26 June 2012

Sauteed Kale with Poached Egg

After a busy week, a Saturday all to myself and I relished the peace and the quiet and maybe celebrating a little that I am over the Winter hump!  Well my Winter hump, Winter may have a couple of months to go, but for me it is the shorter days that get me.  Getting up in the dark, coming home in the dark, these shorter days somehow make everything weigh a little heavier. It is not even that bad here in New Zealand and winter has certainly been of the milder variety. We may not get the extremely long summer days that the northern hemisphere enjoys but that does means on the other side of the coin the shorter days here are not quite as extreme either.  Still I always struggle a little with June, well until the 21 June and the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year here in New Zealand.  Now each day we will collect a few more moments of day light as we edge ever closer to spring.  For me that is enough to make each day just a little bit better and a little less heavy.  One should indeed take the time, even if just a few moments, to appreciate the small things.

Another of life's simple pleasures is the perfectly poached egg.  Cutting in to that little white pocket, the golden yolk spilling over hot buttered toast or in this case over a kale spiked with chilli and garlic has to be one of the best starts to any day, it really can't help but put a smile on your face.

Another thing that makes me smile is this blog, the culinary diary it provides, marking moments in time and not to forget all the lovely people I have met.  It really has been quite a wonderful journey so far. Food really does bring people together even virtually, it does indeed put the social in to social media.  And today it makes me smile a little more as we celebrate our second anniversary together. Happy Birthday Toast!

Sauteed Kale with a Poached Egg

This is a quick and easy breakfast, brunch, lunch or supper and hardly  even a recipe as such.

Serves 1

1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 red chilli, diced
2 cups kale, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 egg, gently poached
2 slices, sourdough toasted


Heat the olive oil over a low to medium heat in a small frying pan.  Add the garlic and chilli and sauté for a couple of moments.  Add the kale and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until the kale is wilted and cooked through.

Meanwhile toast the sourdough and poach your egg.  For me I add vinegar to the water and follow the swirling method.

Butter your toast, top with the kale and then the poached egg.

This is one satisfying breakfast.  The golden yolk spilling through the kale is indeed one of life's simple pleasures.  And add to that hot buttered toast and a little chilli kick and for me you have a match made in heaven!  Which of life's simple pleasures makes you smile?

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  1. Happy blog birthday - glad it still makes you smile - as did that lovely poached egg. Afraid to say, I've never tried kale - grew up not liking many vegetables you see! You must have had a better deal in your part of Scotland!

    1. Thanks Lesley, don't think I ever had kale until I came here....but now I love it, being so green it just makes you feel good :)

  2. Happy 2 years! Well done to you Mairi. I love sauteed kale, add in a little chilli and I'm sold. xx

    1. Thanks Emma, 2 years has whizzed by! Yes kale & chilli is a personal favourite too.

  3. Happy 2nd blog birthday, Mairi! I'm so happy to have met you and enjoy all you share. This is one of my all-time favorite meals here...a poached egg truly is one of life's pleasures. Your last photo is stunning and has me heading for the kitchen now.

    1. Thanks Hannah, and likewise....I have met so many lovely people :)

  4. Not a winter kind of person either, but as you said we reached the hump and as my uncle was used to say we are going towards the nice/good days...
    Happy anniversary to Toast !

    1. Thanks Vanille....yes a few more minutes of daylight every day...so each one better & better :)


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