Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Oeufs Cocotte and Chicken Cottages

Oeufs Cocotte. Sounds fancy, but couldn't be simpler. Recipe below.
This week I've had chickens on my mind. We have decided to get four baby chicks to keep as pets and produce fresh eggs. Before the chickens, however, we need a coop. As I did a bit of research on chicken coops, I found that there were many many different styles. From cottage to craftsman to modern, one can find a coop to match any home. Here are a few of my favorites.
This is the ultimate chicken coop. Check it out here. Someone come build this for me pretty please.

Coop from Rooms and Gardens in Santa Barbara. Image via. I love the cottagey feel and the attached pen for the chickens to hang out in during the day. This could be a scene from the French countryside. You would never guess it's actually on the busiest downtown street.
I had to include this ultra modern chicken coop from Nogg. Even though it's really not my style, it would be pretty cool in the backyard of a modern home. We have decided to go with a more of a cottage style coop that can accommodate up to 6 hens. I plan on painting it white and planting some flowers around it. Perhaps we will call it something French, like Chateau Oeufs... I cannot wait to look out my kitchen window and see the hens walking around with the bunnies.

  Beautiful farm fresh eggs a friend dropped off for us. 

 What a wonderful way to teach kids respect for where their food comes from. I am going to be much happier collecting eggs from the backyard than the grocery store. And I we will enjoy our eggs more knowing that they came from happy chickens. Have you tried fresh eggs? They are so much tastier than grocery store eggs. The perfect quick recipe for fresh eggs is Oeufs Cocotte. It often contains bacon, but I prefer a vegetarian one. I just made this for myself and L for lunch and it was perfect.

Oeufs Cocotte
Printable Recipe
Makes 1 Serving

chopped vegetables, sauteed in olive oil, salt and pepper (about 1/8 cup)
1 tablespoon creme fraiche (other soft cheeses would work as well)
1 egg
freshly ground pepper
course sea salt
fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, or dill

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place vegetables and creme fraiche in a ramekin. Crack an egg over top. Place in a baking dish and fill baking dish with hot water so that it comes half-way up the ramekin. Bake 10-15 minutes or until egg reaches desired doneness.


  1. The 1st coop is darling! I stopped by my friend Michelle's this morning for some fresh eggs and got to meet a baby chick and baby turkey. So cute! You are going to have so much fun.

  2. That is so cool, I can't wait to see pics of them! I would love to do something like this, but I live in a heavily populated neighborhood and don't think it could work for us.

    Lovely recipe

  3. I love the first, too! Good luck with the chicks!

    Baby Talk without the Babble

  4. those coops are too cute!

  5. Fresh eggs are sooo much tastier and I couldn't agree more that this is a great way to cultivate more appreciation for food. Can't wait to come over and try out some egg dishes. My favorite is garlicky greens with a poached egg on top. Love you! Liz

  6. Lovely post! Those coops are pure luxury!

  7. That's so great that you will have your own chickens(eggs)! Our neighbor gives us eggs from their chickens, and we love them:)

  8. Part of me thinks it would be a blast and such a convenience to raise a few chickens. Then the other part starts thinking about cleaning out that coop!

  9. I SO want to get some chickens. I grew up with them, and gathered the eggs as a young girl. If I didn't live in a garden home with little space, I think I'd go for it!

  10. Wow I just those coops. I had 25 chickens, until about 2 summers ago, I just loved getting brown, blue and green eggs, fresh eggs do taste better :) We talking about possibly getting 4-5 chicks again, 25 was just too many for us at the time. Also, you would not believe how hard it was to get rid of green and blue eggs, LOL. I couldn't even give them away. Now, they are all the rage :)
    Good luck

  11. Hopping over from Censational Girls Outdoor Party. Hope you enjoy my 'patio time' post. (link #205)

    What a fun post with great chicken coop ideas. Fresh eggs would be so fun and healthy.

    I love the title of your blog ... my grown daughters often call me "yummy mummy", or ym for short. :)



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