Weekend Breakfasts

scrambled eggs with greens

I have a bit of a Saturday tradition that involves sleeping in and then treating myself to a gourmet breakfast. It’s a great way to use up leftovers, and it makes breakfast a little bit special on the weekend.

I usually only use one frying pan to fry everything in, so there is very little clean-up, which is great. And if you use a healthy oil like butter, olive or coconut oil, it’s a healthy way to start the day. My breakfasts usually consist of the following elements:

Eggs: I usually fry or scramble them. If I’m feeling extra-fancy I poach them, but that requires an extra pan.

Breakfast eggs and potatoes

Potatoes: I discovered recently that you can cook the potato in the microwave and then finish it off in the pan. I used to either boil the potato until it was soft (a hassle), or only cook it in the frying pan, which meant I ended up with potato that was a bit hard in the middle. Cooking it in the microwave is simple and doesn’t create any extra mess – just prick the potato with a fork and then cook on high for around 3-4 minutes. Then you can chop it up and finish it off in the pan to make it crispy.

Breakfast eggs, haloumi and veggies

Veggies: I use what I have in the house, chop them up and cook them in the frying pan. Some of my favourites are red onion, zucchini, tomatoes, leafy greens, mushrooms, and I’ve even added pumpkin when the cupboards were particularly bare.

Breakfast eggs and pumpkin

Extras: Anything else tasty that I have in the house, for example haloumi cheese (cooked in the pan), avocado, homemade mayonnaise, tomato relish, lacto-fermented salsa, sauerkraut, lemon juice or fresh herbs from the garden.

Breakfast eggs and veggies

What do you like to cook for breakfast on the weekends?

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  1. That looks good!
    We do a lot of pancakes and waffles here, on weekends.
    I use the microwave to “bake” potatoes when time is short and I won’t have the oven on for something else. And it’s nice because , in summer, microwaving the potatoes keeps the kitchen cool.

    • I like pancakes as well, but I find when I make a whole batch, I tend to eat the whole batch, which is not so good! I use the microwave to make baked potatoes too, but it took me quite a while to put two and two and two together and realise I could use it to cook potatoes for other uses! But yes, it is very handy.

  2. That is awfully delicious looking breakfast EK. Similarly, I cook anything in sight for breakfast if I wanted something more significance than oatmeal. Rice or sweet potatoes with heaps of vegetables are favourite. I don’t normally eat these with egg though – and should I have egg, I prefer my egg soft boiled. So a pan and pot is required. Wait, I usually boiled 5 – 6 eggs at one go, and kept them in the fridge. Between the two of us (my son and I), these soft boiled eggs got eaten within 3-4 days.

    • I’ve also been eating congee for breakfast on weekdays, which is so tasty and cheap to make. Do you eat that? I like boiled eggs as well – I forgot to include them in this post. That’s a good idea to boil a few at a time.

      • Plain congee is a fav comfort food really. Eaten with fried anchovies, salted eggs or pulled roasted chicken; and vegies like pickled cabages. Sometimes we also add roasted peanuts. When we make congee, we usually eat it all day long – one tend to get hungry fast eating congee, more the reason to eat again 😉

  3. That looks so good. I like to make French toast on the weekends with bacon. With my father’s homemade maple syrup, it can’t be beat.

  4. (Whoever was saying your photos were dark, they are now light!)

    I love pancakes (by mum) for a weekend breakfast! When I had a houseful of guests (ie 2-3 of us in my little loft) I also made them pancakes, and occasionally I make them for the bf (or bacon and eggs). But when I’m alone, it’s either porridge, museli or corn flakes, or I go to one of the cafes in my block!

    My mum’s a big fan of par-cooked potatos in the micro, esp if she plans to fry them, it’s the only way in her mind!

    • Some of these photos are light because they were taken during the day, which I think makes a difference. My new place is very dark, so it’s difficult to take good photos at night.

      I also made pancakes when I had a houseguest, they’re a good meal for more than one person, but I don’t usually make them for myself. My dad used to make us a cooked breakfast sometimes when I was growing up, which we loved.

  5. At our house we have a tradition of having eggs for Sunday breakfast; we switch it up between scrambled, fried, poached, boiled, omelettes or French toast!


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