How extremely rude of me to make you wait! But here it is, Part Two of the IMBB Eggs! Round-Up (about time you say!). A couple weeks late but nevertheless, lovingly prepared, all 81 entries included.
Thanks everyone for participating and for your saint-like patience. Let us also take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to all our feathered and fishy friends who made these eggxtraordinary entries possible! We could not have done it without you! ;-D
41-From Australia, I present to you the thunder from down under, Anthony of Spiceblog, a good friend of this blog, who's not only an egg lover but one of the creators of that kooky monthly event, EoMEoTE. His entry, Boiling Eggs to Music is not only very entertaining but has wonderful photography of various ways to enjoy a simple and even marbled boiled egg. Way to go Anthony!
42-Colin (Only Slightly Pretentious Food) lives in Singapore and making up for his virgin IMBB entry with two entries brought two lovely dishes made with boring ol' bird eggs and something a little more exotic: Île Flottante and Marinated Salmon Roe with Watermelon Ice Cubes. Creative and different. Wonderful work Colin, thanks!
43- Martin Gaston (Confessions of a Serial Griller) is an English student writing from the south of England. He wrote: "I just thought I'd thank you for this months IMBB selection; it was finally enough to convince me to start trying my hand at a blog. So, these are my first posts, please be gentle with them :) One problem; I've done two, I don't know if that's alright or not. If you're only allowed to go with one, then please take the Eggy Bread". We'll take everything you got, Martin. Go see his French “Eggy Bread” Toast with Strawberry Compote and Ham ‘n Mushroom Eggs en Cocotte. Those look lovely, Martin! thanks for a job well done and welcome to our delicious blogosphere!
44- Irene of Cuisine Capers and Madison Dining raided her Wisconsin (Madison) fridge (in her über fantastic recently renovated kitchen) and whipped up a fantastic Fritatta that was so good even her puppy wanted some. Just take a look at her contented dog! That must have been some tasty fritatta!
45- Anne (Anne's Food) lives in Sweden and made a classic Swedish dish called Skagen Mix, a sauce with shrimp and bleak roe, the roe qualifying as eggs for this particular theme". Thanks so much for participating Anne and Gratulera on your marriage!
46- From Seattle (yay!), hedonist, blogger extraordinaire and creator of the Food Blog Awards Miss Kate (the great) of Accidental Hedonist, made a beautiful Gelato that had me salivating at the photo. Amazing what a little sugar, egg, lemon and milk can become. Thanks so much neighbor! Next time you make gelato, give me a ring, will ya? ;-)
47- All the way from Denmark, the lovely (and fabulous baker) Zarah Maria of Food & Thoughts sent us her Hard boiled eggs with Dukkah. Dukkah, says Zarah Maria, is a spice mix, traditionally made with cumin, coriander, sesame seeds, salt, pepper that sounds absolutely divine and something anyone can make in two shakes, right at home, anywhere in the world. I can't wait to try this Zarah, thanks!
48- Prepare to meet your Bakerina. She lives in New York City, specifically, Astoria, Queens, home of New York City's last surviving beer garden! This was her first IMBB ever, and while I won't deny being in a bit of a state of nerves, I have to admit that in the end, this was really a lot of fun. Many thanks for picking such a brilliant topic". No, thank you Bakerina, for your gorgeous Pâte à Choux 101 and those fabulous Eclairs What's not to love? They are gorgeous indeed and worth your hard work and dedication. Thanks a bunch for joining us! I think this is the beginning of a beautiful IMBB friendship!
49- Karen (The Pilgrim’s Pots and Pans) from the Philippines sent us a lovely Meatless Aubergine Fritatta (Meatless Tortang Talong) that looks delicious (I happen to love Aubergines!). She says she enjoys eating this by itself but the best meal combination I have had so far is with plain fried rice and tinapa (smoked fish), with a dipping sauce of soy-calamansi (calamunding in Kapampangan, a native citrus - Citrofortunella microcarpa). Now i'm hungry! Thanks for participating Karen. I really enjoyed this dish.
50- Jeanne of World on a Plate (California) has one of the most interesting blogs out there. She is always full of fabulous "cultural musings and explorations around the world of food" and I was so glad to see her IMBB entry arrive. Look at her Citrus Chiffon Cake. How pretty and light! And such an informative post to boot! Thank you so much Jeanne! This is one cake I've already penciled in to make soon, very soon.
51- Did you know that Ohio has 101 wineries, many known for the state's signature ice wine? I did not, but I bet Ohio based blogger Alice of My Adventures in the Breadbox knew. And just look at her contribution to this eggy event Pizza with Eggs and Arugula Salad a recipe from Marie Simmons's The Good Egg. How perfect! Thanks Alice!
