Breakfast For Eight

Breakfast for 8? Who on earth has 8 people sitting around breakfast table??

Challenged by a recipe in a booklet by National Health Institute, a bunch of my friends created a Facebook group to find 8 people to have breakfast with. The idea fitted well with the common acknowledgment that most 9 – 17 workers are too tired to meet in the evening, so why not see your friends before starting your day?

Thus begun the tradition of weekly breakfast-feasts, each time at someone elses’ place with a slightly variable group of people. The year was 2011 and the first spring flowers were starting to peek out through the snow.

Today I had the honour to be invited to the first breakfeast of 2012. Barely after daybreak at an ungodly hour we started gathering. I’m talking about sensible people here, which is a group I don’t belong to. I personally was able to sleep longer this morning – usually I’m already sprinting through the streets or lifting heavy objects in the gym at the aforementioned hour.

When sleepy-eyed hungry guests started trickling in through the door of a small wooden house, they were welcomed by the smell of breweing coffee and surprised by a big colorful omelet walking out of the oven – twice! After a good hour of sipping and munching, the crowd sitting around the table enlivened from zombie level to pre-party mood. Social warm-up done, it was time to leave. I’m sure that everyone who sat around this table, eventually started their working day with more energy than usual:)


4 servings (double for 8):
8 eggs
50g grated Parmesan cheese (for mix in)
1 handful spinach leaves
1 handful fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp frying oil
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese (for sprinkling on top)

Whip the eggs, mix in the Parmesan, chopped spinach and basil and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil on a frying pan. Pour the egg mix on the pan and cook for a few minutes. Cover the pan with a plate and flip to transfer the omelet on the plate. Slip the omelet back on the pan to cook for a few minutes from the other side. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan on top and serve immediately.

Alternative cooking, factory style: Pour everything in an oven dish and cook in a preheated oven at 150C for 5 minutes or until the egg is cooked. For a heavier meal, mix in some fried bacon or ham cubes.

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