6.4.13

Fennel, Asparagus, Pecorino, Bacon & Egg



Hello everyone, I am sorry for being absent from the blogosphere for the past week, for one reason or another I've been kept away from my iPad and any blogging opportunities.

Today's recipe is for a one plate salad. A few delicious components, properly cooked and put simply together. It's another recipe where the quality of the ingredients is paramount.

Ingredients
Asparagus, in season at the moment, and wonderfully delicious.
Fennel, not used nearly enough in our cooking at home.
Streaky bacon, for satisfyingly smokey, salty, flavour enhancement.
Pecorino cheese, one of my favourite Italian cheeses, I far prefer it to Parmesan.
Eggs, gives the dish a wonderful creaminess.
Salt
Black pepper
Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil





Start off by preparing your bacon. Cut off all the fat and slice into thin, inch long strips. Place to one side for cooking later on.

Cut the fennel in half top to bottom, then slowly cook in a little olive oil over a medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally until the fennel is soft and golden.


When the fennel comes towards the end of its cooking time, steam the asparagus for no more than three minutes. If you don't have a steamer, just put it in a covered saucepan with about an inch of boiling water for the same time.

Fry your bacon in very hot olive oil until it becomes crispy, then put out on kitchen paper to drain. Poach an egg for each serving.

Everything should finish cooking at similar times. Fennel is quite forgiving in this sense, so if things take a little longer than planned it won't overcook, and you can keep it on the heat to keep it warm.

To serve, place a piece of fennel on a plate, with asparagus around it. Scatter on the crispy bacon and some crumbled pecorino. Place a poached egg on the plate and drizzle some extra virgin and black pepper. Serve immediately while still hot.








Enjoy!

Hope everyone had a brilliant Grand National day, and a lovely weekend.
Hamilton

20 comments:

  1. I´m sure this tastes perfect although the ingredients sounds simple.

    The photos give a really good imagination :)

    Thanks for the recipe!

    xx Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  2. What method do you use to poach your eggs? They look perfect! I drop mine straight in swirling water, but it's so frustrating when they don't work, looks like you've done someone different though? Xo

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    1. Oh Genevieve. Oh genevieve... I am a fraud. I am. It's true.

      Life is too short to be Faffing about with the swirling water method, i'll leave that to the professionals.

      I use the infamous cellophane method. Basically, put a piece of cellophane over a mug and push it into the mug a little with lots hanging over the side. Add in a little white vinegar and olive oil and crack the egg in. Twist the cellophane at the top and boil for about 3-4 minutes = perfectly formed, beautiful, poached eggs.

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  3. That looks really fresh and tasty Hamilton, thanks.
    Diana

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  4. Sounds like a perfect brunch dish, the photos look fantastic.

    Lx

    www.whatlisawrote.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It would be perfect for brunch! Thanks Lisa :)

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  5. Mouthwateringly gorgeous! And I applaud you for your perfectly poached eggs!

    April

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    1. Haha, thank you thank you. But do check out my cheat method in the comments above!

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  6. This looks like a work of art! Beautifully post modern! But seriously, sounds delicious. I have made a resolution to start eating more fennel too and this sounds like a winner. It looks as if I might be stealing (cough, cough), I mean borrowing one of your recipes again!

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    1. Haha, Rachel too kind too kind! There is no one I would want to steal my recipes more :) xxx

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  7. Delicious! Poached eggs are one of my favourite things in the World!. Have a lovely week Dear.

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    1. Thank you Sara, you have a lovely week too.

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  8. This looks incredible!!! All the food is so beautifully placed too, just like restaurant service!

    http://thiswomansstyle.com/

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    1. Aw Rebecca, that's so kind of you to say :) xxx

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  9. I mean, seriously! This looks restaurant quality. I shall try to recreate it, but I'm sure it won't look anywhere as awesome as this. Excellent job x

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    1. Such a kind comment!
      I'm sure yours will look just as wonderful! :) xxx

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