“Poached” eggs for breakfast when you have no time

poached eggs on buttered toast

Add ketchup if desired

You should aim to have 2 eggs for breakfast, preferably with wholemeal bread. Firstly, it will make you more efficient at work and keep you full for longer as well as reduce the need for snacking. Secondly, if you suffer from cholesterol, this is the only time you will be allowed to eat eggs because your body can then have the whole day to process them.

You don’t need to buy any fancy toast/poach makers, you just need to be organised.

Times for this tip will vary depending on your circumstances (size of saucepan, number, size and core temperature of eggs).

Basically, prepare your sliced bread inside the toaster, place two whole eggs in a small saucepan and cover them with cold water. Place them on a hot stove, put the timer on for 12 minutes and run and have your shower (or do whatever you have to do). Come back (preferably with a towel around your body if you share your home with other people!) 12 minutes later, empty the hot water and fill with cold water (this will stop the eggs from cooking). Leave it to stand and push the button on your toaster. Go and get dressed then your breakfast will be almost ready. Butter your toast (if you like butter of course!) then open the top of the egg and scoop out the inside with a spoon (not quite “poached” but near enough).

If the eggs are not runny enough inside for your taste, reduce the cooking time by 1 minute and spend less time under the shower.

Anyway, it is up to you to organise your time around you cooking breakfast. You could also make your tea as the same time as your toast since you are meant to leave your tea bag infuse for at least 5-7 minutes to get the most of the anti-oxidants.

If you have a little bit more time to make proper poached eggs, have a look at my tips on how to make poached eggs the efficient way!