The Art of Doing Nothing

Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwich

Earlier this year, I started saying no. No to promoting food-related gadgets, because I live in a New York small apartment with limited storage. No to promoting food samples, because the pay isn’t great and the contests aren’t worth my time. No to writing reviews for below-average cookbooks, because the pay isn’t great. No to freelance design, because I design full-time during the weekday. No to doing more social media, because it’s time consuming. No to special theme Saturday brunches requiring me to discard the one day a week of sleeping in without an alarm clock. And, no to developing an editorial calendar for this food blog. I’m doing nothing with my extra time, and it feels good to be too selfish.

I’ve also started saying yes to less cooking. It’s relaxing to see a clean kitchen and a full refrigerator. The thought of washing dishes drains me. Luckily, there’s the option to order delivery, but a quick breakfast of a Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwich is mostly craved. It takes less than 30 minutes and requires a few dishes to wash.

Ingredients of Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwich

Cabot Cheddar Cheese

The sandwich was inspired by the need to create a quick breakfast with tons of flavor for busy or do nothing days. As a food blogger who loves a great meal, the idea of paying money for a poorly made dish from a delivery food service isn’t appetizing. But, making quick sandwiches continues to be a creative effort.

The purchase of a jar of Indian onion chutney, Cabot’s Sharp Cheddar cheese, sweet tomatoes or roasted red peppers and a simple fried egg between toasted buttered wheat bread slices creates a vibrant sandwich. Sometimes a few baby greens are tossed over the egg as it sizzles in a skillet.

Earlier this year, I volunteered to help with a fundraiser for a creative project. Right now, I’m working on another fundraising gala for my job. The holidays are around the corner. While improving the art of doing nothing, I’m perfecting the art of making more Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwiches. Both are deserved.

Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwich

Chutney and Cheddar Egg Sandwich


  • 2 slices of wheat bread, toasted and buttered on one side of each slice
  • Indian-style chutney, prefer onion chutney
  • 2 roast red bell peppers halves or 2 tomato slices
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese slices
  • 2 fried bacon slices (turkey or pork)
  • 1 to 2 fried eggs cooked with dark baby greens*
  • A couple toothpicks


  1. Place bread slices, butter side up on a cutting board. Slaughter chutney over the butter.
  2. Layer roast bell peppers or tomato slices over one bread slice, and cheddar cheese over the other bread slice.
  3. Continue layering the other ingredients over either of the bread slices.
  4. Place one of the bread halves over the other half. Use a toothpick to hold the sandwiches together. Use a sharp knife to cut the sandwiches in half.
  5. Enjoy.


Recipe serves one, but increase ingredients to serve more.

*Fry eggs according to your preference: from runny to hard. Sprinkle a dash of sea salt and fresh black pepper, and toss a few dark baby greens on top of the eggs as they sizzle in the skillet.

5 thoughts on “The Art of Doing Nothing

  • December 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Just found your page. This sandwich looks amazing; I can’t wait to test your recipe. You are apparently the maestro of doing nothing.

  • November 3, 2016 at 10:47 am

    That looks INCREDIBLE!! Keep up your amazingness – and enjoy this coming weekend’s EXTRA HOUR of sleep in time 🙂 XO, R

  • October 25, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I feel you on ALL fronts. Food, work, and otherwise. Breakfast is a great way to get creative without a massive amount of clean up!

    I love breakfast sandwiches and this one looks like one to replicate in my kitchen!

  • October 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    With age comes wisdom, my friend.

  • October 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Sanura, truth is that we go through all these phases. And there is nothing wrong with it. There is a season for everything in life. That chutney sandwich is the bees knees though!

    Glad to see your post in my inbox this morning.

    Looking forward to experimenting with low carb baking again once I get my grandmother’s old oven fixed as I am now using her stove.

    Thank you for being you. That is waaaaaay more than nothing. 😀 God bless ya and yours love!

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