A healthy base of shaved brussels sprouts with sweet onion, slices of crispy bacon topped with a runny poached egg cooked to perfection, with soft juicy baby tomatoes and chewy trumpet mushrooms.
Healthy, paleo, low calorie breakfast packed with nutrition and delicious. Who said healthy had to be boring?? Scrum – didlylicious.
I bought myself the perfect Egg Poacher a few weeks ago. My favorite way to eat eggs is to poach them, but I rarely ate them, because I could never get them just right. For years I have been dropping my eggs into boiling water and then spending the next 2 hours soaking and scrubbing the pan clean. I would lose half of the egg whites in the water, and never quite got it perfectly cooked. Still runny but no jelly goop.
Research and Get the Best
I love to buy things that I will never have to buy again. So, I research something before I buy it and read all the reviews. By the time it arrives, I know exactly what I am getting, and I want the best quality I can find. I want it to last for decades (this one has a 10 year warranty). It has calphalon egg cups, so they are completely non stick. The egg drops out perfectly every time. And there really is no clean up. This is my first and last purchase of an egg poacher. The handle is super strong and it is made really solidly. I highly recommend this Poacher.
The Villager, Chester
It was my 50th birthday recently, and my husband took me for breakfast in my favorite little village Chester, CT, near our cabin. I wanted eggs Benedict with smoked salmon because it is my favorite food and I only have it on special occasions. I asked husband to call first to make sure they had what I wanted and he said “Of course they will have it, duhh, they serve breakfast?”. I was doubtful, but men are always right, so I just quietly followed behind the all knowing king of all that is known, and hoped that he was right for once.
When we arrived in Chester, I was a little concerned because there were road works and the road was totally blocked. It was almost impossible for us to get to the cafe. We drove around trying to find a way in, and finally arrived after a massive detour. I was not prepared for plan B breakfast options, so I was relieved to finally get there.
When I looked at the menu, there was not an eggs benedict in sight. OMG. I was really worried now. We looked at each other and I saw a look of panic on m’lords face. He sheepish asked what I wanted and I said “Eggs Benedict please!!!”. A big smiling face greeted me from behind the counter and cheerily said ” I can make you eggs Benedict if you like”. To cut a long story short, they were perhaps the best eggs Benedict I have ever had, and the owner of the cafe is now a client, and now I am making his website for him. What a fortuitous meeting. We now go there ever week. His cafe is called The Villager and it is by far the best place for breakfast in the vicinity. And it turns out his wife has been following cavewoman. What a small world this is. My husband was so happy he left a giant tip and the smiling man tried to give it back. When you find good, honest, kind people (and eggs benedict) on your 50th, it makes you happy to be alive.
Root Mushroom Farm
BTW: The mushrooms in this recipe were grown from a kit my husband bought me for Christmas, from Root Mushroom Farm. It is a kit that you just have to spray with water twice a day and you get an amazing crop of mushrooms. I am on my 4th crop. It’s so much fun to see them grow. They grow literally before your eyes. They make a super gift for someone special.
Live Everyday as if it Were To be Your Last (especially once you hit 50)
Having had such a delightful breakfast and hitting 50, I decided there is no time to waste. I am having poached eggs every morning. If I love them, then I shall have them. I won’t have hollandaise every day, that is reserved for times when I want a buttery treat. I also want to live to see my 51st.
- ¼ Onion - Sliced
- Brussels Spouts - Shaved
- 6 -10 Cherry Tomatoes - Halved
- 2 Slices Bacon
- 6 Trumpet Mushrooms
- 2 Poached Free Range Eggs
- 1 tsp Olive Oil
- Sunflower Sprouts
- Slice the onion and saute in a little ghee with the shaved Brussels. Set aside.
- Put some water into the egg poacher and boil. Add 2 eggs and cook for 4 minutes until white.
- Half the tomatoes, sprinkle with olive oil and seasoning and bake on 250F until soft.
- Cook the bacon in a heavy skillet and mushrooms in a little ghee on medium until slightly crispy.
- Assemble ingredients and serve.