Hello from quarantine!
I’ve got to say, I was so incredibly touched by all of your kind responses to Monday’s post. I was an hour late posting it, because honestly, I was scared to post such a vulnerable piece of my heart. And I was just overwhelmed with your support and compassion, so thank you 🙂
LAST WEEK’S recipe was a hit with you guys! My Skyline Chili Dip is a crowd pleaser to say the least, so I hope you enjoyed that recipe…
— and the video I made to go with it!
Tonight’s recipe is another one I am personally excited about!
It’s quarantine. We’re working from home. Eating a delicious breakfast is something that should be mandatory in these trying times, am I right?
Well — my Eggs Quarantine (AKA Eggs Florentine) will surely brighten up your morning.
OR, it makes for a delicious dinner too, which is precisely how I enjoyed it!
A beautifully golden brown cauliflower “steak,” topped with a bed of sautéed spinach, and a perfectly messy, runny egg!
A gorgeous meal fit for a quaran-queen!
Haha, I am all over the puns tonight! (Somebody’s been cooped up too long!)
And it’s gluten free, grain free, paleo and Specific Carb Diet Friendly!
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 2)
Cauliflower, cut into 1/2 inch “steaks”
2 eggs, poached, or over easy
2 1/2 cups spinach
2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
salt and pepper
optional: 2 Tbsp white wine
Nonstick Frying Pan with a lid
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
Sauce Pan (if poaching eggs)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut your cauliflower into 1/2 inch “steaks.” Cut from the top to the bottom, making sure to keep the stem intact, so as to keep all the florets attaches, making a steak. Each head of cauliflower will make 3 steaks.
Place your cauliflower steaks on a tinfoil-lined, olive oil-sprayed baking sheet. Spritz with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and tender.
Meanwhile, satuè your onion and garlic in 1-2 Tbsp EVOO for 3 minutes, over medium-high heat. Once it onion is soft and translucent, stir in 2 tsp dijon mustard. Then, add in your spinach. Add 2 Tbsp water or white wine, and cover the pan, allowing the spinach to wilt. Once wilted, stir to incorporate, and set aside, covered, until it is time to serve.
Finally, cook your eggs. I prefer my eggs over easy, but poached is the traditional method for eggs florentine. [To poach: Fill a small saucepan with 3 inches of water. Add 1 tablespoon salt and the lemon juice. Bring the water to a simmer over medium heat. Crack an egg in a small bowl, taking care not to break the yolk. Slowly slide the egg into the water. Using a wooden spoon, carefully stir the water around the egg. Cook for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until the white has set and the yolk is still soft. Using a slotted spoon, remove the egg from the water and drain on paper towels.]
Or, to fry the egg, heat 1 Tbsp EVOO in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Crack an egg in a small bowl, taking care not to break the yolk. Slowly slide the egg into the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook uncovered for 2 minutes, until a thin, translucent film starts to form over the yolk. Then, cover the pan for 1 minute, until the film covers the entire yolk. The whites should be firm, and the yolk runny.
To serve, place your cauliflower steak on your plate as the base. Top with half of the sautéed spinach.
And top the spinach with your egg. Garnish with minced parsley, if desired
Oh my goodness gracious, friends. What a delicious DELICIOUS treat! There’s something so decadent about a running egg yolk. It’s honestly like liquid gold, blessing everything it smoothers 🙂
This combination of flavors — the spinach, with the garlic, and the golden brown-caramelized cauliflower and the rich egg — it is a symphony of flavors that just hits the spot!
I especially appreciated the slight little *zing* from the dijon mustard chiming in. It was a delight.
Now, I know cauliflower is a bit of a head–scratcher in this recipe. It is obviously replacing toast. But let me just make a case for this humble vegetable here.
Something magical happens in the oven when you roast cauliflower. Most people have only had it boiled or steamed, and that is just BLAH CITY. No thank you.
But when you roast it in the oven, it soaks up the rich olive oil, and the natural sugars in the cauliflower caramelize, and so you’re left with this chewy deliciousness that has a nutty flavor! Very reminiscent of the best gourmet french fry you’ve ever had.
It is so incredible, give it a try!
And on that note – the textures in this dish were outrageous. The chewy — and in parts, crispy — cauliflower, paired with the slurpy spinach and the gooey yolk, smothering it all — it is fantiggitytastic.
Not to mention – it’s a visually stunning dish to boot.
Make this for yourself. For a loved one. It will be sure to brighten up the doledrums of quarantine.
Hang in there friends! Stay healthy, stay safe, stay positive!
And I’ll talk to you tomorrow!
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80 responses to “Eggs Florentine (In Quarantine)”
Looks delicious. 😁I haven’t got round to it yet but I do intend to try out the chilli dip too. You seem to be turning the corner in New York. Keep up the good work.
thank you so much! oh gosh – get that chili dip going! it will legitimately change your life!!! hahah yes! NYC seems to be on the up and up! praise God! thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Take care of yourself.😀
Thanks Carolyn. Bet you are glad your dad made you get your little emergency kit now.
Oh yes! He is a smart man!!
Now I have seen
hahaha thank you 🙂 i had to do it — it rhymed, so it was a necessity. Hugs and love xox
🙂🙂Hahaha. YOU are very graciously welcome. I am glad YOU did it. Hugs and love to YOU!!!🙂🙂
Think Dr. Seuss: a la Green Eggs and Ham
Can I eat this with a fork
While overlooking New York?
And have some coffee
In a cafe by the sea?
