Eggs in Purgatory
I’ve been revisiting old Nigella Lawson cooking series on YouTube. It’s been 2 days that I’ve been watching 4 hours marathon of her Nigella Bites series. Watching Nigella takes me to a happy and relaxed zone while I do my ironing which takes me a good 3-4 hours to finish (yes, I have entirely succumbed to domestic life). Anyway, I don’t think she did this recipe on Nigella Bites, but I saw she made this recipe on the set of a morning show here in the US.
This morning, I had a hard time waking up, so my kind and loving husband suggested we just eat yogurt for breakfast, and we did. And now, I feel so famished that as I am typing this post on my smartphone, I am shoving forkfulls of this dish in my mouth. I suppose this my version of Nigella ’ s Eggs in Purgatory, but I also think this is my hack (what I readily have in my fridge and pantry) on Huevos Rancheros.
Nigella started by sautéing garlic and chili flakes in olive oil before emptying a can of chopped tomatoes in a small skillet, I however didn’t bothered with all that. I spooned enough hot salsa into the skillet until it simmers over medium heat, cracked 2 eggs into the simmering salsa, covered the skillet so that the eggs poach, then added torn American cheese single on top of eggs and salsa, I turned off the heat the minute the cheese melted, placed a handful of homemade cheesy herb and garlic bagel croutons and sprinkled torn coriander on top.
Now I have to excuse myself so I can finish what I have started.
One of the oft-cited laments of those who don’t really enjoy cooking is that a meal takes so much less time to eat than it does to cook.
I don’t mind that, not least because I always relish a bit of pottering about in the kitchen, it’s the only time I ever get to myself. But also, I confess to an affinity with that Victorian worldview, the constant harping on the inevitability of decline - "the woods decay, the woods decay and fall", that sort of thing - and the reminders that all things go back into the earth or up to the heavens. I don’t resist the implacable cycle of meals, the kitchen grind.
- Nigella Lawson (Nigella Express, Against the Clock)
Nigella Kitchen - Safety In Numbers
Holidays are fast approaching and one of the most pleasurable things I treat myself to is to watch heart-warming cooking shows like Nigella Kitchen.
I am just in love with this woman for so many years now… probably because she is brilliant, she is, to me, the most wonderful epitome of someone who radiates with graceful abandonment her absolute love for food and cooking.
I tremendously identify with her in so many ways, probably because I too Am a passionate lover of food and the creation of it for people and all my loved ones to enjoy.
So please enjoy one of my bestest favorite things! -jeannie :)
Nigella Lawson is my Julia Child today. And because I believe we are very much alike… we both love to talk about food as if we are in a very intimate relationship with it, and we actually are! We both got our kitchen smarts from our grandmother and mother. And we are in the same boat when it comes to eating… and well, body type! I mean what kind of girl who actually eats and cooks and is very passionate about food is stick thin? I haven’t met one! I always believe that Deliciousness + Ummmmph = Voluptuous with a well-rounded personality. ;) -jm
Cooking is actually quite aggressive and controlling and sometimes, yes, there is an element of force-feeding going on.