Adventure days require a power breakfast, fueling me up for whatever's coming. I used to rely on the secret power of the oats: 1 packet Apples and Cinnamon or Peaches and Cream. 1 part plain Quaker oats. Quick and easy, energy that lasts.
In nearly the same amount of time and while I'm drinking that first cup of coffee I can whip together something far superior that can power me through the day. A little more effort, worth every bite, and your adventure buddies will be jealous.
Friend: Did you have time for breakfast before we started hiking?
Me: Ya, just a little avocado toast with a poached egg.
Friend: Damn...I had a Clif bar.
It's almost so simple it feels ridiculous writing this.
The critical stuff:
- Nice bread. This is the key. Weak bread brings the whole thing down. I'm wildly obsessed with Truckee Sourdough Company
- An egg
- Half an avocado
Fancy it up:
- Avocado Oil
- Paprika, I prefer smoked. (Also required for that beautiful red/orange accent color, which I think improves the taste too)
More detail here than you could have predicted...
- Boil some water in a pot. Add a some vinegar. A tablespoon or two helps hold the egg together.
- Crack your egg into a small ramekin or bowl. Let it hang out.
- While the water is heating up, cut up half an avocado. Slice it up if you want, mash it into a paste, both work great.
- Toss your bread in the toaster. I like to do this just as the water is starting to boil.
- When water is rolling, grab a spatula and make a vortex.
- Quickly and gently, drop your egg into the water. That vortex helps the whites cling together. You may need to turn the burner down a bit so it keeps around a simmer to boil but doesn't go crazy.
- Timer for 3 minutes. This gets you that nice oozy yolk. If you don't like oozy yolks, just don't make this. It's all about the ooze.
- My toast is usually done right about now. I lay out the avocado.
- DING DING DING. Timer done. Use a slotted spoon or something like that to pull your egg out. Nest it into a paper towel to dry off.
- If you are really getting fancy, trim some of the whites so you get a gorgeous oblong egg. I don't do this on adventure days. I do for instagram.
- Egg on top. Drizzle with that oil for lasting power. Salt it to taste, more salt more power.
- Sprinkle some paprika for looks and taste. Maybe a dash of pepper.
- Don't forget to video that first cut into your egg where it just oozes and dribbles out. So satisfying.