delicious breakfast ~ poached eggs.

okay okay, at some point, i will stop talking about this breakfast i had in florence a few months ago.  with the cucumbers, tomatoes and ricotta cheese.  but i just have to post it one more time!  i ate it this morning while i was making my first poached eggs, and it was so fantastic.  

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this is just ricotta cheese, with salt and fresh cracked black pepper, and some fresh dill on top.  sliced cucumbers (the kind that are wrapped in plastic wrap ~ i think they’re called hothouse cucumbers. or burpless), and halved grape tomatoes.  it’s such a great way to start the day!

and THEN…

i poached my first egg!  and it was so easy.  a poached egg is basically a soft-boiled egg, only you crack the egg into the water first.  here’s how you do it:

  • bring a couple inches of water to boil.  then turn it down until the water is just simmering.  add a couple teaspoons of a good tasting vinegar, like seasoned rice vinegar, or champagne vinegar.
  • crack the eggs, one at a time, into a little bowl or cup and slide each egg slowly into the water, without letting it plop.  if the whites start to wiggle away from the yolk, just use a spoon to bring it all back together.  no biggie.
  • take the pan off the heat and let sit for a few minutes.  i let mine sit for 4 and the yolks were done on the outside, but a little jelly-like on the inside.  i really like it that way, but i’ll try to get it a little runnier next time.  
  • top with salt and pepper, and fresh dill.  here’s a pic!

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isn’t it beautiful?  i ate it with a little stone-ground mustard.  very good!  but next time i’ll make hollandaise sauce ~ i have the BEST recipe for hollandaise.  it’s made with half olive oil ~ half butter.  it’s amazing.  i’ll post that later.

i hope you are inspired to try new things for breakfast.  i don’t necessarily think breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but i do think that we can get off to a bad start with the choices we make at breakfast.  these breakfast ideas are so fresh and light, but keep you full for hours.  i hope you try them!!!!

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