No Bond has ever delivered that introduction with the droll, suave coolness of the unmatched Sean Connery – as noted in this classic clip:
Bond always enjoyed the finest in food, booze and (of course) women – but few realize that Bond’s creator Ian Fleming was actually a spy himself!
Showcasing just how lavish and precise his own gastronomic tastes were, Fleming once shared his own (and Bond’s!) personal recipe for scrambled eggs (which I now share with you, my most loyal Citizens)!
The Ancient Romans probably invented scrambled eggs as an art form, and they were also the first group to make omelettes. Later on, the 14th century Italian cookbook “Libro della cucina” references scrambled eggs: “There is so much known about fried, roasted, and scrambled eggs that it is not necessary to speak about them.”
There many variations of scrambled eggs, including:
- American style – in American style, the eggs are scooped in towards the middle of the pan as they set, giving larger curds.
- English style – in English style, the scrambled eggs are stirred very thoroughly during cooking to give a soft, fine texture.
- In the classic French cooking method, Escoffier describes using a double boiler as the heating source, which does not need adjustment as the direct heating method would. The eggs are directly placed in the cooker and mixed during the heating and not before. Cooking by this method prevents the eggs from browning while being cooked and gives aerated and creamy scrambled eggs. This method was used in the “old classical kitchen” and guarantees the eggs are always cooked perfectly; it is, however, more time-consuming than the modern skillet method, taking up to 40 minutes to ensure perfect quality.
- Buttered Eggs – a typically English dish, often mentioned in 19th and early 20th century literature; additional butter is melted and stirred into the egg mixture before cooking
I have dared to gild the lily by adding some optional salmon roe and osetra caviar to Flemming’s immortal recipe, but then again – I *AM* TFD! 😀
With or without the caviar, these regal eggs will make a superlative breakfast worthy of this most immortal of characters – and you!
Battle on – The Generalissimo
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