Baked Eggs with Arugula, Yoghurt & Chili

From the much-loved Ottolenghi’s ‘Plenty’ cookbook.

serves 2

4 large eggs
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bunch Arugula
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 tsp kirmizi biber*
(or a mix of chilli flakes + sweet paprika)
3 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
6 sage leaves, shredded

Preheat the oven to 300°F.

Place the rocket and olive oil in a large pan and sprinkle over a little salt. Sauté on a medium heat for a few minutes, until the rocket wilts and most of the liquid has evaporated.

Transfer to a small baking dish (or leave in the pan, if ovenproof) and make four deep indentations in the cooked rocket. Carefully break an egg into each hollow then place in the preheated oven to cook for 10-15 minutes, or until whites are set.

While the eggs are baking make your garlic yoghurt and chilli butter. First, stir the garlic through the yoghurt and season generously with salt. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter then add a pinch of salt and the kirmizi biber (or chilli flakes and paprika) and fry for a couple of minutes until the butter starts to foam and take on a golden red hue. Add the sage and cook for a few more seconds. Remove from heat.

When your eggs are ready to your liking, take them out of the oven. Spoon on a large dollop of garlicky yoghurt and pour over the hot chilli butter. Serve immediately.

* a spice with a sweet aroma and varying levels of spiciness, can be found in Turkish grocers


3/4 tsp salt
3/4 lb whole-wheat fettuccine
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 medium zucchini, julienned
1 medium yellow squash, julienned
4 or 5 sprigs basil, leaves shredded
1 bunch arugula, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
3/4 cup halved cherry tomatoes 
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Bring 4 quarts water to a full boil. Add 1/4 tsp salt and stir in pasta. Cook 5 to 8 minutes or until noodles are tender but firm. While pasta cooks, warm oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic, swirl for a moment and reduce heat to low. Do not let garlic brown. Add zucchini and yellow squash and sauté gently until zucchini softens slightly, about 5 minutes. Season mixture with 1/4 tsp salt and remove pan from heat. When pasta is finished cooking, drain noodles. Using tongs or 2 kitchen spoons, combine noodles thoroughly with zucchini mixture over low heat. Add basil, arugula, and tomatoes and season with remaining salt.

Gayle Pirie and John Clark, executive chefs and co-owners of Foreign Cinema, San Francisco


2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
1/8 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon black pepper 
1/2 cup pitted dates 
1/4 pound baby arugula (8 cups) 
1 (3/4-pound) head radicchio, torn into bite-size pieces (6 cups) 
3 ounces crumbled feta (1/2 cup) 

Whisk together lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl until combined well. Halve dates lengthwise and thinly slice crosswise. Toss together arugula, radicchio, feta, and dates in a large bowl, then toss with enough vinaigrette to coat.

Courtesy of Gourmet, June 2007 


Beets - (boiled until a fork easily goes in it, about an hour), peeled, sliced into strips
Fresh arugula - rinsed, patted dry with a paper towel
Goat cheese - chevre
Walnuts - chopped

Dressing ingredients:
Olive oil
Dry powdered mustard
Salt and pepper

The amount of ingredients depends on how many people you are serving and how much salad you intend to serve them. The important thing is that this is a good blend of flavors. I didn't try tossing this salad; each plate was composed individually. The dressing for three individual salads was 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1/2 lemon, 1/4 teaspoon of powdered mustard, 3/4 teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper to taste. Actually, it is all to taste. These are only approximate measurements. Assemble the salad according to how much you want. A handful of arugula leaves, a few beet juliennes, some crumbled goat cheese, garnish with chopped walnuts. Use a vinaigrette salad dressing or what I've described above.

Spaghettini with Arugula, Goat Cheese, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

1 lb. spaghettini
3/4 cup thinly sliced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, plus 1/4 cup oil from tomatoes
4 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups thinly sliced arugula leaves and stems
1 cup dry white wine
1 tsp. dried basil tsp.
salt tsp. pepper
4 oz mild chèvre, crumbled

Cook pasta according to package directions. When pasta is done, ladle out cup of cooking water and set aside. Drain pasta. While pasta is cooking, heat oil from tomatoes. Add garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring, 1 minute. Add arugula and toss until wilted. Add wine and basil, raise heat to high, and boil until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.