Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Breakfast #10: Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus & Camembert

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I love getting food gifts. I don’t know if that sounds greedy or trite or just plain obvious, but I just love them. Food gifts give me a warm expectant thrill that can plant a smile on my face all day. Not just wonderful homemade goodies, but also food brought back from trips. Nothing too fancy, just a simple, well-chosen item that recalls a part of the trip at a totally different level from what a photograph captures -- something three-dimensional that brings back a little smell and taste and texture.

I already mentioned this gift before, as part of the Brussels Sprout Gratin that I made in a butternut squash half. The deliciously pungent round of camembert de Normandie brought back from France by K’s husband, L. Unlike most commercially produced camembert, Bernieres Jort camembert is made with raw milk hand-ladled into their molds (au lait cru muolé à la louche – the proud testament stamped onto their wooden cases). This is what gives each camembert made in this region its distinct taste and robust character that lingers sexily on your palate.

When C and I first received the coveted package we rationed out little slices to each other, plain or with a little bread, not wanting to distract from the taste. Then I started experimenting, pairing it with my dad’s homemade mango jam for a luscious and melty jam and cheese panini, making myself little canapés with the camembert topped with a dollop of strawberry jam and sprinkled with pine nuts, and of course, the Brussels sprouts gratin.

And now it was time to have some for breakfast! Yes, breakfast, my friends…my favorite meal will hopefully be revived in the pages of this blog. No guarantees and no promises, but let’s start with some scrambled eggs…

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Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus and Camembert
  • 2 eggs
  • 5-6 stalks asparagus
  • 2 slices camembert
  • a pat of butter

- Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk lightly.
- Break off the tough lower portion of the asparagus stalks and discard (or do what I do – keep them in a ziplock bag in the freezer until you have enough to make some vegetable stock). Slice the asparagus into 1-inch pieces.
- Melt a pat of butter in a skillet. Once the butter is melted, toss in the asparagus. Lightly sauté the asparagus until just cooked – just beginning to get tender but still with bite.
- Pour your eggs in and quickly remove the pan from the heat. Stir the eggs gently off the heat until they start to come together and set. If you think you need more heat or they haven’t set enough to your liking, place pan back on the heat until they do.
- When just about done, place the slices of camembert on the eggs and immediately transfer to a plate.
- Enjoy with a slice of toast. Serves one.

I like my scrambled eggs wet-ishsoftly set curds nestled in creamy yellow eggy-ness. For this dish, I didn’t even need to put the pan back on the heat. The existing heat of the pan cooked the eggs exactly the way I like them. The rich creaminess of both the eggs and the cheese melting together made this simple breakfast luxurious and decadent. The asparagus’ bright green crunch reined it all in perfectly. If you really want to go over the top, try drizzling a bit of truffle oil on top.

Thanks L for the little bit of Normandy that we enjoyed to the hilt! I’m lucky to have such kind and thoughtful friends :)

44 comments:

M.Tan said...

2nd picture: pure food porn!

I bought a cheese from Terry's recently that had chunks of red peppercorns in it, had it crumbled into my scrambled eggs. No asparagus though, but the pepper, the velvet of the melted cheese, and the perfect platform of moist scrambled eggs was a wonderful way to start my day.

kaoko said...

god that looks good.

Pille said...

That does look really good - I must keep my eyes open for that cheese!!!

christine said...

Oh my gosh! I want to get a slice of toast and scoop it into that picture!

katiez said...

First: I can't believe you have any of that lovely cheese left! Great willpower!
Second: OMG do those eggs look good. I LOVE breakfast, just not so much in the morning. I would do that as a first course.... or maybe lunch... maybe now, would be a good time.

Barbara said...

That ooks like a perfect breakfast.

ChichaJo said...

Hey M! Thanks :) I'd love to sample all Terry's cheeses one by one...let me know which one you got. Cheese on a soft scramble is heaven...yes, a great way to start a day :)

Hi Kaoko! Thank you :)

Hi Pille! Thanks! Let me know if you do try it :)

Hi Nens! Haha! Let's plan a breakfast! :)

Hi Katiez! Hehe...I love savoring things, a remnant from my childhood when my great-grandmother used to ration out chocolate to me! You can definitely have this anytime of day :) I can eat breakfast food all day long :)

Thank you Barbara! :)

Mae said...

