Ivorian Breakfast Baguette

Cote d’Ivoire, or the Ivory Coast, has been in the news in the recent years for less than positive things vis-à-vis the recent election drama and ousting of Laurent Gbagbo. In reality, just 20 years ago, the Ivory Coast was one of the most cosmopolitan nations in the oft-troubled West African region. Due to the typical politics in the area, the nation had largely fallen into relative disrepair. Every dark cloud has a silver lining as the rampant corruption and lack of infrastructure maintenance seems to be something slowly on the outs.

As a daughter of the diaspora, the connection to this area of Africa is compelling due to the fact that my ancestors were more than likely, though I don’t know for sure, sold/kidnapped into slavery many centuries ago. Now that I have Ivorian family members, the similarities in food, looks, behaviour, mannerisms, etc…have caused me to coin the saying. “All that separates us is 400 years and an ocean.” I do not celebrate Black History Month, as it is not a legislated celebration in Islaam and my pre-existing reservations before becoming Muslim that it always seemed to be a celebration that stopped at slavery while African peoples existed before then. My intrigue and interest in picking out these little commonalities is to establish connections from a broken and disenfranchised starting point, I suppose. I guess this is quite a heavy preamble for something as light as an omelet & baguette recipe but this too is life.

What You’ll Need

Half a baguette or submarine roll

2 Eggs

1 Onion sliced


Chopped up chilli pepper or Hot Sauce (optional)


Toast your baguette first if you like it toasted.

Heat oil in a frying pan and once hot sautee onions until they begin to wilt.

Crack both eggs onto the pan. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. 1/8 tsp of pepper and 1/4 teaspoon of salt let’s say. If you are adding chillies and or hot sauce add them at this point.

Once the whites begin to solidify, scramble until it reaches desired doneness.

Place into the baguette, close and slice in two.


A little ALIMA’S is all you need!

Et Voilà! A mini-intro to how breakfast is done on the other side of the Atlantic!

Until next time flavour lovers,

Mama FlavourFull


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