Given that most things in the garden have so far come to pass (until next season, which is already beginning - time to start things for fall and winter), I decided to try another egg dish. We might not have any more tender green beans, fresh tomatoes, or cucumbers, but eggs, milk, and butter are abundant.
The recent rains have made the grasses grow and grow - this year there seems to be more grass than ever before (a good thing, since we have more cows than ever before). Was it the lime we put on last fall taking effect? The mowing we did last year to knock back the brambles? The extreme rotational grazing (cows are moved once a day - other people move WAY more than that, but for around here, where constant grazing is the norm, it is extreme). The pounds-per-acre of livestock pressure we have now? Waiting to graze during the spring until the grass was well established? Something seems to be right.
Eggs this time of year tend to be uninspiring. We just have so many, and it's been like that for several months. We get sick of things after awhile. It's part of the cycle. If you have too much of anything, it loses it's appeal (well, that might not apply to passion fruits or Kajari melons. I have yet to find out). We will be so happy to have them back again in the spring.
The souffle was good - crispy on top, tender on the inside. It was different, and cheesy. I made it for weekend breakfast and everyone liked it.
SOUFFLE AU FROMAGE (Direct translation)
Continue stirring until the sauce sticks to the spoon.
Remove from the fire, and add four egg yolks, incorporating them one after another, and then add the four egg whites beaten into stiff peaks.
Add 150 grams of grated Gruyère cheese, and mix into the batter.
Pour into a well-buttered oven-proof cooking dish, which is deep enough so that the batter reaches only two-thirds of its height.
Cook in an oven that is not too hot; remove when your souffle has begun to rise, after about 15 minutes.
Cheese Souffle (a modern version)
1 Tablespoon of flour
1/2 cup milk
4 eggs, separated
150 grams of grated Gruyère cheese (It turned out to be about 1 cup finely grated and lightly packed)
A pinch of salt (not mentioned in the original recipe, but it would have been better with a pinch of salt, in my opinion)
1. To begin, butter an oven-proof casserole dish with fairly high sides (so the souffle won't spill out all over the oven), and pre-heat the oven to 350 F.
2. Separate the eggs. Keep the egg yolks whole, but beat the whites up into stiff peaks and set aside.
3. In a pot, begin warming the milk over a low fire. In a sauce pan, melt the butter over a low fire and add the spoonful of flour. Mix them into a smooth sauce called a roux.
4. When they are well mixed (no lumps!), slowly pour in the hot milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Continue cooking and stirring constantly until the flour cooks and the roux will thicken and stick to the spoon.
5. Remove the sauce pan from the fire, and stir in the egg yolks, one at a time.
6. Now carefully fold in the egg whites, and then the grated cheese. Now pour the batter into the buttered baking dish, and pop into the pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes or so (my souffle actually took more like 20 minutes to fully cook). The souffle will rise and puff up at the top. The recipe didn't mention it, but I have heard that opening the oven will make the souffle fall, so I kept the oven closed and checked on it through the window.
Serve right away!