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.
Working quickly, crack one egg into the center of each toast. Cook until the whites are set.
Serve family style with a big spoon for scooping bits of avocado and tomato onto each person's portion.
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