He Speaks: Poached Egg & Bacon Muffin

Good morning! I'm so excited for today's post because it's coming at you from Shaun! If you've been reading for a while, you know all about the story of how we fell in love, how we got married on a beach in Aruba, how we spend the holidays...and just daily life that I often talk about with my wonderful husband. Shaun and I cook together all the time and I'm thrilled that he's finally doing a guest post. We definitely share a love of food, of eating, and of all things culinary...so without further ado...

Hi, I'm Shaun... Rachel's husband . I have followed this blog from its inception...taste testing Rachel's latest creations, reading over her shoulder as she writes each morning and have always wanted to write a post for it. I have long been a food fanatic and was enticed to write a post because The Avid Appetite combines articles I like to read... food knowledge and food science with a smattering of pop culture and Rachel's interests.

 

I believe (although it may be disputed by Rachel) that I got us started on this culinary ride, and it only made sense (very little at most, since Rachel is the brain and skill behind the blog) that I contribute something every once in a while since I also love getting in the kitchen, trying out new recipes...and playing ultimate taste tester. Today I'm excited to share a recipe and how-to. I recently learned how to poach eggs and it's too good not to share. So here's my recipe for a little poached egg sandwich...I hope you enjoy my very first post!


Raise your hand, paw or claw if you have ever poached something before reading this article.  From what I can see, it looks like less than half of you have your hands up (and I think that most of you with your hands up are confusing poaching with boiling). 
Most of us have tossed broccoli or cauliflower into a pot of boiling water, walked away, poured ourselves a glass of wine, fallen asleep on the couch and realized that the stove was still on.  We lumbered over to the stove top to find the broccoli or cauliflower done...done to death.  Watery, mushy and vapid.  Well, that's not really even remotely what poaching is all about.  Poaching is all about using the warm, comforting embrace of heated water to cook delicate foods to perfection.  Delicate foods like eggs, that had in previous times been fried, broiled, or scrambled.  I assure you that there is nothing warm and comforting about being scrambled or fried. 
 
It took me a while to work it all out, but let me show you a delectable breakfast recipe that incorporates a toasted English muffin, one slice of cheddar cheese, two slices of bacon and one deliciously poached egg.  Kinda reminds me of a mainstream fast food breakfast sandwich but with a lot more flavor.

 
Poached Egg & Bacon Muffin
Ingredients:
 
1 egg (I prefer chicken eggs)
2 slices of thick center cut bacon (there is absolutely no harm in using turkey bacon or fakin' bacon instead)
1 Thomas' Light Multi Grain Muffins (This recipe will work with any muffin or sandwich thin.  You can always go sans buns for a super low-carb option as well)
1 slice of Cheddar or American cheese
1 mini pinch of salt (applied to the poached egg once it has been cooked)
1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
water, about 2-3 C
 
How to get things done:
This recipe can of course be scaled up to make as many sandwiches as you need, but I strongly urge you to not overcrowd the pan.
- In a small saucepan, bring at least 3" of water to a simmer.  That's where it has those little bubbles popping up on the outside.  CAUTION: Not a rolling boil

- Once water gets to a simmer, keep it there and split your muffin in half and drop it into the toaster

- While the muffin is toasting, lay down a layer of paper towel on a microwavable plate and slap your bacon down.  Cover with another layer of paper towel and microwave on high for 2.5 minutes.  Microwaving bacon seems like it should be illegal, but there are a number of benefits. 
1.  The microwave cooks it more evenly than on the stove top. 
2.  Cooking it with the paper towel on top save not only the microwave from becoming a disaster zone but also keeps your stove top from becoming a giant pain in the ass to clean.  (If you have an electric range this does not pertain to you but then again, if you have an electric range you might have other concerns.

- Add 1 Tbsp of white wine vinegar to the simmering water

- Once your muffin is done toasting and your bacon has been crisped, take the bottom half of the muffin and place it on a plate.  Add the one slice of cheese to the muffin, snap the bacon slices in half and add that on top of the cheese...now on to cooking the egg.

- Break one egg into a bowl (I actually use a teacup because it's easier, we never use them and it has a wide mouth (that's what he said) which makes it easier to drop the egg into the pot of simmering water without breaking the yolk which is the goal.

- Set your timer of preference for 2 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel covered plate to rest for 30 seconds.

- Add newly poached egg to the already assembled muffin bottom, cheese and bacon setup.  Cover with remaining muffin top...and consume.
It's perfectly velvety, runny and delicious. And I've decided to never go back to fried eggs again! Hope you like this recipe, photos of your poached creations would be much appreciated.
Questions of the Day:

Have you ever eaten poached eggs? Or made them?

What's your favorite way to eat eggs?

psst...Christine is telling us about her tips for managing breakouts on The Peach & The Pit!

When Shaun Makes Dinner, Part 2

I love being married to a man who cooks.

Although I obviously love cooking and baking {and even get a little antsy if I haven't been in the kitch for a while}, it's so nice to simply not have to make dinner on nights when I want to get to the gym, run errands or just don't want to. That's where this guy comes in.

For Christmas, I gave him a new grill. We have a charcoal grill, but it seems as though charcoal grills + condo living = frowned upon. So we went electric. Though it's not quite the same as the charcoal grill, we found out last night that it is pretty darn close!

 

Since I've been on a healthy kick in 2012, his last dinner masterpiece just wouldn't do. Classic fish and chips...sigh.

Using an Asian-style marinade (with fresh ginger!) Shaun grilled up some chicken and sauteed up some veggies.

 

The result was like a healthy, real-food version of take-out Chinese! It was so delicious. The chicken was tender and juicy, while the veggies were sweet and soft. Oh and please excuse my horrible iPhone pic...the battery in my camera had died...

 

I'll take his cooking any day!

Questions of the Day:

Do you like grilling? I usually leave it to Shaun! And I could eat a cheeseburger just about everyday in the summer.

Do you prefer cooking or to have someone else cook for you? I like both!

 

psst...Kimberly is blogging about her upcoming winter trip over on The Peach & The Pit! Czech it out!

When Shaun Makes Dinner...

It looks a little something like this...

Fish & chips!

I love that my husband cooks. I would have probably whipped up yet another batch of black bean quesadillas or English muffin pizzas since I was so beat last night. But my husband? He pulled out all the stops. Using Bobby Flay's Throwdown cookbook, he made the famous A Salt & Battery fish from the famed West Village fish & chips shop. Complete with malt vinegar and homemade tartar sauce.

The batter was light and oh-my-god-unbelievable. The fish was perfectly cooked. White and flaky, meaty and light. I'm a lucky gal.

So Shaun, you're making dinner every night from this day forward, right?

I thought so...

Have a delicious weekend everyone!

Questions of the Day:

When's the last time someone cooked for you? What did they make?

What's on tap for this weekend?

We have lots of family activities planned and I cannot wait! I'll dish on it all next week!

psst...We're sharing our peaches (highs) & pits (lows) of the week over on The Peach & The Pit. Join in the fun and add yours over there too!