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An Excerpt from Clay Stephens' Upcoming Fine Cuisine Cookbook

The Perfect Touch for a Wonderous Adventure

Crack of dawn, hot air balloons rising

Friends floating free with birds

Skies, crystal clear

Colorful reflections mirrored on ponds, tranquil

Dogs bark, wondering

People wave and hello

Peaceful quiet, drifting

Wondrous adventure!

Clay Stephens  2009

Your favorite chilled Champagne or Spanish Cava served with a strawberry in each glass

Made with home baked ham (or a really good store bought one) on your favorite bread with mayo and mango chutney. If you really want these to be extra special, make my mango chutney sauce recipe.


  • Boil enough large fresh eggs to serve the number of friends you are with.
  • I like to bring the eggs to a boil, remove from the heat and cover for 20 minutes. They come out so tender and the yokes are still clear yellow.
  • Shell and cut in half, length wise, and scoop out yokes.
  • To yokes add some mayonnaise, a little old fashioned yellow mustard, salt and freshly ground black pepper, and some sweet pickle relish with a little pickle juice. The amounts are up to you but you will want the mixture somewhat firm, not runny.
  • Re-stuff the eggs with the yoke mixture and sprinkle with paprika and chopped parsley.
This is the recipe my mother always served to our family and it is still a favorite of mine, but of course, I just had to tweak it a little!

Leave out the pickle relish and use capers and a little caper juice. My partner Dennis loves capers and I think he would eat them on ice cream! Top each egg with a large caper, and then sprinkle with paprika (no parsley). These never last when I serve them to my friends and family, even mom liked them!

I also like to add about ½ teaspoon of Turmeric, it adds great color and flavor and is really good for you. I always try to incorporate it into any recipes that it will enhance!

And finally, serve some freshly cut up seasonal fruits, Mango would be spectacular!! 
What a delicious way to end your hot air balloon adventure!

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