Eggs Cocotte Florentine with Samphire

A prefect hearty Sunday brunch. We've given it a twist with the addition of salty samphire but feel free to use spinach if you can't find any.


Serves 2

100g samphire or 500g spinach
20g  butter
125ml crème fraiche
75g grated Parmesan
4 eggs
4 thick slices white or whole wheat bread
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Place the roasting tray in the oven and half fill with hot water. Bring a small pan of water to the boil and cook the samphire for 1 minute or wilt the spinach in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Drain off the water and leave in the colander.

Grease 4 ramekins with butter and divide the samphire or spinach between them.

Beat the crème fraiche to loosen and season with salt and pepper. Spoon into the ramekins, grind over some pepper and sprinkle over half the cheese.

Press lightly with the back of a spoon to create a ‘crater’ and carefully break in the eggs, ensuring the yolk stays intact. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese.

Place the ramekins in the roasting tray filled with hot water and cook 8-10 minutes for soft cooked or 20 minutes for hard cooked.

Toast the white or whole wheat bread until golden brown and cut into ‘soldiers’ (strips). Serve the eggs cocotte with the toast soldiers.


voor 2 personen

100g zeekraal of 500g spinazie
20g boter
125ml crème fraiche
75g geraspte parmezaan kaas
4 eieren
4 dikke sneden wit- of bruinbrood
zout en peper

Verwarm de oven voor op 180 °C. Zet de ovenschaal in de oven en giet deze voor de helft vol met heet water. Breng een pannetje water aan de kook en kook de  zeekraal voor 1 minuut of bak de spinazie in een beetje olijfolie met zout en peper tot geslonken. Giet het water af en laat de  uitlekken in een zeef.

Vet 4 ramekins in met boter. Schep de zeekraal of spinazie erin.

Klop de crème fraiche los en breng op smaak met een klein beetje zout. Schep de room in de ramekins, maal er wat peper over en bestrooi met de helft van de kaas.

Druk het zachtjes aan en breek de eitjes er bovenop, zorg dat de dooier heel blijft. Bestrooi met de rest van de kaas.

Zet de ramekins in de ovenschaal met heet water en bak au bain marie tot de eieren de gewenste gaarheid hebben , 8-10 minuten voor zachtgekookt, 20 minuten voor hardgekookt.

Plaats het wit- of bruinbrood in een broodrooster, toast ze goudbruin en snijd de toastjes in soldaatjes. Serveer de oeufs cocotte met de broodsoldaatjes.

Apple Pancakes

Serves 4

for the pancakes
¾ cup milk (about 200 ml)
1½ tablespoons vinegar
1 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil

caramelized apples
2 tablespoon butter
2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
⅓ cup maple syrup

Whisk together the milk and vinegar and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

While the milk is curdling (the milk will literally start to separate. Don't be alarmed, this is supposed to happen!), whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk egg and oil into milk. Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until combined (don't over-mix, it should still have some lumps).

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and grease with some sunflower oil. Pour large spoonfuls of the batter into the pan. Cook about 2 minutes until bubbles form and the edges start to look "dry". Use a spatula to flip the pancakes and cook another 1-2 minutes on the other side. Set the pancakes aside and repeat with remaining batter.

Using the same pan, add the butter, apples, brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes until apples are tender. Add the maple syrup. Serve the apples over the warm pancakes.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours

Potato Rosti with Poached Egg, Smoked Salmon and Hollandaise

This is our prefect recipe to make for that someone special in your life. We advise giving it a practice beforehand, so that you can execute all the elements perfectly.

Serves 2

Hollandaise Sauce
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon cold water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
a little salt and pepper
200 - 250 g butter, chopped

3 nicola potatoes
olive oil
30 g butter

2 eggs
splash of white wine vinegar
1 pack smoked salmon
small bunch fresh chives, finely chopped

Start by making the Hollandaise. Place the egg yolks in a Bain Marie pan or a small bowl. Beat well. Add the water, lemon juice and salt and beat together over hot water (au Bain Marie) until it thickens. Gradually beat in the butter, a couple small pieces at a time. Make sure to soften the butter slightly in your fingers before adding. Continue until all the butter is used and the mixture becomes thicker. If you feel the bowl is becoming too hot, remove from the heat for a short time to cool it down. It must be hot enough to cook the eggs and emulsify the butter, but not too hot so that the eggs scramble!

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Check the balance of flavour and add more lemon if desired. Keep warm over the hot water, but keep an eye on it. It might have to be stirred from time to time. If it gets too thick before serving, add a splash of cold water to thin it down.

Now for the rosti's. Peel the potatoes and coarsely grate them. Place the grated potatoes in a clean tea towel and squeeze out the liquid. Place the potato in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a small frying pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and place the grated potato in the pan, pressing it down. Fry on a medium heat until golden brown. When the edges of the rosti begin to colour, add half the butter around the edges of the pan. Carefully flip the rosti over and continue frying until the other side is golden. Repeat with the remaining potato and keep both rosti's warm in the oven (100° C).

Bring a small pot of water to the boil. Add a splash of white wine vinegar and turn the heat down, so that the water gently simmers. Break the eggs into 2 cups. Use a whisk to stir the water vigorously, forming a 'whirlwind'. Carefully add the eggs to the pot so that the yolks become enveloped in the egg white. Cook the eggs for 2- 2 1/2 minutes. The yolks should still be soft.

To serve, place a rosti on each serving plate. Drape the salmon on top of each rosti. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain on a tea towel. Sprinkle each egg with a touch of salt and pepper. Lay the eggs on the salmon, spoon over the Hollandaise sauce and finish with the chopped chives.

We, the Amsterdam Flavours chefs, hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you have any questions on how to prepare it or just want to send us your feedback, you can reach us here Contact Amsterdam Flavours