Heirloom Boiled Eggs

These heirloom boiled eggs are one of my favourite recipes from my Spanish grandmother. My aunties also make them and as I now make them too, the recipe has reached the third generation, so I can call these boiled eggs: heirloom boiled eggs. Do you have any favourite recipes passed down generations in your family?

Before the recipe, if you’ve come to Papaya Pieces before, take a look around the site and you might notice a bit of a change. Due to geeky reasons I shan’t bore you with, I’ve moved blogging house: host, platform and template. While decorating this new place, I still maintain my love for grids and my papaya orange color. While I still love minimality and always will, I wanted the design to step up a notch in boldness and fun-ness. Other minor reforms are still on the way, and I’ll show you once they’re finished.

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Heirloom Boiled Eggs Recipe


7 eggs
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup plain flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
a tiny pinch turmeric
black pepper

Start by boiling 6 eggs. Place 6 fresh eggs in a pot. Fill and cover with cold water. Bring to boil, gently stirring the eggs once in a while so that the yolks migrate as much as possible to the center of the egg. Once the water has reached boiling point, turn off the heat. Put on a timer for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes are up, take the eggs out of the hot water and put them into cold water.

Peel and chop the onion and the garlic.

Peel the hard boiled eggs and cut them in halves. Get 2 bowls. Crack and beat the remaining raw egg in one of the bowls. Put the flour with a pinch of salt in the other bowl.

One by one, take each boiled egg half, inmerse them in the the beaten egg, then cover them with the flour.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the chopped onion. Cook on medium heat for a few minutes until they become soft. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes until they too become soft. Add the cumin, turmeric along with some salt and pepper to taste. Turn up the heat a little and add all of the eggs. Fry them a little on both sides: top and bottom. Add a bit of water so that the eggs don’t get too dry, and to sort of create a bit of a sauce. Bring back down to medium heat and continue cooking for at least 5 more minutes to let all the flavours mix.

Accompany with either some fresh bread or white rice. It goes great with a glass of white wine. Enjoy your meal!

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  1. Dorcas 2017-03-17 at 04:35

    Oh wow! Your site looks great! And fun! And I have never seen a dish like this. It’s like super double eggs! Cheers! πŸ™‚

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-19 at 20:45

      Oh thanks Dorcas! I did put in lots of work into the new site πŸ™‚ Oh yes it’s super doable (so you should try it!!). But I’m clumsy and it took me a few times to make the eggs not “dissolve”. I didn’t say it in the post put I rang my aunty so many times asking for her tips πŸ™‚

  2. Mitzie Mee 2017-03-17 at 21:14

    I don’t think I’ve ever had eggs that way, but the seasoning sounds really delicious. Love your new blog design!

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-19 at 20:46

      Thanks Mitzie Mee, the site was hard work and now I think it’s worth it! I think my grandmother invented this recipe, I’ve never seen it anywhere else either!

  3. Hanna 2017-03-17 at 23:39

    Never had eggs this way! I had a dream about my dear grandmother last night, now when you asked if we have a family recipe… hmmm. Yes, I think, some courses from Carelia (behind Russian border).
    Now I’m gonna take a tour on your site and later on today joining your party with a bilberry pastry from Japan with me πŸ˜‰

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-19 at 20:48

      I think my grandmother invented this dish, I never had them anywhere else!
      What a coincidence you dreamt about your grandmother. I’d love to know about your family recipe! Thanks for joining my party, I hope you had fun πŸ˜‰

  4. Suzanne 2017-03-18 at 00:33

    Those eggs sound and look delicious I have to give this a try.

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-19 at 20:49

      I hope you do Suzanne! They’re simple and delicious xx

  5. Darya 2017-03-18 at 11:01

    This sounds completely new to me; I’ve never recooked boiled eggs in a sauce, but I really love eggs and the sound of this fragrant paste. The site looks great! Keep the good stuff coming!

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-19 at 20:50

      I think my grandmother invented this recipe because I’ve never had eggs like this elsewhere either. I bet you would love the flavour!
      Thanks re the site, it was a lot of work, but now I’m enjoying it πŸ™‚

  6. sileas 2017-03-19 at 03:19

    First of all, I love your new design!! I’m sure all the work has paid off πŸ˜‰ Your recipes looks all so very delicious. Those eggs could be perfect as snacks for parties!

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-19 at 20:52

      Oh yes it was tons of work as you know, but I’m loving it now! You’re right and on your suggestion I brought them to the party πŸ˜‰

  7. Waz 2017-03-20 at 00:55

    Congrats on the new design! It looks great and really shows off your photography. Back when I used to eat eggs, I don’t think I’ve ever had them like this. Interesting! This recipe seems like a good one for a housewarming!

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-23 at 13:59

      Thank you! I cannot wait to see your new site! I’ve put this in the housewarming under your suggestion πŸ˜‰

  8. Lily 2017-03-28 at 09:35

    Oh! These look so yummy, Sofia. I haven’t had eggs like this before. I have to try it one day. Can I add bacon? LOL!
    We have so many dishes passed down from our ancestors. Chinese is all about food anyway. And the type of dishes also depend on which province we were from. Hakka dishes are different from Hokkien dishes, Szechuan, Canton, etc. Truthfully, I can’t really tell which dish is which. As long as they taste good, bring it on. Hahaha!

    1. Sofia V. 2017-03-29 at 09:00

      Of course you can add bacon! Bacon improves most things, right! haha
      Damn I was hoping you would give me a lesson on which is which, because I love Chinese food but never know from which part it is. But I agree, as long as it tastes good! haha


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