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mrs bradfield + 1940’s anchovy toast and the gynaecologist

mrs bradfield + 1940’s anchovy toast and the gynaecologist

In loving memory of Dorothy Bradfield.

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After I left school I really did not know what I wanted to do with my life so I found myself as a receptionist at the rooms of a well-known gynaecologist, Dr Goosen. He was popular, he had one glass eye and the ladies loved him – I think it was because he had a restricted view and limited eye contact when it came to examining the ladies. 🙂

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Anyway Mrs Bradfield was the matron who worked in the same rooms – she was a fantastic woman who smoked 30 cigarettes a day. In those days you could still smoke in offices – even in the consulting rooms of the hospital. Needless to say it was Mrs Bradfield who taught me how to smoke …

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Every morning Mrs B would order anchovy toast which I would have to go and fetch for her. We then sat down with our cup of coffee, anchovy toast and cigarettes. To this day, I still have an affinity for anchovy toast and every time I see anchovy toast I remember Mrs B.

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I did a bit of research and found the basis for this recipe in the Household of Cookery for South Africa (1941). I tweaked it a little bit and added some lemon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and parsley.

Wherever you are Mrs B, I hope that you are smiling down on me and my anchovy toast – cheers to all the memories and good times shared.

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mrs bradfield + 1940's anchovy toast and the gynaecologist
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 5 anchovies
  • large squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg, hard boiled
  • 1 ½ Tbsp butter
  • large pinch of cayenne pepper
  • parsley, chopped
  • 4 slices of whole wheat toast
Instructions
  1. Put the anchovies and lemon juice in a pestle and mortar and pound till fine.
  2. Add the hard boiled egg yolk, butter and cayenne pepper and pound till fine.
  3. Spread mixture over hot toast and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  4. Optional: You can chop the white of the egg finely and add that to the anchovy toast.

10 tips to poach the perfect egg

10 tips to poach the perfect egg

My favourite Saturday morning breakfast is a soft poached egg on whole wheat toast with a bit of wild rocket out of my garden and a pinch of Maldon salt. When you cut into that egg and the yellow slowly ooze onto the bread … it is like early morning sunshine on my plate! What I want to share with you today is not a specific recipe on how to poach the perfect egg but a few interesting facts and tips that might help you along the way. I am sure you will know most of them but one or two of these pointers are quite interesting.the perfect mother's day breakfast - 10 tips to poach the perfect egg
1. The fresher the egg, the easier the poach – fresh eggs hold together better when slipped into the simmering water.
2. To test to see whether an egg is fresh – put the egg into a bowl of water. A very fresh egg will immediately sink to the bottom and lie flat on its side – an old egg will float.
3. The eggs must preferably be room temperature.
4. Remember to add a bit of vinegar to the simmering water – it helps hold the egg together.
5. The water must be simmering not boiling.
6. Now, my best tip is to slowly submerse the whole egg with shell and all in the hot simmering water for 10 seconds before you break it. This ensures the whites on the outside of the egg hold together better during poaching.
7. Before breaking the egg into your simmering pot of water, use a spoon and give the water a stir so that it forms a little bit of a whirlpool…the centrifugal motion will pull the egg together when you slide it into the water.
8. When you break the egg break it into a saucer or cup first – be careful not to break the yolk and then simply slide the egg off the saucer or cup into the centre of the whirling water.
9. How long to poach the egg? Here’s a quirky snippet I read…when you put your bread in to toast put your egg in to poach…when your toast pops out of the toaster…your poached egg should be ready to be removed from the pot. Otherwise poach it for 3-5 minutes until cooked.
10. When done scoop out with slotted spoon or spatula onto a paper towel to dry excess water from the now poached egg.

It’s quick but fabulous when poached to perfection… decadent and yummy all at the same time!

Don’t forget too that a poached egg on top of a rocket + bacon salad makes for a wonderful salad option just ever so slightly out of the ordinary.