Saturday, 14 December 2019

"Oven ready" Lets get breakfast done,.....a little bit of History repeating?

"It's the darkest hour that comes before the dawn. Be thinking of that, all you who voted against the Conservative Party. We will come back and we are capable of regenerating ourselves," he said. "Now let's go back home and prepare for breakfast."
 Alexander Boris de "Piffle" Johnson,
on winning the safe conservative seat of Henley- on -Thames, 2001

It's all just a little bit of history repeating. Eighteen years on and he´s still peddling the same old rather sad joke. I woke up on Friday morning and to dispel my disbelief needed distraction and serious comfort food.Quality time to enjoy "a full english" before the impending armageddon (No more "continental breakfasts so to speak after January 31st)
 Well,que sera sera,whatever will be will be.(The image of Damnatio ad bestias comes to mind). A vision of cowering English men and women injured by their own self infliction being thrown to the lions. A grisly scenario enshrined in popular culture by the 1951 film Quo Vadis.But before poor lambs get led to the slaughter here is what I turn to when I seek comfort (my own history repeating my updated twist on a classic) "Full English"."Oven ready" to go in just 15 minutes.
 Call it what you will, cappucino of baked eggs, total breakfast in a cup, the reality is a twist on oeufs en cocotte, Shirred pleasured you might like to call it. The basics here are a ramekin dish, knob of butter, slivers of bacon, cream, parmesan or cheddar cheese and two free range eggs baked in a hot oven for 15 minutes. The options are endless, with the possible addition of sausage, chouriço,tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach.

"The full English" in a coffee cup
serves 4
25g unsalted butter
75g cheddar or parmesan (optional)
8 eggs
80g button mushrooms ( or ceps, if you want extravagance)
roughly chopped and fried in butter or oil
150g bacon, slightly fried and broken into slivers
1 handful of parsley(optional)
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons double cream
Pre-heat the oven to 200C /400F/gas mark6
Butter the inside of four cappucino cups, mugs or large ramekins and sprinkle with the cheese, if using.
layer the other ingredients as follows: mushroom, bacon, parsley, if using, cream and finally crack two eggs per portion on top. place the cups in a bain marie, cover loosely with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes- they´re done when the egg whites are set.For a slight golden glaze, finish under a hot grill for a moment

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