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In Which Breakfast was a Simple, Tasty Thing with Only Five Ingredients…

Fresh tomatoes

Much as I love those immense, rib-sticking breakfasts featuring two or more mains and such sides as diced tomatoes with salted eggs or achara or even cucumbers in sweet vinegar, the idea of a simple, five-ingredient toastie appeals to me greatly on days when the weather is beautifully dark and stormy.  It warms and fills the belly, its simple flavors most pleasing to the palate without need for any further embellishment.  In fact, all you need is a good hot mug of milky coffee (or hot chocolate from scratch; ah, yes, hot chocolate from scratch…) or maybe a good, strong, sweet, and creamy mug of builders’ tea.

One toastie I particularly like – and you can most likely refer to it as a savory tartine if you’re feeling a bit posh – is a very simple one made with fresh tomatoes and mild Cheddar.

Mustard and lightly buttered bread = nice

The key to making this dish successfully is to use the best ingredients possible: whole wheat or rye bread spread lightly with some salted butter, a dollop of Dijon mustard, ripe tomatoes, and roughly torn slices of mild Cheddar.

Pop all that into your toaster oven for four to five minutes – just enough to melt the cheese, toast the bread till crisp, and soften the tomatoes, caramelizing the sugars in them for a bit of sweetness.

And here you go…

The resulting toasties are deliciously sweet and savory all at the same time.  I daresay you could swank these up: add some ham or bacon, swap the Dijon for a bit of pesto, use a different cheese.  But, really: why fix what works beautifully?



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

One thought on “In Which Breakfast was a Simple, Tasty Thing with Only Five Ingredients…

  1. Yum! I actually love tomato and cheese toasties!! I remember in my first job (which was in a bank, which is incidentally the same building where you work now I think) there used to be an Oliver’s by the cafeteria and I would often treat myself to one of their tomato and cheese toasties. I may just make one tomorrow!

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