I created this dish for a cooking class I was teaching at Stonewall Kitchen a couple years back. It was so popular, I've done it a few times there. And The Ellsworth American asked me for a recipe during an interview for a recent issue, so try this the next time you have friends or family over for a weekend brunch! Read the full article and get the full recipe here.
Poached eggs sit atop a pan crisped flour tortilla filled with whipped cream cheese, St. Andre triple cream cheese, Maine smoked salmon, fresh dill, diced onion, a squeeze of lemon and capers (I didn't have any!).
Plate over some micro greens and top with some fresh dill or chopped chives and this is one delicious breakfast, brunch, lunch, light dinner or midnight snack!
I fully appreciate food blogs, particularly those with beautiful food photographs. This blog is one of them! So when Nancy asked if she could interview me for her blog, I was happy to work with her, and flattered that she has my cookbook and appreciates my take on breakfast!
Read the full blog post and see the recipes Nancy made from the cookbook!
I'm a sucker for colors. It's the artist in me. Walking through the grocery store isn't about sustenance but rather a source of inspiration for creativity. I look at produce in terms of colors. What colors can I combine that will give me contrasting flavors and textures?
Beets were the springboard here. The color is the most gorgeous of all produce! So I knew I wanted to slice and cook some beets in a sugar syrup. To that syrup I added my favorite liquor, St. Germain (elderflower) for a light floral note. Once the beets were done, I removed them and cooked some sliced fennel in the syrup. When the fennel was done, I placed it in a container with a straight St. Germain simple syrup (without the beet juice) and let the beets sit in the juice they were cooked in. I then added some sliced oranges to the syrup with the beets and let them both sit in the refrigerator for two days.
I had a package of fresh cranberries in the fridge. So I made a simple cranberry orange relish. Now, we need something to balance the obvious sweet, citrus and acidity. I thought that a vanilla bean Panna Cotta (from the cookbook) if it was poured into a sheet pan to set up could be cut into squares (next time I'll do circles using a biscuit cutter) to layer with the oranges. I froze the Panna Cotta so that it wouldn't compress when layered and thawed very quickly, which allowed me to plate several and were ready to serve at the right temperature within 15 minutes while remaining stable and upright.
When I tasted all of the ingredients after they macerated for a couple of days, I decided the beets were still a bit too savory for a fruit course. So I layered fresh orange, Panna Cotta, macerated orange, another slice of Panna Cotta, fresh orange and then a small dollop of the cranberry orange relish and topped that off with some of the candied fennel. A drizzle! That's what the plate needed. So I poured a few drops of the beet syrup into my straight St. Germain simple syrup for a slight purple tint and drizzled that around the plate. But now I needed crunch. So I lightly toasted (and very lightly salted) pecans and scattered them over the tower and around the plate. Topped off with a snip of a micro green and voila! - there's my fruit course. Everyone raved and not a drop came back on a plate. And fennel is not something everyone loves!
The only improvement I think would be a Tuile cookie or even a thin slice of biscotti. I'll work on that and report back.
YES, this IS rock legend, Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin!!
He and Patty Griffin stayed with us at the Pomegranate Inn over Christmas! Check out my blog post about it.
When I think about the fact that he and Patty could have stayed anywhere in Portland and chose to stay with us, I'm honored, grateful and even more appreciative now of what he and his band did for rock music in America back in the 70s and beyond. This was just very special and surreal for me and my husband, both having grown up listening to them. My husband played guitar in a band in his late teens and naturally played LZ's music! And for those of you curious fans, Robert was funny, gracious and just the kind of man you'd like to sit with just to listen to his heavy UK accented stories!
From Wikipedia: "Led Zeppelin are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording". The second best selling band in the US only to Elvis Presley. Something like 200-300 BILLION albums sold. That's pretty astounding when you think about the numbers. They're often referred to as the "greatest rock band of all time".
The band was just honored at the 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors as "Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant transformed the sound of rock and roll with their lyricism and innovative song structures, infusing blues into the sound of rock and roll and laying the foundation for countless rock bands."
And to think that I cooked for him? Crazy cool!!!!!! A life highlight I don't think I'll ever forget.
Thank you Robert and Patty for choosing to stay with us! Best to you both and keep putting out the amazing tunes :)
The recipe in the book for the sauce that dresses the poached eggs is good. But I wanted more of it. And as you can see from the cookbook photo, the sauce was thick. I wanted more of a creamy, pourable consistency. So I decided to change it a bit. I first caramelized the poblanos and onions, then add heavy cream (in this 9 inch pan I added about a pint but this will serve 8 or so!) and reduce over medium heat until the sauce can coat the back of a spoon. Then I add the sour cream (to this amount I added about 3/4 of a cup), then a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, salt to taste and freshly cracked pepper. And then just before serving I add a drizzle of Fiore chipotle olive oil. Someone once told me "That sauce is so good I could bathe in it!". So below is a video to show you the desired consistency. Enjoy!
Come join me for a cookbook signing and samples of some goodies from the cookbook on Saturday, from 1-3!
I'll be offering something that you can make for friends and family, perfect for homemade, tasty holiday gifts that you can even ship!
On Tuesday morning July 19th at 8:30am, I will be in New York City live on the "Morning Living" show on Martha Stewart Radio talking about some of my favorite recipes and tips in the cookbook and answering caller's questions! Very exciting as I have been a Martha fan for more than 20 years! Tune in and call in!!
Still surreal to see my cookbook in bookstores!!! And with a sticker that reads "autographed"!!!!
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