Morning Interlude: Green Goddess Egg Tartine with Basil & Passionate Pesto

"A wanton woman is one who with cunning and deliberation prepares a meal which will draw another person to her..." M. F. K. Fisher

When you are in a dreamy state of morning afterglow, these simple egg tartines are perfect with a pot of tea. You can arrange your own variations depending on what ingredients you have on hand and inside your refrigerator. If you've had a long night of love, these make a perfect interlude of nourishment, and give you energy for more. Then all you will have to worry about is what to do for lunch. So don't make the bed.

Find some fresh bread (Think ahead! Buy bread and ingredients the day before if you want a lazy morning egg creation) and create your lovers morning delight.

mise en place: homemade pesto, smoked gouda, parmigiano, organic honey baked ham, fresh basil, fresh chives, poached or soft-boiled eggs, balsamic cream, fresh bread or English muffins. 

Pesto is very easy to make and versatile not only in uses but in kinds of pesto. If you have a good blender or Cuisinart, you can make it fresh and use it right away. It's good to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator as well.

  • Basil is an aphrodisiac. Italians began hand making pesto since the 17th century, using a mortar and pestle rather than an electric blender. So consider yourself lucky. If you want to enhance your health and vitality, pesto is full of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and basil--- all you need is to benefit from the magic!
  • Pine Nuts have magical fertility powers. And Pine Nuts have been known aphrodisiacs for centuries. Consider these little pine gems as the secret pixie dust for your love spells and recipes, an essential ingredient for true aproned witchery (or wizardry). Yes, use Pine Nuts in Passionate Pesto if you want to hypnotize your lover.
  • Basil is Goddess Approved! The Voudou Goddess Erzulie (Haitian version of Aphrodite or Venus) loves basil and it is symbolic of love. Yes, the coquettish goddess of love and desire would certainly use the aromatic basil in her lover's morning egg dish, and so...

Entice your lover. Whip up some pesto if you haven't already.

Recipe for Passionate Pesto:

Find several fragrant bunches of fresh basil at your local farmers market.

  • 1/2 cup of olive oil (Malibu Olive Company)
  • fresh bunches of basil
  • 3 cloves of garlic (crushed by your darling)
  • 1/3 cup of lemon juice (squeezed by your hands)
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmigiano cheese
  • small handful of arugula (adds spice)
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts (pignolia)
  • pinch of pink salt and ground pepper
Blend up your ingredients and add your ratios by intuition.
PESTO Mé­thode du Green Goddess:
  • Put the leaves of basil and arugula in with the pine nuts and pulse a little in your food processor/blender. Add the garlic and pulse more. Pour in your lemon juice.
  • Add the olive oil in a steady pouring while the blender is on low. Add the parmigiano cheese and pulse again until blended. Add the pink salt (ground) and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Making the Egg Tartines:
Poach or soft-boil your eggs first. Have them ready.
Mise en Place all of your ingredients:
  • homemade pesto
  • smoked gouda
  • parmigiano
  • organic honey baked ham
  • fresh basil, chiffonade or torn in pieces
  • fresh chives, minced fine
  • poached or soft-boiled eggs
  • balsamic cream
  • fresh bread or English muffins 
Prepare a sheet pan with foil and get ready to toast your bread or English muffins under the broiler. Smear a generous amount of pesto on your bread and lay the slices out on the foil for broiling. I used 4 slices / or 2 English muffins, split open.
Lightly broil your pesto laden bread slices / muffins under the broiler--- watch them to make sure you aren't broiling them to a crisp. When they get warm and look unctuously delicious, pull them from the heat of the broiler and add the gouda cheese, honey ham, parmigiano cheese and slip them back under the heat for barely a moment.
When you notice the cheese melting, pull the toasts from the heat, nestle an egg on top of each one, and decorate with ribbons of fresh basil, sprinkle with fresh chives, and drizzle the balsamic cream all over it.
Make your pot of tea for two. Decorate your plates. Smile like a gypsy.
For certain seduction, swirl some creamy yogurt into a beautiful China bowl--- like Liberté artisan made yogurt. My choice? Méditerranée Coconut Yogurt. Top with fresh blueberries.
Voila. Breakfast is served.