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Whizzing the slightly tough and woody kale leaves into a pesto softens and tenderises them, and gives your pesto a deep nuttiness. Warming the flatbread gently in the bacon fat is a great way to enliven this leftover.


  • 50g pine nuts
  • 100g kale
  • 1 lemon, zested and ½ juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, skinned and chopped
  • 50g parmesan, finely grated
  • 100ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 4 rashers streaky bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • a large pinch cumin seeds
  • 1 large flatbread
  • a few tbsp chilli jam


  • STEP 1

    To make the pesto, toast the pine nuts in a dry frying pan for 3-4 minutes, tossing regularly, until golden. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then tip into a food processor with the kale, the zest and juice of a lemon, the garlic, parmesan, oil and some seasoning. Whizz to a rough paste.

  • STEP 2

    Using the same pan, cook the bacon over a medium-high heat until really crisp, then remove onto a plate.

  • STEP 3

    Fry the eggs to your liking with a little more oil, then sprinkle with the cumin seeds for the final minute of cooking time. Put on the plate with the bacon.

  • STEP 4

    Put the flatbread in the pan over a low heat to gently warm through and soak up a little of the bacon fat. Spread over half of the kale pesto, then transfer the flatbread to a chopping board.

  • STEP 5

    Cut in half, then load up with the bacon and fried eggs, and dot over some chilli jam. Roll up and serve. The remaining kale pesto will keep chilled for a week – just pour a splash of oil over the top to cover.

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