Side View’s weekend theme this week is a photo-prompt.

It is a picture of a lioness gazing at the horizon.

It has me stymied.

All I can think of is that Easter is looming on the horizon … so, here’s a teacup full of Easter eggs.

And a nice idea for an Easter brunch dish:

My best friend in high school, Tania, is the kind of lass who’s every word is funny. She can relate the most tragic events in a manner that has me in stitches. She once referred to croissants as cross aunts and I’ve never called them by any other name since.

I chanced upon a recipe in the Collector’s Edition House and Leisure Food and decided to fiddle with it, adding things to make it robust enough to serve as a meal on its own.

8 croissants, halved and spread with Pesto Princess Rocket and Walnut Pesto

Handful of halved cherry tomatoes

1 Packet of smoked bacon, fried and finely diced

3 Tablespoons caponata (recipe found here)

Handful of chopped  spring onions, lightly sautéed.

Layer the above into an oiled springform cake tin, covering the outside in tin foil (so that it doesn’t leak). Season layers with salt and pepper to taste.

Cover with a beaten mixture of:

6 Eggs

500ml Cream

Bake at 180C until set, mine took about 40 minutes.

Oh, before I trot off to play with all the new toys in my kitchen, some Coca Cola trivia about this day in history: In 1894 Coca Cola was first bottled by Joseph A. Biedenham of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Before that it was only mixed to order at the soda fountain. And in 1929 Asa Griggs Candler died. In 1887, Asa Candler, a wholesale druggist, purchased the formula for Coca-Cola from John S. Pemberton, an Atlanta pharmacist, for $2,300. He sold the company in 1919 for $25 million. (Source –

Another of my recipes using cross aunts:


42 Comments Add yours

  1. nursemyra says:

    what a great recipe – I’m really tempted to try it. and i love the teacup full of pretty speckled eggs

    1. theonlycin says:

      I tested the recipe on Side View last night, and she pronounced it to be a winner.

  2. Tammy McLeod says:

    I like the teacup of speckled eggs too. I’m not much for cross aunts.

  3. That sounds delicious!!
    Do tell us about all the new toys.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Watch this space, there are many 🙂

  4. nrhatch says:

    I laughed at your segue from lioness to Easter eggs. Fascinating how your mind transitions from the Serengeti to the kitchen. 😀

    In Paris, pour petite dejeuner, I enjoyed cafe au lait, fresh orange juice, and a croissant (or baguette) with sweet butter each morning. Best breakfasts ever.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I do believe that stones and cardboard taste good in Paris 😉

    2. nrhatch says:

      You might be right. I don’t remember having a bad meal the entire week. Everything was simple and simply delicious.

      1. theonlycin says:

        And elegant, and romantic and beautiful?

      2. nrhatch says:

        Yes, especially the night we ate in Montmartre overlooking the lights of Paris. Magnifique!

        And the glass of wine at the Eiffel Tower . . . not too shabby. 😀

      3. theonlycin says:

        I remember Paris in ’49.
        The Champs Elysee, Saint Michel,
        and old Beaujolais wine… *runs off to dig up Gary Moore CD*

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    You are too clever, Cin, at changing the subject! Love the Easter Eggs – pity to eat them. Croissants have never been a favourite of mine. I find them too dry. Maybe I’ll like your recipe though. A quiche with a difference!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it comes out nice and moist, adee 🙂

  6. I’m still alive this morning, and had the leftovers for breakfast. Still good 😉

    Though I do wonder about my cholesterol levels……..

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, it wouldn’t be wise to eat this too often. Once a year at Easter shouldn’t hurt though 🙂

  7. leigh says:

    I really like the new layout, too 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, going to try to pop in and see if you’re at the market tomorrow, on the hunt for a single bone-handled old spoon. Keep your eyes peeled 🙂

      1. leigh says:

        Find me at the beginning 😉

  8. i) I think your horizon interpretation is fiendishly clever
    ii) I covet your teacup
    iii) Those cross aunts look mouth watering
    iv) it is mind boggling to think that a taste has made millions of dollars. A flavour was worth a fortune. So that’s what Macbeth’s witches were up to all those years ago.

  9. theonlycin says:

    i) I worry about my thought process sometimes 😉
    ii) I shall give it to you when I meet you 😀
    iii) Was tasty 🙂
    iv) And it is the best meat tenderiser ever, saves much toil and trouble 🙂

  10. Ooh I do love your cross aunts recipe – yummo!
    Pete and I had cross aunts and cafe au lait this morning at Blue Lagoon Cafe.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lucky you and Pete 🙂

  11. Of course, I would love the cross aunt pudding! Yummy! All your recipes are superb.

    My daughter when a young child heard the song with lyrics that said “In the arms of sweet deliverance, I will lay my heavy burdens down”. She heard it wrong and sang it like this: “In the arms of sweet liver lips… Ha! Love it! Blessings…

  12. theonlycin says:

    ‘sweet liver lips’ … that is PRICELESS 😀 xxx

  13. slpmartin says:

    Love the tea cup of eggs…something quite pleasant about that scene.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I like my pic 🙂

  14. Liane says:

    The cross aunts looks good, but I’m going to go with the easter eggs 😉

  15. Artswebshow says:

    Sure is an interesting idea for a dish.
    Getting me curious now. lol
    I heard coca cola originally had a trace of cocaine in it.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I beleive you are right, I heard that too 🙂

  16. libraryscene says:

    Love the picture prompt.. shall now not worry about getting myself out for a drink, but instead enjoy my malbec while I ponder a tribute to the lion..

    ..I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thought of the cocaine when I read your ditty…perhaps we were a more subdued country back then..

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, it was a legend in South Africa and I think we all tried to judge the effects at some stage in our youth 😉

  17. Tandy says:

    I love cross aunts 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Ah, then breakfast next Monday is sorted 🙂

  18. Jamie Dedes says:

    Ummmm … anything with caponata in it is good.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I’m a recent convert, thanks to Tandy 🙂

  19. bluebee says:

    Cinful! A heart attack on a plate, but what a way to go 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Tee hee, once in a while only, this dish 🙂

  20. Tokeloshe says:

    Love the photo of the eggs in the cup.

    Die Kwaai anties lyk ook lekker 😉

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