MEGA BLOGGING MARATHON – APRIL 2018
#87TH BLOGGING MARATHON
THEME: EXPLORE THE FLAVORS – INTERNATIONAL BREAKFASTS
Today is the last day of the Mega Blogging Marathon. This has been the second time I’ve participated in the MBM. Its a dedication of full 26 days to get posts according to the theme out on time, and also to comment on the participating bloggers blog too. It just turns into a lot of comments to write but we do get some extra time to complete the commenting. Participating in this Mega series has taught me a lot. I get to learn a lot more about different cuisines, get to know more about different countries and also the main important lesson is it teaches me to be more organized and plan the cooking, photography part, writing and scheduling posts.
I was searching for a breakfast dish with Z and got an option of baking a Swiss bread called Zopf which they enjoy with their cup of coffee. However, I had muesli in mind and couldn’t repeat the country. If I hadn’t come across any other option then I would have had no choice but to repeat the country. Its while I was carrying out my research for breakfast options in neighboring countries that I came across an omelette recipe which is quite different from the usual way we all make omelettes. Just one ingredient makes it so different, tasty and filling. It’s a good Sunday Brunch treat, especially for all those who love that ingredient.
What is the ingredient I’m talking about? Its chips. What the Americans, Indians, Europeans call French fries. Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, UK are some of the countries that call French fries chips. The breakfast dish for letter Z is called Zege. Its from the neighboring country TANZANIA. Zege is also known as Mayai Chipsi (Egg Chips). Some call Omelette with chips and minced meat zege(in Kiswahili it means cement) and some call the chips and omelette preparation zege.
This is one breakfast dish that’s going on my ‘to make frequently’ list. Easy to make, filling and different. You could even use up leftover chips or French fries. Don’t forget to serve it with the traditional kachumbari. Initially I thought that the amount of tomato and onion in the omelette would suffice but I had made the kachumbari for photography purpose. However, on adding the kachumbari as a topping to the zege, hubby and I were pleasantly surprised as to how good it tasted.
Recipe source : Safari DC
Ingredients for the chips:
3 medium potatoes
oil for deep frying
Ingredients for the omelette:
4 large eggs
I medium tomato, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
1-2 finely chopped green chillis
2-3 tbsp oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper powder
Ingredients for the kachumbari:
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 tbsp lemon juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp red chilli powder
Preparation of the chips:
- Peel the potatoes and cut into long wedges not too thick or too thin.
- Keep the chopped potatoes in the water till required.
- Heat oil for deep frying in a wok or kadai.
- Remove the chopped potatoes from the water, pat them dry on a kitchen towel.
- Add to the oil slowly and fry till done.
- Keep the chips on the side till required.
Preparation of the kachumbari:
- Mix the chopped coriander,tomato and onion in a bowl.
- Add salt, chilli powder and lemon juice and mix well.
Preparation of the zege:
- Mix chopped onion, tomato, coriander and chilis in a bowl.
- Heat 1 tbsp oil in a small frying pan. I made two separate omelettes as 1 big one would have been difficult to flip.
- Break two eggs in another bowl. Add ¼ tsp salt and whisk it.
- Add half the chopped onion tomato mixture it in and whisk again.
- When the oil is hot add half the amount of chips to the pan.
- Let it cook a bit till its a bit crispy. Make a thin layer of the chips in the pan.
- Pour the omelette mixture over it.
- Cover the frying pan and let the omelette cook.
- When you see the edges are beginning to curl up slightly, very carefully flip it over.
- Let it cook for a few seconds and serve immediately with some kachumbari.
- Following steps 2-10 prepare the second omelette.
- Add cooked minced meat if you prefer.
- Add spices like ginger and garlic.
- I would suggest putting the omelette under a broiler once the bottom is cooked so that it doesn’t have to be flipped.
- If you need to flip it, place a plate over the pan, flip it over, place the pan on the heat and then slowly slip the omelette back to the pan to cook.
- Traditional kachumbari has only onion and tomato with lemon, salt, coriander and chilli powder. These days other vegetables like cucumber, bell pepper etc are added too.
A – Z Breakfast Dishes:
A – Apple Aeblskiver – Denmark
B – Baghrir – Morocco
C – Changua – Colombia
D – Dutch baby Pancakes – Germany /USA
E – English Breakfast – England
F – French Toast – Canada
G – Griddle/Girdle Scones – Scotland
H – Hafragrautur – Iceland
I – Idiyappam – India
J – Johnnycakes – The Caribbean
K – Khabees – Bahrain
L – Lahooh/Lahoh – Somalia
M – Masoub – Yemen
N – Nasi Goreng – Indonesia
O – Oladushki – Russia
P – Pandesal – The Philippines
Q – Qistibi – Tatarstan and Bashkortostan
R – Red Rice Porridge – Bhutan
S – Suafa’i – Samoa
T – Tomato Omelette – Armenia
U – Uji – Kenya
V – Vary Sosoa – Madagascar
W – Welsh Rarebit – Wales
X – Xiao Mi Zhou – China
Y – Yogurt and Muesli Parfait – Switzerland
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