The Full Cypriot Breakfast Bagel
The full Cypriot breakfast bagel is a sesame seed bagel with smoky bacon, creamy scrambled eggs, tomato, lettuce, avocado, olives and sun-dried tomatoes. And it can be made gluten free by using gluten-free bagels.
So is this “recipe” just how to make this particular sandwich?
What? I can’t quite hear you…
Is this even an authentic Cypriot sandwich?
OK now take it easy. In fairness none of the EU recipe posts are authentic dishes – or sandwiches – from that particular EU country. They’re inspired – somehow – by an authentic dish from that country.
The problem I came up against here was not that I couldn’t find any good authentic Cypriot dishes. It was that I found this wonderful page with many authentic Cypriot dishes and I didn’t want to alter them. They just sound great as they are.
I had a vague notion of adding in more fruit to the dish with watermelon, grilled halloumi and mint. But it’s just right as it is.
Also, I kept eating the watermelon before I got around to making something I’d take a photo of.
By the way –
How good is watermelon?
So, I don’t know about you, but after eating watermelon I feel really really good. You know when people talk about eating clean and they are actually just talking about dieting? That annoys me. Not because I think there is anything wrong with changing your diet to lose weight. It annoys me because there are some foods that I feel cleaned by after eating.
Usually any fruit and vegetables with a high water content will leave me feeling cleaned inside after eating. And I also feel that way after raw carrots, and salads with curly parsley and/or fresh mint.
And I discovered that the food I feel most cleaned by is watermelon. I was amazed by how good it made me feel. Because I’ve been feeling exhausted – and kind of polluted – for the last few
weeks months aeons? So I really noticed how good the watermelon made me feel and I checked online – it has anti-inflammatory properties.
I think the foods you find cleaning are very much down to your own individual body chemistry. So you might find completely different foods can give you this feeling. But watermelon – it’s pretty great.
Is there any watermelon in this
How good is this bagel?
Actually this bagel is really good.
I got the idea from this site that said that a “traditional breakfast in Cyprus often consists of olives, juicy tomatoes and baby cucumbers, fried/grilled halloumi, eggs and lountza (Cypriot bacon/sausage) and often with fresh crunchy sesame-seed covered bread.”
Lountza is a dried smoked pork tenderloin.
As I read the description of this typical breakfast I thought – I guess that’s like the Cypriot version of the Full Irish Breakfast. A couple of days later, doing the weekly grocery shop I happened to see some sesame seed gluten-free bagels.
So I decided to try and turn their typical breakfast into a breakfast bagel. Sort of. I used smoky bacon rashers, which you’ll find in any supermarket. I also added in the some avocado to increase the amount of unsaturated fat in bagel. Because I think it’s more important to increase the ratio of unsaturated fat to saturated fat in your diet, than it is to decrease your overall level of fat consumption.
I normally don’t use smoky bacon because I feel that taste can overpower all others. But it works very well here.
This is really filling and quite nutritious. I like it a lot.
And I paired it with some watermelon and grilled halloumi cheese. Gorgeous!
I’m going to give the ingredients for making 4 bagels – but it’s easy to just make one portion as you can see from below.