Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tessa's Sauteed Potatoes With Egg and Tomato Pasta

We had a lovely lunch a couple of days ago. Made a simple Sauteed Potatoes with Egg and a simple, flavourful Cherry Tomato Pasta. I Heart Cooking Club is currently cooking with Tessa Kiros's recipes. I have not heard of Tessa Kiros before this. No idea who she is! Well, now I do!

A simple and delicious lunch.

 Potatoes are boiled and pan-fried till brown and crispy.

An egg is cracked in the centre of the pan with the potatoes at the side. I use fresh thymes from my garden as I did not have any sage. Season with salt and pepper. Yum!

 A simple pasta with just cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, garlic, capers, olive oil and seasoning. The recipes calls for 12 Cherry Tomatoes, I tripled it, we love Cherry Tomatoes! And I only cooked half a packet of spaghetti.

 Makes sure this pasta dish is season well with salt and pepper.

A simple, yet delicious combination.  My kids love it! So do I!

I'm sharing this with
"November Potluck with Tessa" at I Heart Cooking Clubs
Hearth and Soul Hop at Mom's Sunday Cafe
Let's Do Brunch at The 21st Century Housewife's Kitchen

I got these recipes from various websites.

Sauteed Potatoes with Egg
(source from "Apples For Jam" by Tessa Kiros)
500gm potatoes peeled and cut into dice, and cooked till tender
2 tbsp olive oil
20gm butter
1 garlic cloves, peeled, but left whole (optional)
sage sprigs to taste (I use fresh thymes)
2 eggs
seasonings to taste

Heat the oil with the garlic to high in a frying pan, removing the garlic once it is aromatic and tip the potatoes in, spread them over the pan, including any little bits. Then leave them alone, don't turn them about at this stage, they will crisp up far better if just left to cook on one side.
Turn the bits of potatoes so that another side is crisped up, and then once again, until the potatoes are golden and crisp nearly all over. Make two spaces for the eggs and crack them in the centre. Sprinkle over the sage, which should crisp up beautifully. The egg too may crisp a little at the edges, which is how I like it here, season with salt and pepper. When the eggs are cooked to your liking, slide the eggs and the potatoes (which will be sticking together now) onto plates lined with paper towel. Leave for a moment before pulling the paper carefully out from under the food.

Daniele's Tomato Pasta
(source from  "Falling Cloudberries" by Tessa Kiros)
Serves 3
12 ripe cherry tomatoes, halved (I use about 30-35)
about 30 baby salted capers, rinsed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed with the flat of a knife
about 8 fresh basil leaves, torn
3/4 (16-ounce) package spaghetti

Put all the ingredients except the spaghetti in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Leave for at least an hour if possible to let the flavours mingle. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water, following the packet instructions. Drain and add to the tomato sauce, tossing well to coat the paste. Serve immediately with or without grated Parmesan.


  1. Looks delicious and simple enough for me to prepare!:) I had a good look at the previous cake and that looks terrific as well! I just have to pluck my courage and make the time for baking (Again, i love eating but am not the best cook in town :(

  2. What a great choice! I like the idea of eggs and potatoes for lunch, and I also like the idea of tripling the tomatoes in that tomatoes and it looks so pretty that way. I hope you find more recipes online or pick up one of her books, this was a fun read and great photos.

  3. what a tasty looking pasta dish! simple and delicious! love the potatoes in here!

  4. When we were kids, we weren't "allowed" to eat meat on Fridays for religious reasons. My mom would whip up Potatoes and Eggs for Friday night dinner! The only thing she did different was to pour the eggs right over the sauteed potatoes like a pancake! And, my father always had pasta on Friday!

    I hadn't thought of that in years, Joyce. Thanks for sparking the memory. Your dishes look enticing and I haven't even had breakfast yet!!! I love the addition of thyme too!

    Thanks for sharing...

  5. a nice, simple yet so delightful lunch!!! what's not to like by your 2 kiddos??? ;-)))))

  6. This pasta dish looks simple enough to follow and also it's healthy!

  7. Pasta and potatoes with eggs...yum! I love all three and nestled on the same plate together... this looks like my kind of lunch! I can see why your family loves this dish!! Have a great week my friend♥

  8. Perfect looking pasta with potatoes and eggs. Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    I could make a meal just out of the potatoes--they look perfect for me. I also like the freshness of the pasta with the cherry tomatoes and basil, then the punch from the capers. Sounds great.

  10. Yummie, nice the ingredients and how colorful it is.
    Hope you are having a nice week :-)

  11. So yummy! This is a pretty awesome, quick and easy meal. Those potatoes look perfect!

  12. My dear friend
    Beautiful photos and very nice meal!
    Many greetings and kisses

  13. I didn't know who Tessa was before either! These both look delicious! Makes for a very special lunch.

  14. You're making me hungry here! Eggs and potatoes are a wonderful combination- the whole plate is gorgeous. :)

  15. Feel like finishing that platter,makes me hungry.

  16. i love the look of the potatoes and egg, simple really is the best!

  17. I have never had the pleasure of eating egg and pasta together. Egg and tomatoes yes, pasta and tomatoes yes, but never all three? It sounds amazing like a mouth full of delicious flavor!

  18. What a great combo! It's like breakfast sides with a dinner main dish!

  19. What a delicious and fun lunch. There is a little of everything. Blessings, Catherine

  20. Those sauteed potatoes and egg really look delicious to me! Pasta is always a favorite. What a lovely lunch.

  21. look absolutely delicious!! gloria

  22. Simple and looks very appetising.

  23. This would make a lovely lunch! I had never heard of Tessa Kiros too until now :)

  24. Yummy, this is a delicious choice. So simple, too. I've had this one marked to make one of these days.

  25. What a wonderful brunch menu! It all looks so vibrant and tasty!

  26. This looks like the perfect simple and delicious meal. Great pick! ;-)

  27. Such a pretty colorful dish! Great pic for potluck. Looks delish!

  28. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  29. Wow, you made so many wonderful things. I don't know which one I would go for first. I love eggs with potatoes just about as much as I love pasta. Everything looks delicious!

  30. This looks like such a wonderful lunch! Thank you for sharing the recipes with Let's Do Brunch. I especially like the lovely light pasta with tomato and basil.

  31. I know it is silly to think that the egg makes the plate with delicious potatoes and pasta but I love that egg as part of this meal. I love potatoes and pasta so there is no doubt about that and I like the simplicity of the pasta. Great meal.

  32. I hunger for that plate of pasta! (life's a torture when you are on a diet and visiting a food blog!) ;(

    I have most of the ingredients except for the fresh and cherry tomatoes! so will have to wait for market day.

  33. Hi Joyce,

    LittleByLittle above is also EmilyChiam who is unable to comment as herself! ;(

  34. What a lovely meal...the pasta looks fantastic and love the flavors for the potatoes :)