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Oeufs en cocotte (eggs in pots)

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Today is my first day of Christmas holidays so what better way to start it with a nice breakfast!  In bed!  Well, I had to get out of bed to make it but got back in to eat it, so still the concept is there 🙂

I started going through recipe books this morning in bed (starting a weekend in this way is just heaven for me!) as I’m cooking for my family on Christmas Day this year.  An alternative Christmas dinner as we are having the traditional dinner on Boxing Day when everyone will be together.  So as I was searching for the recipes for Christmas Day, I came across this recipe in the Little Paris Kitchen book which seemed perfect for breakfast or could be done as a starter 🙂  I don’t want to say anymore about the Christmas dinner in case my mum gets a sneak preview!

I certainly didn’t have red lumpfish roe lying around my kitchen so for the additional topping I used ham but you can use whatever savoury item you want!  It is quite a simple recipe but still feels special; a great combination in my idea of cooking!

I added some salt and pepper and nutmeg to creme fraiche and mixed well.  Then I spooned a tablespoon into a ramekin, sprinkled some parsley on top, broke an egg on top and added another tablespoon of creme fraiche.  I added a little bit more salt, pepper and nutmeg and put the two ramekins into a baking tray and added enough lukewarm water in the tray to come up to about halfway of the ramekins.

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I then baked in the oven for about 15 mins on 180 degrees, removed from the oven, sprinkled on a little parsley and added a couple of strips of ham.

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So yes, very simple!  Only issue with this dish is trying to get a tray of boiling water out of my little oven which is above head height!  In reality the tray of water is still in there cooling down and I lifted the ramekins straight out.  One day I will have a bigger kitchen once more!  But for now, this little creation coming out of my little oven, in my little kitchen was a perfect start to the holidays 🙂

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English breakfast

To coincide with my trip home to the UK I thought it could be a good time to showcase a dish close to my heart; the English breakfast!

I’m pretty sure that to other cultures and nationalities this seems quite a heavy dish for breakfast but as an occasional weekend treat, you can’t beat it.

I was fortunate enough to have my mum cook this one so already I have a guest chef in a guest kitchen!

The key ingredients for my perfect breakfast are:

2 sausages
2 pieces of bacon

1 slice of bread, toasted and with butter
1/4 can of baked beans
2-3 tablespoons of sliced mushrooms
1 poached egg
Tomato ketchup to serve

Fruit juice and/or tea

For the quantities, I’ve put what I had on this occasion but feel free to amend to your tastes and appetite!

  

First cook the sausages under the grill on a medium high heat. After 10 mins add the bacon and cook for a further 5 mins, turning as the meat browns.

Fry the mushrooms for 5 mins and break the egg carefully into a saucepan of salted, boiling water and cook for 4 mins (3 mins if at room temperature).  Gently cook the baked beans for 2-3 mins (or until simmering).

                           

As the last step, toast the bread and spread butter generously! Place the buttered toast on a plate and carefully place the egg on top.

  

Then arrange the cooked sausages, bacon, mushrooms and beans around the toast. Serve with tomato ketchup and a cup of tea or glass of juice!

The key to English Breakfast is really the timing of all of the above.  In the final 5 mins it can feel like everything is cooking at the same time so it might be sensible to cook the sausage and bacon first and keep it warm while you focus on the other elements.

Thank you to Sally Jameson for this delicious treat!

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