Bread Rolls with Poached Egg, Cherry Tomatoes, Parmesan, Oregano & Cress
Sunday... the only day I have a "proper breakfast" as you know and although my sweet tooth was yearning to be taken care of, my common sense told me to keep breakfast more simple- those sins I committed at Christmas are still there to haunt me!
So- poached eggs it was to be- although of course I wanted to do something nice with them!
No rich, buttery sauces or anything like that for me- no bacon or ham... just good fresh tomato and cress to bring those innocent little eggies to life, a hint of Parmesan cheese for some extra seasoning and richness and a hot mug of coffee to keep them in good company!
A little oregano added to the cherry tomatoes really brought out the best of their fruity flavor- and when the golden yolks combined them with the cress and the Parmesan cheese- well, all I can say is that the result was simply delicious!
Here you can see how simple a tasty breakfast can be- whilst still being rich and sophisticated in its flavors. You don't need to be frying and fattening everything up to make it taste good- oh, absolutely not!
2 little rolls, 2 little eggs, 4 cherry tomatoes, a few shavings of Parmesan and a good handful of cress... sounds good? IS good! And is more than enough!
The eggs were simply poached in water, with a good splash of white vinegar added and a teaspoon of salt. once the water boils, reduce it to a gentle simmer and then drop in the eggs. Forget what they tell you about 4 minutes being a good cooking time- unless you want the eggs to be totally liquid, if they are regular sized eggs, aim more for 6 minutes. That way the whites will be firm and the yolks will have a rich, gentle, just-soft center to them... which is what you want if you are going to eat them in a roll like this!
As for the Italian name for poached eggs, "uova in camicia", which translates as "eggs in shirts", I just find that wonderful- you can see where the name comes from when you see them swimming around in their billowy, white cases! :-)
Whilst the eggs poach, toast the rolls and lay them out with thinly sliced tomato- then season it with salt, pepper and dried oregano... the tomato can add lots of taste and not simply serve as a colorful garnish!
Set the eggs on top of the tomatoes, sprinkle with pepper and add just a few slices of Parmesan cheese. Here is a little cress added, just for the benefit of the photo...
See how perfect those eggs are? That's what I am talking about!
Whereas THIS is about the amount of cress you should actually be adding for those rolls to taste super-good!
Even covered-up, they still look super-good too!
And taste even better than they look! Enjoy!