Monday, July 5, 2010

The incredible, edible egg and other delicious treats

Well, I'm so far behind that today calls for two posts...

These are some of my food adventures from the last 10 days...

 I went to the farmer's market and could not contain myself.  There was so much deliciousness in one place that I was inspired!
Veggies, hot sauce and mint jelly...

I made pork chops with a light mint jelly sauce, carrots marinated in ginger, mustard and cheese cauliflower and a salad with a homemade cherry vinaigrette. 

However, nothing was quite as good as the dessert:
Chocolate pots de creme - essentially egg yolk, heavy cream and chocolate.  

I was a little worried that they wouldn't turn out correctly because I only realized I did not have a mesh sieve as I was continuously stirring and my chocolate was melting.  However, I improvised and used a handy flour sifter...random, but it worked!

After such a successful dinner, I figured breakfast would be a piece of cake.  When Lily and Liz were in town, we had breakfast at Cafe Continental.  It was the first time I had Eggs Benedict; it was made with asparagus and crab cake instead of the more traditional Canadian bacon.  I liked it so much, I wanted to give it a try.  But, I didn't have the time until the last weekend in June.  It was a rainy morning, so I was more than happy to sip my coffee and figure out the recipe.  I had heard that hollandaise sauce was difficult and that poaching eggs was a bit tricky.  I guess I have a knack for making eggs benedict...or I was just lucky, because I didn't have any major problems.   My eggs poached quite well, though I did lose a bit of yolk on one of the eggs.

Eggs poaching.

English muffins, Canadian bacon, tomatoes and aspargus broiled.

Poached eggs added to the base...

Covered in hollandaise sauce.

 Taste test result: Success!


  1. Wow! You're a natural! I haven't had too much trouble with hollandaise or poaching eggs either, but your eggs look fantastic! When can we come over for breakfast?!

    And don't you just love Farmer's Markets? I practically live at the one close to our house. It's organic and open every day. Basically heaven. :)

  2. Love that your eggs benedict turned out so well! :) Was glad to be part of your introduction to the wonderful world of hollandaise.