Baked Egg & Spaghetti Nests


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Here I am, sitting at Starbucks’s, halfway through my Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte, with writer’s block.  I have Vivaldi playing in my ears to help open the right parts of my brain to be creative – but it’s not working.  I have nowhere to be, no projects to rush me out the door, nothing at all to keep me from being able to write. I have rewritten the first sentence at least fifty times, gone on Facebook, and then back here again to face the blank page.    I have avoided writing on my blog for weeks, okay months – because I really don’t know how or what I want to say.  Styling and taking pretty pictures is the easy part, but putting words to the pictures?  Not always easy.   So,  I am just going to say it, here we go – I have breast cancer and here is a recipe for Baked Egg & Spaghetti Nests.  See I told you, there is no real witty way to tie  my recipe into this story… Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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I found a lump in my breast right before Thanksgiving.   After many tests,  I was told on December 19th that my biopsy confirmed that I had breast cancer.  I received the call from my doctor five minutes before I was supposed to log in for a Twitter party.  I hung up with my doctor, fell on my knees before God, and then poured a champagne cocktail.   I proceeded to attend the Twitter party.  As silly as it sounds, it was the best decision I could have made.


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The Twitter party was for Evite & Bevmo, and I was privileged enough to have been hired to style  & photograph all of the images for the campaign.  I sat in the dark, with my champagne cocktail next to my monitor.  With a smile on my face, I  stared at my beautiful images, giggling and  chatting online about one of my favorite things in life, celebrating with bubbly.   In that moment I realized a  few things that I know now,  more than ever,  to be true.


  • I love being a stylist & photographer and I am so incredibly thankful for the talents God has gifted me with.
  • Creating beautiful things is a part of my very soul, what I was created to do – sharing my work makes me happy.
  • When I am creative,  it heals myself and others.

On the surface,it may seem strange  to some that I would be writing recipes, photographing or blogging, but it is actually the opposite. Taking the last month to craft, style, and photograph has gifted me with an incredible amount of joy.  So there you have it, I have breast cancer and when I share my recipes and images, I am sharing with you a  part of me that God is using to heal my body…


I am having surgery this Monday January 27th at 10:00 a.m.  Please pray for me and especially my family.  I am writing a spiritual journal on Caring Bridges and I would love for you to follow me there as well.  No recipes on Caring Bridges,  just my heart and all  the Lord is gifting me through this incredible experience.


I have been a little obsessed with eggs lately – be prepared for lots of egg posts. I love birds, but that is another post in the making.   This recipe is such a great idea for brunch. The little nests are so beautiful and they come out of the muffin tins easily.  Serve the eggs and garlicky  pasta nests over a simple salad with a drizzle of olive oil (buy the good stuff) and a little extra parmesan cheese.  I used a 1/4 of a teaspoon of red pepper flake and they were pretty spicy – so adjust the spice to your liking.  Your oven may run hotter or colder than mine, so be sure to keep an eye on your eggs – you don’ t want to over cook them.


Baked Egg & Spaghetti Nests
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
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Serves: 8-10
  • 8 ounces dry whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup good quality olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, about 1 Tablespoon - minced
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup,flat leaf Italian parsley - roughly chopped
  • 8 - 10 large organic eggs
  • Parmesan cheese - grated
  • Simple green salad
  • Garnish with a drizzle of Olive oil, extra chopped parsley, parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, adjust rack to the center, and lightly oil a standard size muffin/cupcake tin.
  2. Fill a large pasta pot with water and 1 Tablespoon of kosher salt. Bring to a boil and boil pasta for 6-7 minutes, just under aldente. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a large nonstick saute pan over low/medium heat. Add in olive oil and once the olive oil is warm, add in the garlic and red & black peppers. Stir to combine for about 15 seconds or until fragrant.
  4. Add in the cooked spaghetti and turn heat up to medium/high heat. Use tongs to toss the spaghetti with the oil and sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon of salt. Cook for 1 minute and remove from heat and add the parsley - toss to combine.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with pasta and then gently using your fingers create a small well in the center by pushing the pasta to the outside edges. Don't worry it doesn't have to be perfect, you just want a little hole in the center to cradle the yolk.
  6. Crack your eggs into a small bowl and then gently slip into the center of each spaghetti nest. Sprinkle the eggs with salt & pepper and parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until eggs are just set with no uncooked whites surrounding the yolks.
  8. Serve warm or at room temperature with a simple green salad.
  9. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil, parsley, and extra parmesan cheese.


