|creamy, buttery buttered eggs
I love eggs; who doesn't? Well vegans I guess. I was just reading that you can use apple sauce instead of eggs in recipes. Maybe not when you are scrambling them though :=) I love brunch dishes too so when I got hold of Mrs. Charles Darwin's Recipe Book, I just couldn't go past this lovely little recipe for buttered eggs. No worries about cholesterol in the Darwin household my friends.
So basically you take as many eggs as you want, add to cream and butter, and heat over a double boiler till you have a deliciously soft, creamy, luscious eggy delight which you pour over your buttered toast. Yep, more butter. Are you still worrying about cholesterol?
Serves 2 generously
for each egg - use 5g. of butter and 1 tbs of cream so I used 25g. butter and 5 tbs of cream
salt and pepper to taste
2 slices of toast per person
Whisk those lovely eggs till well mixed
Add the salt and pepper and whisk in
Grab a double boiler (or a bowl over a pan of simmering water)
Tip in the butter and cream
Heat very gently till the butter is melted and the mixture is bubbling sweetly round the edges
Pour in your whisked eggs and keep stirring till you have a lovely, smooth consistency - or if you really have to, till it gets well done and rubbery:=)
Spoon over the buttered toast and throw on a handful of chopped herbs if you have them
|easy on the bank balance - just a few ingredients
|ready for action
|whisk the eggs
|tip the eggs into the warmed butter and cream
|take it off the heat just before it starts to set too firmly
Maybe 2 eggs per person is plenty! They're very rich, and even Mr P. was getting full.
You may need to take the bowl/pan off the simmering water every so often so the eggy mix doesn't get too hot. Just take it off, let it cool while stirring then put back over the water. Make sure not to let it get too rubbery; it will keep cooking once you lift it off the water
I really enjoyed flipping through Emma's recipes. They would have had access to their own animals for meat, eggs and milk; thus we see instructions like - "cut up the pig's head and cut off ears, tongue and cheeks". Her husband Charles (yes he of 'Origin of Species' fame) had a poor digestive system so the recipes had to be for wholesome, family food.
Emma had a busy houseful of children and servants, so feeding them all well would have been quite a task. I love her handwritten recipes throughout the book, and the botanical illustrations. Recipes come under headings such as Dairy, Fish, Meat, Puddings etc. There are also sections on Preserves and even a cold cream recipe - as in beauty cream made with spermaceti which is a fatty substance found in the head of a whale. Mm, don't think I will try that one:=)
A really enjoyable read if you are at all interested in food history.
|Emma Darwin née Wedgwood
(artist George Richmond-public domain)
|can't you guess? it's a bowl of eggs!