“Egg Cake” AKA Baked Omelet.

Jon’s expert analyses of these was “they are egg cakes” and that they were good with beans or salad, but he preferred them hot to cold. They’re a little based off spanish tortilla, only more layers and a bit slower and lazier for the cooking process.

No pictures because I kind of forgot them.


  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 150g potatoes
  • 100g broccoli
  • 100g bacon
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 crushed or minced garlic clove
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1tsp salt – this may be a bit low for people who aren’t on restricted sodium!
  • dash of worcestershire sauce


  • chopping board and knife
  • small pot for boiling
  • pop-base cake tin, either greased, lined or nonstick, ours is about 4″ deep and 20″ across


  1. Wash and chop the potatoes and broccoli with a pinch of salt. Boil until fork-tender, but not too solid. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  3. Whisk the eggs with the milk and seasonings.
  4. Finely dice the bacon, bell pepper and onion. Sprinkle across the base of the tin.
  5. Add a layer of now-cool potatoes and broccoli.
  6. Give the eggs a final stir and pour over the vegetables.
  7. Bake in the oven until a skewer comes out clean and it no longer jiggles.
  8. Cool completely before reheating or serving cold.

The first beauty of this is that you can mix and match the fillers. As a rule of thumb: nonsweet fruits and scallions go in raw, starches are to be used sparsely and precooked, brassicas are to be precooked, cured meats and beef go in raw, seasoned and finely chopped, white meats and uncured pork need precooking.

The second beauty is that your total time used is around 5 minutes of chopping things, 5 whisking and 5 layering. The rest is all largely unsupervised.

A quality, high-protein, portable food you can make quickly and adjusted to your needs. I think it’s pretty awesome, anyway.

TTFN and Happy Hunting!


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Jon’s Quiche.


Jon has changed his mind about quiche from when he insisted it was “an omelet for gay French people”. Apparently when they are homemade they taste better and are now suitable food for a straight English man. 😛

Anyway, here is a quiche made according to what Jon preferred, so maybe it will work for other pickier eaters who normally turn away from fancy food.


Makes 2 quiches.


  • 500g flour
  • 300g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 50g cheddar cheese
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 2tsp crushed black pepper
  • 1tsp salt


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 rashers of smoked bacon or ham
  • 2 sweet onions
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2tsp salt
  • 2tsp crushed black pepper


  • chopping board and knife
  • frying pan
  • 2 greased or nonstick baking trays


  1. Mix together the pastry ingredients, crumbling in the cheese nearer the end.
  2. Mash half the mix into each pan and shape it to the pan, ensuring a robust crust at the corners. Put in the fridge and leave to chill.
  3. Chop the bacon, onions and green pepper and fry lightly. Stir in the salt and black pepper and leave to chill in the fridge.
  4. Preheat the oven at 180C.
  5. Once the pastry is set and the bacon is cold, whisk the milk and eggs together thoroughly. Stir in the bacon mix and pour evenly into both pans. Scooping with a spoon may work better for even distribution.
  6. Place in the oven and cook until the top of the quiche is puffed high and no longer jiggles when shaken.
  7. Leave aside to cool. The top will deflate a bit, but this is normal. It is cooking in its own heat and slowly setting into shape.
  8. Serve cold or hot.



For help starting out homemaking, check out The ESSENTIAL Beginner Homemaker’s Guide. For help budgeting all your everday and not-so-everyday essentials, from food to transport to clothes, check out On A Budget: The good homemaker’s guide to economizing.

Wonderful Wednesday Wok. Tortilla and Brownies.

This week has been FAR too busy for someone sleeping so little. I’m going to need to pace myself a bit more, methinks.


Anyhow, this is what I made for Jon’s lunch yesterday. The vegetables appear mysteriously, but will be explained at the end of the week. [Part of a project. :)]

Recipe 1: Spanish Omelet with mixed veg and chicken.



-8 eggs

-around two bowls worth of mixed boiled vegetables

-1 chicken drumstick

-any bacon you have lying around

We got our chicken drumstick and bacon off a roast chicken I made as a mid-week meal. Here it is in all its glory:



-chopping board and knife

-large frying pan with heat-proof handle


1: Scramble four of the eggs and take them off the heat.

2: Add the stew and break down the chicken drumstick and bacon. Ensure an even spread.

3: Break the remaining eggs carefully over the mix. Make sure everything is surrounded by runny egg.

4: Cook on the stove-top until the sides are firm.

5: Place under the grill and cook until solid.

Recipe 2: Dark Chocolate and Walnut Brownies.

Abusing everyday flour lately has been having the obvious effect on my gut, so I’d recommend using something safer if you’re not used to much flour. Not making a substitution and eating less is not an option. These are delicious.



-400g flour

-75-100g butter

-3tbsp pure cocoa powder

-3tbsp sugar/honey/sweetener

-70g crumbled dark chocolate

-12 shelled and crushed walnuts


-mixing bowl and spoon

-greased or non-stick baking tray


1: Mix the flour, sugar and cocoa powder.

2: Add the butter and mash it in.

3: Add water, continually stirring until the mass holds together, but is pourable, like a syrup. Use warm water if the butter was hard to properly mix.

4: If you used warm water, let it cool. Mix in the chocolate pieces and walnut.

5: Pour into the tray.

6: Bake in a preheated oven at 160C for 35min, or until a fork comes out clean (of mass, the chocolate bits will stick to it!).

7: Serve with cream, ice-cream or a milky drink.