Glutton’s breakfast

By Lorenzo

The internet is a useful source of recipes. So, I thought I would add to the stock, especially as transmission of cooking skills has become something of an issue.

Take one onion, one tomato, two or three mushrooms.  Skin onion and dice.  Top-and-tail tomato and slice laterally in half. Remove mushroom stalks and cut each mushroom into up to four pieces.  Remove extraneous bits. Remember that the kitchen knife cutting up vegetables, etc never touches animal products (egg, meat, dairy).

Grease egg poacher with butter, break two eggs into poacher.

If having hot liquid (tea, hot chocolate, coffee) with meal, organise at appropriate juncture depending on speed of appliance. I have mint tea, so I turn the electric kettle on before anything else and then turn it back on when I turn egg poacher off.

Take two rashers of bacon. If you like your bacon crisp, place in cold frying pan and turn on stove.  If not (and I don’t), place butter in pan and turn on stove. Once pan is thinly coated in butter, place in onions. Once the onions start making noise, push to one side of pan and place in bacon. Slightly brown on one side, warm other side, put bacon warm side down on onions–the butter and bacon fat help stop onions from sticking, though an occasional shifting around with spatula or pan scraper helps.

Turn on egg poacher.

Put some more slivers of butter in pan. Place mushrooms underside down in pan (unless they are thin, in which case after tomatoes). Place tomato halves in pan.  Turn tomatoes over regularly. After they have had time to cook a little, turn mushrooms over so topside is down–this makes it more obvious when mushrooms are done. (When they are, so is everything else in fry pan: if using a cast iron fry pan–strongly recommended–do not hesitate to turn heat off if you think things are getting done as fry pan will keep cooking for some minutes thereafter.) If mushrooms are sticking, put further slivers of butter in–frying in butter does good things to mushrooms. Adding in fresh sage leaves is good too. On the other hand, frying until the butter is cooked away means less grease in the final meal.

When poacher announces eggs are poached, turn poacher off. (And frying pan, if not already.) Drain off any liquid over eggs and place eggs on plate. Place bacon next to them, then tomatoes on other side of bacon, put onions on top of the tomato and mushroom framing other side of eggs.

Put water in frying pan, to enable easy wiping after meal.



I call it the Gluttony breakfast, because this is what the dish is called at Seddon Deadly Sins, my favourite cafe, though I eschew the toast. From assembling the tools and ingredients to sitting down and eating takes 22 minutes or less.

(BTW, cooked tomatoes appear to be good for the prostrate. Regular consumption thereof and regular exercise of muscles at base of groin is cheaper than Viagra(tm) for retaining erective function and with less side-effects.)

This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.


  1. Posted February 2, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I am sure your health advice is good but cooked tomato and raw tomato are quite different chemically and arthritics know to avoid the cooked so we avoid erectile joints.
    Decades ago when I thought The Elvis Cookbook was droll, its’ recipe for a mix of tomato, bacon and onion was called slumgullion (I now know to be a derisive term for leftovers inventiveness, but quite delicious).
    *goes off singing Susan Christie’s
    I don’t like spiders or snakes or snail,
    or Moby Dick the great white whale
    but oooh I love ONIONS

  2. kvd
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Sounds (& looks) quite delish Lorenzo! I had the vegetarian version a couple of hours ago at one of the local cafes. But anyway – these “rashes of bacon”: are they the measles or the mumps variety?

  3. Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Just love the bit about how eating this dish is a substitute for viagra (to paraphrase slightly).

  4. Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Lorenzo, I hope that the dish is good for the prostate, too, whether or not you’re prostrate!

  5. kvd
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Don it is very poor form to point out such trivial misconstructions 🙂

    But to the point of the post (and in view of Lorenzo’s previous post), I had to re-read this SMH article on Bourke a couple of times. A small quote from the link:

    there are more than 50 organisations run by the state, federal or community in Bourke that receive millions of taxpayer dollars each year to address the town’s problems

    I’m hoping there are multiple exaggerations, or errors, in the article – otherwise for a town of 3,000 I just wonder how we can have come to this.

  6. Posted February 2, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    KVD: Bourke isn’t the only town in the country to receive that sort of money. Nor is it the only such town where the money seems to all disappear – *poof* – without there being any tangible good done with it.

    The “aboriginal industry” is alive & well. For a real educational experience, one could do worse than spend a night at the bar talking to a group of such white public servants.

