Rookie Chef Robi: Lazy breakfast buns

I’ve been meaning to do another Rookie Chef post for a while now but I’m a lazy blogger so that’s a problem. However, I can assure you that I haven’t stopped cooking, experimenting and drooling over recipes. (Thanks, Pinterest!)

Flash back to a couple of weeks ago and one evening when everyone was in no mood to cook, I decided to put my own twist on the breakfast bun/cup.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Makes 4

– 2 hamburger buns

– 5 eggs

– Bacon

– 1 cup of grated cheese

– Salt, pepper

– Margerine

– Olive oil

– Chutney (optional)

– 4 ramekins

HOW TO

1. Preheat oven at 180 deg C.

2. Cut hamburger buns in half and butter the insides.

3. Grease the ramekins with a little olive oil. Make sure to grease the sides too or else these suckers will stick.

4. Press the non-buttered side of the roll into ramekin and get your fingers dirty by flattening the roll against the sides. You basically end up with a little bun bowl. (Trademark pending *wink*)

5. Mix your eggs, grated cheese, salt and pepper in a separate bowl. You can add a dash of milk if you like.

6. Fry up your bacon, chop it into small pieces and stick it one side.

7. Scoop the eggy mixture into your bun bowls until they’re about 3/4 full. 

8. Put the ramekins in an ovenproof dish (so that they’re easy to take out all at once) and stick them on the middle shelf of the oven.

9. Keep an eye on them. After about 10-15 minutes, take the ramekins out of the oven. The egg will still be runny but just starting to cook. Throw in your bacon bits now. I added a little more grated cheese over the top at this point too.

10. Stick the ramekins back in the oven and wait another 5 minutes or so. The egg will start to rise a little like fluffy scrambled egg.

11. Once they’re done, make sure they’re cooked through, scoop them out (I used a  tablespoon to do this) and pop them on a plate. Add a couple drops of chutney if you like and eat ’em!

My family couldn’t get enough of these and I’m super stoked to experiment with different fillings and mixtures. Easy, cheap and so delicious!

Becoming Rookie Chef Robi

Rookie-Chef-RobiAs a child I told my friends that my father was a chef. Not a superhero or that he was stronger than their dads, but a chef. Seeing the love my dad has always had for food and cooking, him being a chef was the highest form of praise I could give him.

Once I told my teacher the same story. She asked where he cooked. My very childlike and honest reply was, “Oh, only at home.” And that was enough.

When people say that the secret ingredient is love in a special dish, I believe them. I’m convinced I can taste the mood my dad was in when he cooked a particular meal. Once I tasted my dinner and it was bland and stiff, nothing like my dad’s regular tasty dishes. I asked him how he was feeling and his reply was, “I’m a bit sad to be honest. I’m just not feeling like myself.” He puts a little of himself into his cooking and it’s fantastic.

My dad will often say about himself that he’s not very clever and he can’t do very much, but something he can do and where he can make a difference in someone’s life is to cook for them. It’s how he shows love and appreciation and joy. Plus he’s been cooking for almost 50 years so he has learned a thing or two. It’s inspiring.

Passing down the soup ladle

My father’s greatest wish is that one of his kids would inherit this passion for cooking from him. Unfortunately, with a mom who retired from cooking when my dad retired from work, there was a tug-of-war on the matter.

My older brother, Shane, cooks by dialling up Mr Delivery. He does make a delicious Tiramisu though…

My older sister, Kim, is a pretty good cook actually. She loves to make pasta but she doesn’t have a love for cooking.

So it’s up to me and it’s seems Dad may be in luck. From a young age he’s encouraged me to taste a sauce he’s cooking or stir the soup bubbling on the stove. As I got older, he started teaching me to distinguish different flavours and ingredients just by tasting a pot of stew. And I’ll admit, he’s taught me well. The best part of all is seeing his face light up when I guess correctly.

I may be good at flavours and ingredients but I’ve never really tried my hand at cooking. He’s taught me so much about how to cook pasta and what to do to potatoes to make them awesome, but I’ve only barely dabbled at the practical side of things.

