Valentine’s Fry Up

A bit Valentine’s over-kill? You’re lucky I stopped there. It actually crossed my mind to pipe ketchup and HP hearts round the plate. 

Our Valentine’s morning: lounge in bed drinking tea and eating chocolate. Leap up ten minutes before the kids are due back from sleepover. Both prioritise what’s important: Tom clears the kitchen; I get in to a hot bath and try to get to grips with Twitter. 

I tell Tom my vision for breakfast. I can’t face actually cooking it myself. Last night’s disaster with the cherry chocolate buns has put me off, ( 24 heart-shaped buns on the baking scrap heap). 

If you don’t know already, Tom is a man of precision. When we cook together, I am the creativity and the inspiration, he is the precision and the exact executor of the recipe. If it looks good, it’s because of Tom. 

So this is what I have in mind when I ask him to do our heart-shaped breakfast. But something has happened since I started this blog. I seem to have taken his exactness and his insistence on good presentation, and I’ve left him with, well, not a lot. 

He calls me cheerfully to the table. Breakfast is ready! I’m excited (first breakfast not made by me in weeks), and I’m hungry (man cannot live on chocolate alone!), and I’m presented with….a toast-egg-heart that looks like it’s been thrown around the room, then fried. There’s no obvious yolk, it’s like scrambled eggy-bread gone wrong with a sausage heart on the side. Don’t get me wrong, it tastes good. Like a sausage and egg McMuffin, but certainly not something you could photograph and put on a blog. 

So I eat my breakfast and then, starting again, light the hob and create MY vision. I give it to the kids and they demolish it at the living room coffee table (Valentine’s Day has made me lax on rules). And once everyone’s well-fed, we’re ready to help Daisy with her clandestine Valentine’s operation. Coats on and disguises at the ready. Even grandma gets involved. Can’t imagine whose idea this was (?!)

Valentine’s Fry Up


  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 slice of white bread, toasted 
  • 1 heart-shaped biscuit cutter
  • 1 Heck sausage heart
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Large field mushroom, sliced

In a small frying pan, hear some oil and cook the sausage heart over a moderate heat. In a large frying pan, fry the tomato halves and mushrooms in a little oil over a medium heat. Flip the tomatoes and mushrooms over and put to the outside of the pan. Place the piece of toast in the middle of the pan. Crack the egg into the heart-shaped hole. Hold the toast down to stop egg-seepage. Fry for several minutes, then put a large plate or lid over the pan to cook the egg yolk through. Serve onto a warmed plate. 

Lots of food-love to you all. X

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