I have done Scrambled Eggs with Asparagus but with Scallops before and i loved it. I should try camembert next time! Since i love ham, cheese omellete for breakfast. (Very nice with rice too with a hotdog on the side. ;))

wysgal said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous Joey! =)

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh woe is me, I have none of that camembert and you've just made me totally hungry!
Gorgeous photos Joey. I would so love that for breakfast.

SteamyKitchen said...

eggs + melty cheezy camembert?! do you want me to faint with delight right here on the spot?

Meeta said...

Melted camembert and eggs? exceptional you are a genius!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I would absolutely love having breakfast like this, Joey!

And I too love food gifts. Good to know I'm in such great company!

Kalyn said...

An absolutely perfect breakfast if you ask me!

The Knittymommy said...

Oh Joey! Why? Why do you tempt me so? Now I feel like I have to run into our nearby deli and grab some good Camembert and do this.

I have to agree with Mila, it's food porn!

Deborah said...

Oh wow - I'm drooling!!

katrina said...

Food porn is right! I couldn't stop staring at it; kept scrolling back to the picture and salivating!

When I was much younger and not very fond of eggs, the only omelet I liked was with cheese (to my mind, ANYTHING is improved by the addition of cheese). So the sight of that pale yellow camembert, oozing and mixing with the bright yellow eggs, has made my tummy rumble! If it weren't almost 2am now, I would rush out and buy the ingredients necessary to make this...never mind that I've only made scrambled eggs a handful of times! ;-)

Sarah said...

Ooh, that is a trio made in heaven! My mouth is watering.

Socky said...

Hi, Joey. It's 4pm in toronto and I'm alone in Poch' apartment. You wouldn't believe this: after reading your post and seeing that pic, I cooked myself a feta omelette. No asparagus :-( but yum anyway!

Belinda said...

With that blend of ingredients, goodness, you just could not go wrong! And I have to admit to not even being a huge egg fan...this recipe, however, would most likely change that! :-) Everything you blog about always looks like perfecion on a plate.

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

It looks very good! It's taken me 36 years to like wet(ish) scrambled eggs. This really does look very good. Thankfully we don't have an brie or asparagus in the house or I'd be making it now as a midnight snack.
Further to what Socky said. I made a feta and roasted red pepper omelette yesterday for lunch with a friend.

The Baker & The Curry Maker said...

Oh my lordy! Ive died and gone to heaven! Sunday morning breakfast this week! WOW!

Anh said...

Oh oh oh, this is really great! I love the combo.

I am waiting for more breaky posts from you, Jo. I know it will be excellent. ;)

veron said...

that is some great looking scrambled eggs and that goes so well with camembert. I just received gourmet tuyo and navarro's taba ng talangka :) from my brother...talk about getting excited receiving food gifts...

ChichaJo said...

Hi Mae! With scallops sounds lovely! I must try that soon! With rice and a hotdog on the side…sounds just like home :)

Thanks loads Wysgal! :)

Hi Tanna! Thanks! I’m sure this will work with any camembert or brie :)

Hi Jaden! I see I’m not alone in the eggs + melty cheese club ;)

Hi Meeta! Thank you :)

Hi Patricia! It is nice to know I’m in good company too ;) Food gifts are great to give and get :)

Hi Kalyn! Thanks! A start of more breakfasts here I hope :)

Hey Knittymommy! Heehee…I am just spreading the cheese love :)

Hi Deborah! Sometimes it’s the simple things that get us drooling…I drool too for eggs with cheese :)

Hi Katrina! You are right…everything is improved by the addition of cheese! :) Scrambled egg is the most relaxing thing to make…if I hadn’t included the asparagus here I would have started with a cool pan. It’s great to make when you just wake up…you and the eggs wake up together :)

Hi Sara! Thank you :)

Hey Socky! Oooh…feta sounds good too! Thanks for the tip…that is getting filed for future reference :) A big HI to Poch and Rama!

