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Aug 6, 2012

Baked Eggs in Pomodoro Sauce








This whole week had been all about feasting ..... not the regular meals we have everyday, but feasting ... big, huge celebratory type meals. 
We had a bloggers meet-up. Feast. 
Then the inlaws had some happy moments and wanted to take us out for a treat. No coffee shop stuff, they said, so it's another fancy restaurant. Feast. 
Then we overdid it at the buka puasa stalls (that's the food stalls operated by muslim folks selling their specialities for the breaking of fast (Iftar) one month before Eid. And never go shopping for food on an empty stomach. I never learn). Feast.
Whoo! That's enough to have me hibernating for the next month. 
So a simple lunch it'll have to be today. Can't imagine putting in anymore rich, spicy, oily, creamy, sweet ..... gosh, that practically covers everything!
I'd bookmarked this from Quay Po Cooks sometime ago. It's perfect for a day like this. Light and easy. Served with some crusty bread .... I'm a happy person!
Thanks, Veronica, for sharing this. I did not have the exact same ingredients at hand, so I tweaked it to what was available in my fridge and pantry.


This was enough for 2 servings.




INGREDIENTS


1 can (411g, dunno why such an odd figure) peeled whole tomatoes
1 tbs oil for sauteing (I used grapeseed)
a few sprigs of thyme, stalks removed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, finely diced
3/4 cup grated strong cheddar (or more if you prefer)
2 eggs
salt and black pepper to taste



METHOD


Heat oil and saute garlic and onions. 
When onions are soft, add in tomatoes. Squish them up a little. (Or a lot. I like mine chunky).
Add the thyme, salt and pepper. 
Simmer until reduced into a thick gravy. About 10 mins.
Scoop into 2 ovenproof bowls. (I used 4.5" ramekins)
Sprinkle grated cheese over the top.
Crack an egg onto that and bake at 180˚C for about 10 mins until cheese is melted, golden and egg is cooked but still has a runny yolk.
(Mmmmmm .... I love runny yolk!)


Serve with crusty bread.









53 comments:

  1. Hehe, you shouldn't have eaten the Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcake I gave your hubby, then you wouldn't feel so stuffed. Nice to know you choose to try this recipe. So simple and so delicious right? Love your photos. Thanks for linking to my blog. Muax! Muax!

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    1. Burp. That wasn't enough. I went out to buy some more .... hehe.
      This was a really good and simple, yet delicious recipe. Glad you approve :) Thanks!

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  2. Feasts once more? I have the impression that your whole life is a series of fantastic food discoveries and wonderful feasts... I envy you the bloggers meet up of course.
    What a gorgeous egg and tomato dish... (I love everything with egg!). It's also quite light, but doesn't look like typical light food. I love it and I love your elegant photos!
    Can you believe that yesterday I bookmarked a Sichuanese tomato and egg recipe? (I must have bookmarked half of the book already). I intend to do it soon, tomatoes are so delicious now.

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    1. Thanks Sissi!
      Hehe ... yeah, Asians take every opportunity to eat! Now you can see why I have such difficulty keeping my seams together :)
      I too, love eggs. Could never resist a runny yolk! Yup, it's light, refreshing and should I dare say healthy too?
      Ooohh ... I can't wait to see your Sichuanese tomato and egg recipe!

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    2. I have had this for breakfast today. Very simple, not hot at all (but I took some pickled chilies from my pantry as a side dish ;-) ) but really good. I have emptied my plate in 5 minutes even without thinking of a photo... It happens so often. Maybe next time! (Your dish looks much more complex and interesting though!).

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    3. Oh yeah! That would go awesome with it!
      Haha! I do that all the time otherwise I'd have more posts and more often :) esp the simple ones that I always think nobody would be interested in.
      There's nothing complex about my version at all. Probably have a sprig of thyme next to your plate? LOL!!!

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  3. simple recipe but yet it created a great taste! look so tempting too.

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    1. Thanks Sonia! Yes, it's so simple yet delicious!

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  4. Gosh!!! I ate...and I ate...and I ate... Now I'm so bloated and sluggish. Will have to go on a liquid diet for a week at least now - plain porridge! LOL!!!

