A meal often eaten for breakfast in England. It’s basically oatmeal, but it’s more pudding-like which is a product of soaking the oats before cooking them. It’s our favorite breakfast so far.
1 cup oats (probably the minute kind)
4 cups 2% or whole milk
raisins to taste
Soak the oats in milk in a pot for 30-60 minutes
Next, add raisins and light a medium to high heat
Then, let the oats and milk cook for 15-20 minutes while stirring constantly, until thick
Spoon into bowls and add either salt or sugar (they do both here). Enjoy breakfast!
Beans on Toast
A traditional meal here in England is beans on toast. We’d heard about it in films like Bend it like Beckham but hadn’t had it. In fact, I couldn’t quite picture it which is fairly silly considering that it’s literally beans on toast. I know this because we had it for lunch today.
2 pieces of toast
1 can baked beans (they use Heinz here)
First, fry the egg (over medium so the yolk is still runny)
Next, heat the beans in a pot
Spread butter on each piece of toast
Last, pour the beans (1/2 the can would do) over one piece of toast and lay the egg over the remaining piece of toast.
Sprinkle a little salt and pepper over each and voila, beans on toast (with a fried egg)
It’s surprisingly tasty, I highly recommend it.
Parsley and Prosciutto Carbonara
Note, I wrote this without a recipe, so the portions are not set in stone. If you want more prosciutto, parsley or parmesan just add it. It won’t kill the dish. It’ll just make it better:
1/2 a package of spaghetti (one of the smaller boxes or bags)
2 tbsp EVO
4 raw eggs
1/2 cup – 1 cup finely grated parmesan (depending on your taste)
1 cup fresh Italian parsley (English parsley will do as well)
6-7 slices of prosciutto (it’s kind of to taste, so you can do more or less)
4 cloves of garlic
1. Put a large pot of salted water on to boil (obviously, add pasta when it comes to a boil)
2. While that’s heating, finely chop the prosciutto, garlic and parsley.
3. In a small to medium sized frying pan, saute the garlic over medium heat. Move it around a bit so it doesn’t burn.
4. After 2-3 minutes, add the parsley and prosciutto to the garlic and EVO and saute all together until the prosciutto is cooked.
5. Meanwhile, find a large serving bowl (what you’d like to serve the pasta in) and crack the 4 eggs into it.
6. Mix the parmesan in with the eggs and beat together.
7. Once the pasta is almost ready to be strained add the prosciutto to the egg mixture.
8. Strain the pasta and without washing it add the hot pasta to the egg mixture. Mix all together fully. As the hot pasta mixes with the egg, it’ll cook the egg onto each strand of pasta. Timing is of the essence so don’t let the pasta cool and especially don’t wash it with cool water.
9. Serve with a green salad and crusty bread, if you’re so inclined.