Hi Belinda! Yup…hard to go wrong when you have got good ingredients that you already love :) Thank you so much for such a sweet comment :)

Hi Amanda! Thanks :) Meanwhile, I’ve had to sneak “undercooked” eggs past my mom for most of my childhood! Heehee :) I think I must have taken after my dad, for whom raw egg is a soup condiment! Feta and roasted pepper? Sounds fantastic!!!

Hello there baker & curry maker! Thank you…hope you enjoy it! :)

Hi Anh! Thank you :) I hope to get more breaky posts out!

Hi Veron! And speaking of food gifts…sounds like you have yourself some great bounty there! :) Love both those items and now I’m thinking of picking some up myself! :)

Midge said...

Divine decadence, Joey! I could almost taste the Camembert melting through the eggs and contrasting with the crisp asparagus. This isn't for weekday breakfasting with coffee; it's more for long, leisurely Sunday brunches and best eaten with champagne!

Ipshi said...

o my scrambled eggs and camembert..mmmm im so glad i read ur blog after a good lunch! wat a picture and wat a description of the o-so-slightly runny egg. yum yum
this will probably be my brunch on this weekend, though i will use peppers and mushroom instead of the asparagus
thank u for this perfection!

valentinA said...

Oh geez, what a super snapshot of the scrambled eggs Joey!! I've no doubt it tastes perfect, especially with the combination of asparagus & Camembert!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! Oohlala! Champagne would make this perfect :) Most definitely!

Hi Ipshi! Thank you very much for the nice comment :) Peppers and mushrooms sound yummy too!

Thanks Valentina! It's hard to go wrong when you've got good ingredients :)

Kelly-Jane said...

A real treat of a breakfast! Yum.

Marvin said...

Like you, I too don't like over-cooked scrambled eggs. Cooking and scrambling eggs is a lost art I think. Oh, and that melty cheese! It looks wonderful

Gourmet Traveller said...

This looks wonderful and rich...

Stephen said...

Looks delicious! These are the kinds of breakfast that I want to eat everyday!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

That looks divine! A breakfast worth getting out of bed for, certainly.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kelly-Jane! We all need breakfasts treats every so often :)

Hi Marvin! I agree! :) There is more "coaxing" then there is "cooking" when it comes to scrambled eggs don't you think? :)

Thanks GT! :)

Hi Stephen! Thanks :) Me too!

Hi Cookie baker Lynn! That's why I add the cheese...because it can take a lot to get me out of bed :)

angelika said...

That's only number TEN ? I would have never thought. But if I am not mistaken this gives me the comforting feeling that there will be at least 14 more years until breakfast no. EIGTHY.... Joey, nice post as always. I keep coming back, of course, inspite of being a lousy commentor for the time being. But for today also in written form - most heartful greetings from a very hot Vienna evening seated on the Küchendeck !

Stephen said...

Hey! I put up that Cuban chicken and rice recipe for you. Thanks! I really like your blog by the way. I love breakfast too!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Angelika! So nice to hear from you :) YES! I'm just at #10 as my breakfasts posts petered off a bit after I started my blog...but now, hopefully, they are back :) Glad to know that things have been busy at the Dining Room...I hope that means good right? :) Hugs from a hot and rainy, and therefore sticky, Manila!

Thanks Stephen! Will check it out now :) Glad to hear that you're a breakfast lover too! :)

photogirl said...

Yum! I'm an egg freak and this looks great! It's gonna be breakfast next weekend for sure. Of course, minus the real French cheese. Domestic will have to do. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Photogirl! I am a huge fan of eggs too! :) Glad you enjoyed the post and thanks for stopping by!

SimplePleasures said...

this look AWESOME! I love a good gooey scrambled eggs, melting cheese and asparagus! Imagine I love these ingredients separately imagine combining them all together to make a great dish! oooohhhhh.........droool :p

ChichaJo said...

Hi Simplepleasures! Thanks so much! :) I also like those three things...that's the beauty of cooking, no? Putting together the things you love :)

Lemongrass said...

I love Camembert! Will give this a try!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lemongrass! It's a terrific combination and really adds a bit of decadence to a plate of scrambled eggs :)