    So nice to get to meet you in person even though it was just a brief acquaintance. We'll meet again sometime... Perhaps you can hop over to Sibu one of these days - would love to have you around, stay at my place, free food, free tours... Now, isn't that irresistable?

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    1. LOL!!! I can imagine how it must be like for you. After that night, we can all go back and the next day it's back to normal. But you're on holiday and your mission is to eat ... well, even if it isn't, meeting up with friends usually means having something to eat anyway.
      Yes, it was brief but a very nice meeting. Thank you for all the goodies. We will definitely meet up again for sure. And thanks very much for the invite and irresistible offer. I haven't been to Sibu. Now that I have a tour guide, I'll be making plans :)

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  5. It's not enough for me to just comment over at Google+. Gosh the recipe is simple and packed with flavour. Veronica is such genius and your photos are enough to make me drool. I need to emphasize once more.. LOVE LOVE LOVE pomodoro sauce. This dish is great with garlic bread. Yes I am a sinful eater. Who cares?!? :P, Huggss

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    1. You're a gem, Jo.
      I'm glad Veronica shared this. I'm totally in love with it .... anytime I don't feel like a heavy meal, lunch or dinner, this is just perfect! And yes, it would be great with garlic bread.
      Yeah, who cares. We've only one life to live .... live it, gurl!

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  6. Oh yes, that dish that Quay Po did. And the dishy chef (ahem!)I earmarked it too. Now that I see you have cooked it and the picture look so gorgeous, what am I waiting for?

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    1. Yeah, the one she didn't bring home to share... and I meant the chef! ;)
      Try it out. It's very good! (I meant the recipe).

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  7. That is one of those simple things I cannot resist! It tastes so great!!

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    1. Thanks, Pola! The simplest things in life ..... well, these aren't free ... but great tasting!

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  8. This looks fantastic! I would need to cook a double amount of this dish. There will be fighting if I didn't cook enough of this for my family :D

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    1. We wouldn't want that to happen! :D
      By all means, double or triple the amount. You can even cook a whole lot of the pomodoro and keep it in bottles for whenever you need some tomato based sauce. It's pretty versatile. Enjoy!

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  9. I have never prepared or had baked eggs this way....it sure looks lipsmacking! Great clicks, Ping.

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    1. Thanks Angie! This is even better than just having eggs with ketchup :)

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  10. Wow, that is a lot of feasting ;-). Sounds like you've been having a lot of fun and that's always a good thing! Your baked eggs look simply delicious - soft, juicy and surrounded by goodness - love the combo of tomato, cheese and egg. This dish reminds me of the Mexican classic Huevos Rancheros; a favourite. Yum!!

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    1. Yeah, it was a lot to handle all within a week. Fun it was at the time but after that it's the battle with the mirror and clothes .... sigh. Once in a while, not too often.
      Hmmm, you're right, I've never thought of the similarity with Huevos Rancheros. I guess each country will have their different versions of baked eggs altho I believe HR uses fried eggs.... and I suddenly have a craving for guacamole. Mmmm ... think I'll have some later :)

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  11. You have no idea how many times I've made this Sicilian inspired baked eggs in Pomodoro sauce, that I actually learned how to make while living in Sicily! My sister-in-laws taught me so many authentic Sicilian dishes, including the Rice balls, the Caponata, Pasta al Forno, Baked Sicilian Eggplant stuffed with rice, minced beef, pinenuts, raisins and capers.

    Getting hungry now, and will want to make this yummy baked eggs again, real soon! Love how you made them...perfect, and delicious!

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    1. Thanks Elisabeth. I can imagine this is simple enough that someone must have done it sometime, somewhere. Learning it in Sicily? Wow, how authentic is that?! All the other dishes sound pretty interesting as well.
      Haha! You're making me hungry too!

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  12. Ooh, I've never had anything quite like this! I would love this with a big slice of sourdough toast for dinner.

