Egg Florentine with smoked cheddar and rocket salad (RETRO!!!)

Proper rewind to the 70s here. Not that I was around then - a classic for £5 on the nose.

Recipe #6: Egg Florentine with smoked cheddar and rocket salad (RETRO!!!)

  • 450g fresh spinach (£1.49)
  • 150ml double cream (56p)
  • 185g Ilchester Applewood smoked cheddar (£1.46)
  • 6 pack of mixed value eggs (80p)
  • 60g rocket salad (69p)

The cupboard staples...

For this recipe I'll assume you already have black pepper, salt, butter, olive oil and nutmeg.

Total cost

If you already have the staple ingredients then according to, this trolley was cheapest at Tesco* where it came to exactly £5!


  • Drizzle a very small amount of olive oil into a saucepan and gradually add the spinach until it wilts down. Once wilted drain the spinach and add back to the pan.
  • Get the pan back on the heat and add the cream and a pinch of nutmeg then gently heat through - you don't want to overcook the spinach or let the cream come to the boil. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Get 5 ramekin dishes, butter the dishes and split the spinach mixture evenly between them - making a small hollow in the middle of the spinach mixture.
  • Now crack an egg into each hollow and sprinkle with grated cheese so the whole dish (and the egg) is covered. Twist a little black pepper over each one.
  • Place the ramekins on a tray and put under a medium heated grill for 5-6 minutes until the cheese is bubbling (turn the grill up to high for last 2 minutes). This will give you the perfect eggs Florentine with runny yolks.
  • Serve with a rocket salad lightly dressed with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Enjoy!