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Sunday, August 23, 2015


In this breakfast dish I describe the fine art behind poaching eggs (or at least what I have picking up from my partner, cooking magazines and my mother). Do not be afraid to try this recipe because of the detailed 3rd step, as this detail is designed to help, not hinder your cooking. Best of luck! I think if you can poach an egg and serve it in a somewhat 'pretty' condition, you can do pretty much anything in the kitchen (besides perhaps de-boning a duck or killing a live lobster).


  • 2 free range eggs 
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar 
  • 1/4 a small avocado, generously spread onto the toasted bread
  • 1 piece of multigrain, wholemeal or gluten-free bread, toasted 
  • 1 handful washed baby spinach
  • 1 small to medium tomato, sliced
  • Optional- a squeeze of lemon and a tablespoon or 2 of chopped fresh herbs, such as basil, chives, parsley, etc. 
  • 10g reduced-fat feta, crumbled 


1. Bring the eggs to room temperature as warm eggs will take less time to poach. Crack one egg into a small cup and add 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Repeat in a separate cup with the other egg. (I use vinegar as this helps to set the egg). 

2. Fill a large saucepan/ frying pan with 8cm of water. Bring the water to the boil, then reduce to medium-low heat and simmer. (You will know the water is simmering when you can see small bubbles at the base of the pan). Use a wooden spoon or whisk to stir the water in one direction, creating a whirlpool. Pour in one egg at a time, making sure to pour the egg as close to the water surface as possible, in the middle of the whirlpool. (The whirlpool motion is essential as it makes the egg white wrap around the egg yolk to form a round shape). Cook for 2-3 minutes for a semi-soft yolk or 3-4 minutes for a firmer yolk. NB- Do not stir the water once the egg is cooking. 

3. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the egg on top of your toast (which can be 'buttered' with avocado). Serve the poached eggs with baby spinach, tomato, lemon juice, fresh herbs and feta piled on top or on the side. 

Serves / 1 
Total Preparation time / 15 minutes 
Total Cooking time / 12 minutes 

x Emily 

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