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    1. I'm sure you'd love this. Haven't met anyone who doesn't .... yet. Altho my husband finds it a little tart but that can be remedied with a pinch of sugar to the sauce. Mmmm ... sourdough. Gosh, my tummy just growled!

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  13. Yum yum and yum! I would like to get such breakfast..

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    1. Thanks, Medeja. This takes very little time to make. Hope you like it!

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  14. I would love to hear more about the bloggers meet, and see some photos too!
    This recipe sounds good. I want to make/eat it. 411g - thats precise. How many grams should the eggs weigh?

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    1. Har har. That was what the label on the can said. Oh, the egg has to be exactly 60g, no more, no less. Anything more, you've gotta take out some yolk without breaking it.
      I only took pictures of the food during the meet and a pic of the people taking pics of the food. Food bloggers are mad. Each time a dish arrives on the table, everyone rushes with their big gigantic cameras with big gigantic lenses to grab a shot of it. Me, I brought my measly mobile phone with a camera function and posted my not so great pictures on my facebook. You can see them if you're on fb. I know, I know, you're forgiven if you're not into fb. Took me a long time before I'd even gotten myself there. But you can see a post on the gathering and other pics at Quay Po Cooks. She's the 1st one to put it up.

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    2. Thanks Ping for clarification on the eggs. I also read somewhere that removing part of the yolk without breaking is the most natural thing to do in such situations, top pastry chefs do this all the time:)
      And thanks for referral to further blog info. Great to finally see a photo of you, finally. I suppose the way you are doing, you will soon be making regular appearances in media, on the way to becoming a global household name!

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    3. Oh, sorry, it was Shannon @ Just As Delish who first put it up but her's was like mine, all about the food! :D

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    4. "I suppose the way you are doing" - going, not doing. Sorry

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    5. Oh good grief, I hope not. There goes my mystery woman identity. I'd like the public to have this idea of me being the glamorous, tall, model-like person ..... I am allowed to dream.

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    6. "Doing" as in "eating", "Going" as in" sideways ... all good. :D

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    7. Sorry Ping I thought it was you in the picture. Now only I know it is not you. It is that mystery woman. LOL!

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    8. Ha! Yes! How could you have mistaken that mad woman for me? Tsk.

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  15. In my mind a glamorous, tall, model-like person is behind pings pickings.
    So many comments and pickings by me today, sorry. Not the greatest way for you to start the day but the upside is that it should only get better.

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  16. Good, keep that image. Either that or you must have seen the wrong Ping in the pic or go put on your glasses. Haha! I miss all this pickings ... really! It's a great start to the day! You have a great one yourself!

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  17. What a time you've had. Admittedly it all sounds delicious and I wish I'd been with you at every stop...eating! I love this recipe Ping. It's so simple, and rustic; just the food I adore. Your photos are perfection. I love them both so much!

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    1. Thank you! You really should make your way here one day, Toni. You'd need to pay for the excess weight when you do your return flight back home tho :D
      Thanks for coming by. I was just looking at your pic of that rooster on my dashboard's list of blogs when your comment popped in. Going over to check that out!

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  18. I love how you turned the ordinary egg into something very appetizing, Ping! I'm a huge fan of eggs and I will surely enjoy this anytime of the day!

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    1. Hi Tina. Thank you! I'm a great fan of eggs as well and would even enjoy it in its ordinary form :)

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  19. Hi Ping, your baked egg look excellent, very appetizing.

    Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.

    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Amelia. Have a nice weekend yourself :) Hope you're feeling better.

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  20. What a lovely egg dish, Ping! It looks like a wonderful way to detox after all the celebrating :)

    PS...I'm still out of town, but want to cook up something special for you in the next couple weeks!

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    1. Thanks, Lizzy! Haha! Yes, I will gladly detox everyday if every detox dish was like this :)
      Not to worry or hurry about the guest post, whenever you're able. Looking forward to it tho! Have a great vacation!

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  21. We have someting similar in Greee called strapatsada! This one must taste deliciously! Feasts are the salt of life!

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  22. mmm yum, I am definitely going to try this as soon as I get back to America (in 10 days!). Sounds so simple and you get a runny yolk to boot.

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