Rookie Cook in the making

I’ll be tying the knot and marrying my best friend in November. Due to this big event, Dad has decided that now is the time for me to get my butt into gear. He’s handed over the proverbial (and literal) soup ladle and I will be trying my hand at feeding the family once a week. No judgement, no helping (unless I ask) and minimal interfering. And to be honest, I’m so excited. I definitely think I have a rather large lashing of Dad’s love for cooking in my DNA. Score!

I’ll be sharing with you guys how it goes and what I try out. Maybe you can give me some tips on what to change or where to go for the best and cheapest ingredients in Cape Town or which easy starter-chef recipes I could try. Thankfully I work with the awesome Food24 ladies, so I should be okay.

Here’s to hoping I’ll make Dad proud!

Tonight I’ll be making Mushroom Mac and Cheese (with bacon). Sounds yummo right?

Covered-in-flour kisses,

Rookie Chef Robi 

Earth Fair Food Market rocks my Thursday

Earth Fair Market in St George's Mall
Earth Fair Market in St George’s Mall

An open air market on a beautiful Cape Town day. Is there anything better?! Nope.

Every Thursday St George’s Mall in Cape Town gets invaded by delicious food, yummy sweet things and homegrown fruit and veg. It’s called the Earth Fair Food Market (they’re on Twitter too). It’s such fun.

It’s even more fun when it’s shared with loved ones. Like these two, my best friends, sisters and all round awesome people. Love these ladies very much.

My best friend, Zayaan
My best friend, Zayaan
My other best friend, Meagan
My other best friend, Meagan

Zayaan and I usually delight in pancakes from the “French Pancake Man”. His actual name is Jean Pierre. We love him very much. But he hasn’t been at the market recently (insert sad face) so we decided to try the homemade cheesecakes by “The Cheesecake Lady” (we’re super original).

Zayaan had a peanut brittle cheesecake. Yum!

Peanut Brittle Cheesecake
Peanut Brittle Cheesecake by Zayaan

This is one had a hint of rooibos to it. And it was all sorts of delicious.

Rooibos baked cheesecake
Rooibos baked cheesecake is delicious!

Too delicious.

Rooibos Cheesecake is all gone
Rooibos Cheesecake is all gone

Plus I stalked this pigeon for #PhotoADayJuly (you can see all of the images on my Instagram). Fun times!

Pigeon wants your soul, I mean, food
Pigeon wants your soul, I mean, food

Consider these wise words, blog friends: If you have an opportunity, go and visit the Earth Fair Food Market. You won’t regret it.

Robi <3

Review: Body Thrills Lemon, Lime & Juniper Berry Facial Scrub

Body Thrills Lemon, Lime & Juniper Berry Facial Scrub
Thrill your face off

Need a natural, delicious-smelling facial scrub? Then you should give this Body Thrills product a try.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of this zesty scrub and it’s honestly quite fantastic.

I have annoying, super sensitive combination skin and it often freaks out on me. I’m very wary of trying just anything on my face but after seeing @ExMi rave about how it’s cleared up her skin, I was willing to give it a try.

Who is Body Thrills?

Body Thrills is a South African company that was “born from the need to create a range of products that are natural, preservative-free and entirely delicious”.

At first glance… and sniff

After screwing off the lid the first thing you smell is lemongrass and lime. It’s super refreshing and reminds me of summer. The grainy feel of the scrub had me thinking of sugar and I could tell it would be a great for exfoliation.

The first use

After wetting my face and scooping out some of the scrub, it was just a matter of rubbing it on my face and neck. I left it to settle for a few moments before washing it off with a face cloth. It was easy to apply and easy to remove which is a big plus in my book as some scrubs can be a pain to wash off.

My face was smooth and soft afterwards. Surprisingly so. I was genuinely impressed. Plus that awesome lemongrass smell hung around for quite sometime.

My skin is tricky so after a couple of hours I applied my usual moisturiser but there are those who’ve reported that they didn’t need to.

What’s in it?

This exfoliating and moisturising scrub is made with lemongrass, juniper berries, lime, lemon, shea butter and almond oil. Sounds good enough to eat!

Price

You can grab a 125ml tub of this yummy scrub for R80. Order it here from the website.

Body Thrills (you can follow them on Twitter) was created and is run by @ExMi and the rest of the team: @LexiFontein and @Wallfish.

Please note: This is not a sponsored blogpost. I have not been paid to review this product in anyway.