    …. the next day you’ll be a firm advocate for arbitrary assassinations (starting with the ones who were in your drinking school the night before).

  7. kvd
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Stoppit Steve. I’m depressed enough as it is, just reading about Bourke. I won’t say more, because all it would amount to is the usual, ineffective, “somebody should do something” sort of pointless cr-p. But I just hate the thought of it all.

  8. Posted February 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    kvd: Lighten up — or Joke, Joyce!

    I like Lorenzo’s stuff.

  9. kvd
    Posted February 2, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Don, read my #2. My comment to you was an apology for my own (dare I say) rash comment, not yours. That aside, we agree!

  10. Posted February 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to trump Lorenzo’s fancy pants breakfast with the delicacy of assorted machine crafted bix made from field-grow Australian wheat delicately topped with homogenised, pasteurised skim milk pre-treated at ultra-high temperature, and served with a glass of well shaken reconstituted orange juice.

    Preparation time: 3 days of power outage to spoil all fresh food in the fridge.

    Perhaps I should call it the Oswald breakfast.

  11. Posted February 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    kvd — I missed the smiley (and was also feeling a bit guilty at my own poor form…)

  12. Mel
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    The storm related property damage in Queensland at the moment illustrates the poverty of the libertarian of allowing developers to run amok. What a fucking balls up.

  13. Mel
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    should be “… of the libertarian IDEA of allowing … “

  14. Posted February 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] Since the effect of zoning is to concentrate building in areas where it is permitted, I don’t think your implication quite follows.

  15. Mel
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Don’t be a dishonest jerk, Lorenzo. Qld has had a notorious reputation since the Bjelke Peterson white shoe brigade days for planning around the whims of developers. Developers also often “capture” councils as well as state governments and planning agencies. In more fuddy duddy statist jurisdictions, developers are much less likely to be given permits to build houses in improbable locations.

    Now thousands of Qlders are complaining that their homes are uninsurable or that the premiums demanded are monstrous, and as per usual, Nanny has to make it all better.

    Libertarianism is poop lesson # 3,741.

  16. Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    [email protected] You are complaining about a corrupt approval process and saying it has something to do with libertarianism? A major reason to have rule-based zoning (indeed, rule-based anything) rather than official discretions is to cut down on corruption and political favouritism.

    Also, Bjelke-Petersen stopped being Premier in December 1987; 35 years ago. The population of Queensland then was 2.7m; it is now 4.6m. So, like I said, zoning means people build where they are permitted to. And being permitted comes with some implication that it is safe/reasonable to, or otherwise why would the government have given those building approvals?

  17. Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    And being permitted comes with some implication that it is safe/reasonable to, or otherwise why would the government have given those building approvals?

    Being built as sold by a development company also comes with an implication that it is safe/reasonable. Of course you can be sure the implications in their marketing campaign will be vastly different to the implications in their sales contract.

  18. Mel
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    So according to Lorenzo, brave and heroic Queensland developers were thwarted in their efforts to build on lands not liable to flooding by sinister and incompetent agents of the State. The developers never corrupted the planning process through political donations, schmoozing politicians or gaining control of local councils. The various government inquiries and media reports that have allegedly exposed such practices are fabrications.

    Sure thing, Lorenzo. If you ever want a used car or a second hand pony, let me know.

    Libertarian World is like no place on Earth.

  19. Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] No, I am saying the Queensland flood problems cannot be read as the outcome of a free market in land because there wasn’t one.

    As I understand it, common law builder’s liability lasts 7 years, so one suspects an open land market would still have had difficulties, given the desirability of water frontages and the rate of population growth–these, I suspect, are the real problem factors.

    The actual government zoning and approval systems certainly failed to rise to the challenge and whether a more open system could have done better is an interesting question. The result of said zoning and approval processes is not, however, any sort of responsibility of some putative libertarian land market regime which did not exist.

  20. Posted February 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    I am saying the Queensland flood problems cannot be read as the outcome of a free market in land because there wasn’t one.

    Nor can the current problems be read as showing that the outcome would have been better (or worse) in a free market scenario.

  21. Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    [email protected] Not in themselves, no.

  22. Posted February 6, 2013 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    You call that a breakfast?! Now this is a BREAKFAST…

  23. Posted February 6, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    [email protected] I am suitably appalled, thanks 😉

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