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Monday, 22 August 2011

Random Recipes #7 - Acorn Eggs

Belleau Kitchen is currently being dismantled and rebuild to new standards of fabulousness, in the mean time cooking is pretty basic there, so Dom has gone back to basics taking us back to the original classic challenge

... line up ALL your cookbooks

... give them a shuffle

... close your eyes and pick one book randomly

... close your eyes again and open the book at a random page

... cook that exact dish

... DO NOT CHEAT (you're only cheating yourself etc.. blah blah blah)

I have too many cookbooks to 'shuffle' but chose a random number and counted along the shelves until I came to...

The Scottish Women's Rural Institutes Cookery Book (Eighth Edition).  For those of you who don't know, the S.W.R.I or the Rural, as it is commonly known, is a sort of equivalent of the Women's Institute in England.  It started in 1917 to provide social, educational and recreational opportunities for those who live and work in the country or are interesed in country life.  Food and Crafts feature heavily in their 'manifesto'.

This book belongs to my MIL, but when I moved to the farm I joined the Rural and continued as a member until I went back to work full time.  It was a great way of meeting people and making friends.  

Anyway, back to the challenge...this is not my favourite cookbook, no pictures for a start.  Also some of the recipes are a tad old fashioned.  But that's the nature of the challenge, so I opened it up in trepidation, hoping I wasn't going to be confronted with Tripe & Onions or Beetroot Wine (I've been leafing through to see what might have been!) but the Random Recipe fairy was kind to me and I got  this:

As I'm on holiday at home this week, I decided this would make a nice lunch for me today.    There are a couple of things to note about this recipe, if you want your Acorn Eggs to look like acorns you really have to have a LARGE tomato and a SMALL egg, not the other way around!!!!  

 I cut my slice of bread into rounds with a pastry cutter, but you don't have to, it just looked prettier.  The other thing is that the cheese doesn't stay on the egg very well.  I do wonder if it might be better to toast the cheese on the bread, then put on the tomato and egg with a little sprinkling of cheese just to cover the top of the egg.

Here it is, the finished Acorn Egg, see what I mean about the tomato/egg ratio?  There are, of course two,  the other one is lurking at the back of the picture, but when I put them both on the plate to take a photo, they looked a bit like a well endowed lady sunbathing - hee hee hee!  

It tasted fine, like egg and tomato on toast with a bit of melted cheese on it, I'm not sure I could be bothered faffing about making it look like an acorn again though!

Acorn Eggs

Allow 1 hardboiled egg and 1 tomato per person.  Cut tomatoes in half and grill lightly.  Place 1/2 egg, yok side down, on each half tomoato.  Sprinkle with grated cheese, set on a slice of bread and grill sufficiently to allow cheese to melt.  Serve very hot.

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At 22 August 2011 at 16:01 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks interesting. Maybe the cheese would stick better if the egg was hot? Anyway I like making it all look like an acorn.

I think I'd need to try and figure out a way of cooking the egg and the tomato at the same time so the egg had a lovely runny yolk :)


At 22 August 2011 at 17:19 , Anonymous Jacqueline said...

Janice - your post did make me smile!
I've never heard of Acorn Eggs - is it supposed to be a Scottish dish?
Looks like you had fun making it and what a great challenge ;-)

At 22 August 2011 at 17:23 , Blogger Janice said...

Mince and Skirlie - you could be right about the hot egg. Not sure how you would keep the yolk in if you had the egg soft boiled and still make it look like an acorn!

Jac - I've never heard of it either, don't think it is particularly Scottish. It was fun to make though.

At 22 August 2011 at 18:13 , Blogger GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

hehe... you always bring a smile to my face. I like eggs (scrambled, poached and occasionally fried). Happy you got a good random recipe. They did turn out cute!

At 22 August 2011 at 18:47 , Blogger Unknown said...

it's genius!... I love the ay you mention first that you should have a small egg and a large tomato and then show that picture... nearly fell off my chair laughing!... brilliant post and of course, top marks for really following the rules... thanks for taking part x

At 22 August 2011 at 18:51 , Blogger Choclette said...

These seem very sixties, but good fun for all that. And they do look quite a lot like acorns.

At 22 August 2011 at 20:33 , Blogger Kate@whatkatebaked said...

What a great name for this dish- I can really see where the 'Acorn' in the title comes from! I'm sure it made a tasty lunch.

At 22 August 2011 at 21:35 , Blogger Phil in the Kitchen said...

Wonderfully random. This was the sort of thing that I thought was pure sophistication back in the early 70s.

At 23 August 2011 at 00:17 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

What a bizarre recipe - I am sure you must be in the running for most random recipe!
Would make a nice breakfast.

At 23 August 2011 at 08:26 , Blogger Marie Rayner said...

hehehe a well endowed lady sunbathing. You do make me laugh. I love these old retro type of recipes Janice! This does look quite interesting and delicious! xx

At 23 August 2011 at 12:24 , Anonymous Catherine said...

Your ratio warning made me chuckle! Oooh I love books like that, with old traditional recipes in it (not tripe though *boak!*). I now want to run away to a farm and join the S.W.R.I... sigh!

At 23 August 2011 at 14:48 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found your blog through LinkedIn. Phew what a challenge!! This is a new dish for me. Yours looked too good to eat.

Mina Joshi

At 23 August 2011 at 17:15 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

What a GREAT book and recipe......I love books/booklets like that, they always have unusual recipes in them.

At 23 August 2011 at 19:54 , Blogger Unknown said...

Janice, this is fabulous - I'm sitting here laughing at the thought of you realising how both acorn eggs looked through the viewfinder of your camera! Lovely post, as always.

At 25 August 2011 at 17:55 , Blogger Chele said...

Lol - how your post has made me smile, especially the thought o fteh two eggs on the one plate ;0)

At 26 August 2011 at 06:29 , Blogger Unknown said...

This book is so cool!! I know it is a pain to ask, but does the book say anything about the Shetland islands? Not sure if it has recipes for each region of Scotland or not, but would love to know as that is where my dad is from before he moved to Australia :)

At 26 August 2011 at 22:10 , Blogger Michelle said...

Wow, that's quite an unusual recipe, what a cute twist on the sandwich :-) I am going to have to make this now, as my li'l girl won't eat eggs unless they are prettied up somehow. Thanks for this!


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