52- Rudi from Off The Eaten Path posts from the Washington DC area and shopped for his eggs at the Dupont Farmers Market to make his Distressed Eggs with fresh herbs and Tobasco. There is no photo but it sounds delicious! And take a peek at Rudi's masthead. Lovely, isn't it?
53- Rachel and Logan (otherwise known as Mr. and Mme. Pants) of Boots in the Oven moved to Austin, Texas, after graduating college in 2001. "They've now been out of college longer than they were in it, a fact that is kinda freaking them out." They were really excited to be participating in their first IMBB! And even though it was very hard for Mr. Pants to decide what to make here's the link to their post: Son In Law Eggs (fried boiled eggs). Thanks a bunch you guys! I really enjoyed reading your post and looking at the fabby pics.
54- Amy of Beauty Joy Food lives in Florida and is the daughter of a woman who baked everything from scratch. So is no surprise that she "wanted to make a strawberries and cream-filled angel food cake both because she love it but also because we have reached the end of strawberry season and this summery dessert would stand as a fitting finale". Instead, she baked a lovely Apple Clafoutis using Granny Smiths. Your mother would be proud, Amy! Thanks so much for participating!
55-Peter Stathakos is a geek with a blog, "a developer who just picked up and moved to beautiful Vancouver BC and needs to edit his About Me page". ;-) He also loves eggs and made his favourite egg based dish, Eggs Benedict and to keep the missus happy, he included some cheese to the mix. Thanks Peter!
56- From Germany, the wonderful Petra, of the lovely blog Chili und Ciabatta concocted a lovely recipe using her trusty Thermomix: Egg Liquor and Egg Liquor Muffins with Chocolate. What a great combo! The resulting muffins/cupcakes are so scrumptious sounding and looking that it made me want to book the next flight out to Deutschland. Vielen Dank, Petra!
57- Stephanie, the happy sorceress behind Dispensing Happiness used to live in the Bay area and now finds herself in Eastern Tennessee. Stephanie "plays well with food" so she sent us A Whimsical Breakfast ( Meringue 'Eggs', White Chocolate 'Bacon', and Almond Paste 'Toast'). Cute, clever and fun. Talk about playing with your food! I love it! Thanks Stephanie!
58- Robyn of Food Chronicles is a "So Cal Gal immersed in the food business, slowly working toward her own food production company". She sent us her Dutch Babies, a Father's Day luncheon for her hubby. How sweet! Thanks Robyn.
59- Last month's IMBB host, the amazing Elise of Simply Recipes who writes from Carmichael, California contributed two fabulous entries to our party (she told me they are so easy, it seemed insubstantial to do just one as they are both scrambled egg recipes of sorts.): Tuscan Scrambled Eggs and Chorizo and Eggs. "Elise liked eggs so much that for a time I was eating them every day, until my naturopathic doctor told her she was developing an allergy to them because she was eating them so much so she had to cut way back. This IMBB theme was the perfect excuse to make two of her favorite egg breakfasts." and look at her photos. Finger licking good! Thank you so very much Elise!
60- From New York, Todd and Kim, the bloggers behind Walker New York Eats posted an egg entry: Buttermilk Pancakes with an accompanying photograph that makes me wish it was Sunday already so I could whip some of these up. Lovely, lovely! I love pancakes. Thanks you guys! 61- Meg in Paris was so mad. The time got away from her and she didn't have time to prepare an entry for this round (and it was such a great subject too, she wrote) Grrr. However, her partner in blogging, Barrett, was better organized than her (she added) and wrote something up before he left on vacation. So Meg posted Barret's Veggie Scotch Egg at their collective site Too Many Chefs, one of my favorite in the blogosphere. Thanks a bunch for keeping the chefs represented, Meg & Barrett.
62-Back in Munich Germany, Nicky (& Oliver), the fabulous couple behind Delicious Days, one of the most gorgeous blogs out there today were left a bit clueless with our theme. Should they make something sweet or savory? So they ended up doing both: “eggs in a glass” and Tiramisu. Do yourselves a favor and run to see this website(if you have not yet). I am a big fan and highly recommend them for their lovely design, recipes and wonderful, absolutely gorgeous photography!
63-Grommie of The Power of Cheese posts from somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic (Baltimore?) and was eggxtatic to be able to participate, posting her entry "on antiquated dial-up no less!" Her Lemon Meringue Beehives from Gale Gand's Just a Bite are so cute and utilized eggs in every stage of the recipe preparation. (in the lemon curd and pastry base; whites in the meringue). They look so lovely, Grommie! Thanks!
64- From San Francisco, fantabulous Sam of Becks & Posh also went the way of the Farmers Market and used delicious Marin Sun Farm Eggs--$6 a dozen from The SF Ferry Building Farmers Market for her lovely Simple Egg Sandwiches with Crisps. Sweet Fred helped with the mayonnaise (aww!), fresh bread was baked and the finished sandwiches look absolutely delectable. And what happy pictures! Thank you guys!
