You’re the smartest thing I ever said
You’re breakfast in bed
You’re the fastest race I ever led
You’re the finest bride I’ll ever wed
You’re the skin I never wanna shed
You’re breakfast in bed
Excerpted from “Breakfast in Bed” by Train
How can I follow that? Well, I won’t even try. Luscious song, hypnotic beat, gorgeous, talented band. They inspired this lazy, easy breakfast. To be served to someone you love. That includes you. For a real treat, click on the link and listen while you dine.
Don’t be put off trying this if you can’t find the large mushrooms. Just get five brown mushrooms (or brown and shiitake), halve or quarter them and cook as described. When it is time to add the egg, just drain off the mushroom juices, dot over the condiments and garlic and then make a little ‘nest’ in the mushrooms; pop the egg on top. The egg white will amalgamate with the juices and oil in the pan, but it will still taste brilliant.
1 large Portabella/field mushroom – with sides intact and stem removed
½ clove garlic, minced
1 organic egg
cherry tomatoes on the vine – as much as you like
Potato scones & butter – to serve – optional
Rub a little olive oil onto the vine tomatoes and the bottom and sides of a baking dish. I used an enamel pie dish but anything to snugly cosset the mushroomy egg, and the tomatoes, will do fine.
Brush off the mushroom and, with a teaspoon, scoop out a suitable little hole to hold the egg yolk. But don’t put the egg in just yet. Pop the mushroom and tomatoes into a 200C/400F oven and bake for 10 minutes. When time is up take the dish and tilt it slightly to drain the mushroom juice into the rest of the dish where it will evaporate. Now rub a little mustard and ketchup over the surface of the mushroom, but not too much – about tsp of each; dot over the minced garlic and grind over a little pepper if you like. Break the egg into a bowl and with a large spoon (serving spoon size) scoop it up and place it gently onto the mushroom. Put the dish back into the oven for 8-12 minutes, depending on your oven and how you like your egg. Have a look at it around the eight-minute mark. You will probably find that the white is still translucent in places. Just cook it until this is just white, otherwise the yolk – because it has a higher fat content than the white – may cook too much. Mine was perfect at 10 minutes.
If you are having the potato scones, heat a small pinch of butter in a pan and, when foaming, turn the heat down a little and add in two potato scones. Cook until lightly browned on both sides. No ‘tattie’ scones (poor you!), well this is fabulous with wholegrain toast. Serve the egg-topped mushroom with a light scatter of flaky salt, buttery potato scones/toast and the fragrant tomatoes. How’s that for an easy all-in-one breakfast?
Big appetite? Cook off some organic bacon lardons and scatter these onto the cooking egg. Or flake over some smoked mackerel pieces as the egg cooks. Mmm