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It’s wet, it’s grey, it’s dark at 1 o’ clock in the day, there’s a recession, the country is falling apart, I’m working too much, I NEED comfort food!! OK, maybe it’s not that bad but the weather that we’ve had the last week really isn’t helping matters, today was the first day I actually ventured outside for some fresh air. This recipe is a perfect “pick me up” when you need something warm and comforting, it’s as far from “fine dining” as you can get, it’s wet, sloppy, requires lots of bread for mopping  and is the perfect cure for a bad mood. There’s no way to dress it up, it’s simple, rustic and soooooo delicious. I served it with some Parmesan mash I had left over from dinner the night before, I love fried eggs and mash anyway so the addition of tomato sauce makes it even better.

what you need:

1 x 400g tin of Italian tomatoes – De Cecco pomodorini if you can get your hands on some.

4 eggs – I prefer cornfed

1 small onion

1 clove garlic

olive oil

6-8 leaves basil

grated Parmesan cheese

sea salt and black pepper

tsp sugar

lots of crusty bread or Parmesan mash

what to do:

chop your onion and garlic:

 

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fill the base of a pan with oil, add your onions and garlic and cook over a low heat for 7-10 mins until soft but not coloured:

 

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add your tomatoes and cook for 10 mins until starting to thicken, season, add your sugar and basil and cook for a couple of minutes.

 

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add your eggs to your sauce:

 

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cover and cook until the white is cooked and the yolk is soft and runny:

 

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season and sprinkle with Parmesan:

 

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serve with crusty bread or left over mash and enjoy the childish fuzzy feeling of breaking the egg:

 

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eat, mop, slurp……….repeat!!

 

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buon appetito!

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