Curried Eggs with Rice

Curried Eggs with Rice is a classic Indian dish with many regional variations and has been around for ages. A great way to take a few simple ingredients and make them delicious and healthy without being boring. The eggs go very well with the curry and rice and together make a complete meal on its own. I prefer mine spicy, but you have control of how much cayenne or dried chiles you add. If you are looking for a quick lunch or weeknight dinner recipe, this is a fantastic choice. 


Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 6 eggs – hard boiled, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • cayenne or dried whole chile (optional)
  • cooked Basmati rice

To boil eggs:

  1. Place eggs in a pan with a lid and cover with 1 or 2 inches of cold water
  2. Place pan on stove top over high heat until it comes to a rolling boil
  3. Leave pan in place, turn off heat source, place lid and let sit for 12 minutes
  4. Immediately and carefully pour out as much hot water as possible and flush pan with cold water for several minutes until eggs are cool enough to handle
  5. Peel eggs under running water

To make rice:

  1. In a medium sauce pan with lid, bring 1-3/4 cups of water to a boil
  2. Stir in 1 cup of rice and reduce heat to medium low. Place wooden spoon over top of pan to prevent boiling over.
  3. Once water settles and is no longer boiling over, place lid and cook for 18-20 minutes or until water is absorbed

To make curry:

  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds
  2. Add tomato sauce, water, lemon juice, curry powder, bay leaves, cinnamon, salt, and any cayenne (start with 1/2 tsp) or dried chiles (optional). Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove bay leaves and dried chiles if you used any

Place rice in a plate or bowl, place three egg halves on top, and pour curry over eggs. By doing it this way instead of putting the eggs directly in the curry, it’s much easier to keep the eggs intact.

Notes

Looking at the three different components separately seems like this may take a while to prepare, but this isn’t necessarily true. If you have enough cooktop space, you can start the curry, eggs, and rice simultaneously and this meal comes together in a short amount of time. The key to this is having all your ingredients prepared, measured, and ready to go before you start. You can also boil the eggs ahead of time if you like. This is a basic version, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices, or replace the eggs with meat or fish for alternatives. Please let me know if you try this recipe, and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy! 

Dry Rub Spare Ribs

These ribs are juicy, tender, and have a delicious dry-rub crust that may be a nice surprise if you are accustomed to having ribs with a sauce. Spare ribs have been around the barbecue scene for generations and also affordable compared to other meats. I like to cut the ribs into serving-size pieces before roasting, which gives just a little more surface area for the delicious rub to stick to.


Ingredients for 3 servings

  • 3 lbs. pork spare ribs
  • 1/4 cup course salt
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. dried onion
  • 1 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seeds
  1. Cut ribs into sections with two ribs each and parboil in a large pot for 4 minutes
  2. Remove ribs from boiling water and let cool to the touch
  3. Mix all remaining ingredients and spread liberally on all sides of the rib sections
  4. Place in a roasting pan or baking sheet at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  5. Turn on broiler and broil for 3-5 minutes or until the crust darkens.

Notes

Parboiling means to partially cook for a short amount of time in boiling water. This does two things for the ribs; it helps make them more tender by cooking them with moisture and renders some excess fat away. You can smoke these ribs as well; make sure to keep the temperature and time the same as listed above. You want the rub to darken at the end of the cooking process to give a delicious crust, but you must be careful and not go over 5 minutes or so to avoid burning. The crust is what makes these ribs stand apart from the more traditional sauced version. I would love to hear from you if you try this recipe, and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy!

Classic Ploughman’s Sandwich

The Ploughman’s Sandwich is a classic sandwich that originates from England and has been in existence for at least two centuries. It is composed of basic and staple ingredients that are easy, cheap, and nutritional and created for a farmer’s and laborer’s lunch. A great sandwich that has stood the test of time and still many people’s favorites.  


Ingredients

  • Whole grain or white bread
  • English cheddar cheese sliced thinly
  • Branson’s Pickle or similar relish
  • Sliced pickled onions
  • Several thin slices of ham

Spread a layer of the pickle relish on one piece of bread, then layer on the cheese, ham, and onion. Enjoy with an English ale.

