And what is bound to follow a passionate affair—in this case, one fueled by Lopez Heredia rosado—is The Morning After. Which is why in the pantheon of hostess gifts, my favorites involve something to eat the next morning after a dinner party when the last thing you want to think about is making breakfast. Our friend Katie once brought individual sweet potato bundt cakes with brown sugar icing as a hostess gift to be enjoyed with our coffee the next morning; my friend Carolynn a box of unbaked homemade chocolate chip cookies to pop in the oven the following afternoon. You see where I’m going with this…
Enter HJ & Bill. They have chickens!!! In the garden of a gorgeous house that backs up onto the golf course. Chickens that lay beautiful eggs with bright orange yolks. And so when they walked in the door on Friday night with half dozen of these oeufs I almost forgot about the Lopez Heredia.
And so the following morning, we lightly toasted thick slices from a rosemary boule from La Boulangerie, and then cut out a hole in the middle. (The top of a champagne flute works well.) In a skillet over medium-high heat, melt a pat of good butter, being careful not to let butter burn. Place your toast in skillet and crack an egg into the hole.
I cook only for a minute or so a side because I am all about the yolk, particularly when the eggs taste this good. And I like to slice up some tomato and sprinkle with salt. We grew up calling this Eggs in a Basket, but I’ve also heard it referred to as Toad in a Hole (which, when I was a kid in England, meant a sausage/Yorkshire pudding situation). Whatever you want to call it, it’s genius. And probably the most exciting hostess gift a girl with a hangover could dream of. Thank you, HJ & Bill! ¡Salud!