Friday, August 26, 2011

Breakfast #45: Soft Boiled Eggs with Truffle Oil and Mushroom Salt

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It’s been a while since I have been on my breakfast soapbox here, so allow me to once again wax evangelical about my favorite meal. You all know how breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day, I am sure. It’s been a constant refrain of a million cereal commercials and mothers all around the world. So, I won’t bother repeating it…although it seems I just did.

Anyway.

I’m here to tell you that breakfast can be your best friend. It is exactly what you need at the beginning of your day, when the carnival of “the whole world” and all its demands/wonders/foibles has not yet made its way to you. It can be that rah-rah-rah that gets you going. It can be that comforting hug that tells you that this too shall pass. It can be the buttressing you need to get through an especially trying workday. It can be the elixir that lets you move mountains/change the world/answer 100 emails/do the laundry.

When I say breakfast, I don’t just mean what you eat, but also the time you take to eat it. Giving yourself a dedicated moment (no matter how long or short – I prefer long and luxurious, but I am aware that we do live in the real world majority of the time) to start your engine can be just as important as what you use to start it.

What’s that you say? You’re not a morning person? Well, let me tell you, with much resolution, neither am I. I hold a PhD in sleep and have, in the past, spent a good part of my life waking up at noon. But I can promise you, in all sincerity, that it is worth it. It really sets the tone for my day, gets me started confident and raring to go, instead of rushing forth blindly, blouse untucked, without plan or compass. It also keeps me from getting to lunch time starving, devouring the closest thing at hand, whether that be a week-old serving of Spam or 3 stale Krispy Kreme donuts.

Believe you me, breakfast is in all our best interests. Take the time to enjoy it. Here’s another way how.

Soft Boiled Eggs with Truffle Oil and Mushroom Salt (and toast soldiers)
  • 2 eggs (the best you can find/afford)
  • A drizzle of truffle oil, to taste
  • A sprinkling of mushroom salt, to taste
  • Toast soldiers, to serve
- Cook your eggs soft boiled using your preferred soft-boiling method. I won’t claim to have the best or sure-fire way of doing this. It’s a much-debated topic that I won’t get into here. If you’d like to know though, this is how we do it: I place the 2 eggs in room temperature water in a small pan, then place on high heat for about 5-7 minutes. I like my soft boiled very soft…just-set whites and gloriously runny yolks-gone-wild!
- While your eggs are cooking, make your toast soldiers. Toast a slice of bread, and then cut lengthways into 4 strips. You can butter these if you wish, but I forwent the butter since I used truffle oil in the eggs. A moment of uncharacteristic restraint….who knew?
- When your eggs are done, peel the tops off gently and scoop the eggs into a small bowl or cup.
- Drizzle truffle oil over the eggs and sprinkle with mushroom salt. Mix and taste…adjust seasoning. Consume immediately!

You can dunk the soldiers in the eggs or, as I love to do, just toss the soldiers into the eggs and press them down until all the egg is absorbed and the bread is a soggy mess of truffle-mushroom egginess!

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Although we would all benefit, both health-wise and in taste, from buying free range eggs, their rich flavorful yolks are most especially enjoyed in preparations like these. So do spring for them if you can! The mushroom salt I chanced upon at one of my favorite stores, owned and operated by friends who are passionate about all things local and sustainable. You can check it out here. If you are in Manila I highly recommend a visit…it’s a charming general store type gem offering all sorts of locally sourced goodies. Bring your own containers if you want to stock up on salt and rice. I love the subasta cacao, any of the sea salts, and the lemongrass hand wash.

I hope this has inspired you somewhat, even just a little bit, to go and set your alarm clock a smidgen earlier, and celebrate breakfast! Rise and shine everyone! :)

32 comments:

love cooking said...

This really can make me wake up early next morning to enjoy such nice breakfast. I love soft boiled eggs, serve with toast, really a mouth watering combination. :)

Mieke Zamora-Mackay said...

This is going to be my merienda today.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmmmhhh, divine! That is a winning combo.

Cheers,

Rosa

Lula said...

looks grrrreat.

