There’s less than two weeks to go until Christmas and it seems like every minute of every day is focussed on food. Television is full of celebrity chefs each showing you the perfect way to roast a turkey and demonstrating the 300 essential side dishes you must serve up with it. Magazines are chock-a-block with Christmas recipes and photographs of the most gloriously set tables.
In my own kitchen I am spending my spare time cooking for Christmas too; the freezer is already full of cranberry sauce, spiced red cabbage and mince pies – all to save time on the big day so I can actually spend time with my family like a normal person.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this – I seek out the Christmas food channels and I buy those magazines – but sometimes it can seem a bit too much. This weekend alone we will be going to three Christmas parties and two of those involve a three course dinner.
So, in between the excesses of the season, I like to make simple, light and tasty food. The joy of eating a simple supper whilst curled up by the fire is the best antidote I know to winter.
This particular dish of poached eggs and avocado on toast is a perfect example. The bright greens combat the wet, wintery grey outside, the rich textures belie the healthiness of the dish and you can be sitting down to eat it ten minutes after you get in from work.
The dish needs a little sharpness to lift it which is why I have included French dressing in the recipe but I actually prefer to give it a bigger flavour boost by adding chimichurri. You could also try pesto but swap the coriander for basil if you do.
All in all it is the perfect simple but indulgent dish for a December full of excess. I hope you try it.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 large ripe Avocado
2 fresh free-range Eggs
Crusty Bread for toasting (I used Sour dough)
Leftover Green Veg (spinach/cabbage/cavolo nero etc.)
A large handful of Fresh Coriander (or basil)
1 tbsp French Dressing (or pesto or chimichurri)
Toast a thick slice of bread for each person.
Heat a pan of water for the egg.
Cut the avocado in half and remove the stone. It should slip easily from the peel if it is ripe enough. Slice the avocado.
Poach the egg.
Warm the green veg through in a little melted butter. Pile it onto the toast. Top with the avocado and drizzle with the dressing (or an alternative – see above). Place the egg on top, sprinkle with the chopped coriander and enjoy. It’s as simple as that.