I love eggs. It is one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen and I’ve enjoyed learning different ways of working with it. From a humble omelette to a sumptuous souffle, the options of what you can make with eggs are infinite. For those of us who are not vegan, eggs are an excellent wellspring of nutrition in a single source- eggs provide proteins, antioxidants, fatty acids, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals.
Omelettes are great on weekends, like this Scallion and Mushroom Turmeric Omelette we love. On weekdays the classic hard boiled egg is my go to for either topping a salad for lunch or an express breakfast on busier days.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be to boil an egg.” I 100% agree with that statement. Here I share with you what I consider the best way to make hard-boiled eggs. It will be one the simplest and most satisfying dishes you make. And since here at Basil and Roses we love flowers so much, we present our eggs shaped like one! It’s just beautiful and we think it will put a smile on your face.
The key to perfect hard-boiled eggs is to NOT boil them. You read correctly.
Place eggs in water in a pot and cover with lid.
Make sure eggs are covered with at least 1 inch of water.
Bring water to boil.
As soon as water starts boiling, turn off the stove.
For a softer yolk, let sit for approximately 5 minutes.
Then run under cold water, peel and enjoy.
For the perfectly firm yolk, let sit for 10 minutes before running under cold water and peeling.
Sprinkle with sea salt (or regular salt) and fresh black pepper.
To present like the beautiful flower above-
Cut 2 eggs in half, then cut the half into a quarter and arrange like a flower on the plate.
Plato said “Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” This presentation and the incredible miracle that is the egg are two great examples of that notion.
Something salty compliments eggs well. Feta cheese is a great choice.
Here I served the eggs with a typical Persian breakfast of Feta, Tomato, herbs and pita (noon o paneer o sabzi!)
I think avocado is the most magnificent fruits in the world! It is rich, creamy, earthy, nutty, and savory. Avocados also have great health benefits. The list is long but to name a few they are high in potassium, good fats and they are one of the few high protein fruits. I love it’s creamy texture and use it as a substitute for butter or oils often. And of course, nowhere is the beautiful avocado highlighted more than in a classic guacamole! I don’t use garlic or tomato’s in my recipe, but feel free to add them if it makes you happy…
P.S. This recipe also works really well for avocado toast. It’s excellent on toasted sourdough bread with a couple of slices of tomato and a pinch of sea salt. Yum!
1 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 of one jalapeno, chopped (remove veins/seeds for less heat)
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
3 tablespoons lime juice (adjust to taste)
Salt + Pepper
Cut avocado into cubes, slightly mash it in a bowl. I like to leave it a bit chunky.
Add chopped cilantro, jalapeno, onion, lime juice, salt + pepper and mix.
Adjust salt and pepper levels to taste.
There’s something so fulfilling about roasted chicken and this sense of satisfaction is universal. The warm aromas that fill the kitchen while it cooks are comforting and feel like home. I love the different ways you can roast chicken with endless herbs and veggies- somehow lemon and rosemary end up on the rotation more often than others. There is something magical about how this combination marries with garlic and olive oil. You can develop deep flavors in this simple recipe. The cannellini beans are creamy and filling and beautifully absorb the rosemary, garlic + lemon. The kitchen will smell divine too.
Once the salad is made, serve with chicken and a nice glass of white wine. If you’re inspired by the rustic Tuscan flavors, try a nice Vermentino. Tuscany is known mainly for it’s red wines but there are lovely whites as well from the coastal regions of Tuscany known as “La Costa Toscana!” Just the name is divine! (forgive me, I’m taking Italian lessons and I’m in love with the language). According to Zester Daily, “Vermentino should have an appealing sapidità, a difficult word to translate into English — “sapidity”. Essentially it should leave you wanting another taste, or indeed another glass.” No arm twisting required here…
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Cannellini Beans
8-10 chicken thighs
4 Rosemary sprigs
2 15.5 oz cans of cannellini beans
4 large or 5 small cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
1 cup white wine or water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to desired heat)
salt + pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
Wash chicken thighs and pat dry, place in roasting pan
Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon on the chicken
Spread cannellini beans around chicken thighs in pan
Add chopped garlic over beans
Add rosemary sprigs spread across pan
Pour white wine into pan (if you don’t have wine, you can use water)
Squeeze the juice of another 1/2 lemon all over beans
Slice remaining lemon and place wedges in between beans + chicken
Rub top of chicken thighs with olive oil (for crispy goodness) and pour the rest over beans
Season with red chili flakes, salt + pepper
Bake at 375 degrees for approximate 45 min – 1 hour depending on size of chicken thighs
Roasted Squash-Arugula Salad
3-4 cups arugula (or other green of your choice)
1 avocado, cubed
3 medium Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons fresh chive, chopped
juice of 1-2 lemons
3-4 tablespoons good olive oil
3-4 green squash, chopped
2 small or 1 medium white onion, chopped
salt + pepper to taste
Saute white onions in vegetable oil until translucent.
Saute squash until soft.
Season with salt + pepper, set aside.
Assemble salad ingredients in a bowl adding arugula, chopped tomato, chopped red onion, chopped chives (optional).
Cube 1 avocado and add to salad.
Squeeze lemon juice immediately on avocado so it doesn’t oxidize and turn black.
Add good olive oil and a bit more lemon juice directly on top of salad along with salt + pepper and fold gently to mix ingredients.
Add sauteed squash on top of salad.
Serve with the chicken and buon appetito!
Andrea Bocelli, Melodramma (Vivere Live in Tuscany)