Notes

There are quite a few variations of this sandwich that exist, and sometimes incorporate tomatoes, lettuce, mustard, etc… Feel free to add or substitute anything to suit your taste. In the US, you can find Branston’s Pickle and pickled onions in some supermarkets that have a good international selection, World Market, international food stores, and Amazon. There are recipes online to make a copycat version, but it’s hard to beat the original. Please let me know if you try this sandwich, and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy!

Sesame Cheddar Crackers

These cheese wafers have a crispy texture and savory flavor and make a perfect appetizer, snack, or addition to the charcuterie board. You will love how easy these are to make plus you only need a few ingredients and a great alternative to the store-bought processed cheese crackers. Give these a try, you won’t be disappointed!


Ingredients for about 40 Crackers

  • 4 oz. good quality cheddar cheese
  • 6 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 c sesame seeds
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  1. Toast sesame seeds in a dry non-stick pan over medium-high heat until golden-brown, about 7 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix shredded cheese and butter.
  3. Mix flour, toasted sesame seeds, and Worcestershire sauce and mix with a spatula until a slightly sticky dough is formed. Add more flour in small increments if dough is still too wet.
  4. Cover dough and chill for at least an hour or up to overnight.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface, and roll out dough with a floured rolling pin until the dough is consistent thickness, about 1/8″.
  6. Cut with 2″ round cookie-cutter (or any size/shape cutter you like)
  7. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until the edges just start to turn brown

Notes

When rolling out the dough you want the consistency of something similar to cookie dough, so don’t leave it out too long before rolling or roll it out directly from the refrigerator. Also, make sure to keep a close eye while baking, as only a minute too much can burn them. You can easily make this dough a day ahead as well for convenience. Please let me know if you try this recipe, and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy!

Grandma’s Oatmeal Bread

This recipe is adapted from “Mountain Measures – A collection of West Virginia Recipes” published in 1974. This is a hearty bread that goes well with a soup or salad, and also makes for a great breakfast with butter and jam. If you have never made bread before, this recipe will be great to start with since it is not difficult and the dough comes together quite easily. Even if you are an experienced bread maker, give this one a try, you will love it!


Ingredients for one loaf

  • 1 package active dry yeast (or 2-1/4 tsp. dry yeast)
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dark molasses
  • 1/6 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 Tbsp. salt
  • 3 to 3-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. rolled oats
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water and add sugar, let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine 3/4 cup boiling water, quick-cooking rolled oats, molasses, shortening, and salt; cool to lukewarm.
  3. Stir in 1 cup of sifted flour; beat well. Add beaten egg and the yeast; beat well. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough, roughly 3 cups total.
  4. Turn out on lightly floured surface; cover and let rest 10 minutes.
  5. Knead until smooth and place in a lightly greased bowl, turning dough once. This should take about five minutes. Cover, let rise until doubled, about an hour.
  6. Knock down dough (knead gently to remove any air bubbles that may have formed)
  7. Coat a well-greased loaf pan with 2 tablespoons of oats on all sides. Shape loaf and place it in pan, and let rest for 45 minutes.
  8. Brush with egg white and water mixture and sprinkle lightly with oats.
  9. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes.

Notes

Probably the most important thing to be aware of when making any bread is making sure the yeast has the proper conditions to do its job. This means to make sure you are not using old and stale yeast, and also not using too hot or cold water when starting it. I used 2-1/4 tablespoons of dry yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water, and as suggested on the yeast packaging, added 1/2 tablespoon of sugar and let sit for 10 minutes. This made a very foamy mixture, and this is how you know the yeast is working. When kneading, you want to make sure you do it long enough to get a smooth and consistent texture, and this took me about 5 minutes of fairly vigorous kneading to get to that point. Make sure to not skip the “knock down” to remove any large air bubbles that may have formed during proving. Please let me know what you think of this bread in the comments below, and don’t forget to like and share! Enjoy!