Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal to cook. There just isn’t any downside to a meal where you can choose to make a dish filled with cheese and runny egg yolk, or say “fuck it” and make dessert, and no one can judge you for either. Breakfast is literally anything you want it to be.
I used to make breakfast for myself every day before school. But now that I’m an adult, my employer does it for me. Yeah, okay, I’m a spoiled little brat. It’s especially cruel to the rest of the world since I actually know how to make my own breakfast, yet still get waited on. I’m sorry. It’s not my fault people do nice things for me, like feed me. This is why I always have an empty fridge.
But sometimes I miss cooking breakfast. I used to make something special every Saturday, like pancakes or crepes, and my husband and I would enjoy a lovely morning of laying on the couch and carbo loading. It was totally awesome. Probably one of the top five things I miss about marriage. Right up there with unconditional love and a consistent sex life.
So call me nostalgic, but I made myself breakfast for one this morning. Halfway because I missed it, and halfway because this avocado was going to get weird if I didn’t use it today. So you can thank my fond memories and the avocado both for this delightful recipe.
[Oh my Jesus, look at that yolk.]
Avocado-Tomato Toast with a Poached Egg, serves one lonely person for breakfast.
1 slice wheat bread
1/4 large avocado, diced
1/2 tomato, seeded and diced
1 egg (fairly fresh), room temperature
Salt and pepper to taste
Toast the bread. While bread is toasting, heat 2-3 inches of water in a small saucepan. If you know how to poach an egg, you can stop reading and just do it. If not, follow my lead. Crack the egg into a tiny bowl. Add about 1-2 tsp of white vinegar to the water. Turn the heat to medium-high until small bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the saucepan, and the water starts to smoke. When the bubbles start to look like a little jacuzzi (not the kind that is boiling and bubbling too much), turn the heat to medium-low. Swirl the water around with a slotted spoon, and carefully slip the egg from the tiny bowl into the little whirlpool formed by the spoon. The egg should swirl around a little, but remain mostly in tact. If you totally screw this up, don’t worry. I think I discarded 8 failed poached eggs on my first egg poaching adventure. Just keep at it. If you haven’t ruined your egg, let it sit there for about 3 minutes, or until the yolk is still squishy and the white is mostly firm. Remove with slotted spoon to a paper towel. Pat dry and remove any unsightly edges.
Top toast with avocado, then tomato, then poached egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Enjoy!