My romantic egg – Oeuf cocotte with salmon, asparagus and a cilantro-coconut pesto
Mon oeuf romantique – Oeuf cocotte au saumon et asperges, pesto de coriandre et noix de coco
Thanks so much for all your kinds words on my previous post, you guys are really wonderful, kind and generous of your time. I do appreciate it a lot.
I think this dish is perfect for a tête à tête dinner (according to the dictionary, tête à tête is also used in English) to share with someone you care. I have been alone for about two weeks now, due to business trips of TP so I decided to have a tête à tête dinner with myself and I was quite happy about it.
Well, I think no matter what, you need to treat yourself as often as you can (that’s my theory on life) and enjoy anything even if you are by yourself.
My dog and bird are keeping me company…so temporarily being alone has some good sides and bad sides. You tend to enjoy the whole bed, no daily laundry, no mess around but then when you find a half mouse dead in your patio with just the tale and legs, you have to figure out a way to clean it…I suspect the neighbors cats left it as a present.
After one hour of thinking how to remove it, I was embarrassed to ask my neighbor (the most adorable neighbors you can dream of) but I didn’t want to leave this mess in the patio and lacked courage to pick it up, so I had to tell them that Mr. Cat must have played too hard with a mouse again, so Gary cleaned it up for me. Thanks Gary!
We do use cilantro and coconut in French cuisine, even though it’s not really something you would use on a daily basis, and parsley is more frequently used than cilantro, those two ingredients are not unfamiliar to our cuisine. This fragrant pesto is delicious, the raw coconut adds a smooth finish to the dish. Oeuf cocotte is such a versatile dish and so much fun to eat. You can also use fava beans instead of the asparagus and white fish instead of the salmon, just play with it.
This combination is truly a harmonious blend of flavors, and a perfect little dish for a light diner en amoureux… or a diner for treating yourself!
Ingredients for 4
- 2 salmon fillet or 7 oz (or 200 g), diced
- 6 asparagus, cut in one inch pieces
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 3 tbs dry white wine
- 3 tbs crème fraîche
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper
For the cilantro-coconut pesto
- 1/2 bunch cilantro
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 0.70 oz (or 20 g) raw unsweetened coconut shredded
- 4 tbs olive oil
- salt and pepper
For the cilantro-coconut pesto
Mix all ingredients in a blender.
Heat olive oil in a pan, add shallots and brown them. Add asparagus, wine, salt and pepper. Cover and cook until asparagus are cooked but still crunchy. Add salmon and cook for a few minutes. Add 2 tbs of pesto and stir for 30 seconds. Add cream and let it reduce a little.
Divide teh mixture into ramequins. Break on egg on top, add salt and pepper. Cook in a pre-heated oven until the yolks are runny and the whites still a little transparent. Serve with extra pesto on the side.
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I agree–everyone should treat themselves sometimes. It certainly takes the edge off.
Now, that pesto sounds AMAZING. I can imagine it on all sorts of fish–maybe with hazelnut or macadamia. I need to learn more French cuisine.
Also–I would have done the same thing with the mouse. Two years ago, I returned to my apartment after being at home for the summer only to find that mice had taken up residence in my pantry. At 9am on a Saturday morning I frantically knocked on my landlord’s door yelling about a half-dead mouse and made him come get it. The biggest downside to being alone: no one to kill or pickup spiders, bugs or rodents.
Coconut pesto…now that surely got my attention…I may substitute the cilantro (not a fan) for another herb…and everything should be delicious. Gotta make this pronto!
A moment with yourself…I have those too…and I still light the candles and set the table as if my Hubby were there. I do cheat though…once and a while I’ll eat on my long chair I admit though…it is less lonely since I have my puppy keeping me great company. Silvia…I’m sure you are kept very busy with your little family too ;o)
I don’t wish to dwell on the part about mice…my tale is to say the least…one from a horrible moment in our beautiful home…and I do understand how unnerving it must have been for you.
Have a fabulous weekend and flavourful wishes,
this sounds wonderful, love the coconut pesto and salmon is about all we eat now with its healthy omega in it so trying to stay away from shellfish with who knows what will be in the future with all the gulf problems great recipe will try this soon,, hope your feeling better now~
I will be putting coconut in my pesto!
I’ve had to deal with lots of mice, Silvia, and it never gets easier! *shiver*
This dish looks lovely, perfect for a tête à tête, even if you’re having a single night in.
I would substitute parsley too; am not a cilantro lover. But the coconut pesto sounds wonderful.
Hope you’re all better!
Good philosophy! Life is too short to deny yourself little pleasures. The flavors do sounds completely wonderful. A great combination of rich ingredients with the light–almost flirtatious pesto!
The mouse incident gave me a good chuckle! I once stepped BAREFOOTED on such a gift from a cat. I will NEVER quite forget how that felt!
What a lovely recipe. Cilantro coconut pesto…salivating.
