French Romantic composer Louis-Hector Berlioz (1803-1860) was also a lover of fine food.
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Claude and I made this tonight for supper, after he heard on Abu Dhabi Classic Radio, the story of composer Louis-Hector Berlioz liking this concoction. Berlioz’s chef made it with Duchene mashed potatoes, and we made it with mashed cauliflower.
Berlioz cast himself as a musical revolutionary. He was what was then called a Romantic idealist in a time when artists in other areas, such as painter Claude Monet , challenged the Parisian arts establishment with new innovations.
Successful in his work, Berlioz blazed new artistic trails in the face of the cultural establishment. He was a Romantic, indeed.
An appropriate tribute to this great composer, Oeufs Berlioz is both a simple and elegant recipe that uses classic techniques.
I found several descriptions of this dish. Almost all of them call for duck eggs, duchesse potatoes and a mushroom or truffle sauce.
Here’s how we made it:
Ingredients - Serves 2
2 eggs (chicken) per person
Get your cauliflower boiling
Preheat your oven to 220C
• 1/2 medium head of cauliflower, cut into pieces and boiled until soft, then mashed with butter and cream.
• Add a good chunk of butter to your taste, and plenty of pepper and salt.
Start working on the mushroom sauce,
then when the cauliflower is ready...
• Make 2 nice cones on a baking sheet and put into the oven for 20-25 minutes until they have browned crispy edges
• 200 gm mushrooms, button, or similar, chopped - I used some large brown buttons from Ireland - yummy
• 2 shallots, finely chopped
• 100 ml beef stock
• 50 ml red or Madeira wine
• 2/3 cup cream
• 2 sprigs of thyme
To Make the Mushroom Sauce:
• put chopped shallots in olive oil, cook until soft
• add chopped mushrooms and thyme sprigs
• allow them to take some color before pouring in the beef stock
• cook it down and then add the wine.
• cook it down til a thimbleful remains
• add cream and heat through, then keep on the lowest heat possible.
Poach your eggs in water with 1 t vinegar, 4-5 minutes for soft, or soft boil the eggs.
Plate it up. Arrange the sauce on the plate, and the rest around.
On his way outta Dodge - Santa couldn’t resist the warmly spiced, buttery, scent of crumb-topped coffee cake fresh out of the oven.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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