Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Radicchio & Egg Salad

Sure, sure, the whole “working” thing is fun and rewarding and all, but at the same time, I realized I haven’t set foot outside in two days now! Yikers. What's the point of living in such a glorious place if I never see the sun? Sigh. I really must remedy that soon. Maybe I'll take over where Miss Sarah left off and do reviews of all the local lunch spots. At least to get myself out of this room. Or not. We’ll see.

Anyway, last night, in a raging fit of hunger I prepared this salad, since it’s a true comfort food for me and I just plain needed to unwind. Taking all of 12 minutes to make, bursting with bitter-salty, rich and complex flavors it is a dream to make and a delight to eat. I serve it (to myself, never having felt it was quite company worthy) with some lightly toasted country bread, then mash everything up like mad and devour. Fan-flipping-tastic.

If you like strong flavors, this is really the way to go. Try it, and enjoy.

½ small head of radicchio
Small handful parsley, torn
2 eggs
2 anchovies
1 tablespoon strong French style mustard
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Bread crumbs (optional, I used large bits tossed in olive oil)

Bring a large pan of cold water to a boil. Using a pin, prick a hole in the large end of your egg. Gently lower the eggs into the water and simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat, fish out the eggs. Set aside.

Slice your radicchio into thin shreds. Toss in the parsley leaves, minus the stems.

In a small bowl, mash the anchovies. Add the mustard and oil and stir to combine. Salt and pepper to taste.

Crack the eggs and peel. Slice into quarters.

Toss the radicchio with some of the dressing, pile on a plate, add the eggs and drizzle over some more dressing (amount to taste). Top with bread crumbs and pepper to taste.

Serves one or two.



Happy Birthday to my C*!

Last Thusday, Krispy Kreme said it had terminated the license of Great Circle Family Foods LLC, which operates 28 Krispy Kreme locations in Southern California. Krispy Kreme said it took the action because the company had not paid required royalties and fees. But Great Circle officials announced Friday that the companies has reached an agreement that ends the donut hole-y war.The company says in a statement that shipments of ingredients to permit continuous operations will resume immediately. - AP

Radicchio was first grown commercially in this country in 1981 in California. It looks like red cabbage, but it’s actually a chicory family member.

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I love radicchio but would have never thought of serving it with eggs ... great idea!
Hi Rachael,
I tried your kumquat chutney yesterday and it was lovely!
Happy Birthday C!

Looks delicious. I'd have to give it a try without the anchovies...
Looks great. I've seen the instruction to pierce an egg with a pin without cooking it; can you enlighten me a little more about why to do it?
Oh dear, you've disappeared again. An entire week without you. What will I do?
Those eggs look really good. Nice picture..
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