Recipe of the week: The garden of the goose that laid the golden eggs

Belonging to the world of dreams and fantasy, the story of The Hen that Laid the Golden Eggs (in Portugal it is the story of The Hen that Laid the Golden Eggs, and not The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs) “inspired” the whole world. Who never fantasized of such good fortune with that blessed hen? In this interior landscape, we combine autumn flavours and colours to raise collective imagery. We offer our patrons a journey to this fantasy world. The complexity and diversity of the ingredients and techniques used in this recipe follow the same guidelines: earth, the egg… the origin.


Serves 4.


4 organic extra fresh large eggs

Cream of São Jorge Island’s cheese

100g of gritted São Jorge island’s cheese
200g of cream

Texturized mushroom stock

500g of Paris mushrooms
30g garlic
100g onion
50g olive oil

For 100 ml of mushroom stock:
0.5g of xanthan gum
1g salt

Texturized black truffle juice

80ml of Perigord black truffle juice
0.3 g of xanthan

Fried bread crumble painted with cuttlefish ink

100g of traditional Portuguese bread from
Alentejo grinded in the Bimby
10g of cuttlefish ink
0.2 g salt
1 litre of peanut oil for frying

Chicken sauce

1kg chicken wings
1.4 litres of mineral water

Leak straw

50g of finely julienned leak (only the white part
without the core)
0.5 litres of peanut oil for frying
5g salt

Sautéed shimenji mushrooms

8 clean shimenji mushrooms
1 sprig of thyme
1 crushed garlic clover
16g of unsalted butter
80ml of mushroom stock
1.2g salt

To finish off each serving/plate

20g of fried bread earth
1 slice of Portuguese bacon (toucinho) from
Texturized black truffle juice
Texturized mushroom stock
Cream of São Jorge Island’s cheese
2 sautéed shimenji mushrooms
1/2 halved hazelnut marinated in hazelnut oil
1 purple shiso sprouts
1 green shiso sprouts
1/2 gold leafs
Fleur de sel to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Leak straw



Wash the eggs carefully rubbing them with a brush. Boil the eggs S in bain-marie at 63°C for 35 minutes. Remove the eggs and dip them in cold water for 10 minutes. Then place them in iced water for 50 minutes. Dry well and put them in the fridge.

Cream of São Jorge Island’s cheese

Heat the cream in a small pot and add the gritted cheese. Let the cheese melt. Mix well and strain through a mesh sieve. Put aside.

Texturized mushroom stock

Wash the mushrooms carefully and chop them. In a thermal bottom pot, heat the olive oil and add the mushrooms. Caramelize well and add the crushed garlic cloves and the peeled shallot cut into rings. Caramelize a little more and add the butter. Mix well and cover with water. Let it boil for about one hour. Strain the stock through a sieve. Heat again and let it be reduced by half. Add the xanthan gum (0,5 g for each 100 ml) and mix with the blender. Adjust seasoning, let it cool, and put aside.

Note: Keep a little portion of non-texturized mushroom stock to sauté the shimenji mushrooms.

Texturized black truffle juice

Add the xanthan to the truffle juice and whizz in the blender until smooth. Remove the air with the vacuum machine.

Fried bread crumble painted with cuttlefish ink

Fry the bread in oil, pre-heated to 180°C, until golden and crispy. Remove and let it drain well on
absorbent paper. Dissolve the cuttlefish ink in water and mix with the bread. Toss well and place it in a non-stick frying pan. Sauté the bread until it gets very crispy. Put aside. Store the crumble in vacuum.

Chicken sauce

Clean the chicken wings carefully and chop them. In a broad pot, heat the olive oil until it starts smoking lightly. Add the chicken wings and caramelize well on every side. Add a third of the water and let it dry to caramelize again. Repeat this procedure one more time and finish off with the last third of the water. Let it boil for a few minutes and strain the stock. Heat again and let it get reduced by half. Let it cool, and put aside.

Leak straw

Heat the oil to 140°C and fry the julienned leak until golden. Let it drain on absorbent paper and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.

Sautéed shimenji mushrooms and to finish off

Heat the egg for 15 minutes in bain-marie at 54°C. Sauté the shimenji mushrooms with the heated olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Add the mushroom stock and the butter. Heat the cream of São Jorge Island’s cheese, the texturized mushroom stock, and the texturized truffle juice. Heat the chicken sauce and combine with very cold butter. At the bottom of each plate, place the cream of São Jorge Island’s cheese, the truffle juice, the distilled earth, and the mushroom stock. Add a little bread crumble to serve as support base for the egg. On the sides, place the bacon and one hazelnut half. Put the egg and cover with a gold leaf. Surround the egg with bread crumble and season it with fleur de sel and black pepper. Add the mushrooms and the chicken sauce. Finish off by placing the leak straw on top of the egg and the sprouts on the sides. Serve immediately.

Thank you to José Avillez, Head Chef at Belcanto, Lisbon, Portugal, for the recipe.

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Comments (5)

  1. Alana says:

    This recipe looks divine. I’m not much of a book but I’ve bookmarked it and will be suggesting it to my husband, who can make some amazing food. I’ll be helping by performing the taste test, the most important part of course.

  2. Colin says:

    It looks rather daunting to attempt to make but I’m keen to give it a try as the result looks stunning. If I could re-create something like that, I would be impressed! If you can’t get hold of São Jorge island’s cheese specifically, is there an alternative you would recommend? Thanks.

  3. Evelyn says:

    What a great Autumnal dish. I love the presentation and concept behind it. If it tastes as good as it looks (which I’m sure it probably does judging by the ingredients), then I’m in! :-)

  4. Danni says:

    This is a very interesting and luxurious recipe, perhaps I’ll pass it on to my mother. I love having a concept behind a dish, that’s a really lovely thing. There’s so much detail that goes into it, quite impressive. I’d love to make a vegan version, I’m sure I could achieve it!

  5. Gemma says:

    It looks like a very luxurious dish, I might send it over to my friend as she’s a great cook. She might want to attempt this dish as it looks very impressive.

    Thanks for the recipe, it looks very tasty.

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