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We also love to hear feedback from those of you who have visited our properties and facilities. In recent weeks, we’ve been receiving lots of recipe requests for some of the great dishes that are served in our restaurants. With that thought in mind, here’s a sample of some fantastic and simple meals that can be prepared at home:

Huevos Rancheros

Never heard of Huevos Rancheros? These Rancher’s Eggs are said to originate from Mexico, where it is thought that they were first served for breakfast in farmhouses. We think that they are so great that they needn’t be restricted to only one meal. They also make a perfect brunch or lunch.

When served in a restaurant, chefs will typically take a traditional approach, using corn tortillas. For this particular variation, however, the recipe has been adapted for home use, produced with the humble toaster.

Instead of a corn tortilla, we’d recommend starting out with a bagel. The better the quality of bagel, the better the dish that you’re going to end up with. If you’re fortunate enough to have easy access to a local, artisan bakery then a supply of beautiful, freshly baked bagels would provide the perfect solution.

Take a bagel and slice it into two halves, placing both into the toaster. How long you will wish to toast for depends upon your own taste. We like them with a bit of chewy bite still in there.

Meanwhile, take some refried beans and warm gently on the hob in a saucepan. Simultaneously, you should have the opportunity to fry and egg to your liking. Some people prefer to opt for a poached egg: the choice is very much yours.

There’s a third task too at this point: grill a couple of rashers of bacon. Once again, cook to your liking.

With you egg and bacon prepared, refried beans warmed through and bagel at the ready, you are almost there. Now it’s time to move to the construction of the dish.

Take your two bagel halves and top each with the refried beans, spread evenly. Now top with the egg and bacon, plus some salsa. Finally, place in the microwave for a quick burst of 30 seconds. Serve with a fresh juice and season to taste.

Great dishes don’t need to be complicated. Simplicity will also win out and this particular dish even makes use, at its heart, of a toaster. If you’re looking for a toaster, then you could do a lot worse than visit number67.co.uk, the toaster review website. There, they consider toasters that are available in the UK from leading manufacturers, including the likes of Bosch, Breville and Kenwood.