“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” ~ Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright
I would add to the above “…and cooking!” I find that pulling out a good recipe and getting busy in the kitchen is not only one of the nicest things about life, it is good medicine for me when I am feeling things are not so nice. I call it “kitchen therapy.” Sometimes, I just want to get a pot of a family favorite soup started to bubble on the stove, a comfort food. At other times, I look for something new and different to have fun cooking. Last week after I brought Joe home from the hospital and got a little sleep, one of the first things I needed to do was get breakfast ready. While I was reading an email newsletter, I saw a link for these amazing tea stained and flavored eggs which have an ancient Chinese origin.
Joe loves boiled eggs. I had all the ingredients and I had plenty of time for them to cook, so I put a large pan of eggs on the stove, covered them water, brought all to a boil, turned off the heat and covered the pan for 12 minutes (perfect way to hardboil eggs!) and gathered the few things needed to make the marbling “stuff.” The results speak for themselves. It was a fancy breakfast, helped us laugh alot while we were peeling them, and I have a new Keepers recipe. Serve them when you make a Chinese dinner, or use them for making deviled eggs. They are pretty enough to grace a party table, and so much fun that my 9 year old granddaughter took the recipe home to make them herself.
Tea Infused Marbled Eggs
4 teaspoons black tea leaves ( I used Earl Grey)
8 teaspoons green tea leaves
2 whole star anise (I omitted because I didn’t have these)
1 stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon sea salt
4 tbsp soy sauce
3 cups of water
Hard boil the eggs and set them aside (do not peel them).
Combine all the other ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a full boil.
Gently tap each egg with the back of a metal spoon until they are cracked all over. The more cracks, the more marbled the eggs will be, but be careful to leave the cracked shell on. Put the cracked eggs into the pan with the tea mix and simmer for about 30 minutes. Some recipes say cook them longer, but we like them just fine after 30 minutes. Drain and peel. You may serve them hot or cold.
You can eat them with a small dipping bowl of soy sauce, or make a flavored mayonnaise by adding to 1/2 cup mayonnaise a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and a teaspoon of the liquid you used to infuse the eggs.