Eggs, butter, cheese, cream… How could it be anything else but delicious? And delicious it was! Yinzerella over at Dinner is Served 1972 was celebrating Liberace’s birthday all week, and I decided to join her from across the Atlantic. Does Liberace deserve a spot beside all the greatest stars of Hollywood’s golden era? I say yes, purely and simply because of his performance in The Loved One (1965) – possibly the weirdest movie I have ever seen.
I am exceedingly jealous that Yinzerella has a copy of the original Liberace cookbook. I am waiting for a windfall – the cheapest one on abebooks at the moment is going for £86 not including postage from the USA.
It amuses me greatly that if you put – liberace kaftans – into google and look at the images, the very top one is Yinzerella and her mum, and a bit further down, there is me on my way to see Behind the Candelabra. Next next row down there is a snap of me drinking a Liberace cocktail at Heather’s house. The internet is a weird, weird place…
Today is the first day of my HOLIDAY. I can’t remember the last time I had a proper lengthy holiday. It’s been a decade of mini-breaks, so to have a whole week off seems completely decadent. Mersea Island here I come.
But if you are a burglar reading this, don’t even think about breaking into my flat because
a) it’s in such a mess you’ll think someone has already broken in.
b) there is nothing to pinch.
c) I have left a big dog with sharp teeth (Ringo) protecting the place.
So Yinzerella is right about Liberace’s eggs. This is a perfect “single girl special” – I always, always love to have eggs on a spinster Saturday and still love seeing those magic words beside a recipe: “serves 1”. So instead of concentrating on packing for my holiday I treated myself to this.
Liberace Special 15-Minute Eggs (serves 1)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup half-and-half or light cream
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
Warm a baking dish about 2 1/2 to 3 inches across. Put in a little butter. Then break in the eggs. Pour over the half-and-half or cream, which should almost cover the eggs. Dot with remaining butter, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and cheese. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7 or 8 minutes until the whites are set.
I wholeheartedly agree with Yinzerella’s findings about oven temperature and cooking time. I whacked the oven up to 200 C / 400 F and I reckon mine were in the oven for 15-16 minutes before they were set. Actually the yolk was fully cooked, like a hard-boiled egg would be, so maybe I over cooked, but I hate runny egg white so I wanted to be sure.
It was delicious and now I am ready to pack. I’ll be taking a few outfits along these lines…