Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Collaboration, Communion and Poached Eggs…

Inspired by a friend in Kabul's ecstatic ramblings as to his at-long-last-laying hens... leading to the monumental daily fight between the three fur-clad inhabitants of the house as to the one daily egg... He fries his.  I was only too quick to acknowledge my own preference for the poached egg.  Much like, spoken in undertones like slander, Samuel Beckett’s own partiality... dubitable evidence overheard in France.   The French gourmands were clearly aghast at the notion that their literary hero might embark on an oeuf poché prior to midday.  On this note one must raise a flag to the old, now forgotten, yet to be revived oeuf en cocotte – a childhood favourite of mine, recipe below.

But where did said inspiration lead?  To the idea that these daily rituals could be shared on this blog.  Much like feasting round the common table – another interpretation of communion.   Be it fights over the one egg in the depths of an Afghan winter, experiments with wet kneading sourdough, or simple preferences on the breakfast egg…

I ask you all to collaborate on this blog.  Simply email me any food-related posts, of any length or topic and I will publish them here.    olivheal@gmail.com


Oeuf en cocotte

Crack an Egg into a buttered ramekin.  Cover with a tablespoonful of Cream or Crème Fraiche, Salt and lots of ground Black Pepper.  Top with a Sage Leaf.  Bake in the oven 180-200C, in a bain marie (a baking tray filled with hot water) for ten to fifteen minutes, depending on how you like your egg.  This recipe can be adulterated with the addition of Parma Ham, Smoked Salmon, Chopped Fresh Herbs, Yoghurt instead of Cream, Cumin, Chilli...as you feel.

Serve with strong black coffee and baguette, drift away to a café on a Parisian sidestreet, a secondhand novel bent open on the table by your side…


3 comments:

  1. i still haven't had my weekly egg ration. tomorrow's the big day, although i think my guard has started to rob them...

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  2. and sir, how will you have your egg?

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