What are your new year resolutions for 2011? Is getting on a diet one of them? If it is, that’s really too bad because “diet” is not on my
Anyhow, eating more healthy is definitely one of my New Year Resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to give up my cheesecakes or dark chocolates just yet. You’ll still see posts and recipes with cakes and desserts on this blog. Of course, I do taste test on all my finished products (and sometimes, taste tests during the cooking process) before posting recipes here just to make sure the dishes taste excellent! To me, moderation is the key to a healthy diet. Eating 1 particular food group too much or cutting a particular category entirely from your diet never sounds right to me. I always like to eat a well balanced diet and I DO count my calories intake (and to me, fluffy cakes contain ZERO calories). Unfortunately, I usually lost count on my 5th visit to the cookie jar before mid-afternoon, so go figure. Sometimes, I purposely eat a lighter brunch so I can have a bigger piece of cake for my afternoon tea. (hm….somehow that doesn’t sound right at all! LOL)
This is one of my favorite light weekend brunch, Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Shaved Parmesan Cheese. You can serve it with a piece of toast on the side for dipping if you like. I love the runny yolk on my asparagus, it’s beautiful and delicious! I made this dish with this Egg Poacher Set, which I received as a Christmas Gift this past year! It’s now one of my favorite kitchen gadget. It is so easy to use and produce perfect poached eggs every single time! The non-stick coating does wonder and made clean-up a breeze. If you don’t have an egg poacher, simply poach your eggs with a small non-stick saucepan with a few drops of vinegar added to the water. They’ll come out perfect. (Please see additional tips and recipe from this post below.)
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Roasted Asparagus with Poached Egg and Shaved Parmesan Cheese:
1/2 pound asparagus, washed and tripped off the tough ends
2 large eggs
a small block of parmesan cheese for shaving
Kosher salt and freshly grounded pepper
a few drops of white wine vinegar (it helps the egg to hold its shape)
Preheat oven 425F. Place the asparagus on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil then toss to coat the asparagus completely. Spread the asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes or until crisp-tender.
**Note: the asparagus I use were quite thin, if you use thicker ones, roasting time might be longer** Meanwhile, prepare the eggs. Use a pan that is at least 3-inches deep so there is enough water to cover the eggs. Bring water to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer.
Crack each egg into a small bowl. Slip eggs carefully into the simmering water. With a spoon, gently nudge the egg whites closer to their yolks. Immediately cover with a lid and turn off the heat. Set a timer for exactly 3 minutes for medium-firm yolks. Adjust the time up or down for runnier or firmer yolks.
When ready, remove eggs from water with slotted spoon. Place on top of asparagus. Sprinkle with pepper and a few shaves of parmesan cheese.