Last week I was lying on the couch amongst tissues, chocolate wrappers and remotes battling the annual change-of-seasons-flu. I’d resisted some serious infomercial shopping temptations, perved on Dr Stork from The Doctors and I’d touched base with Bo and Marlena from Days.
I was on the verge of turning the tv off and catching some zzzz’s when a familiar face popped onto the screen. Why it was the gorgeous Justine Schofield from the first season of MasterChef. These days Justine is hosting her own show, Everyday Gourmet.
“Everyday Gourmet is a daily cooking show aimed squarely at the home cook. From the simplest of meals to more sophisticated recipes and techniques, Everyday Gourmet will inspire viewers to get more out of their kitchens”.
Justine must have known how I was feeling because she whipped up the perfect feeling-sorry-for-myself meal and I had to cook it immediately!
Ham and Cheese Soldiers with Soft-Boiled Eggs
120g ham, finely diced
120g Gruyere or cheddar, grated
1 pinch nutmeg
50g flour (plus extra for coating)
1 egg (beaten)
1 cup dried breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
rice bran oil, for frying
6 eggs, boiled for 3 minutes.
To make the béchamel, melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and stir well to form a roux.
Add the milk a little at a time and then bring to the boil, continually stirring until sauce thickens. Remove pan from heat and add the cheese and nutmeg. Mix well and allow to cool slightly before adding the ham.
Place a layer of cling wrap (or greaseproof paper) on a baking tray (approx. 30cmx 18cm). Spread the thick mixture into the tray (about 1.5cm thickness). Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours until the mixture is firm.
Take from the fridge and flip upside down to detach from tray onto a clean surface.
Cut the block into 6-7cm batons. Dip the batons into flour, then egg and coat all over with breadcrumbs.
Add oil to a frying pan and shallow fry for 30 seconds on each side until golden brown. NOTE: Please be careful when flipping the batons into the oil as splutters can really, really hurt!
Serve the crispy soldiers with the soft boil eggs and enjoy!
The soldiers were delicious and very gour-met!
Thanks to my trusty Tivo I can record every episode of Everyday Gourmet and continue to work my way through Justine’s fantastic recipes.
If you haven’t seen an episode yet then tune in weekdays at 3:30pm on Channel 10. Justine’s creations are bowl-licking good and really easy to follow. In the meantime, check out her recipes here.
What’s your favourite day-time tv show?