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Monday, 14 November 2011

Weekday eggs

Legend has it that the actor Bela Lugosi played Dracula in his first American film role and was forever typecast as a villain there after.  It's not true (he played several roles before being nailed into the Dracula coffin for the rest of his career) but it's a nice story that illustrates the pitfalls of early success and prejudice, much as has happened to eggs.

Atkins diet adherents aside, most of us feel that eggs are a weekend only kind of meal which is a huge shame because they really don't take any more time than cereal and they're a whole lot more satisfying.  I'm a huge proponent of a fried egg over pea shoots or on toast with a bit of truffle salt and perhaps some avocado.  The whole thing takes about 5 minutes to make and starts your day off with a solid dose of protein and fiber that will keep you full until lunch.  No matter how hard they try, Count Chocula and Cap'n Crunch are just never going to be able to deliver what a solid fried egg can.

1 egg
1 tsp butter or canola oil
1 slice of whole wheat toast
small handful pea shoots or arugula
pinch of truffle salt (if you don't have any, close your computer and go buy some right now.  You can thank me later)

Heat oil in pan over medium heat.  Crack egg over the pan and cook for 2 minutes, flipping once in the middle.  Serve on top of greens, avocado and toast and sprinkle a pinch of truffle salt over top.  If you are cooking these on the weekend then pair with duck fat potatoes as in this picture.

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