sparkle kitchen: eggs in a poke
December 7, 2016
On the seventh day of Martin & Sylvia's Audio Advent Calendar, in the story “The Tree,” Martin and Sylvia wake up to the first snowfall. The pair quickly bundles-and-boots-up to play in their backyard and explore what the snow has done to their favorite apple trees.
But then, on a high branch, Martin spots an advent card with a Christmas tree on it. Is it a clue about what the family will do that day?
It's always so cozy on the morning of the first snowfall, and in this story Daddy makes Martin and Sylvia's house even cozier with a hearty breakfast of “eggs in a poke.”
Also called “eggs in a hole,” “eggs in a basket,” and (in Great Britain) “toad in a hole,” eggs in a poke is simply an egg cooked in a piece of toast with the center cut out. While the hole in the toast is traditionally cut with a biscuit cutter, because we're in the midst of the holidays it's just as easy — and pretty fun — to use a holiday cookie cutter to make a shape.
Another fun holiday touch? Serve up your eggs in a poke on a big platter of sliced avocado and canned tomatoes. Not only does it make this breakfast heartier, it's a lovely dose of red and green, too.
Christmas Eggs In a Poke
1 tablespoon butter
4 slices bread
1 14.5 ounce can whole, peeled tomatoes
salt and pepper, to taste
Melt the butter on a large griddle or skillet. Slice the avocado, wring out and chop the tomatoes, and spread them each onto the sides of a large platter.
Then, use your favorite Christmas cookie cutter to cut out the center of each slice of bread, reserving the inside shape for dipping. Lightly toast the bread (both outer ring and insert) on one side, then flip it.
Working quickly, crack one egg into the center of each toast. Cook until the whites are set.
If you like an over-easy egg, remove your eggs in a poke from the heat, and arrange them on the platter. If you want your eggs a bit more cooked, flip the toasts once more—with confident conviction to keep the eggs from coming apart — and let the toast cook on the first side for about thirty more seconds. Again, plate your eggs up with the avocado and tomatoes.
Serve family style with a big spoon for scooping bits of avocado and tomato onto each person's portion.
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About the Author
Sparkle Kitchen & Craft Blogger
The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred year old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two pre-schoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion--showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun--in her weekly Sparkle Kitchen posts.
When Meryl isn't writing for Sparkle Kitchen, you can find her on her personal blog, My Bit of Earth, where she writes about chickens, babies, knitting, gardening, food, photography, and whatever else tickles her fancy on any given day.
About Martin & Sylvia's Audio Advent Calendar
This story is a part of Martin & Sylvia's Audio Advent Calendar -- 25 stories for the 24 magical days of Advent in December - plus Christmas! From the playhouse to the library, from the Weber's restaurant to the Spunderful Shop, you can spend all of December with the delightful brother and sister as they follow their own Advent adventure. Enjoy a 10 to 25 minute story every day, all the way to Christmas!