Posts Tagged ‘poached eggs’

We had a blast of sunshine last week.  We are back to wintery weather again sadly!

However, when we had that lovely sunshine I was inspired to prep something nice and tasty for lunch…. and thought of Lily of My Mexican Shop’s delicious Huevos Rancheros…. folks she makes the best Huevos Rancheros.

Not having tomatillos in the house – here’s what developed.

And we got to enjoy it sitting in the sunshine outside

Poached eggs with Mango Salsa

Poached eggs with Mango Salsa


  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 green chilli, finely sliced
  • Juice of 1/2 lime


Couldn’t be simpler….. mix them all together.

You could serve with fried or poached eggs – our preference is always going to be poached eggs.

Enjoy 🙂

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or should I more accurately describe it in Twitter language – as what a Tweek?

Without going into the injuries and ailments that befell various members of the household, this was some week of activity!

I’ve often reported on how we use Twitter and Facebook to promote the business… but this week social media really proved itself!

It all started on Tuesday when we took Lucy off to the abattoir.  When I wrote my blog post on Wednesday about the episode, the response on Twitter and Facebook was phenomenal.  Over 500 people across the world read the post in 24 hours, and so many commented too.

Thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement.

And it was lovely to be able to report a ‘result’ after our complaints had been heard and listened to by the company in question.

It is good to know that we, the little people, can still influence!

And it was also wonderful to get such nice comments from people about how we raise our pigs.  Thank you!

Then I am not sure whether it was on Thursday or Friday, I spotted a conversation on Twitter about the perfect poached egg.  Of course, I had to get involved!  There were a lot of people tweeting away on the subject.

The thing was – Heston Blumental was demonstrating how to cook the perfect poached egg. I had to follow up… so I read his instructions.  Oh my goodness what a palaver (don’t you love that word?)… there was straining the egg, thermometers, plates in pots, slotted spoons, ramekins…. all sorts involved!

I will freely admit that up to about 18 months ago…. I never poached eggs…. I had a gadget that you popped your eggs into and then put that into a saucepan but the gadget was a nightmare to clean so I gave up using it.

A liked to poach eggs.  He used to do them with the swirling water and the vinegar.  I never could master this trick.  And, anyway, felt there was a taste of vinegar from the eggs.

Then Chef John Whelan came to visit.  And changed my life!

John gave me the simplest instructions and the ‘secret’ to making perfect poached eggs every time!

And I am going to share the ‘secret’ with you.  The ‘secret’ comes in two parts – the freshest of eggs and the littlest amount of water.  There you have it!  No fuss, no nonsense, no special equipment.

I use a 3 inch deep frying pan that I have.  Fill it with water up to approximately 1 to 1.5 inches.  Bring to boil.  Break your egg straight in and cook for 3 minutes for a runny egg – longer if you prefer your egg more solid.

Poaching eggs in pan

That’s it.

And what could be nicer with a poached egg but a nice piece of Oldfarm bacon? 🙂

Poached egg on bacon

Go on, give it a try – you will never look back!

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