The classic French name is oeufs en cocotte, and it is basically eggs baked in little ramekins with cream and an aromatic mixture of diced onions, celery, and carrots. We’ve stepped up the recipe by adding smoked salmon and crème frâiche. Served at home, it’s the next best thing to catching a flight to Paris and having brunch on the Champs-Élysées.
Tip: Substitute prawns for smoked salmon, and add a little dill, if you wish.
Add 2 Tbsp (30 mL) buttermilk to 1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream. Stir together and place in a glass jar in a warm place in your kitchen for 8 to 24 hours or until very thick. Stir and refrigerate, covered, for up to 10 days.
Place 4 - 1/2 cup (125 mL) ramekins in baking dish just large enough to hold them. Lightly butter the inside of each ramekin.
Melt 1 Tbsp (15 mL) butter in small sauteu0301 pan. Add green onions or leeks, carrot, and celery; sauteu0301 for a couple of minutes to soften. Divide mixture among ramekins. Top with equal amounts spinach, smoked salmon, and lemon zest.
Crack an egg on top of each. Place 1 Tbsp (15 mL) creu0300me frau0302iche alongside each egg in ramekin. Sprinkle with a little pepper. Place ramekins in baking dish. Pour hot water into baking dish until halfway up sides of ramekins.
Carefully place baking dish with ramekins in preheated oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until eggs are set and firm to your liking. Remove ramekins from hot water bath and sprinkle with equal amounts of tarragon.
Delicious served with crisp French green beans and chunks of crusty baguette.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
This easy, yet impressive, vegan dinner is packed with oven-roasted flavour and proves that creating satisfying weeknight plant-based meals is entirely possible. If working with a small oven with only room for one sheet at a time, you can prepare the tofu and vegetables in batches separately.