Thursday, 10 June 2010

Egg and Vegetables Bruschetta and Cream Cakes in Lake Como

 So I am waaaaaayyyyyy behind with my posts! I know I am really sorry but I do have several good reasons, you see...

Final Exams at the school.

Doing the Catering for a Weekend long Birthday Party of 30 people....It's my boss' 70th Birthday and she's having a great big birthday bash and I am cooking for all of then!! I was so flattered!
I have to say that, and I do mean it, I can assure you this is not a cheap publicity stunt, but they are one of the best employers and schools I have ever worked in.
A lovely family run business and if you do know of anyone who needs English lessons in Italy I would highly recommend the Cambridge Centre of English.

 And finally an upcoming TV appearance in a British Cookery Programme
Yes, you read it correctly, yours truly is going to be cooking on British television. More of that to come on later posts, I can assure you.

So all this thinking about appearing on Television and all that entails, reminded me of my trip, a few weeks back to Lake Como. You see the connection comes from the fact that, whilst there, I saw a tourist board explaining all the interesting sights around the lake, including-wait for it-George Clooney's house on the lake!!!
 Just stroke me as so funny that they had made his house into a valuable tourist attraction.

But I have to say the place looked magical even on a cloudy day.
Just look at this
 And this...
So worth visiting! Couldn't recommend it more!

So while walking around the town of Lecco we came across the most amazing Cream Cakes in a tiny pasticceria! The selection seemed endless and we just had to stop and try a few.
Hmm don't they look divine??
 And look at the creamy filling,. This one was filled with a vanilla and pistachio custard!
 Alex was so fascinated by his creamy and,oh so chocolatey one!
So after such a huge indulgence and to make myself feel a bit better, I decided to share the recipe for one of the quickiest, tastiest any yet really healthiest brunches, with you!



200gs of smoked pancetta-optional, omit if you want to make this a vegetarian meal
1 large chopped onion
2 large chopped cloves of garlic
1 large aubergine
4 medium sized courgettes/zuchinni
1 medium red pepper, 1 medium yellow pepper, 1 medium green pepper
1 tablespoon of dried italian herbs or 1/2 a tsp of oregano, basil and rosemary
1 cup of white wine
250mls of passata or tinned tomatoes
2 bay leaves
4 large eggs
1 large  sliced ciabatta loaf
Salt and pepper to taste


Couldn't be easier!!

Fry your pancetta, if using it, until golden brown.
In the meantime chop all your vegetables into chuncky bitesize portions, apart from the onion and garlic which should be chopped finely.
 Gently fry the onion and the garlic until translucent.

Add your chopped veg and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.
 Add your herbs and  wine. Cook until the wine has reduced completely.
 Add your passata/tomatoes, bay leaves and season well. Bring it to a boiling point and then cook on a low heat for 15 to 20 mins. Remove the bay leaves.

Make 4 wells in the vegetable sauce, and crack your eggs into them. Cover them with some of the sauce, cover the pan with a lid and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
 In the meantime, toast your ciabatta bread and place it on individual plates.
Place the vegetables and egg straight onto the ciabatta slice, sit down and tuck ito it. 


  1. amazing flavors here, I can see the taste is going to be fabulous,I love the eggs in this dish how unique and one for me to diffinitely try....

  2. It is always a treat to see your posts, but WOW what an exciting one this is! I am so looking forward to your next ones!

  3. Wow - congrats on so much good news. Yay for you. I do love vegetable bruschetta - adding the egg is genius for the healthiest meal ever. And so colorful. I now want my vegetables.

  4. On TV? How cool is that? Congrats, and don't be nervous- I've seen what you can do!

  5. First, congratulations! Your bruschetta looks delicious with veggies and egg..what a great meal!

  6. The bruschetta looks amazing, that egg really sets it off....and those pictures....sigh so beautiful!

  7. such a treat, love the simple flavors of the vegetable sauce melding with egg & toast - yum ...and we can't wait to hear more of the tv shows...nice pics too, but I regret I would still be at that bakery though trying to decide which one I wanted...

  8. Great recipe for bruschetta with egg and veggies! it sounds excellent! Congrats on the TV appearance!

  9. Woohoo!!! So much happy news - Congratulations. Will the TV program have an internet link you can share? I'd love to check it out. Look forward to hearing the details of your catering and of course more on your program.

    This recipe sounds amazing, as does your pictures from your trip to Lake Como! Love that place.

  10. Wow! Congratulations!!!!!The bruschetta looks delicious.

  11. waw!! Congratulations on being on the TV!! Yeah to you!!

    This egg & veggie bruschetta looks so tasty & yummmiiieeee!!!

    Grand pictures too!

  12. Looks good! You made it look so easy to make too, kudos to ya! I'll definitely give this a try one day. Congratulations on your movie break!

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    Good luck and more power to your blog! :-)

  13. oops, I meant TV break! haha my bad!

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  15. Lake Como is magical and I must say this recipe is worth the wait. Simply scrumptious. I love all the exciting news - how wonderful to just love your employers. And you get to cook for them! Yay to you.

  16. What a great blog!

    This looks so delicious!

    Have a nice time!