Maybe in Houston’s Astro-dome
Or the comforts of your home?
hahaha oh my gosh this is amazing!!! thank you for brightening my day!!Hugs and love xox
Xoxoxo back to you 🙂
Oh yes, and
Eat it with some kale
Before the greens go stale
This dish looks so delish, Caralyn! I had three eggs over easy and toast this morning. Love the Frito Scrunchy Face photo too. 😊
Thank you so much John! oh my gosh what a great breakfast! a classic! Hugs and love xox
Looks delicious! Thank you for sharing. Remain encouraged in NY my sister in Christ.
thank you os much!! yes! i think NYC is begginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel! i hope!! stay well! Hugs and love xox
Good job and such a humor filled meal too! Delicious, nutritious, funny and sunny while over so easy. Love it and I want it in the morning I’ll check now to see I think I have all of the goods to make it happen, just did two huge shopping’s! Thank you, this is yummy idea for my breakfast in the morning! Bone Appetite!
Thank you Lawrence! Hugs and love xox
Always Dear Caralyn! And I’m going check it all out right now for the morning; because I’m getting excited about such a really cool change-up breakfast in the morning! Delicious and nutritious!
Hugs and Love back to ya! 😉 👍
Thank you so much! It really was!!! Hope you’re having a great day! Hugs and love xox
Blessings and peace! 🙂
Wow! I’m amazed at how you could have this perfect piece of cautiflower cut without ruining it! I guess i have never had a perfectly cut piece bcs i mess up with the knife and then I either ruin the heads or the stem lol, never had cautiflower this way like in my country we either half boil it then dip the heads in batted eggs with salt and pepper and fry them or we boil them like 70% then add a potato puree, a small onion and a red sweet pepper chopped into thin pieces i guess we add one egg and the spices ofc and you make them into patties and then on to the frying pan, this latter one is my most favourite! Sorry this was long and I miss reading your posts (i have a lot of homework tonight lol) !! Have a great day sister 🌹🙈
haha aw thank you! seriously, it all comes down to a good knife! i think every cook should have a sharp, chef’s knife! here’s the one I use: https://amzn.to/2RIKXfI It’s an investment, but it truly elevates your cooking experience! Oh wow that way to prepare the cauliflower sounds absolutely delicious!!! stay well my friend! thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
I think someone needs to get their own show…lol 😘🤗
Hahah you’re too kind! Thank you!! Fun fact – when I first moved to nyc, I auditioned for Next Food Network Star 😂😂😂😂😂🤦🏻♀️ I cant believe I just admitted that! Hahahaha
You’re welcome!!! Well, it’s their loss! Lol
Again stop it! You’re playing around with my taste buds again. 🙂 Waxing poetic with the title aren’t we?
hahahah you’re too funny!! yes — i felt a little Dr. Seussish 😉
It looks delicious🤗🤗🤗
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thank you so much Kera! ohhhh gosh it was!! Hugs and love xox
thank you so much! oh my gosh it was!!! Hugs and love xox
xoxo too 🙂
thank you so much! oh my gosh it was 🙂 stay well! Hugs and love xox
You, too! Hugs and love ❤️
The eggs look good, Caralyn! 🙂
hahha thank you 🙂 they were wonderful! Hugs and love xox
Happy you seem to be feeling a bit better. 🙂
Thank you so much Marica! yes! i am definitely in high spirits 🙂 stay well my friend! Hugs and love xox
OH if only I could eat veggies! But your food looks so good! Hugs
hahaha thank you friend – i promise, the veggies were nearly undetectable!!! hahah stay well! Hugs and love xox
That’s a keeper. So glad I have fresh eggs!
thank you so much Sue Ann! yes! it is the little blessings that are big time these days! stay well and happy cooking! Hugs and love xox
cauliflower is a magical food; I’ve had cauliflower tacos that were outstanding!
it really is so magical Jim! ooh those sound fantastic! stay well! Hugs and love xox
Well, it looks amazing. Maybe I’ll give it a try. I like how you explained the cauliflower in the oven. You’re right. And I love spinach. I am an eggs person. Lovely.
Hi Derek! thank you so much! oh gosh, it was particularly delicious! I hope you do! not to mention a fun activity with a sweet payoff 😉 stay well! Hugs and love xox
Thanks Caralyn! You somehow manage to have a positive attitude.
Oh no – I didn’t realise I was hungry and it’s quite late, but that looks ideal – but pretty sure I haven’t got any eggs! Just off to the kitchen to check …
Thank you so much Nicholas! hahahah you’re too funny! I hope you’ve got a dozen! stay well! Hugs and love xox
This looks sooo bomb. Too bad I’m vegan though. I’ll have to find something to replace that egg and hope it tastes half as amazing as this 🤔.
Thank you Tausha! Just omit the egg! Or substitute a dollop of hummus!! Oh my gosh yum that actually sounds super delicious right now!! Hahah I am 98% plant based, but will occasionally add in eggs. Thanks for stopping by!! Hugs and love xox
Mmmm hummus, great idea! Can’t wait to give it a try! Keep the yummy recipes coming!
thanks so much!!! xox
What a beautiful recipe, Besuty!!
I am TOTALLY making this for Batman!!
Thank you so much for sharing!!
Take care of yourself!! God bless!
thank you so much Peach! nice!! i hope you and Batman enjoy it!! 🙂 happy cooking! Hugs and love xox
I love eggs. I had egg salad for lunch today. 🙂
Oh yum!! Me too! They’re a great source of protein!! Hugs and love xox
Sounds like yum! I’ll it soon!
Thank you so much! Oh my gosh it wasssss so yummy!! Stay well and happy weekend! Hugs and love xox
Omg that looks amazing!
Haha thank you Rosie! Hugs and love xox
We made the Skyline Chili Dip the other night! Giving it a big thumbs up.
Omg! This just looks so beautiful…definitely giving it a try
thank you so much Nikky! i hope you love it! Hugs and love xox