20 comments… add one
  • Kelli January 24, 2014, 2:25 pm

    Dear Louise, Now I’m having the writer’s block. I just want you to know I commit to pray, pray, pray for you and your precious family. Jesus has this all under control. I pray for complete healing, strength and peace beyond all measure. You are a remarkable woman.

    • Chef Louise Mellor January 24, 2014, 2:35 pm


  • Valentina January 24, 2014, 2:27 pm

    Louise, I will be thinking about you all weekend and especially on Monday morning. I send you mountains of love, prayers and healing thoughts. And your writing is always as beautiful as your images. xo

    • Chef Louise Mellor January 24, 2014, 2:36 pm

      I will tell the story later, but so you know – Mr. Waffles saved my life. Doodles are the best dogs in he world!

  • Tori January 24, 2014, 2:32 pm

    I am so impressed by your positivity, your strength, your spirit… not to mention your gift for making beautiful, delicious things. You are always in my prayers! <3

    • Chef Louise Mellor January 24, 2014, 2:37 pm

      Tori, you have no idea how much I appreciate you! xoxo

  • Ericka @nibblesnfeas January 24, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Sending you lots of love, light and prayers, Louise! Your are such an inspiration to me. Please keep us posted.

  • Nicole Presley January 24, 2014, 3:48 pm

    I write you this note with tears in my eyes. I have so much faith in you, and know that you are such a strong woman. I am here for you for whatever you may need. I’m praying for you and your family now, and will be on Monday with lots of love. I care about you and know you are going to overcome this.

  • Cathy/ShowFoodChef January 24, 2014, 4:36 pm

    Sending constant love, light and healing. Your gift of creative beauty is both healing to you and others, and so is your spirit.

  • Kate @ Savour Fare January 24, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Lots of love and prayers, Louise.

  • Cathy @ ShePaused4Th January 24, 2014, 5:13 pm

    I am praying for wisdom, guidance and compassion for the doctors, nurses and all who attend to you on Monday. Praying for your strength and comfort for you and your family. We are here in spirit for you. You are not alone. You are much loved.
    And remember…
    “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  • Sarah Olson January 24, 2014, 6:06 pm

    If there is anyone who can make it through this it is you! And you’ll probably have the most stylish hospital gown of anyone they’ve seen. 🙂

    I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way and following your recovery anxiously.

    Lots of love,

  • reciperenovator January 24, 2014, 6:30 pm

    Louise, I will be surrounding you and your medical team with healing thoughts on Monday.

  • Lentil Breakdown January 24, 2014, 7:41 pm

    What a magical post. It didn’t sound like you struggled with any of it. I am so proud of the way you have approached all of this. You have been in my daily meditations and am sending healing vibrations your way on Monday.

  • sippitysup January 24, 2014, 8:12 pm

    I’m having friendship block. Because I can’t find the right way to say ‘I love you’. XOGREG

  • Priscilla January 24, 2014, 8:39 pm

    Dear Louise, the way you have tackled all that life has thrown your way is truly courageous and inspiring to us all. You’ve been in my thoughts and I’ll be channeling much love and healing energy on Monday and in the weeks ahead. xoxo Priscilla

  • Dorothy at Shockingl January 24, 2014, 9:03 pm

    Well…here’s the thing. I am just so glad we are friends, and I’m thinking hard, hard, hard about YOU, your family and your Monday. It will go well, I just know it.

    Talk to you soon, when you are out of the fog they will put you under briefly.

    And I look forward to tromping through some farmer’s fields with you in 2014.
    It shall be a GREAT year!

  • Christina January 24, 2014, 11:15 pm

    You are such an inspiration, Louise. I will pray for you and your family and hope that everything will go well on Monday, and you heal quickly and painlessly, and it will be the only surgery you will ever need ever again. xx

  • Susan Silverberg January 25, 2014, 12:41 pm

    You are so beautiful…inside and out. I will be thinking good thoughts tomorrow and know you are in good hands. Everything is going to be okay.

  • Diane (createdbydian January 26, 2014, 10:24 pm

    Thinking of you and praying for blessing to come to you and your family!

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