Breakfast Focaccia with Fried Duck Eggs, Heirloom Tomatoes and Za’atar.
The not so ugly Duckling!!
My husband and I spent family day weekend without kids, which also ended up being Valentine’s Day too. I’m not a huge fan of fine dine eating for Valentine’s so we decided to spend the day eating and shopping our way through an amazing area in Toronto called Kensington Market. Now that’s my idea of the perfect day.
Kensington has some of the best specialty food shops and take-out joints in the city. It’s a very eclectic neighbourhood in the middle of our China Town, in the center of the city. It’s not fancy but it’s culturally rich and diverse, two of the best parts of living in Toronto. The people walking the tiny 3 street quadrant are as diverse as the food. Everyone from young hipsters, to yuppie couples, to street kids and artists.
There aren’t very many places where within 1 block you can eat foods from around the world.
We had a plan that included shops with take home groceries and take-out food that we ate on the go. It started with Blackbird Baking Co., in my opinion some of the best artisan breads in the city. Anything from Pullman bread to specialty focaccias (we used one in today’s recipe).
Next stop a couple of doors down is Sanagan’s Meat Locker, a huge space with not an inch of standing room due to the amount of people waiting for everything from house made sausage to venison, organic meats and every conceivable cut of meat. So much eye candy!! It also has a sandwich counter where they serve up rotisserie chicken with chicken crackling and aioli among a few other amazing sandwiches, This was our first eat of the day… the chicken sandwich was just amazing!!
We then hit Nu Bugel for true bagels…. my mouth waters just thinking about them! We bought a dozen and less definitely arrived home!
Finally we hit the two places that can’t be missed… Seven Lives for Tacos and Rasta Pasta for jerk Chicken. There is so much I can say about both of these tiny standing room only take-out joints but just google them and read. They’re truly not to be missed!!
So finally it brings me to todays brunch! It’s quick and simple but the Za’atar adds an unexpected flavour that makes me swoon! Try and buy the best tomatoes possible because of course we know there’s a huge difference between summer and winter tomatoes. I used duck eggs with this because they’re richer and larger, with the yolk being almost twice that of a chicken egg. Duck eggs also have a much harder shell which gives them a longer shelf life, up to 6 weeks.
They’re higher in cholesterol but when mixed into a healthy lifestyle diet they are very good for you due to their vitamin rich qualities.
Here’s a great article for anyone wanting to learn more on duck eggs vs. chicken eggs <Click here>.
Well I better run…my brunch is getting cold!
- 1 large focaccia
- 4 duck eggs, fried sunny side up
- 2 heirloom tomatoes, sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
- 1 tablespoon za'atar
- salt and pepper
- Sprinkle focaccia with za'atar and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 min. Remove and add sliced tomatoes, fried eggs, and avocado. Place bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Add chives and a sprinkle more za'atar along with sea salt and a touch of cracked pepper.