What did we eat in London?

Breakfasts

Eating out on a holiday is always a hard task with the girls, as they hardly ever agree on what they want to eat (well, that is the situation every time so there was no difference). If one of them need a burger than the other one surely wants pasta. Even if we finally picked a place they can’t find anything suitable on the menu.

This time in London the breakfast was solved as we visited a Prét-á-Manger every morning. When I was in London back in 2000 I loved it, I always had a Tuna sandwich as I can recall. Not it was a bit different but we had a lot of items to choose from in the shop. As it was early morning we chose breakfast things like toasts and Pret’s Hot menu and I have to admit, we were satisfied most of the time.

Dóri loved the toast so she always had that but I tried to find something new and different every time we had something there. So I had a toast and the next morning I had a burger and obviously, I had the leftovers from the girls, too. Just for fun and for not wasting anything.

But no worries! It was all right. I did not even put on weight as we walked a lot during the day. Continue reading

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Good bye party with English breakfast

A friend of mine quitted his job here at the office, and as we are quite a close bunch of colleagues (actually, more than colleagues only…), we wanted to mark his last day at the office.

The first idea was to have a burger for lunch somewhere close to the office, but we let that go because of a lack of time. Then it was a breakfast in a nearby restaurant, Mezzo Music Restaurant – but then we figured that if it is a breakfast, than we should have an English one, as he had been quite fond of it when we’d been in London a couple of years ago.

So, another friend of us had gone to a shop called Culinaris and bought the ingredients for the day.

Now, have you ever cooked in an office kitchen? Not that well-equipped, I have to tell you, really. Well, at least in our case.

Anyway, the task was given, so we collected two other toaster-ovens from different kitchens on the 5th floor, and we had a microwave oven, too. We used two toasters for the sausages, the third one for the mushroom and the tomatoes, the microwave for the sliced ham, and in about one and a half hour breakfast was ready.

 

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That’s what I’m talking about – the kitchen

The sausages were put into a tinfoil plate and into the toaster-oven, just like the mushroom and the tomatoes. It took three rounds to cook all the stuff bought for the occasion.

Well, prior to that, success wasn’t really guaranteed – but it was a really nice one, after all. I don’t think everyone on the floor was definitely impressed with the idea, but they were probably only envy of the food we made. The smell was delicious, and I was satisfied, really,  no questions about that, it was worth the hustle.

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The result – not that bad, is it?

And, the ham prepared in the microwave oven was surprisingly good! Paper towel on a plate, ham, another paper towel, three minutes or so, and it’s good. Nice and easy, if you don’t have time or the tools.

The same method with the fried eggs – put some olive oil on a plate, brake three or four eggs on it, depending on the size of the plate, put it into the microwave for three or four minutes – and there you go! I don’t say that it will be worth a Michelin star but there will be no complaints.

So, that was it – and that’s the way you do the job if you are in the office!

Breakfast at “á table”

Once in a week or two we kind of need to get out of the office surroundings and have a nice little breakfast. A decent breakfast, you know, when you sit down, order something (or take that thing to your table, if there’s no service – as it is at most places).

Unfortunately there are restrictions geographically as you can’t really travel to a far, far away galaxy to have your omelette, ’cause we obviously need to be back in a reasonable time.

So this was the third time we went out and this time it was a small French boulangerie in the 2nd district of Budapest, close to the mall Mammut. By small I mean small, ’cause you can only find something like 8 tables there, and the place is overcrowded with the furniture even without people. Anyway, it’s called “á table”, not that old but a really nice place.

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Croissant and baby salad leaves

The desk is overcrowded as well, so you have to be ready to figure out what you want. When I entered and went to the desk I told the young waitress there that I would like something for breakfast (what a surprise…). Anyway, she started to show me the items there and there was so many that I could only remember the last three – croissants with this and that. And one of them was croissant with ham, so I chose that. Continue reading

Easy little breakfast

Now it is really easy and something for the eyes as well. Not at all my idea, found it somewhere on Facebook, well, probably on my wall.

You don’t need a lot of things for this, it’s about ten minutes to cook and good even for a hangover (provided that you’re that kind of a human who’s convinced that eggs are perfect for hangovers. Believe me, there are humans like that…). And your children will like it as well. Let’s see what you have to buy:

  • red pepper (1 or 2, one is enough for one person)
  • egg(s) (one per red pepper)
  • chili or hot pepper (I used normal hot pepper called “hegyeserős”)
  • spices as you like

Preparations need five minutes, frying takes something like ten, and there’s your funny little breakfast.

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One red pepper and the others

So, just cut the red pepper into three round slices, put them into a frying pan, then break one egg into each. Then the seasoning and just fry until it’s ready. I covered the pan ’cause the top fries quicker.

Bon appetit!