65- The Traveler's Lunchbox is brought to you from Edinburgh, Scotland. Melissa the blogger behind this lovely site, presented us with a beautiful Summer Fruit Eggstravaganza, a Lavender and Pistachio Pavlova that is so stunning you'd want to stare at her snapshots for a very, very loooooong time. How many miles is it again from Seattle to Scotland? Oh, the humanity! Gorgeous work Melissa! I'm so impressed!
66- Chefdoc, of A Perfect Pear is "a busy gastroenterologist in St. Paul, MN trying to find the time and energy to push the limits of his amateur cooking skills". Well, don't let this bit fool you for a second, this Doc can cook. Take a look at his "small egg tasting menu".
- Simmered Organic Egg Yolk with Birch Syrup
- Watercress Salad with Pickled Quail Eggs
- Beet Ravioli with Poppy Seeds
- Asparagus Vinaigrette with Black Pepper & Pecorino Zabaglione
- "Egg Creams" of White Chocolate Mousse with Mango Puree
It is a thing of beauty, I tell you. Get out your napkins and start drooling.
67- From Toronto, Ontario, Canada, my favorite Domestic Goddess (her site is "devoted to the art of food and its preparation"), Jennifer creator of those fantastic sugary sweet and delicious Sugar High Fridays, (the new site design looks smashing, Jen!) fashioned "an old Hamilton-family favourite": Deviled Eggs. Oh my! Martha would be proud, Jennifer! Those look lovely! May I come over to your next party? Pretty please! :-D
68- Clare Eats in and around Sydney, New South Wales, Australia with her guy and a cat, then writes about it. Her eggs in ham nests made me hanker for a plate of Oeufs Plats Jambon Fromage from Le Pichet. Eggs, ham, tomatoes, coffee, bread and butter. Could her breakfast be any more perfect? I think not. You've made me very, very hungry Clare. Thanks a bunch for joining us this time around.
69-Another Canadian, Liz, the Truffle Mutt, had such a good time with this event. "So many choices, eggs are all over the place", she said. I jumped up and down when I saw her contribution: Pierre Hermé's Lemon Cream is a marvel of eggs, sugar, lemon and butter, a whole cup of butter. Ahh, that's what I call heaven! Spectacular! Thanks Liz!
70-Lisa (aka Kitchen Chick) "was born with the gift of cooking and the sense that the world was tasty". She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She posted an entry about Araucana eggs (Blue Eggs & The Cholesterol Myth) and a very nice Pinenut and Egg Bastila that are a real treat to read and almost take a bite out of. Wonderful contribution, Lisa! Thanks!
71-Bruce Arthurs of Undulant Fever lives in and blogs from Glendale, Arizona. This is his first time participating in an IMBB event ("my first entry; be gentle with me"). His Blutwurst Scramble Sandwich (AKA Blutwich) is big enough for two and even though Bruce says it looks gruesome it also tastes good. Thanks again for joining us this time around, Bruce!
72-Lyn (Lex Culinaria) blogs from Canada (Edmonton, I think) and her Quails eggs and caviar are a sight for sore eyes. One of my favorite kind of eggs, I find they are so underrated. Lyn really shows off their beauty (those photos!) and flavor by simply pairs them with yet another type of egg, fish roe (caviar). What could be better than this tandem? Well done, Lyn! Well done indeed!
73-Alice of My Epicurean Debauchery, who blogs from the Bay Area (California) made Onsen Tamago (Hot Spring Eggs), "a traditional Japanese hot spring spa breakfast item. It's much like a poached eggs, except the egg yolk is firmer than the egg white, which is accomplished by cooking the eggs at hot spring temperature (155F)". What a beauty, Alice! I can only imagine how those beautiful soft yolks must have tasted like. Great job!
74- Dine & Dish Sarah of The Delicious Life was able to send her gorgeous entry (by the skin of her teeth!) all the way from Los Angeles: Espresso Mocha Soufflé with a Shot of Chocolate Crème Anglaise. Here's the soufflé you were hoping for Elise! What a beauty! Wouldn't you just love to have this in front of you right now? Yep, me too! Thanks Sarah! This was worth waiting for!
75- Sweet Kimberly of Music and Cats is "an architect by day, and musician and writer by night. She lives in an old house in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Paul, their three--cute as can be--cats, a violin and not nearly enough bookshelves". I think this one is her first ever IMBB and coming in just under the wire Kimberly baked an impressive Cherry Clafoutis the picture of which had me dreaming of getting my paws on a slice even a week after first seeing her post. Alas, the one place in LA that had it in the menu (Le Pain Quotidien) did not really have it available for sale. Bummer! Well, at least I can look at Kimberly's cherry fantasy and dream. Or I can get baking! Yeah, that's the ticket! Thanks you so much neighbor! Seattle's cherries are lucky to have you around. *By the by, go check out the photo of her cats looking out the window. It is priceless!
