Archive for the Brunch Category

Baked Eggs

Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Cooking, Food, Home Cooked Food, recipe with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by helenphillips

I’ve been needing a break in my breakfast routine, so I was excited to come across Baked Eggs in Gordon Ramsay’s ‘World Kitchen’. Apparently it’s a British recipe that in my 30-odd years has thus far bypassed me.  However, a quick Google shows me that there are billions of variations – from plain eggs cooked in ramekins without any added ingredients, to some with more exotic ingredients, to eggs baked in edible cups. Some are single portions, other use bigger ramekins for double eggs.

Gordon’s recipe uses wild mushrooms and cream, of which I had neither, so I improvised and adapted. I had some ordinary white mushrooms, and milk in the fridge, so they would have to do. I have ramekins that are 3.5″/9cm in diameter (perfect for soufflé!) and as I was hungry (and possibly a bit greedy), I filled 2 of them. Whilst preparing the ingredients, the oven was pre-heated to 375°F / 190ºC.  The step I forgot was to lightly grease the dishes to avoid sticking (so take this as a tip!).

I sliced the mushrooms into small pieces (I used 3, but could have used a few more to really pack out the dish), and one very small onion (it was actually the size of a large shallot). These were then pan fried with some melted butter (obviously a bit of olive oil would be a bit healthier). Be careful not to cook the mushrooms for more than a few minutes, as they will continue to cook in the oven. The mixture was then divided into the 2 ramekins, and I used a spoon to create a hollow like a volcano crater. The eggs are then broken into the hollow (for once I managed not to break either yolk!).

I then spooned a little milk around the edges of each bowl, and added some seasoning, and then put the pots into the oven. I started checking progress after 10 minutes, but it actually took 15 minutes before I was satisfied. This resulted in properly cooked egg white, but a lovely runny yolk.  I served with some slices of hot toast, and a spoon to scoop the contents onto the toast, or directly into my mouth. I think this is a dish that is a bit fiddly to do every morning, but is one I definitely will be experimenting further with in the future.


Goodbody’s Revisited

Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Food, review with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2008 by helenphillips

One of my first posts on this blog (‘Weekends are for Brunch“) was about the great British cooked brunch or breakfast, and I recommended Goodbody’s Cafe Diner in Plymouth.

A few weeks ago we were back in Plymouth as part of our holiday, and could not miss out on an excellent breakfast.  Goodbody’s Cafe Diner can be found just off Mutley Plain, and is easily identified by the collection of Minis on the roof.

Goodbody’s offer an amazing selection of breakfasts. There is a range of standard choices that use the usual ingredients – bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, beans – in a variety of different sized portions. Then there is a range of imaginative, bizarre, and wholly tongue-in-cheek options. For example, the Scottish breakfast includes scotch pancakes, and the Devonshire breakfast includes scones.  For a taste of the US, a breakfast with pancakes and maple syrup is available.

I usually go for the Brunch (which comes with chips), so my husband was bemused when I announced that this time I would try something different. It was a difficult choice, but as I am Welsh, I opted for the ‘Welsh Breakfast’ – egg, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, beans, and the specialist component – cheese on toast.  The cheese on toast had been made with chopped red onion, which is a combination that I intend trying at home sometime.  My husband opted for the ‘Big Breakfast’, which to my eye was huge but by no means the smallest dish on offer. Mugs of tea and coffee, and pints of juice accompanied our food.  Once again, we weren’t disappointed, and I can still recommend a visit to Goodbody’s cafe diner, whether you are visitor or resident.

Weekends are made for Brunch

Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Cooking, Food, Home Cooked Food on January 7, 2008 by helenphillips

OK, so this is not a recipe as such. And as it’s Monday, it’s not the weekend any more. But it’s something to think about for the next 5 days…

As far as I’m concerned there is no wrong or right way to do a breakfast like this. Others may call this a “Cooked Breakfast”, or a “Full English / Welsh / Scottish” (delete as appropriate). In my opinion, what makes this a Brunch is the time of day consumed (late morning), and the fact that it includes chips.

On the subject of a good brunch, if you are ever in Plymouth, make sure you visit Goodbody’s. Situated just off Mutley Plain, they have the widest selection of breakfasts I have ever seen. English, Welsh, Scottish, Cornish, Devonshire, and many many more – all with a twist on the basics. And they have Minis on the roof…..

Unfortunately they don’t seem to have their own website, but here is a photograph courtesy of Flickr user Little Miss LaLa – thank you!