There are a few staples of my childhood that make me think of my Mum. As she did all the cooking in the house, all my meals were made by her — as well as snacks, treats and everything in between. Homemade lunches were the norm and you knew it was a special occasion if your peanut butter and jam sandwich was cut out in the shape of a heart.
While she’s become more adventurous in her cooking, her go-to meals never disappointed me. Waking up in the morning to discover she had whipped up a batch of pancakes, or made our favourite egg-in-a-cup, was enough to make your day. Egg salad sandwiches were a big part of our weekend lunches. For some reason on weekends, we would always have a sandwich, some chips, and a sliced-up apple. Even to this day, I get a pang of nostalgia when I have a lunch like that. One of Mum’s classic sandwiches was boiled eggs sliced with tomatoes and topped with salt and pepper. It seems simple enough but it’s delicious.
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So, when you’re looking for a quick post-run fix, or easy breakfast sandwich, throw a couple of eggs into a pot to boil, set the timer, take a shower, and they’ll be ready to eat as soon as you’re clean. The eggs can either be sliced, or mashed up like egg salad with mayonnaise — whatever your heart desires! Just don’t forget the salt and pepper.
Simple egg and tomato sandwich
- 2 eggs
- tomatoes, diced or sliced depending on your preference
- 2 slices of bread, or a bun, or a section of baguette
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional: mayonnaise for the egg salad version, or any other condiments
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil.
- Carefully place the eggs into the boiling water and cook according to your egg preference. Five minutes for soft-boiled eggs, seven minutes for medium-boiled, and nine minutes for hard-boiled.
- Once the timer goes off, drain the water from the pot, and run cold water over the eggs.
- Crack the eggs, and peel off the shell, then place into a bowl if you’re mashing them, or onto a cutting board if slicing.
- Slice or dice your tomatoes and assemble the eggs and tomatoes onto the bread as you desire.
- NOTE: If you’re using mayonnaise, mash it into the eggs, or spread onto the bread. You can add the tomatoes into the eggs mixture, or just place on top of the sliced egg.