I think I read Marian Keyes' first book, Watermelon, about 13 years ago. The book was released in 1995, and I discovered it 9 years later.

I can't stop thinking about this photo she posted on Instagram last month. She just now translated this book - a book that was released 22 years ago - into Icelandic and released it last month.

It was a good reminder that fiction never goes out of style!

Foods I ate and loved - eggs en cocotte

I don't want to overstate this, but eggs are the most brilliant food ever discovered. Whoever was first like, "Hey, hen, lift up your bum. Yeah, that thing doesn't look fertilized - I'll go ahead and eat a would-be baby. YOLO," was a genius. My husband and I go through about 42 eggs/week on the reg. Seriously. We're all about our daily omelettes, frittatas, scrambleds, sunny side ups, etc etc.  

It may seem narrow, but I'd like to honor just one egg dish today, rather than singing the praises of the whole flock (if you will). Eggs en cocotte are just about my favorite thing, and it blows my mind that most people either don't know what they are or they seem to have forgotten. It's a travesty.

Eggs en cocotte are baked eggs in melted cheese and cream. That's it - they're so simple but such a luxury. They're traditionally baked in individual dishes like ramekins, but I've had them baked in an iron skillet on numerous occasions (see below). They can come with all sorts of accoutrements either baked into the dish or served on the side, ie asparagus, leeks, broccoli, spinach, crabmeat, bacon, tomatoes, etc. My personal favorite is with mushrooms baked into the dish, because I love a fungi and I don't care who knows. They are often served with toasted "soldiers," as the Brits say, for dipping purposes exclusively.

Eggs en cocotte in the foreground, my husband adding syrup to his waffles in the background

Eggs en cocotte in the foreground, my husband adding syrup to his waffles in the background

Delicious, right? It's outstanding - I think that every time I order and devour. This photo was from a few months ago, but I was trying to recall when this love affair began, and I found one of my first, grainy Instagrams.

The photo below is from 6 years ago, if you couldn't tell, because I'm pretty sure this was with the first iPhone. The cameras weren't that sharp - the blurriness was definitely not due to the fact that my hand was shaking due to an out of body experience during your run of the mill Sunday brunch. 

However, if the latter was a reason for the blurry photo, then I'll have to credit the eggs en cocotte. They're fully responsible.

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