The Cook with Biltong Club: scrambled eggs with biltong, tomatoes and spices

It’s time to get cooking with biltong again. This month I’ve gone for something completely different. I got the inspiration from Spanish and Mexican dishes I’ve eaten which combine eggs and tomatoes really well. My thinking was why not add biltong? It really works and it’s good to serve up something new for people to try.

This dish is unbelievably simple and tastes amazing. It’s fantastic for breakfast or brunch, is filling and satisfying and the addition of chilli and a touch of cumin give it a fabulous spicy touch. If you’re going to use whole pieces of biltong like I’ve done here, make sure it is really finely sliced. You could also chop your biltong up into small dice (about the size of the tomato pieces) and stir it through.

If you are a chilli lover, add more to your taste, nothing like a chilli burst to get your tastebuds going first thing in the morning!

Amazing scrambled eggs with biltong, onion, tomatoes, cumin and chilli

Amazing scrambled eggs with biltong, onion, tomatoes, cumin and chilli

Serves 2

1 small onion, finely chopped

2 small handfuls of thinly sliced biltong

2 small tomatoes, finely chopped

4 eggs, beaten

1 small, dried chilli, finely chopped

1 tsp cumin

Oil for frying

Saute the onion and chilli in the oil for about 5 mins until softened. Add the biltong and fry for another minute. Then add the cumin and chopped tomato, stir through to mix thoroughly and cook for another 2 min. Then remove the mixture from the pan and set it aside.

In the same pan, scramble the eggs, constantly stirring with a wooden spoon. When they are almost done, remove from heat and fold in the mixture. Let eggs sit in the hot pan for an additional minute to finish cooking. Serve immediately.

The tomato, onion and spice mixture

The biltong, tomato, onion and spice mixture

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Every month I’m going to post a new recipe using biltong, so watch this space.

And if you want to order some yourself, I highly recommend the Chichester Biltong Company where you can choose the wetness and fattiness of your biltong too (it’s very personal, you know).

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The perfect peaceful spot for brunch

When it comes to eating out, Cape Town really is the king. Today we had the desire for a nice cup of coffee after a bout of food shopping (it was about 10am).

So cousin Sally suggested we try a little cafe she’d been meaning to visit. This is where inside knowledge is so important – Starling’s Coffee Shop is tucked away behind a hedge, on a main road and really isn’t somewhere you would stumble upon. As you peer through the gate the piles of vegetables tell you this is an eating establishment.

It’s a quaint little cafe with a lovely courtyard-type garden at the back with plenty of shade. And a delicious-sounding menu. We were intending just to have a coffee but it all sounded so good we decided we had to have something to eat, too.

Here’s my fantastic combination of poached eggs with parmesan, pesto and rocket. The eggs were truly fantastic, free range from Spier, a local wine farm that also specialises in farming using biodynamic principles. Animals, including cattle, sheep and chickens are raised on pastures to contribute to the fertility of the soil.

An amazing combination, one that I’m going to be repeating myself at home soon. And the perfect poached egg is hard to beat (something I’m still trying to achieve myself). Yummy!

Oh and they have an urban food market on Wednesdays. I’ll be back!

A wonderful breakfast/brunch to savour

A wonderful breakfast/brunch to savour

Starlings coffee shop is at 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont