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…

 

 

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