Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for me. It sets my mood for the rest of the day. Well, eating mood anyway. I'm a big time snacker so the more dissatisfied I am with a meal, the more I am inclined to snack. Which is why its so important for me to satisfy a craving, if any, first thing in the morning. I do miss living at home when there are so many more options. Fried mee hoon, nasi lemak, fried rice,... Breakfast items in my kitchen consist of bread, muesli, eggs and fruit. Bawwwwring. This morning I decided I wanted to have eggs benedict. I just bought some fresh kampung eggs and a loaf of L'Artisan organic rye, but I ain't going to make hollandaise at eight in the morning. So I made a cheat's version instead using mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I found the vinegar essential as it just lifted the heaviness of the mayo. Its not hollandaise but its pretty darn good for 30 seconds!
As for the poached eggs, when I was boiling the water I realised the last time I poached an egg was more than 4 years ago. Damn, what did Gary Rhodes say again? I just remember that one had to poach them in barely simmering water
and to swirl the water to make mini whirlpool effect just before you ease the eggs in. The whirlpool is to help he whites stay together as they tend to form wispy white threads that separate. The first one was close but the second one was much better. The whites were smooth and egg yolk, partically cooked with just the right amount of ooziness. I don't use vinegar because I detest the taste on the eggs. There are all kinds of recipes online telling you how to poach the perfect egg. You want the fail safe way? Break the egg into cling wrap, tie it up tight and chuck into simmering water. Otherwise you will need:
- a small pan. Fill with water, at least 3 inches deep. Break egg into bowl. When water comes to gentle simmer, make mini whirlpool and slide egg in. The water shouldn't be simmering at this point.
- If you want it runny, take it out immediately after whites are cooked (1 min). You can also lift it up with a slotted spoon and give the yolk a very gentle prod to check the doneness.
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard and splash of balsamic vinegar
- And there you have it, poached egg with cheats hollandaise and wild rocket on rye