“What do you mean he don’t EAT NO MEAT?”

“Oh that’s okay…that’s okay…I make lamb”

So we all know that I have issues with delaying gratification. (Anyone remember that time I was so excited to make buffalo chicken dip for Superbowl Sunday that I spent the entire week putting Franks Red Hot on anything I could get my hands on? For a reminder, see the back to back posts Buffalo Chicken Anything and Buffalo Chicken Everything.) So, of course, in similar fashion, I’ve spent the entire week awaiting the glorious baby lamb that I’ll get to dig into on Easter Sunday. And today I decided I just couldn’t take it anymore. That coupled with the fact that I just saw Giada make quinoa-crusted lamb chops, I knew I just couldn’t wait another day. Plus, I was very intrigued how this new trendy super food would taste wrapped around a perfectly seared piece of lamb. In Giada’s recipe she coats the lamb with raw quinoa. Now, I was a little skeptical about how quinoa, which is essentially a seed, would taste uncooked. But, hey, I’m adventurous and I figured if it was awful we could always just brush it off and eat the lamb shops naked. Much to my surprise, the quinoa got nice and toasty from the cast iron sear and it was ah-mazing. Arguably better than cooked quinoa.

To go along side I decided on steamed asparagus with a poached egg on top. I’ve been on a big fried and poached egg kick lately. I’ve been topping everything with eggs and I get really excited when I think of a food that would go perfectly under a runny egg. I realized this makes me sound weird. But I swear I’m not alone. A few weeks ago I went to Pulino’s with some of my sorority sisters and I talked my friend Nat into splitting an arugula and prosciutto pizza with a fried egg in the middle. A few days later I received the following email:

“I have been putting fried eggs on EVERYTHING ever since that glorious night.I thought you were the only person who’d appreciate that statement”

 And I did appreciate it. Because you see, when you top veggies, pizza, sandwiches, hash browns or anything your little imagination can think of with a runny egg, the yolk serves as this rich, glorious, silky sauce that just coats every bite of food and makes you all happy inside. And bonus…no guilt! It’s not a cheese sauce, or a cream sauce, or another kind of calorie packed sauce. It’s just a simple egg, cooked with no added fat. It’s a great source of protein and most importantly, it’s simply delicious.

And egg poaching could not be easier. Here’s how ya do it:

Bring a pot with 2 to 3 inches of water to an almost boil, add 2 tbsp. of vinegar and then:

Crack the egg into a small cup
Holding the egg near the surface, gently slip the egg into the water
Using a slotted spoon push the egg white over the egg
Turn off the heat, let sit for 4 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon and EAT!!

5 thoughts on ““What do you mean he don’t EAT NO MEAT?”

  1. Liz, I saw Giada’s episode too- and was just as curious how raw qunioa would taste. One drawback to her lamb chops? She used so much oil! I’m glad you experimented with it though so now I can try it!

    p.s. putting an egg on everything is the key to life. A burger with a fried egg is infinitely better than a plain burger.

    1. I noticed that too about the oil, so instead I just sprayed a cast iron grill pan with pam and grilled them about 7 minutes a side. It worked great and didn’t stick to the pan at all. Oh and a fried egg on a burger should be illegal its so good.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. I’ve had the same affliction lately – eggs on top of other foods. I made this casserole of creamy tomato sauce, corn tortillas, extra sharp cheddar cheese with eggs on top. It was quite good in an odd way, especially when you broke the yolk open and it blended with all the other flavors. So……………….if you’re weird, it runs in your family. I know it’s hard to hear, but I think we’re all a tad nutty!

  3. An even quicker, even easier (if that’s possible) way to poach an egg is this:

    1. Put 1/3 cup water in a microwaveable bowl.
    2. Put your egg in that bowl.
    3. Drape a paper towel loosely over the bowl
    4. Microwave for 1 minute
    5. Remove with slotted spoon. Voila! Poached eggs for lazy people!

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