Ever done a Wallwork?
I did one today, but rather than rhapsodise on the sheer delight of such an activity, here are clear and precise instructions that will enable any old jo to experience it for themselves. For ultimate success use the best ingredients you can source – as this is a Falmouth based blog I’ve given recommendations for shopping locally.
You will need:
a hearty sourdough loaf – mine was from Olly at Stones Bakery
2-3 large free range eggs – The Natural Store stocks eggs from several local farms
1 large portobello mushroom – from my Riverford veg box (but Stokes are good for veg)
5 cherry tomatoes – veg box again
handful of wild rocket – Lizard Leaves, again from The Natural Store
flaky sea salt (Cornish, obvs) and fresh ground black pepper
drizzle of ev olive oil
butter – it makes everything better*
With me so far? In which case, let’s take a break for a quick storytime. This time last year I found myself in the bosom of all my bestest buddies, living in Brighton. The lead-up to Christmas was a riot of mulled wine, mulled cider, mulled whisky – you name it, it got mulled and we drank it. These were good times.
Christmas was somewhat less fun because a boy made me sad, but this story is not about boys or sadness. It is about a lovely friend who then scooped me up and took me for long Cornish clifftop walks and hot chocolate, and generally made everything all right again.
This is how:
Heat your oven to 185 degrees, drizzle a little oil over the cherry tomatoes in a small oven-proof tray or dish, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, roast for 10-15 mins.
Melt some butter in a small frying pan, chop up the mushroom/s and cook over a medium heat.
Beat the eggs, melt some butter in a frying pan and scramble over a low heat.
Cut two good slices of sourdough with a serrated bread knife and toast.
Most of life’s greatest pleasures are heightened when shared, and when you find yourself alone it can feel like all sorts of doors are suddenly closed to you. Or that’s how I felt, but one of the best things about food is that you can share it with anyone (who eats, that is), and finding someone with a similar passion for it is an even greater treat. The fact that I was living with my foodie soulmate maximised the potential for realising that shared passion…
…and then eating it:
On a plate, spread the toasted sourdough with butter while still hot for melting deliciousness.
Spread the eggs over the bread and season with salt and pepper.
Tip the tomatoes and their rich oily juices over the eggs.
Scatter the buttery mushrooms over the tomatoes.
Top with the rocket, season again with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little oil.
This is the breakfast that I came to associate with great friendship and the start of springtime, so now that it is winter, I am in a different home and often cook for myself, it’s a great one for cheering me right up when I need it. Thanks to Jessica Wallwork for the recipe (and much more).
NB. If you’re a purist, like me, and want to do a Wallwork properly, stick on some Ben Howard and furnish yourself with a Guardian quick crossword before you get stuck in. Tea good; a steaming mug of chai with milk and honey better.