Just catching up on my commenting to with holidays over. So sorry you are not feeling well. i send you lots of positive energy. Take care of yourself, treat yourself, indeed let others deal with half mice (eww). Hugs my friend.
Wonderful recipe. Great job taking the time to present your food beautifully. As someone who takes pride in presentation I can appreciate how much thought and patience goes into it.
Love the combination of flavors on this dish, the asparagus, salmon, egg. Great use of coconut in the pesto.
Thank you for the sweet comment on my article. I appreciate you my friend!
Silvia, this is a very attractive meal! I am falling in love with it too. hehe…. Do mind to share? Yummm…. Thanks! Enjoy your day.
p/s your coconut pesto sounds amazing!
I don’t envy having to take care of that mouse! I am such a wimp when it comes to dead animals…one of the reasons that I’m a vegetarian is that I can’t even handle touching chicken breasts or beef. I agree that we all need to enjoy and appreciate life and good food, regardless if we are single.
This looks just great. Coconut pesto sounds delightful!
I also love your presentation. It would make a perfect summertime lunch for two on the deck.
Hi Silvia, Yet another lovely and absolutely delicious-looking dish! What a wonderful way to pamper yourself to a nice dinner. I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well but hope that you are on the mend. Taking a breather from blogging and cooking is good for the body & soul sometimes. Take care.
You know we have never tried using coconut with a pest…Maybe because I am the only lover of it:) Alone time can be a good thing just like treating yourself…This is such a beautiful dish…love all of the flavors here…Hope you are feeling much better:)
I didn’t know cilantro and coconut milk were used in French cuisine! Sweet! I’m all in for this dish. Beautiful in flavor and presentation.
The green of pesto and that egg make me want to dive in the food right now.
And yes we should treat ourselves once in a while. We deserve it!
What wonderful flavors and presentation. I am new to your blog, so I took some time to read your earlier postings. I’m so glad I did. I love your recipes and the welcoming tone of your blog. I’ll be back often. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings…Mary
Amen to treating yourself sometimes! Sometimes I feel like I really need a special meal to myself and this looks like something I would really love. I am imagining the warm egg is especially lovely… beautiful dish!
Oh, how beautiful this looks…truly romantic and yes…a tete-a-tete is awaiting your oeuf a cocotte!
Hey Silvia, I’ve never heard of a cilantro coconut pesto. That sounds so nice! I have to try that in some way. I always have coconut in my pantry.
By the way, my cat used to bring me live snakes as a gift. She was always so proud of herself, and my freaking out would only lead to her feeling seriously dejected. It’s weird, but it sounds like the neighbor’s cat loves you (smile)…
I want to eat that now. Dinner! :O ….it looks so scrumptious.
Hi Silvia, I like your pesto recipe, it sounds delicious. My neighbor had a big frog from the amazon which escaped into our garden and literally croaked right on the patio, I went to his house and asked him if he was missing his frog when he said yes he lost his frog I told him it’s location and to come on over and pick it up! Yuck! Sorry I just had to share this story with you, I hope you’re feeling better:-)
We need treats every so often ! Coconut & cilantro are among my favorite foods/herbs so will give this a try. I thin people forget that France have their tropical islands so coconut & cilantro do come into play. Bravo !!!
Cela semble être le plus merveilleux des voisins. Mais quel plat qui semble tellement bon.
I love this, especially for its versatility. I would, for example, definitely go for parsley instead of cilantro but that’s only because I’m a confirmed cilantrophobe. As for enjoying a tete-a-tete toute seule, I think that’s one of the most decadent ways sometimes!
This is the absolute perfect meal for one. I love it!! It’s fun sometimes to just do your own thing and hang out with your pets and think your thoughts.
I wouldn’t substitute anything here personally; I like it just the way it is. Asparagus is my favorite veggie and I always enjoy it with salmon. The egg is a nice bonus.
I know what you mean about those kitty presents–our cat leaves them for us fairly regularly. Thankfully, he usually does it when my husband is around!
eww, i wouldn’t want to touch that either! our cats would always want to come back into the house with lizards hanging from their lips, but maybe it’s a good thing they could never find a mouse.
the cocotte looks amazing!
Oh No! I’ve had a terrible mice experience in my very first apartment out of college! My roommate’s cat pounced on me as I was laying on my bed and dropped a dead mouse on my chest! Disgusting!!! I don’t blame you for being afraid…I was/am very afraid! Also, am very happy to hear that you are feeling. No doubt, this delicious/gorgeous recipe you have for salmon, eggs and incredible coconut pesto helped you feel back to your old self!
Half a mouse! I feel faint I would have covered it up and left it until my other half came back!
This is just lovely – and I adore the notion of dinner with yourself. Too bad that society makes such a big deal, and view it so negatively when people dine out by themselves *sigh*
Love the colour and the presentation!