On the Sunday Market, there usually a stall run by the local community group selling sausage in bread or bacon & egg burger for fundraising. Egg is a cheap food with lots of nutrient. We love a big breakfast which consists of egg, bacon, sausage, toasted bread with tomato and mushroom for brunch or lunch on a lazy Sunday.
I have to thank Julie Goodwin for her advice in her cookbook, Our family table on how to make perfect poached eggs as I have given up making poached eggs so long ago. I think it's such a fuss playing with something so soft with hot water. She has a simple way to do to make a smooth egg with running yolk and if I'm not beware of my cholesterol, I could eat more than one egg! Opps!
Julie also mentioned that there are so many names for poached egg breakfast such as eggs Benedict is served with ham and English muffin in hollandaise sauce, eggs Royale is served with smoked salmon and eggs Florentine is served with spinach. I prefer my poached eggs with bacon with low fat honey mustard sauce on toasted turkish bread. What about you?
Perfect Poached Eggs
- Pour water into a large non-stick deep pan till it is about 4cm of water (that would be enough to cover the egg), bring to the boil then lower the heat so the water is barely simmering.
- Crack one egg gently on the side of the pan and carefully lower it into the water with a spatula. Then leave the egg by itself as the egg will gather the bilk of its white to itself and don't worry about the stringy floaty bits.
- Crack another egg and do the same. Julie suggests you can cook 4 eggs at a time but I only do one or two at a time. You need to strain the water or replaced with fresh one after few batches.
- After 3 minutes or when the egg whites looks cook through, lift the egg out with a slotted spoon and drain the excess water. Slide them straight onto the serving plate.