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‘Beautiful Baked Eggs’

August 2, 2011
By Wendy Monro , The Journal

The week was rolling towards an end and I was getting worried that I had not made any dish that was suitable for my article.

All week long, I have been home with four kids and no husband. Claud was away on a business trip.

So, I have been making sloppy joes (some vegetarian and some with beef), homemade pizzas (which the kids could top however they wanted to), and pasta. I even bought some frozen mozzarella sticks, frozen pizzas, and frozen spring rolls for quick snacks.

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Pictured above the finished meal of baked eggs.

It did not make any sense to cook something that only I would eat. So, the whole week has been food to make the kids happy. We have also been eating out a lot too.

Then, on Friday night, Claud came home. Yay! I didn't cook anything Friday night because we ate on the way home from the airport.

So, first thing Saturday morning, I stayed in bed for a bit thinking about what I could make us for breakfast.

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Baked Eggs

Serves: 4

Time: 45 minutes

1 tablespoon butter

2 sausages, cut into small pieces

1 tomato, sliced into small pieces

3 scallions, chopped

1 chili pepper, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

8 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 slice cheddar cheese, sliced into 4 small pieces

5 basil leaves, chopped into ribbons

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub the butter inside all of the ramekins. Add the sausage pieces, tomato pieces, scallions, and chili peppers into each ramekin. Add two eggs into each ramekin. Divide the cup milk into each ramekin. Place onto a cookie sheet and into the oven for 30 minutes (or until the eggs set). During the last five minutes, place the slice of cheese on top of each to melt. Take out of the oven and place each ramekin onto a plate. Top the cheese with the basil ribbons. Serve with toast and fruit.

Of course, I woke up starving. I had not had an egg all week. So, I was craving eggs. The kids had been eating cereal all week and I usually had some oatmeal or toast.

I had a lot of eggs sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be cooked. I remembered that I bought some ramekins a few weeks ago.

Often times, I see recipes, which call for the use of ramekins, and I am always disappointed that I don't have them.

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw some ramekins on sale and just decided to get them on a whim. I knew I would want to use them one day.

Saturday morning was the day. I remembered a recipe I made ages ago with baked eggs.

I decided it would be fun to make baked eggs in ramekins. I wanted to make individual portions. I got out of bed and went to the refrigerator to find some interesting ingredients to make with the baked eggs.

Why not add some other good flavors in with the eggs? So, I pulled out some sausages, tomatoes, and cheese. It would not be right to make these baked eggs without some fresh herbs when my garden is full of herbs. Anyone who has been out to my place lately knows, my garden is a bit embarrassing and weedy now.

No, it's a lot embarrassing and weedy. I don't get out there as much as I should. It's sad.

I went out anyway and picked some fresh basil to go on the top of my baked eggs.

There were a couple of weeds, which stood about as tall as me. They were like little trees. I pulled those while I was there.

I have to admit my basil is growing splendidly out there in the garden and it is in a weed free area, thanks to a tarp. I try to find the good in everything.

It was so hot out there, even at 10 a.m. I couldn't find my shoes, so I put on Claud's checkered Vans.

They were slip-ons, which is easy, and sitting right by the door. It seemed like a no-brainer. I should wear those, right?

I thought this would work for the little walk out to the garden. I must have looked ridiculous trekking out there in those gigantic shoes, with my hair on top of my head in a bun, and wearing my pajamas.

The shoes were harder to walk in than I had expected. What I will do for a little taste of fresh herbs. I picked a few chili peppers that were ready to come inside too. I thought I might add a bit of heat to the eggs while I was at it. I do love spicy food. I don't think anyone saw me out there, thank goodness.

Once inside my air-conditioned house, I threw off those clown shoes and got to work.

I did wash my hands and the peppers and herbs first. I chopped everything up, placed it all inside the ramekins and baked it for thirty minutes. It was really very easy. I toasted some bread and cut up some fruit and the breakfast was ready. I took our plates into bed.

Claud was still tucked in. In fact, everyone in the house was still sleeping.

Claud was happy to wake up to breakfast in bed. I went back and got our coffees and returned to turn on the television and eat breakfast with Claud.

I was so grateful to have our house full of sleeping children and a big breakfast to eat together and especially to be back together under the same roof again.



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