Recipe of the Week All Day Eggs

Recipe of the Week – All Day Eggs


This recipe is adapted from the Hemsley & Hemsley cookbook.  It’s a particular treat at this time of the year when we’re using all our own veg (and particularly flavoursome with our own tomatoes).  Interestingly, I’ve tried making this recipe with tinned tomatoes earlier in the year, and it just doesn’t stack up.  You can use kale or spinach leaves instead of chard, but I think the chard stems add a lovely pop of colour.  It’s a great weekend breakfast (takes about 30-40 minutes to prep and cook so you’re unlikely to try it mid week) or a weeknight supper.  You literally can’t get a healthier or more delicious plate of food.  Serves 4.




  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large green or red pepper, or a mild chilli pepper (like Hungarian Hot Wax), chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, ground
  • 6-8 large tomatoes (about 450g) roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 200g rainbow chard, stalks finely chopped and leaves sliced into ribbons
  • 4 eggs
  • a small handful of fresh herbs like parsley, coriander or dill
  • small handful crumbly feta or dollop yoghurt
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper or smoked paprika
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • sea salt and black pepper




Heat the butter in a large frying pan and gently fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, red pepper and cumin and cook for a few minutes.  Add the chopped tomatoes, chard stems, balsamic vinegar and 250ml water, stir and bring to a simmer. Pop the lid on and let everything cook down for 10 minutes to make a chunky sauce.  Stir in the chard leaves and cover the pan for 5 minutes to allow them to wilt. Take the lid off, season to taste and, if needed, leave to reduce again with the lid off for a few minutes for the sauce to thicken.


Push the vegetables aside using a spatula to make a small gap in the sauce and crack an egg in.  Repeat for the other three eggs.  If you pop the lid back on the eggs should be ready (whites set, and yolk runny) in about 3-4 minutes. Scatter over some fresh herbs, a dollop of yoghurt or feta and finish with sprinkling of cayenne pepper or paprika and a squeeze of lemon juice. Leftovers would be great next day, but we never have any…!


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