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Today: Mimi Thorisson of Manger sets her table beautifully with eggs all week. Her husband documents.
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Whenever I make a shopping list, eggs are always at the top of it. It's the one ingredient I can never have enough of. I buy them at the fromagerie, where I am sure to get fresh local farm eggs, and they allow me to make my favorite dishes on a whim, whether chocolate swirl meringue, garden cake, or eggs en cocotte. Eggs are always within an arm's reach to satisfy any of my cooking ideas; they make me feel safe in the kitchen. Here are five of my favorite egg-based dishes -- here, it's all about comfort and warmth.
Eggs en Cocotte with Cream, Garlic and Thyme Eggs en cocotte is such a simple dish to make, much like a savory pudding. You can be so creative with the recipe by adding cheese, ham, herbs, tomatoes if you like. Anything goes. One of the versions I appreciate most is this one, rich in cream, nutmeg, garlic, and a sprig of fresh thyme. And I can't resist rubbing garlic on toasted baguette -- when you dip the bread in the creamy eggs, it's heavenly.
Poached Egg, Bacon and Celery Remoulade For the celery remoulade, add mustard, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and crème fraîche to a sliced and julienned celery root, then fry a slice of bacon and poach the egg for three to four minutes. I love the nuttiness of the remoulade, mixed with the golden egg yolk and rich bacon. I always add a sprinkle of piment d'espelette, which makes any dish a dash more exciting.
Chanterelle Mushroom Omelette There's something so rustic about a beautifully cooked omelette, especially when there are mushrooms involved. I always try to have a few packs of mushrooms in the freezer, so I can pop them out and make a perfect earthy omelette anytime. Add a sprinkle of fresh parsley or tarragon, a good glass of red wine, and fresh baguette -- now that's a fine dinner.
Comté Cheese Soufflé Soufflés are such elegant dishes, all puffed up and golden. They can be quite intimidating at first, but they really are so easy to prepare. Use your favorite cheese, eggs, a dash of nutmeg, butter, and milk to create a crowd-pleasing dinner. Thirty minutes in the oven and it's ready in all its glory. My kids always ask for more, and I bet yours will too. I make sure to make extra portions.
Ratatouille with a Fried Egg Perhaps one of the most comforting meals, ratatouille served with a golden fried egg on top, is a great classic Provençal dish. It's filled with just the right healthy ingredients to make your kitchen smell like a Mediterranean bouquet.
Eggs en Cocotte with Cream, Garlic and Thyme
3/4 cup cream (200 ml) 4 eggs A sprig of fresh thyme 1 clove of garlic ½ teaspoon grated/ground nutmeg 1 tablespoon salted butter Coarse salt and black pepper A few slices of toasted baguette bread (or any bread you like)
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Mimi Thorisson is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking, and the host of La Table de Mimi on Canal+ in France. After a career in television and having lived in Hong-Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik, and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, five young children, two older stepchildren, and the family's fourteen dogs in a rural farmhouse in Médoc.