INGREDIENTS: 1 can of spicy chilli tomato mix / 1 tbsp sugar (if necessary) / 1 tsp salt / 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper / 4 XL eggs / 4 large, chunky pieces of ciabatta / 1 large avocado / Sea salt & black pepper to taste / A squeeze of lemon juice / Fresh thyme & half a red onion, finely diced, to garnish

1. Put a small to medium pan on the stove (medium heat).

2. Add the can of spicy chilli tomato, bring to the boil then turn down the heat to a simmer and allow to reduce for 10 minutes. You want the sauce to be nice and thick.

3. Check your seasoning and add sugar (if necessary), salt and pepper.

4. Make small indentations in the now thickened sauce and break your eggs into them.

5. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are properly set and the yokes nice and wobbly. If you like the yolk medium, cover the pan for a few minutes.

6. While the eggs are cooking, roughly smash the avocado and season with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.

7. Remove from the stove, top with thyme and red onion. Serve with crunchy toast and the smashed avocado to mop up all the delicious sauce.


If you just can’t be bothered to whip up a storm, these are our top brunch spots in London and fur ther afield, plus some of their signature dishes. Let someone else do the hard work for you.

1. EGG BREAK – Notting Hill, London. Soho House strikes again and our favourite on the egg-based menu at this all-day dining spot is a decadent cornbread waffle feast with bacon, fried eggs, honey butter and spicy ketchup. (www.eggbreak.com)

2. GRANGER & CO – across London. Vegetarians, delight. Bill Granger is justly famed for his breakfast offering and comes up trumps with his incredibly healthy Fresh Aussie dish – tea-smoked salmon, poached eggs, greens, avocado and cherry tomatoes. (www.grangerandco.com)

3. BAD EGG – the City, London. The best bottomless brunch there is? We think so. Fuel up during the waves of Mimosas with huevos rancheros plus fried tacos on the side, or pancakes, or both. (www.badegg.london)

4. CAPTAIN MORGAN’S – Salcombe, Devon. This breakfast spot is close to our hear ts and we’ve been enjoying the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Captain’s Breakfast since we set up shop there in 1999. Forget faddy avocado or goji berries – you’ll get bacon, sausage, egg, black pudding, hash brown and tomato. Done. (www.captain-morgans.co.uk)

5. ESPRESSO LOVE – Mar tha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Americans do things differently but change isn’t always a bad thing. At this East Coast institution it’s all about the breakfast bagel and the Church St. Bagel marries up egg with cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado. (www.espressolove.com)

Food stylist: Tanya Heathcote