This recipe is a riff on Mollie Katzen’s Enchanted Broccoli Forest, or at least it owes some heritage to that inspired combination of broccoli, lemon, eggs and cheese – which you wouldn’t think would work but it so does.
I’m still picking lots of broccoli side shoots every day and using every broccoli recipe in the repertoire to get through them. Luckily broccoli is a super food and you can’t eat too much of it – huge amounts of calcium, folate, antioxidants (including one that’s good for protecting against macular degeneration), and cancer preventative phytochemicals.
I remember when I first started gardening being amazed how productive broccoli is. The supermarkets only ever sell the first big head, but that’s just a fraction of the harvest. The broccoli is the unopened flowers, and the plant is trying to get them open and fertilised by the bees, so it can set seed. Once the first head is cut, the plant has another go at flowering with side shoots. So long as I can keep cutting, they will keep trying. The buds get smaller and smaller, but you can keep them going for ages. The small buds are perfect for recipes like this.
Two big serves.
To do this weekday morning fast…
- Chop two cups of broccoli into flowerettes.
- Put a medium sized heavy frypan on to heat up with a little olive oil.
- Chop the white part of two spring onions and add to the pan.
- Stir for a minute, then add the broccoli, then most of the spring onion greens.
- Squeeze in
- the juice of quarter of a lemon
- a good grinding of black pepper.
- and add just a dessertspoon of water
- Put the lid on the pan and let the broccoli cook in its own steam for about 3 minutes, till it has just lost it’s crunch.
- Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, blend
- 3 eggs,
- 3 big dessertspoons of low fat cottage cheese,
- and just a dessertspoon of milk.
- Give the broccoli a stir, then pour the egg mix evenly over it. Turn the heat down low and put the lid back on. Cook for about 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, put some toast on to cook, turn the griller on to heat up, and grate a little sharp cheddar cheese.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the top and put the pan under the griller. Grill until the cheese is melted and golden.
(The Breakfast Cereal Challenge is my 2011 challenge – to the overpackaged, overpriced, mostly empty packets of junk food marketed as “cereal”. I’m going for a year’s worth of breakfast recipes, based on in-season ingredients, quick and easy enough to be a real option for weekdays, and preferable, in nutrition, ethics, andtaste. The Muesli Bar Challenge was my 2010 Challenge.)