I live for lazy Sundays spent entirely in bed. As these are a rarity in my whirlwind life, I’ve perfected the experience to the point of art. The essentials: New York Times, bone dry cappuccino, freshly juiced oranges for mimosas, old films to be watched in various states of consciousness, and of course – breakfast.
The ideal breakfast is less slaving in the kitchen and more exacting simplicity. Sure, French toast smothered in homemade maple syrup and sliced strawberries sounds to die for. But spending half the day making it defeats the entire purpose of the lazy Sunday. At the same time, plain eggs leave me wanting more, which leads to brunch out (which invariably leads to Sunday Funday - again defeating the purpose).
The remedy for this dilemma is eggs en cocotte. (Or baked eggs for the less Francophile). Fresh herbs, parmesan, and chopped bacon in a bed of heavy cream and butter take otherwise boring eggs to the pinnacle of breakfast food chic. The aroma of thyme, rosemary, parsley, and garlic suggest that the meal took ages to make, when in reality prep time is less than five minutes.
Traditionally, eggs en cocotte are baked in a water bath, but after experimenting with various methods – throwing the ramekins on a cookie sheet and baking for fifteen minutes tastes every bit as delicious as more complicated techniques.
With the weekend upon us, I highly advise stopping by the market on your way home to pick up my suggested essentials. We all deserve a relaxing Sunday every now and then, and what better time to embrace your laziness than the present? xx tt
t+tCOCKTAIL: While you have the eggs out, whip up a few of the whites to make gin fizzes! The creamy libation made from ingredients you likely have in your kitchen will surely make for more fun than your usual morning coffee…
GIN FIZZ RECIPE
- Combine one shot gin with a splash of lemon juice, ½ tsp sugar, and one egg white in a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake vigorously to ensure the egg white is integrated
- Strain into a glass and top off with soda water