Remember during Tuesday’s post when I mentioned I’d begin conquering my food fears and phobias?
I POACHED AN EGG.
And by that, I mean I conquered my fear of poaching eggs and have since been on an egg poaching rampage. It’s by far the most satisfying, delicious rampage I’ve ever been on in my life.
For years I wanted to know how to poach an egg. I’d read article after article, and you’d think that’d be enough for me to just puff out my chest and walk boldly into my kitchen and get it done. Alas, every time I thought to myself “let’s go poach an egg today” I’d end up in my kitchen frying an egg, thinking “This is just easier and I’m in a rush. I’ll try it next time.”
But next time never came, that is, until a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago I started cooking grits for me and my boyfriend as a simple dinner. I thought I’d top it with a fried egg and some cheese (thanks to this post by Buns in My Oven).
Without any warning, I whipped out my copy of Joy of Cooking and flipped to a recipe for Poached Eggs. No pictures, no reassuring comments, just a simple and straightforward recipe from the classic cookbook. I don’t know how that didn’t intimidate me.
I just had to do it. I had to slip that egg into simmering water with a touch of vinegar and hope for the best. With one shout of Geronimo!
I definitely just thought that in my head and didn’t say it out loud like a crazy person. Well, maybe I whispered it.
But friends, I poached an egg.
I did it. Little old me. I poached an egg and it was so ridiculously easy that I am now embarrassed by my previous fear. That tablespoon of vinegar works some crazy cooking chemistry magic and keeps all the whites together, and in three short minutes I had myself a gorgeous poached egg filled with gooey golden egg yolk.
Friends can you imagine the possibilities??
In case you can’t or are not as insanely obsessed with poached eggs as I clearly am, let me introduce you this Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash: a hearty meat-free meal that highlights these poached eggs in all their glory. A delicious breakfast to be sure, but also a fun vegetarian dinner !
Don’t get me wrong: I love meat. Steak, chicken, pork, lamb, my list goes on and on. But this hash is savory and filling and one of my new favorite meals for sure.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with
more poached eggs a Farmers’ Market inspired pasta salad, so be sure to subscribe and check back first thing Tuesday morning!