May 5, 2009

my new favorite breakfast

Poached egg à la Ruby

I am a closet foodie, though certainly not a food snob. Like my stepdad, Sam, I enjoy reading cookbooks for pleasure, though our taste in cookbooks is wildly different. He likes to read the gourmet fat-and-flavor stuff: Julia Child, James Beard, Jeff Smith, M.F.K. Fisher. My favorite cookbook author at the moment is Mark Bittman, of How to Cook Everything fame. I like to cook simple food. Easy food. Thus, I read cookbooks to get ideas and rarely follow the recipe exactly, preferring to add or substitute ingredients as needed.

Of course I love to eat the fancy stuff, but I'd rather have someone else slave in the kitchen for twelve hours to make it, thank you very much. It's too much work to make Pad Thai or dolmas. And it tastes so much better when someone who actually knows what they are doing makes the dishes that require going to a specialty market for obscure ingredients.

That being said, this dish was inspired by my mom who reintroduced me to the joys of spinach on her last visit out here. I have been making this for breakfast at least three times a week, if not every day, for the past month. YUM!

Poached Eggs à la Ruby

ingredients (per person): 1-2 eggs, 1-2 slices of whole grain bread (toasted), 1 tbsp olive oil, 1-2 cloves garlic (chopped), 1-2 small tomatos (chopped), 1-2 generous handfuls baby spinach leaves, salt & pepper to taste.

preparation: poach the eggs in simmering water for 5 minutes. (I love these poaching cups to make this step easier.) Toast the bread. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a small skillet on medium heat. Sauté the garlic for a minute or so, till it starts to turn golden. Add the chopped tomato and cook for another minute or so till the tomato softens and becomes "saucy." Add the spinach and stir constantly till wilted but not overcooked. Scoop the spinach onto the toast and top with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

That's it. Easy peasy and packed with nutrients.


Evelyn said...

Hey... You didn't make me THAT when I was visiting. God Knows the kid and hubby will look at that and say it "looks interesting" but wouldn't touch it (or maybe I assume too much) so making that little luxury is twice the work as I make "other stuff" for the clan. Next visit you better treat your sister right! Viva Poached Eggs a la Ruby!

Monica said...

I didn't INVENT this recipe till after you had left! Michael hates spinach, so he gets this version with just the garlic & tomato. Mami says the basic staples for ANY Colombian dish are lots of garlic, tomato, & onion. (And cilantro, of course.) This is actually incredibly yummy. It's bursting with flavor. Tangy and garlicky and mmmmmmm. I'm hungry now.

Sativa said...

Hey! I want some!.... The picture is making me drool at work. I will definitely try this at home. I miss you Monkey!

Mamita Ruby said...

Hey, next time I am in your house you can make that dish, but like Huevitos con Pan.
Looks like your mother is a great cook! I am glad she does not have to follow stupid recipe to make what only takes a little love for her family to be creative.
I am so glad you are blogging again.
Now I am hungry for a piece of toast.