Saturday Brunch Chronicles: the poached egg

Another Saturday, another reason to create a breakfast worthy of enjoying while reading The Casual Vacancy. For some reason, I can’t get over the utility of eggs. You can poach them, fry them, bake them, boil them, scramble them, make them into an omlette, reinvent leftovers with them. You can meringue them, smoothie them, blend them, make a soufflé, make it saucy with mayonnaise or aoili. The list is endless, and that’s why my love affair with des oeuffes continues to grow.

Today, I’ve poached them over a bed of blanched-then-sautéed spinach greens. Top that with crushed black pepper, salt and a little bit of thyme (because we have a lot of it to spend with shops closed on Saturday). _DSC1433

Breakfast isn’t complete with out some pane (bread). I can’t get enough of this lightly toasted calabrese variety from the corner shop by my apartment. You’ll see why in later posts.

I finally have REAL coffee (not Lavazza). I found it with the help of fellow-Masters student Vibe. It’s from a tiny boutique coffee shop.

The owner reminded me of Johnny Depp in "Chocolat."
The owner reminded me of Johnny Depp in “Chocolat.”

I swooned at the varieties–from a lightly tanned Karnataka to Ethiopian dark roast. Mocha isn’t just a coffee drink. It’s also an Italian variety of coffee maker (Moka). Compared to the Bodum French press, it is a bit different. Basically, the water filters upwards through a filter.

As the Italians say, buon appetito!

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