I go through phases where I become utterly obsessed with a dish or an ingredient and have to buy it, cook it, eat it, ad nauseam. Earlier this year it was tahini – I ate more hummus than some of the smaller Middle Eastern countries during that particular phase! Prior to that, it was the Mary’s Gone Crackers Black Pepper Crackers – who knew that something so good for you could also taste so delish! Before that it was chipotle chillies….I quite obviously have an addictive personality.
You can relax mum. This is not when I confess to the crack/smack/cocaine/gambling addiction. Sleep safe. My newest and only…(well, as long as you don’t count things that are French and bubbly) addiction is my version of Mary Meredith’s Television Egg.
Why Television Eggs? Who knows. Mary doesn’t explain her reasoning. In my version she is bereft of ideas and just shouting out random bits of household furniture and food to see what sticks. “Dishwasher Cheese. Coffee-table bacon. Couch potato…that one’s good. Let’s go with that. What the fuck do you mean it’s been done? Ok….Ermmm…..Television Eggs.”
(Oh, and in my mind Mary Meredith has a very strong Scottish Brogue. I’m not going to go all Irvine Welsh on you…just saying that should be the accent in which she is read).
Whatever you call it. It’s a baked egg with asparagus and tomato. I love a baked egg. What I don’t enjoy is scrubbing baking dishes to rid them of the residue of a baked egg, so I have added my twist. Instead of serving it in a ramekin with toast soldiers as per MM’s suggestion, I’ve been baking them in a hollowed out bread roll.
I have now made
three four versions of this and plan to make many more over the next few days. But lets start with the original:
I added some tarragon and a teeny drop of cream into mine, just because I had them in the fridge and neither was going to last much longer. Waste not want not right? But it points to one of the strengths of this recipe, you can pretty much do what you like with it!
You can, of course, cook your eggs longer for a harder yolk or less for a runnier one.
Whilst the original version was great, I then got the bug and started making television eggs out of everything we had on hand.
My variations thus far have been Rocket, Feta, Tomato and Smoked Paprika:
When I made the rocket and feta version, I also made a breakfast egg to have after my workout at the gym the next morning. This consisted of Ham, Swiss and Tomato:
A handy hint I discovered was that, if you cook your television eggs on a rack, the bottom of the bread doesn’t burn.
More Variations to Try
- Smoked salmon, dill and cream cheese, (maybe with a splash of hollandaise).
- Mushrooms, chives and goats cheese
- Spinach and feta, spring onions
- Leek and Gorgonzola (and yes, for those of you who know me, this is inspired by the best pizza ever!)
- Baked Beans, cheddar cheese – another breakfast version
- Chorizo, Potato and tomato – sauté this mixture first.
- Creamed spinach
- Sautéed potato cubes, green chilli, red onion and goats cheese
- Hummus, Chipotle chillies and Mary’s Gone Crackers Black Pepper Cracker Crumbs Sprinkled on top
Ok, so that last one may be just for me but you get the drift. Cheap, cheerful, easy, healthy-ish and delicious! What more could you ask for?
Yes, ok, I want that too.
And I believe me, if I was in a position to give it to you, my dear and loyal readers….you’d have to step over my cold dead body to get it. That would be mine. All mine.
I’m sharing the eggs though…and they are pretty damn good.
I’m going to be spending my week working through versions of Television Eggs for my lunches. Oh, and look at the totally awesome retro lunch box I’m going to buy to put them in:
However you have your lunches, have a great week…and try these eggs!
PS – Late breaking news – newest post gym version – ham, cheese, avocado, chilli sauce. Put on very low heat before leaving home. By the time you get back (an hour?) this will be cooked to perfection!