|Pasta carbonara "nests" inspired by Lara Ferroni's new book - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Eggs are an on-trend ingredient, to be sure -- they've become the edible garnish everyone wants on their food, from pizzas to sandwiches. And it's not without cultural tradition -- Italians top their pastas with it, Koreans put it on bi bim bap. There's just something universal about that sunny-side egg with the bright yellow yolk staring up at you like the Epicurean Eye of Sauron that says, yes, you want to eat this food. Or I'll steal your soul.
I admit, myself and many others in the food blog/social media-verse have been throwing down the "Put an Egg On It" saying for a while, it was only a matter of time before someone would nab that meme and Put a Cookbook-Title-Ring on it. I'm glad it was Pacific Northwestian, Lara Ferroni. I've been a fan of her books and photography for a while. She puts out gorgeous books that show beautiful, unfussy foods that are easy to imagine on your own dinner table at home. You're not spending days preparing a single recipe. These are books to inspire you to get back into the kitchen and convince reluctant cooks that meals at home can be as satisfying as the food being prepared. Put an Egg On It is a great book for people who don't have a lot of time to cook -- the recipes are simple and because they focus on the almighty egg, you can't have too many ingredients to worry about, otherwise the egg gets lost in the mix. Also, I particularly love that she has a recipe for scrambled eggs on hot dogs. She even admits in the recipe, does it really need a recipe? But of course she includes instructions anyways. This is meaningful to me because as a kid this was literally all I ate. For reals. Hot dogs (no bun) with scrambled eggs. My poor mother. She will find this book and that recipe in particular very amusing.
There's also a recipe for having a fried egg with oatmeal, which left the Mister feeling like his brain was Vulcan Mind-Melded without consent. He makes what he likes to call Megg-meal at home on the weekends -- fried eggs with oatmeal -- so seeing what he felt was his proprietary breakfast on the printed page made him feel somewhat violated. I, however, feel fairly certain he's not the inventor of this dish and probably a lot of other people do this. If anything, he should feel vindicated that he's not the only one who does this weird thing for breakfast.
|Baked eggs and pasta, with a dissection to see the gooey, lovely yolk - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Shakshuka, the Shark Hula, the Shake Zula... - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Topped with feta and cilantro (I had parsley handy), you have a great spicy tomato stew with a poached egg, just waiting to get all mixed in. It's usually served with bread, but I made baked zucchini chips. Just as delicious and what a great way to get a hefty dose of your vegetables. Another thing about shakshuka is that when you type it into your smartphone, the autocorrect will change it to Shark Hula. Or in some cases, if you're an Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan, Shake Zula. So consider that yet another bonus to making shakshuka on a cold winter day.
Consider yourself officially inspired to Put an Egg On It. Not that you weren't already doing that before, I'm sure. Brinner for everyone!