It’s Sunday, the alarm clock shuts up and you wake up all by yourself, stretching contentedly in bed and taking it easy for the day. I love that! I usually start such a day off with a coffee in bed – surfing the internet, checking what my friends are doing online (if they are already awake) and reading the newspaper. And after that? Brunch, of course – and for me, sucuk with egg and tomato is a must.
Visiting the family and the price of the couch
Weekends are not always like this. When I visit my family, I usually sleep in the living room. Toni* rules there; Toni Montana – the cat, not the Don from the movie … although sometimes there is no difference between the two. Toni also wakes me up on Sunday on time at 6 o’clock in the morning and wants to be entertained. The place in his kingdom has a price. If I refuse, he hunts relentlessly for my feet under the covers. At some point I fall asleep again. When I wake up, I am, like a mummy, wrapped tightly in the bedspread. Of course, Toni is lying directly on the bedspread and staring at me. He had defeated me, once again….
I slowly wake up and the scent of fresh mocha with cardamom hits my nose.
“Ksh!!! Ksh!!! Get away from there, you little mafioso!” I hear my mother shout. She claps her hands as she does so. Toni jumps up and runs after her. Don’t misunderstand, he’s not scared – he just knows that he’s going to get something to eat now. The finest diet dry food for seniors – the good guy has to watch his figure at his age. He doesn’t want to be called “Fatty McFat” anymore.
Sucuk in different variations: The best breakfast
I get up and enjoy the delicious mocha that is already steaming and waiting for me. Meanwhile, Toni comes back into the living room. His eyes dart to the door, as my mother comes into the living room with a steaming pan – his gaze follows her to the table.
It smells delicious! There’s sucuk with fried eggs and tomatoes. When you think of sucuk, you usually immediately think of the well-known and popular sausage specialty from Turkey. However, the delicious garlic sausage is also available in various variations in many other countries. While the sausage is air-dried in Turkey, it remains rather raw in Lebanon, for example, and is therefore very soft. The Lebanese version reminds more of a thick merguez and tastes a bit like it. The Turkish version can be cut open and eaten without frying. The Lebanese Sucuk must be fried and is also usually much spicier. Unfortunately, the Lebanese Sucuk is very difficult to get in this country, but you can now buy the Turkish even in almost every supermarket. For the recipe, I have therefore resorted to the Turkish Sucuk – Delicious are in any case both variants 🙂
In addition to the pan with Sucuk, fried eggs and tomatoes are also on the table:
- freshly sliced cucumbers
- pickled cucumbers
- pickled peppers
- pita bread
- olive oil
- Black tea
- sometimes shakshuka (if there are visitors)
As we sit at the table, talking and taking all the time in the world while polishing off the sucuk, I look over at Toni*. He is now curled up on his throne sleeping, the missions during the night and early morning were exhausting enough.
*When I originally wrote and published this text, Toni was still enjoying full energy and health. In the meantime we unfortunately had to say goodbye to him with a heavy heart. But the memories of him will probably accompany us forever.
Recipe for Sucuk with egg and tomato
- 2 Sucuk sausages
- 4 Eggs
- 2 Tomatoes
- Salt, pepper
- Remove the skin from the sucuk.
- Cut the sucuk and tomatoes into slices.
- Heat pan and fry the sucuk slices briefly on both sides over high heat. The fat of the sucuk comes out.
- Add tomato slices and sauté briefly – turn stove to medium heat.
- Crack eggs over the sucuk and tomato slices and fry over medium heat. You can optionally fry the eggs in a separate pan.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve with flatbread.