veggie hash with poached egg

What’s for breakfast? I had a little bit of roasted zucchini, a little bit of snow peas and peppers, and a handful of green beans. I put it together in a saucepan with some frozen corn, lima beans, and peas, added some thyme and rosemary, salt and pepper and a couple tablespoons of water et voila! Vegetable hash. I topped it off with a poached egg. A poached egg is easy to do and if you want a step by step, fool-proof how-to, then go to this Smitten Kitchen page for some great pictures on how to poach an egg. To sum up, the steps are:

  1. Crack an egg into a small dish. Set aside.
  2. Heat  3 inches of water in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Add a bit of white vinegar. When the water gets to the “fish eye” stage (bubbles all over but not bubbling), stir the pot. Into the center of the whirlpool, pour the egg. The swirling water will keep the egg white into a ball. Let simmer about 1-3 minutes depending on how runny you like the yolk. It’s cooked when the egg white is no longer transparent but has turned white all over.  I like the yolk thickened so I let it sit in the water until it looks solid but still a deep yellow, like the picture above. Use a slotted spoon to remove the egg to top off the veggie hash.

Meeting Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen

How does she do it? That’s what I wanted to know! Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen talked about her successful food blog at the Apple Store on 14th Street in Manhattan. In her slide show she showed us a picture of her New York kitchen. It is actually smaller than the Teeny Tiny Kitchen. And she puts out a food blog from that tiny kitchen. Now, that’s awesome. So what’s her secret? There isn’t any. She talked about blogging, commenting, cooking, parenting, and writing a cookbook, but all comes down to good writing. Like Dianne Jacob in Will Write for Food she recommends Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. I read it about 5 years ago the summer I started writing my dissertation proposal. I thought it lyrical and wise, a book about life and writing about life. That’s just what food blogging is all about too.