Asparagus and Soft Eggs on Toast

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Remember that post-it I wrote yesterday to my husband about dinner not having to include meat to be a meal? Yeah, well, it was written with this recipe in mind. It’s from Real Simple magazine (which I heart, by the way). I was dying to make it. It’s supposed to look like this:

Admittedly I’m no Martha Stewart. But I just want to ask you, my dear readers: do your poached/soft eggs come out this perfect and perky looking? Mine did not. I conveniently forgot we have a Williams-Sonoma egg-poaching pan with separate little compartments for each egg. We registered for it when we got married and used it often before the girls were born, but not so much lately. So infrequently that I forgot we had it. Otherwise my eggs might have been prettier. I was so mortified with the outcome that I did not photograph my sad, frumpy eggs. I should have, because then you would have laughed at my efforts and this post would be so much better. Suffice it to say that this is kinda what happened when I plated everything and served it last night:

However, everything tasted delicious despite its sketchy appearance. I admit we were both hungry again shortly thereafter. Still, it’s a good way to be “green,” (LOL) even if only one night a week or so. Less meat is better for our bodies and better for our planet (not to mention easier on our wallets!).

p.s. If you try this recipe, please cut off the tough ends of the asparagus stems and then use a peeler on the remaining bottom inch or so. Makes it so much tastier!

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  • Heide

    Hilarious! Love that book title. I have basically stopped photographing food altogether because really, unless you're a pro, why bother? My meals may be tasty but they are so unattractive.

  • Daffy

    It sounds really good! Hubs may actually eat that but my eggs would not be pretty. No poacher-ific pan for me. I heart fresh asparagus!

    Laughed out loud on the book title! You rock!

  • Matty

    I applaud your efforts. But this "title" is funnier than any actual picture you could have posted.

    What would have been a great picture is the looks on their faces when they saw their plates.

  • Amy C

    LOL…love the Dr. Suess book..heehee. Hey, just wanted to thank you again for all of your advice. The boys go to bed at 7:30 pm and sleep till 7 am!!! They have done this consistently for over a month…yay!!! Thanks for your help!

  • Travis

    Shit looked great!

    Sounded great too! I'm gonna have to try it!

    Nothing looks like it does in magazines. They make that stuff look good with glue and fake food that's been painted to look perfect. I saw a show on it one time.

    Don't feel bad.

  • Raoulysgirl

    That looks SOOOO good! My hubby would actually eat it, too…if I served a side of bacon!!!

    I've tried to convince him that portobella mushrooms are the "steak" of the mushroom world. He promptly reminds me that they are NOT the "steak" of his world.

    I give up. He'd probably like Green Eggs and Ham better…at least it's meat.

  • kys

    I don't even try for a soft-boil anymore. I am a big failure in the kitchen.

    PS The book cover is high-larious!

  • Poconut

    I'm sure they were delicious and looked 100x better than if I had attempted it. That book cover made me laugh out loud!

  • leigh

    Love that book cover. Al that matters is that it tastes good.

    At least you're making an effort. I ordered Papa John's Tuesday $5 special last night. This mama was just not in the mood to cook, much less try to make a new dish.


  • hurstburst

    I'm rolling! That was the biggest laugh I've had today. In all seriousness, my husband, who lately has become a complete health nut, would LOVE this recipe. I'm forwarding him this post.

  • Aunt Juicebox

    LOL That was too funny! Well, I can't get my family to eat much asparagus, and the toast is totally out anyway, but I love me some poached eggs. I like them soft boiled too. My favorite food is smoked salmon with cream cheese and boiled eggs. MMMMMMMM

  • MJ

    Sorry, but I would have looked at you like you were the fuzzy lil dude on the book had you served me that dish – ugh. And not just because of the asparagus. Something about poached eggs *blech* makes my stomach turn just thinking about them.

  • Theta Mom

    Love the title of that book! Classic.

  • Kittie Howard

    LOL, really loved your posting, actually, I really needed a good laugh…Thanks!

  • JennyMac

    HHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA…that book made me laugh out loud. Sorry that I think I just woke MiniMac up from his nap though. LOL.

  • Menopausal New Mom

    Erin, I laughed out loud at your post you clever girl and good writer!!!

    Captured the mood perfectly and that book, well, where can I buy my copy?

    Loved it!

  • Holly

    I am impressed…even if it didn't look like the photo. More impressed by the book title :)

    I would eat that up for dinner! Yummy.

    Why can't hubby's understand meat is not necessary every night!


  • The Crazy Baby Mama

    love the book title — :) and great post (as usual)

  • Stephanie Faris

    My boyfriend's good at poaching eggs so I let him handle it. Still, I'd rather just have either fried or boiled eggs. Poaching is too much work!

  • knitwit

    I just came over from Tater Tot Mom's blog, and I am laughing my butt off at that Dr. Seuss cover!
    I love asparagus, and I love poached eggs, so I'll be giving this recipe a try. I'm sure mine will look terrible too, but as my dad always says, it all goes down the same way!

  • mama-face

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAA. let me catch my breath.

    i almost wet my pants when I read the cover of the book.

    Oh, yeah, the food sounds good. Even with frumpy eggs! Good job.

    so funny. :)

  • Sarafree

    LOL! That looks like a great book I'll be serving often, with dinner.

  • Kathy

    HAHAHA! I love the book! The dish looks great, but I'm afraid I would be starving after eating that also…and I am a vegetarian! I've never made a poached egg in my life and I've been married for 37 years! I applaud your effort!

  • Meeko Fabulous

    Practice makes perfect, right? I'm making a meatless meal tonight too. It's called Fideo. :)

  • adrienzgirl

    Sorry so late tonight. Been busy cooking all day for relatives in from out of state.

    1.) The book, freakin' hi-lar-i-ous!

    2.) That probably isn't even all real food. They do all this crazy stuff to food to make it look pretty in the magazine pics. I saw it on Food Network.

    Oh, and asparagus, my favorite veg. Love it.

  • Elaine A.

    My hubs loves this kinda thing and I saw that recipe but never made it and we have one of those egg poacher things too. I'm going to try it.

    Your Dr. Suess is awesome! HA HA HA!

  • Cynthia@RunningWithLetters

    Ah ha! The story behind your egg comment over at my place :)

    So funny! But it looks really good!!

  • Glama Ray

    Bwhhahhaaaa! I love it! and I am sure your eggs were super!

  • Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity

    OMG! I nearly wet my pants laughing at the book title!! I have had a few of those WTF is this? moments during cooking too. At least yours were edible! :)

  • Lee the Hot Flash Queen

    I wish you had taken a picture! I love my egg poacher…never use it…but love it!

  • BigSis

    Taste is way more important! And I bet that tasted awesome!

  • blueviolet

    I don't like eggs but I'm all for less meat or none of it!


    pasta doesn't include meat, does it? well i guess sometimes. but not alot. or maybe so. as i said … i'm no cook and that dr seuss book pretty much sums up most of my meals.

    i'm just getting to my black friday post and i know you don't do xmas but how can you refrain from buying presents! oh my word! your will is much stronger than mine!

  • Concord Carpenter

    Great post – thanks for helping to get the word out…. that floating mess in the ocean is the size of Texas!

  • Neva

    I think your Dr. Seuss book pops up over the heads of various family members nightly in my house! Nigela Larson has a similar recipe, and it sounds so delicious when she talks you through it with her lovely accent. I mean she could say saute a little terd in butter and I would think, "Hmm, I don't usually eat terds but she makes it sound lovely!"