I love the whole idea of a brunch. I've said that loads of times and here I am saying it again. There is something romantic about the whole brunch bit, even better when you are not making it and you just sit there with a cocktail and make idle conversation with friends. I keep thinking about making Sunday a brunch day, but I wake up at quite an ungodly hour and by that time Ro would have already had his breakfast and then brunch idea keeps getting pushed on to lunch. But I still like to refer to it as brunch, you know..because I can :)
Last Sunday wasn't any different. Had a late night out on Saturday and by the time I woke up it was close to 10 and of course Ro had made himself a nice lavish breakfast with eggs and the works and I was just getting into cooking mode when the husband decides he wants lunch NOW (this is probably at around 11.30- 12, and after a heavy breakfast). I was so damn pissed that I decided to ignore him and make my so-called brunch, whatsoever.
Individual oven-coddled eggs with mashed potato and herbs (Baked eggs and potato)
Also, I was wondering how incredibly cute these eggs would have looked in the amazing Le Creuset cookware. Cant wait to get my hands on some of those.
Bay leaf- 1Potatoes- 7 oz (I used about 5 to 6 baby potatoes)
Shallots- 2 medium, thinly sliced
Rosemary- 1/2 tsp, minced
Thyme- 1/2 tsp, minced
Whipping cream- 3 tbsp
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese- 3 tbsp or as per your taste
Salt & pepper- to taste
Chives or parsley- to sprinkle (optional)
While that's taken care of, cook the potatoes in boiling water till mashable consistency..say about 15 to 20 minutes.
Drain, remove skin and mash with a potato masher or fork.
Add the shallots, butter, rosemary, thyme and milk (discard the bay leaf), season with enough salt and pepper and mix well till you get a smooth consistency.
Butter 3 ramekins and divide the potato mix equally.
Crack one egg each carefully over the mashed potato in each ramekin.
Spoon 1 tbsp cream on top of each egg and also sprinkle enough (approx. 1 tbsp) Parmesan cheese.
Preheat the oven to 176C and place the ramekins in a baking tray. Fill the tray with enough hot water making sure they come half way up the ramekin.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the egg whites are set but the yolk is still soft.
Take it out of the oven, sprinkle some parsley or chives and serve on its own or as a side to any main meal.
You can also make the whole thing in a baking dish rather than doing it individually in ramekins.
I baked it for a bit longer (30 minutes) cos I was a little scared of the uncooked yolk (salmonella and all that crazy stuff you know!). Also I hate runny yolk. But I think 30 was a tad too much and it became a bit too hard, so lesser time hence forth.
You also don't need to particularly bake it in a water bath. Tried both ways, not much difference.
The best ever beef chops with gravy
Onion- 2 small, finely chopped
Ginger- 1 inch piece, thinly sliced
Garlic- 3 pods, thinly sliced (optional)
Soy sauce- 2 tbsp (or less if you don't want a strong taste)
Tomato ketchup- 1 tbsp
Freshly ground pepper powder- to taste
Salt- to taste (check if required at all)
Oil- 2 tsp
Oil- 2 tsp
Potatoes- 3 large, cut into wedges or circles (you can also use baby potatoes)
Cut the beef steak into smaller slices and thin it out using a mallet or if you don't have that, just use a knife as a mallet and lightly chop it on either side..through the entire length of the steak (I know I'm not making much sense here, but I promise I'll post a pic the next time I do it)
In a bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients checking for enough salt and adding as required.
Place a pressure cooker on medium high heat and layer the beef steak slices at the bottom. Don't over crowd it and make sure they don't overlap.
Place a generous layer of the onion mix on top of the beef followed by the remaining beef and onion mix, till you are done, making sure you end with the onion mix.
Add a 1/4 cup water (if you want more gravy), close the lid, wait for the steam, place the weight and cook for about 4 to 5 whistles or about 10 to 12 minutes. You would know how long the beef you get cooks, so do accordingly.
Once the steam releases, open the lid and separate the beef chops from the gravy and the onion. Leave the gravy on medium heat to simmer for a while to get a thicker consistency. If there is not much gravy, you can add a wee bit water here.
Heat a frying pan and pour the oil. Swirl it around to coat the pan and once hot, char/fry the beef chops in batches. Just to get the beef a bit brown, you can skip this step if you are lazy. Remove and place in a serving dish.
Do the same with the pre-cooked potato wedges as well. Fry till the colour changes to a light brown. Place them on top of the beef chops and pour the gravy over it. Try and cover most of the chops and potatoes.
Serve hot with chapathi or garlic bread or like I did with the baked eggs.
Since I already had my carb in take with mashed potatoes, I avoided the potato wedges with the beef chops and hence its not in the picture.