Sisters, Nieces, Bunnies, Coffee, Brunch. These are a few of my favorite things. And on one perfect Saturday, the stars aligned and I had all of my favorite things under one roof. Under my roof, that is. It was pure lovliness.
These days, my sisters and I aren’t all under one roof very often. We all live in the same state, but we all have busy schedules that don’t seem to intersect often. However, my youngest sister is having a baby this summer. And with babies come baby showers, and the planning of said baby shower(s). So, the three of us decided to get together under the auspices of planning Candyce’s baby shower. I offered to fix brunch and introduce them to my new baby bunny and the matter was settled.
The thing is, we didn’t do much in the way of actual planning. We were extremely distracted by the cuteness of one infant (my niece Ramona) meeting one baby bunny (Lil Omar). It was too cute for words, so I will just show you a picture:
The cute fest ended when Ramona started hitting Lil Omar in the face, so we separated the two little ones and went about our brunching. We did as the Strannigan sisters are prone to do: inhaled our food, gabbed about life, drank a lot of coffee, fought over who got to hold the baby, and so forth. It was just what I needed. A simple meal, enjoyed with some of the people I love the most.
So, here’s to sisters and babies and bunnies. And to fresh eggs with bright orange yolks that are baked with cheese, herbs, and cream. And to coffee mugs with creepy kitten pictures on them. I love it all so very much.
EGGS EN COCOTTE (AKA: SHIRRED EGGS)
(Based off Leela Cyd’s lovely recipe on The Kitchn)
3 tablespoons cream
3 teaspoons minced shallots
3 grated gruyere cheese
2 teaspoons minced chives
A few sprigs of fresh thyme, minced
3 slices crusty bread or toast
Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease three small ramekins (or any other oven proof cups or bowls). Crack one egg into each ramekin or bowl, and pour one tablespoon of cream onto each egg. Sprikle the cheese, shallots, and a bit of minced time over each egg.
Bake for 7 to 10 minutes (7 for a runny yolk, 10 for a firmer yolk), until the egg is ‘set’ to your liking. Serve (and eat) as quickly as you can, as the yolk will continue to cook in the hot dish (and we don’t want overcooked eggs!).
Best enjoyed with a big cup of coffee (or tea), in your favorite kitten mug. In addition, it is great when paired with strawberries and fresh cream, your two little sisters, a baby bunny, and the cutest niece on the planet.
*Note: Being the ever-blossoming Pacific Northwest granola that I am, I made this meal the day after I’d purchased my first gallon of raw milk from a local dairy. I skimmed the cream off the top to use with the eggs, and used the rest of the cream to make whipped cream for the strawberries. It was heavenly. All other whipped cream pales in comparison.