Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The French Egg

Oeufs Durs at Cafe FloreCafe Flore's Oeuf A La Coque, Watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"
Why is it only the French understand so well,
That a plain, simple egg can really be quite swell?

Cuisine Brute by Jerome Dumoulin and Nicolas Le Bec Nothings too good for the French egg.
Diners have been known to beg.
They'd rather eat a French egg than a chicken leg.

Decked out in caviar and truffles,
All that's missing are the white ruffles.

Many a book is proud
To have a French egg grace its cover.
I've heard Parisien crowds shout out loud,
GIVE US THE BOOK with the French egg on it's cover!

Cafe Flore's Boutique window Even the finest French cafes
Think nothing of having eggcups on display.
You may well find a French egg at the Musee D'Orsay!

Homage poster to oeuf a la coque Heavens, even Faberge
Created an array of golden eggs.

Caramel and chocolate eggs at Le BonBon
Sadly the American egg has been taken down a peg.
No such glories await the USA egg.
Oh why is it only the French, who understand so well,
That a plain, simple egg can be filled even with
© by Carol Gillott 2010


Martha said...

What a great post! Eggs are not lowly! They are perfection!

Janinne said...

I LOVE eggs too..in all forms
The perfect food.

William Ternay, Jr. said...

Ok Carol, this must stop.
Just before making my usual cereal & banana breakfast, I bop into PB & now, at the end of this comment, its' downstairs to make an omelet!
Once again; seduced by your blog.
Eggs, here I come.

Anonymous said...

I just love eggs and toast.

somepinkflowers said...


this posting came
just as i was
eating my omelet

go figure!


with the French egg
painted by U ♥
{{ although the book is nice, 2 }}

Merisi said...

An eggspiring post! :-)

May I whisper that I have had many a good egg even here in Wien? Egg cups everywhere in the cafes! ;-)

Celestial Charms said...

I love eggs too. There is not enough blogging about eggs, and especially egg cups. Thanks for this special treat.


Love this post but then I always love your posts!
There is nothing like a soft-boiled egg with toast soldiers!
BTW wonderful watercolor!

Jessie T. said...

Eggs really are perfect--for any meal of the day.

I've been lucky enough to get duck eggs from a neighbor for the past year. They are spectacular.

Thanks for the post!

Jessie T. said...

Eggs really are perfect--for any meal of the day.

I've been lucky enough to get duck eggs from a neighbor for the past year. They are spectacular.

Thanks for the post!

Janice Cartier said...

Beautiful washes on said gorgeous eggs!!!! Hm.. it's lunchtime and NOW I am craving an omelet....:)))

Foodwalker said...

And, well the French should be proud of their deliciously fresh, bright orange eggs.
The Spanish, too, elevate the egg. Not usually just a soft boiled one in cute cups.
But their Tortillas and various scrambles which are often served as a first course or a late supper plate.

Paula Wolfert has a fab recipe for eggs with truffles that I did when we were in France last year and the truffles were outrageously priced because of the draught.


Annie said...

Our family loves the soft boiled eggs and I have many egg cups.....some are French

Parisbreakfasts said...

Ah the Spanish tortilla!
Nobody does it better...
Except for the Italian frittata.
And we have home fries and sausage..

wmt III said...

I forgot to say how lush & loose
that beautiful little still-life is!
Love it. And it made me really hungry...
for eggs.
Which I'm now heading down to make.

Annie said...

I do like a good baked potato from time to time but that has nothing to do with eggs!

Nikon said...

I love the painting!
The whole post,is a delight as always!
(Love the sidebar art,too.)

red ticking said...

LOVE .. the painting... and i ADORE eggs... in an egg cup.. somehow they always taste better that way...
x pam

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I love Eggs. Anyway you fix them I love em. Love the painting and this post too. Think I will go hard boil some eggs. :)) Maybe have a soft boiled one in the morning. :)

La Petite Gallery said...

I will take that FRENCH EGG
with the caviar and truffles. Oh!!
that is Paris.. Love this post
You started the new year with a
great post,


Charmingdesigns said...

Hi Carol. I just wanted to let you know that I posted your blog on my blog...about Oregon macaroons.lol.

manon 21 said...

Si tu viens voir LE BEC il est dans ma ville.....
J'aime bien les œufs américain le matin au petit déjeuner car avec le décalage j'ai très faim.

bonne année2010 ma chère Carol



A Brush with Color said...

Incidentally, toots--did you sell that watercolor of the egg in the cup up top here? Inquiring minds want to know. I've always been partial to it, you know...

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

I know why the American egg gets such a poor reception: the eggs in supermarkets - even the ones called "free-range" "organic" "from ecstatically happy hens" - all suck! They are pale imitations, weeks old and thin and runny. I have just lost my personal egg connection, a workmate who raises chickens who truly roam free and eat bugs and grains and produce the most incredible eggs! You can poach them without resorting to ANY culinary tricks (like vinegar, poaching cups, swirling the water) and they come out perfectly every time! Alas, I will eat no decent eggs till he completes his move and has time to set up the new Palais des Poulets.

Olha Pryymak said...

absolutely fantastic eggs painting!