Leon’s Family and Friends

Having been to quite a few Leon restaurants and bought a couple of their cookbooks I decided it’s time I review one of their books. Today, I have chosen Leon Family and Friends and with over 200 fantastic recipes, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Also, there is a great section for any teenager thinking about leaving home for the first time “10 things you should know how to cook before you leave home”

It’s written in everyday English as if you were sitting around the kitchen table discussing the days events, and about to rustle up a great meal for friends and family. You know when you read it, that many of the recipes have been tried,  tested and lovingly handed down from mother to daughter, father to son and that’s how life should be.

I make this whenever we have had friends to stay over at weekends and keep a portion of the salsa (minus the chilli) to one side for the kids, they love squashing tortillas and making them oozy.

Leon’s Deconstructed Huevos Rancheros (that’s spicy eggs to you and me)

First the pepper and chilli salsa;

  • 1 Romano pepper, deseeded
  • 1 green Serrano chilli, deseeded
  • 2 tomatoes, deseeded
  • 1 shallot
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • handful of basil leaves
  • squeeze lime juice
  • dash of olive oil
  • salt and pepper, freshly ground


  • 1 x 400g tin black beans
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4-8 corn tortillas
  • 4 eggs
  • salt and pepper


Chop the pepper, chilli, tomatoes, shallot and garlic and mix together, rip in the basil, add the lime juice, and olive oil and taste then season with salt and pepper as required, always taste your food as you go to get the right balance, set to one side.

Empty your beans and their liquid into a pan, heat gently, add oregano and salt and pepper and taste, keep it warm

Heat your tortillas by wrapping in a clean tea towel and steam over water until hot and keep warm

Finally poach your eggs keeping them nice and soft, usually around 1 minute in boiling water and they are done when the white starts to come up around the yolk.

Lay the eggs on a warm tortilla , top with beans and salsa and eat slowly, what a way to start your weekend.

Eggs Rancheros

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