Eggs en Cocotte with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions

Eggs en Cocotte | Fig + Honey

 

I’m super excited to be contributing regularly to Sugar & Charm and this is one of my first recipes! I love going out for brunch on the weekends but sometimes staying home enjoying food with your closest friends or family often feels a bit more indulgent. Eggs en Cocotte are so easy to make and perfect to serve for a weekend brunch.  Head on over to Sugar & Charm to see more pictures and get the recipe!

Eggs en Cocotte | Fig + Honey

Eggs en Cocotte | Fig + Honey

Beet Green & Mushroom Frittata

Beet Green and Mushroom Frittata | Fig & HoneyI had high hopes this summer. I had visions of growing pots of fresh green veggies and herbs that I could just reach out and pluck whenever I felt like. Unfortunately, our slightly shady, but lovely patio is not so great for growing very many edible things.

Like me, tomatoes and other tasty fruits and vegetables enjoy basking in the sun. So instead of a mini-garden with fruiting plants, I chose things like salad greens, basil and swiss chard. These I knew, are content with a sliver of sunshine for just a portion of the day.

However, while at the garden center dreaming about owning a farm, I spotted a lovely bunch of just sprouted beets. With visions of gorgeous purple beet salads, I threw caution to the wind and decided to take the chance and try them out.

Beet Green and Mushroom Frittata | Fig & Honey

All summer, I lovingly watered them and weeded them and waited and waited until I could harvest them. When the time came, I was so excited to see what was going on beneath the soil. To see if there was anything juicy at the bottom of the the lovely leafy greens. I could never be a farmer, the wait is unbearable at times.

I was disappointed. It turns out very little was going on beneath the soil. These gorgeous green leaves didn’t have what they needed to grow beets. I suppose I still have a lot of learn about gardening!
Beet Green and Mushroom Frittata | Fig & Honey
So what to do? Though I had grand plans of raw beet salads and roasted beets, I needed to rethink my strategy. Beet greens as it turns out are even more nutritious than the actual beets themselves and just happen to exceptionally tasty too. So what better to whip up than a quick frittata. Frittatas are the perfect solution as they take up barely any of your time and let you use up all the bits and bobs that are lying around the fridge. Add a few eggs and you’ve got a delicious lunch!
Beet Green and Mushroom Frittata | Fig & Honey

Beet Green & Mushroom Frittata

Serves 2

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3-4 cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 cups beet greens, roughly chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to the grill mode.

Heat a small oven safe frying pan (stainless steel or cast iron) on medium heat until hot. Add the olive oil and sliced onions and then saute until translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or so until fragrant. Next add in the mushrooms and beet greens.

Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a medium bowl. Add the milk and cheddar cheese and season lightly with salt and pepper. Whisk together until combined.

Once the beet greens are wilted, add in the egg mixture and give everything a quick stir.

Cook for about 3-5 minutes until the eggs have set on the bottom and only the top layer remains undercooked. At this point, carefully transfer the pan to a high shelf in the oven. Watching closely, let the eggs get puffy and brown on top. After about 2-3 minutes, once the top is evenly browned, remove the pan from the oven.

Garnish with some chopped beet greens and eat whilst hot!

Beet Green and Mushroom Frittata | Fig & Honey

Zucchini Fritters

I have determined my afternoons of Pinteresting do pay off once in awhile.  Seeing this recipe pinned over and over, I thought I must be missing out on something.  I guess its my personality.  I feel like I’m always missing out on the latest craze. Though whats popular is not always good.  Unfortunately, that reasoning doesn’t enter my mind when I’m in the moment.

Turned out that I was missing out.  These (semi) healthy fritters were gorgeously crunchy, nutty and just melt in your mouth.  Paired with smoked salmon for a bit of saltiness and a fried egg for creaminess, these made for a great light dinner.

Based on this recipe from smitten kitchen.  I made a few adjustments adding besan flour for a bit of nutty flavour and chopped onions (for the lack of spring onions).  They turned out amazing!