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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Tchertma - Zucchini and Eggs

Every once in a while someone comes into your life whose taste is so very similar to yours that it's almost eerie.  Connie is one of those people.  He says he knew he'd found the right one when he opened the meat drawer in my fridge and it was filled with about 20 kinds of cheese.  LOL, we do love our cheese.  Christiane from Taking On Magazines, aka The Mom Chef, is another of those.  Over the years I must have tried a dozen recipes from her blog.  Every last one has been wonderful.  Our very favorite (and one of our top five salads) is her cucumber/herb/feta salad.  In fact, as I type this all the ingredients are happily nestled in my fridge awaiting their preparation.  During the summer it's a wonderful way to use our cucumber harvest.  During the winter I can close my eyes and imagine summer!

Because I know our taste is so similar, I knew I'd have a terrible time choosing a recipe.  I did.  I decided that I'd go to family favorites first.  Christiane is of French and Armenian descent so I figured I'd find some fun Armenian recipes in her family recipes section.  I did.  But, I also found too many to count others that I wanted to try.  The old saying your eyes are bigger than your stomach?  Well, my file folder was bigger than my time or energy OR my stomach.  Such wonderful choices.  Lasagna D'Italia.  Made with béchamel the way I remember the best lasagna I've ever had.  Side note - it was at a pub in Cork, Ireland.  I know, last place you'd expect but it was magnificent.  Four chicken recipes called my name.  One with a juniper berry/gin/cream sauce.  My goodness but that sounded magnificent.  Cognac glazed.  Honey ginger glazed.  Hubby Doug's favorite chicken rolls - his mom's recipe.  Then, there was the moussaka.  Eggplant is one of our favorites so that was a strong contender.  Pickled beets with star anise.  I can taste that one!  Finally, I came down to two choices.  Spiced lentils with poached eggs and Tchertma
- zucchini and onions with an egg on top.  I'll admit I was hungry for an egg.  And, both of these recipes had eggs on top... 

What did we think?  Connie's exact word was unexpected.  I know.  Not a word you normally associate with tasting a dish for the first time.  At least I don't.  But, I felt the same way.  This is pure comfort food.  The zucchini is wonderfully soft.  The onions add a lovely subtle flavor.  And, the eggs are perfect.  This is the kind of dish that you get home from the office bone tired and wander out to the garden and pick a couple of zucchinis and dinner is ready in a few minutes.  Of course, this time of year the garden is not quite producing and a trip to the grocery is in order - lol. I think I need to go to Christiane's for about a week for Armenian cooking lessons! 

Now, along with the Tchertama, Connie decided we needed a cocktail.  An Armenian martini, no less:

Since it's once again time for the Blogger C.L.U.E. Society, that means all the wonderful bloggers below have hunted for other fabulous recipes on their assigned sites.  We're trying to do something with potatoes.  So, I served this with a lovely dish of rosemary potatoes:

Here's where you can see Christiane's blog:  Tchertma

And, here's how you make it


1 T butter
1 small - medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 zucchinis, cut into coins
4 eggs


Melt the butter in a medium skillet on medium heat.

Add the onion and sauté until it's softened. 

Add the zucchini and cover it for about 15 minutes.

Crack the eggs on to the top of the zucchini. 

Cover and cook until your eggs are your preferred doneness. 

Here's a list of the other bloggers:


Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

I would have the same difficulty picking out a recipe from Christiane's blog--too many amazing recipes! I've never heard of this dish, but I'd have no trouble cleaning my plate!!!

Debra Eliotseats said...

Love, love, love Christiane's site. Love the zucchini dish and that martini! We thought our dish this month needed a cocktail as well.

Kelli Davidson said...

What a simple and tasty dish!it looks like the perfect lunch or light supper. Great choice!

Kathy Walker said...

What a great combination....simple yet I know it's packed with flavor. We love zucchini with eggs. Haven't tried this particular combo, but will!

Stacy Rushton said...

I do love some tender zucchini cooked in butter and the addition of the eggs is, rather, unexpected. But I can taste it now. And it is delicious!

A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

I'm sticking this in the file for summertime when I have zucchini coming out of my ears.

Kim - Liv Life said...

If Christiane is behind a recipe I can be sure it will be good! And this is absolutely no exception. A beautiful dish that would pair with so many things. That zucchini look delicious!

Lemons and Anchovies said...

I love the simplicity of this dish--this is something I would enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I generally don't keep zucchini in stock but I would for this recipe. :)

Kitchen Simmer said...

Christiane has fabulous recipes and so many to pick from that I can understand being like a kid in a candy store and wanting to try everything. This looks great. :)

Heather S-G said...

I love how quickly this dish comes sounds like just the thing the hubs and I would love to eat. Of course, plop an egg on it, and I'm happy, so... ;)

Unknown said...

I'm SO happy that you had me and even more so that you tried an Armenian dish! The fact that you liked it has me grinning ear-to-ear. Thank you for your kind words, Kate.

Kathy said...

This is a great way to eat your zucchini! Sounds like a perfect light dinner! And your martini is a lovely accompaniment!