A Recipe for a Good Morning: Start off by brewing a cup of coffee or boiling the kettle for a morning cuppa. Turn on your favourite morning music (mine changes depending on weather and mood). Look out the window for a second and observe the stillness that this time of the day brings. Start to cook…
Place a medium sized saucepan filled with tap water onto the stove. Turn the heat onto high and cover with the lid. In a smoking hot frypan, lay 4-5 bacon rashers down to cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of your bacon. Once crispy, lay out on some paper towel to cool. Peel the outer layer of some white asparagus with a vegetable peeler, then saute in the hot bacon fat. Tear up a handful of radicchio leaves and throw in with the asparagus to wilt. At the end, season with sea salt and drizzle in some good quality balsamic vinegar then turn off the heat.
Once the water in your saucepan starts to boil, add a generous dash of white or apple cider vinegar and turn down to a medium heat so that only tiny bubbles break the surface of the water. Crack a room temperature egg into a small bowl and slide it into the centre of the saucepan. Using a slotted spoon, you can keep the egg together by gently pushing water in towards the egg. Arrange some fresh salad leaves onto your serving plate, leaving a gap in the middle for your egg. Once the egg firms up and turns from translucent to opaque your egg is ready to come out of the water. Scoop it out with the slotted spoon and drain as much water off the egg as possible before sliding it into the middle of your plate.
Season the salad to taste with salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and lay the radicchio-asparagus mixture on top of the leaves. Crush up the crispy bacon with your fingers and sprinkle over the dish. Finally drizzle a little more olive oil over everything, and maybe drop a knob of grass fed butter into the yolk of the egg. Eat immediately. Best with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
You can also check out my ‘Poached Egg How To’ for more detailed instructions on how to poach an egg.