At Masterchef they said something like if yout go to a restaurant and they have something with truffle oil you should run... but I disagree. I had fries fried in truffle oil and they were amazing!!

The Average Jane said...

Looks great! Yum! =)

Junglefrog said...

That looks gorgeous... and I agree; it's important to have breakfast! In fact; I don't think I could start my day with no breakfast (as apparently quite a few people do!)

Foodie Kim said...

This looks great! Mushroom salt? Who knew?

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Dexie said...

Perfect eggs!! And truffle oil?? I mean c'mon!! :)

Anonymous said...

Try it with a Tbsp of sour cream at the bottom on a butter greased ramekin. Add the raw eggs and bake in the oven with a water bath at around 180 fan forced for 15 mins or until just set. Then add the truffle oil and salt. This way you can make as many as you want and have a breakfast party. Take care, Ma Barker

ChichaJo said...

Hi love cooking! I love this combination too…and the early bird catches the worm! :)

Hi Mieke! Hope you enjoyed it ;)

Thanks Rosa!

Hi Lula! I just go with what I like and to hell with what the “masters” say ;)

Thanks Average Jane :)

Hi Junglefrog! I used to be one of those people! Until I really started making is a permanent part of my life…now I couldn’t be happier :)

Hi Foodie Kim! Yes, I hear you can make your own by grinding together sea salt and dried mushrooms :)

Hi Dexie! Thank you! I love eggs with truffle oil! I would love eggs with fresh truffle even better I am sure if only I could get my hands on it!

Thanks Wends! That sounds delicious! Miss you na! :)

Paz said...

OMG! I'm starving now. ;-)

giannina said...

mmmm mushroooooom salt!!! a little truffle makes everything right

Midge said...

I used to be a morning person till, alas, depression kicked in a few years ago and I got a bit lethargic! But if I get to have a breakfast that's every bit as delectable as this, I'm willing to wake up at four. :D

(Incidentally, I recommend preparing scrambled eggs with a nip of truffle oil and sliced mushrooms. It's my approximation of a Parisian brouillade aux truffes and it's like eating sunshine!)

Amanda Nguyen said...

YES PLEASE. totally trying this tomorrow!!

♡Amanda
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thou yang said...

yum!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Paz! This is but a few minutes work in the kitchen :)

Hi Giannina! I love it…it’s salt with a added savoriness :)

Hi Midge! I do hope you are all better now…those scrambled eggs sound divine!

Hi Amanda! Hope you enjoyed it :)

Hi thou yang! Thanks :)

thou said...

where can you find mushroom salt though? i never even heard of it before until now.

Chelsea Chan said...

The breakfast is simple and nice!! Love your post. However, mushroom salt is not available in my country (Thailand), can I replace with mushroom soy sauce???

ChichaJo said...

Hi Thou and Chelsea! I got mine at a local store here but I am sure you can find some where you are :) Or you can try making your own by whizzing dried mushrooms and salt together :)

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

This is a great little recipe...A little touch of luxury in the morning.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Scott! We all deserve a bit of luxury in the mornings don't you think? :)

This American Bite said...

Looks wonderful!

sanju said...

You have inspired me to try doing this myself. I will finally enter the kitchen to try it out.

ChichaJo said...

Hi This American Bite! Thanks :)

Hi Sanju! Very easy...very luxe for hardly any effort ;)

thediplomaticwife said...

I must get my hands on these mushroom salts!!!

ChichaJo said...

Hi DW! Let me know when you are heading this way so I can get you some! Otherwise you can also make your own by placing sea salt and dried porcini in a coffee grinder :)

foolishgal said...

Hi! I live in Taguig. Is there any chance that the local store where you bought your mushroom salt is near me? I don't know where to buy it. Help!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Foolishgal! The store is in the Collective on Malugay St. in Makati...not too close but not too far either :) You can give them a call at 400 4326 :)

Randie said...

At my work (a food distributor) we are all about the truffles. I will have to share this recipe with everyone!

Polka Kilo said...

Is this Vienna style egg?

Polka Kilo said...

I think it is is lovely my granny used to make it yamiii ;)

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heidiemakes said...

mmm mushroom salt,never tried!Sounds interesting!=)