Sunday, 13 April 2008

Oeufs en cocotte - Waiter there's something in my...................breakfast

or baked eggs for those of us not sophisticated enough to be French!!! This is my entry for this months Waiter There's Something in my......................blogging event which is hosted by Johanna over on The Passionate Cook. I haven't entered this before but look at it every month and think I'll enter and then I don't and the deadline is passed so this month is it as I'd made these on Sunday. I admittedly had these for my tea but you can see why I didn't have breakfast below, these are my absolute favourite breakfast meal of all time!!!

I hadn't intended cooking anything today as my birthday party was last night, I wasn't overly hungover but had just decided there was nothing in particular I fancied making. But true to form I couldn't stay away from the oven for the day but did manage to make somthing simple and gorgeous!!!

These are lovely for breakfast, which is when I normally make them, or for a light Sunday tea when it's pushing 8 o'clock!

For 2 people you'll need:

4 large eggs (I used local organic ones but whatever you use yourself)
4 tbsp cream
enough melted butter to coat the inside of 4 ramekins

I also decided to experiment and used in my eggs

1/4 tsp garam masala per ramekin
1 cherry tomato, chopped
1 spring onion, chopped
1/4 green chilli, finely chopped

Heat the oven to Gas 5/190.
Boil a kettle of water
Butter the inside of the ramekins with melted butter and add the tomato, spring onion, chilli and sprinkle with garam masala.
Crack an egg into each ramekin, sprinkle with salt and pour over a tablespoon of cream on each egg.
Place the ramekins into a deep tin/dish and pour the boiling water in around the ramekins so it comes half way up the sides.
Bake for 15 mins and eat alone or with some buttered crusty bread if you have it.

This recips is one I've used time and time again and the addition of the garam masala is amazing, I wish I had added the changes to my second egg. The husbag normally has cheddar grated into the bottom of his eggs. Just make sure you add whatever additions to the ramekins before the egg and cream as it can burn if it's on the top.

The Indian inspiration comes from Anjum Anand and the water bath idea is from Nigella's latest book Nigella Express as I had been making these before her book came out but never this way which seems to prevent the eggs getting that goldy brown crispy stuff on top of them which I really don't like.

Enjoy or to be all French about it Bon Appetit!!!

Oh and check out my new ramekins, they're from a range called Natural Elements and everything in the range is either lovely matt cream, the sage green you can see here or gorgeous dark matt wood, you can see some of it here on but I got mine in a shop in Navan called Sage & Stone that's just reopened after being refurbished and I'll be divorced if I buy anything else in there!!!


Aran said...

That sounds really, really good actually... I love eggs like that. I love eggs any way really!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Eggs like that are gorgeous. Not cooked them like that for months though - must do and soon.

lorraine@italianfoodies said...

Happy birthday Rach!!! God I only see the inside of my bed or the toilet(tmi sorry) never mind an oven:)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your eggs look lovely! I love them fixed like that too.

I'm chuckling at your shopping story. We just got a Sur la Table in our town and I am going crazy! I have to sneak in the shopping bags after my husband goes to sleep! Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

I've tried this recipe too (just plain though) it's so delicious and simple. Love the idea of the garam masala.

Katy said...

i've made these before with a little parmesan grated over the top and love them! so simple and delicious.

Rhyleysgranny said...

I have never made eggs this way. I must give it a go. Sonds and looks delish

Anonymous said...

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thepassionatecook said...

i am completely with you on this one - oeufs cocotte are so easy to make, yet so indulging! thanks for sharing this with us for this round of waiter, there's something in my... breakfast!

jen said...

Happy Birthday Rachel!

Love the idea of all the variations. I've never made these before and must give it a go. A very elegant meal :-)

Tartelette said...

Happy belated Birthday! And cheers to many more!
I am not a big fan of eggs (except in cakes) but you got me interested to give these another shot!

jj said...

Yes, these look very elegant! I've never tried eggs cooked this way before but will now! Thanks!

Jen said...

Everytime I see a baked egg I want to try it and always forget about it or never have cream in the house when I wnat the,
These sounds yumilicious. Will you bring some to Limerick on the trip i've heard(from the rest of the Limerick Foodie Society, I'm not stalking you) you are planning?

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

Jen I will no problem, do you think they'll let me into the kitchen of the Wild Onion to make them?!?!? ;-)

Thanks so much everyone, today is my real birthday and am at home sick in bed with a chesty cough thing and a temperature!!! BOO!!! Am on the mend though I think cos am miles better than yesterday when I was practically lying across my desk in work!!!!

I cannot recommend these eggs enough, there is such a gorgeous subtle Indian flavour off them and they're SO creamy aswell, I made them on Monday night aswell and then had to stop myself cos 4 eggs in 1 week is a lot for me!!! I would eat these every single day with some lovely toast or even asparagus dipped in them - HEAVEN!!!!

Rhyleysgranny said...

You've been tagged:) Come visit my blog

Lyndar said...

Hatty Bertdee for yester, missy! Hope you're feelin less pukey today x

PS Your ramekins are fanceeee fanceee!

Mary said...

yummie rach perfect hangover food!!!!

Eileen said...

First time to your website. Love it!

Eileen (passions to pastry)@

Life in Recipes said...

Your baked eggs look perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.

Happy Birthday!

Suganya said...

I made this for WTSIM too. They are quick, easy and flavorful.