I realize that not everyone has calendula growing in their garden. Perhaps you don’t have a garden or you live somewhere that is only just getting started with spring flowers? Don’t worry, this dish doesn’t really need the calendula.
However, serving eggs with a sprinkling of orange and yellow flower petals adds a burst of sunshine and summer to an otherwise simple dish.
The only trick to serving edible flowers is that they are not typically sold in grocery stores. And when you do find them at the farmers’ market they are expensive! So if you aren’t growing flowers, simply don’t add them to this dish.
Meanwhile… why not consider growing calendula? It’s particularly easy to grow, even if you don’t have a garden.
- They can grow in a window box or clay pot. Just pinch off the tips to prevent them from getting too tall and lanky.
- Calendula is not really picky and will grow in most soils. It can also grow in a partly shady location.
- They bloom starting in late spring and continue until October (on the west coast).
- You only need to plant them once, because they will either self-seed or resprout from their roots.
- The flowers have a slightly lemony or peppery flavour. And the bright colours are perfect for adding a bit of sunshine to pretty much everything from salads to muffins.
Calendula baked eggs
This dish is really simple, delicious and nutritious. It involves making a rich vegetable stew, reminiscent of shakshuka, then poaching eggs in the bubbling hot stew.
Whether you serve calendula baked eggs for brunch or dinner, it’s an easy way to cook a lot of eggs all at once. I’ve written the recipe to serve 2 people, so feel free to scale up as needed.
- 1 bunch of spring greens like kale, spinach or Swiss chard
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/4 tsp of cumin
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt, to taste
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika (affiliate link)
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 cup of calendula petals, optional but recommended!
- 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese
- Start by preparing the vegetables. Wash and chop the spring greens, dice the onions and garlic and chop the tomatoes.
- Heat a large, ovenproof frying pan (affiliate link) on medium heat. Add the cumin and toast until fragrant (about 2 minutes).
- Add the olive oil and yellow onion. Cook for 2 minutes, until the onions are starting to soften.
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes and garlic. Sprinkle on the salt and smoked paprika. Cook for 5 more minutes.
- Add the greens to the frying pan and cover with a lid until everything is bubbling and the greens are tender, about 5 minutes. There will be quite of bit of liquid in the pan, perfect for poaching. Taste and add more salt as necessary. I find it needs a pinch more than a 1/4 tsp.
- Push the vegetables aside to create wells in the frying pan. Crack an egg into each of the wells. Sprinkle the eggs with a pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper.
- Decorate with the calendula petals and grated Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes, until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny.
- Serve immediately with toast or a crusty piece of baguette.