This weekend we all stayed in a castle (or at least a tower and farmhouse), where we got to be princesses and knights and cook on a range and bathe in a roll top bath. We were part of a group of 8 adults, 3 toddler/preschoolers, 3 under 1 – all celebrating one of the grown ups significant birthdays.
We got home today with no inclination to go to the supermarket at all. So dinner, I felt, was an inspired healthy meal cobbled together from the meagre contents of our kitchen. And, it was themed: Eggy Crowns for my little princes.
I’m lucky enough to have an egg contact – a man I work with occasionally takes donations for rescue greyhounds in exchange for a half dozen eggs from the chickens he keeps. So we were egg rich, and I thought they deserved to feature in something other than a cake mixture.
- Cut squares of puff pastry, then cut a little wedge out of each square (makes them easier to fold and squish into a circular space). Place them in a big silicon muffin tray and cook them at 200c for 5 minutes.
- Wilt some spinach (I used frozen!), season with some nutmeg and pepper. I stirred in some little pieces of chopped red pepper & milk but cream would have been better.
- Place the spinach in the base of each crown, then break an egg into each. Top with some grated cheese and a round of red pepper.
- Bake for 20 minutes, until the egg is set.
Well, I thought I was a genius frankly, these looked fantastic – cute and colourful. I served them with some sweet potato mashed with goats cheese. I wish I could tell you they went down really well with the kids, but as you can see by the title of the post, they really didn’t. I’m hoping it was just a blip because I was really proud of these. The elder was insanely tired out from a thousand million indoor laps of the castle with his buddies (and more treats than he possibly should have had). The younger was bleary eyed and snuffly nosed and not in the mood for much at all. Myself and hubbie ate ours up, I cleaned up the remains of the sensibly-served-halved one from the table, floor and children’s hair. But score! There’s one left for an adult lunch tomorrow.
I’d love someone else to try this variant on baked eggs – do let me know how your kids like it.