76- "ST (Cheat Eat) has reached this stage in her life where she wants to do something she has never done before. Writing a food blog is perfect for her since she loves to eat. Born and bred a typical Singaporean who loves a spicy chilli crab, she is unfortunately not blessed with the skinny genes. As such, she is always on the search for the next "must go" restaurant and the next "guaranteed to lose weight" diet." She also hoped she was not late with her entry. Fortunately for us, she was not, of course! Her Onsen Tamago will keep Alice's company on cold days. And hopefully they will show up on my plate someday soon. Just as with Alice's, ST's hey look scrumptious too.
77- What a treat! Just when I thought we were about done, in comes Clement's entry, rushing in. He is a twenty five year old computer engineering graduate turned media design entrepreneur living in Toronto, Canada who happens to love food and have a fabulous blog by the name of À la Cuisine. He sent us three beautiful ladies called Miss Gla'Gla's, an entry inspired by Pierre Hermé's macaron ice cream sandwich called just that, Miss Gla’Gla. Clement told me he had a great time with this IMBB ("it was very fun - all I did yesterday was eat ice cream and macarons!"). We should all be so lucky! Thank you so much for joining in the fun with us this time, Clement! We've missed you!
78- Mrs D (Belly Timber) wrote us: "Here's our very last minute entry. Okay, so it's an hour late. Can we pretend we're in Hawaii and it's still Sunday?" :-) Absolutely! Since I'm the host, I reserve the right to show special treatment to local peeps too, being that you guys are blogging from Friday Harbor, Washington. Your Goat Cheese and Herb Soufflé in Armor is a real treat and what gorgeous photos. How fabulous that you could join us. Now, when is the next ferry leaving Anacortes again? ;-)
79 - Down south in San Francisco, beautiful Fatemeh of Gastronomie was absolutely eggstatic. So she got cooking and true to her Persian roots, she treated us to lovely Chelo Kabab. Fatemeh writes:"traditionally eaten at restaurants; as I've written before, Persians don't go to Persian restaurants to eat khoreshts -- we go for chelo kabab, that quintessential feast of mounds of fluffy rice, grilled or fried meats and big grilled tomatoes". Mmmm, like a Persian rice carbonara, without the bacon, runny yolk tossed and mixed in at the end and all. Bliss! If anyone knows of a great Persian restaurant in Seattle, do let me know. Otherwise I'm flying down to SF and showing up at Fatemeh's door
80- Jeanne (Cook Sister!) loves eggs. It is no secret. She loves them so that in what originally started as a joke between her and Anthony of Spiceblog, EoMEoTE (End of Month Egg on Toast Extravaganza) was created. Now its taking the world by storm. Err, I mean, the food blog world by storm, that is. Every month we cook some eggs with a side of toast (sometimes we cheat and skip the bread altogether but if you don't tell we won't either) and post our eggcellent efforts for everybody else to salivate with.
For this installment of IMBB Jeanne's contribution (rushed in Royal Mail-esque manner from England) couldn't come at a better time. A golden yolky brooch of sorts, her first ever attempt at quiche - with a very South African flavour! Biltong, Blue Cheese and Peppadew Quiche. Jeanne declared it a roaring success! And not sooner had she finished her quiche that she was planning her next attempt: butternut squash, feta and rosemary quiche? Mmmm, hungry already? Me too! Thank you Jeanne!
81- Finally, from downtown Seattle, yours truly made a tiny batch (one pint in fact) of Meyer Lemon Curd with the loveliest of eggs, purchased at one of the many Seattle area Farmers Markets. It was just enough to last me a few days in the fridge (this is not the sort of curd to jar and keep for months at a time in ones pantry but to keep in the fridge for a week or so, using it up ASAP). The color was gorgeous and it tasted like nothing else I've ever purchased at a shop. Worth the effort indeed.
***As a bonus to this eggciting event, we received a nice email from one of the Executive Chefs at the spectacular Keyah Grande Resort, H. Alexander Talbot (his wife, Aki Kamozawa, is the other). Chefs Alex and Aki have a blog called Ideas in Food. It is there where these young and accomplished chefs share their experiences, ideas and knowledge of food and its preparation in a very engaging and approachable way. And the photography is lovely too. Chef Talbot wrote: "Well, I am apparently lost in the west but thought you would enjoy our exploration with eggs. Here is the link, though I am not very savvy with technology so I hope it works. We actually have a multitude of discussions on eggs, but this is quick into the point. Perhaps next time I will be more timely." Well, we are just happy you dropped by to see us. :-)