar cheese
Green salad and crusty bread to serve
- In a large pan melt the butter, add the bacon and onions and fry until soft, about 6 minutes.
- Stir in the flour to make a paste, and slowly pour in the milk stirring continuously.
- Whisk the eggs and add to the milk mixture, stir well. Add the cheese and seasoning.
- Pour the mixture into a pie dish and allow to stand until settled and at room temperature, about 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake until set, about 30 – 35 minutes.
- Serve sliced with a green salad and crusty bread for lunch or a light meal.