how to cook a perfect soft boiled egg

soft boiled eggs with radish and avocado
soft boiled eggs with watermelon radish, avocado and greens
soft boiled egg and watermelon radish

The window was slightly ajar letting out some of the steam that had built up in the small kitchen. My grandmother feverishly stirring what looked like an absurdly large pot while chattering about the neighbors. I sat at the kitchen table staring out the 7th story window, daydreaming and patiently waiting with my piece of fresh, crusty bread. Six minutes is a long time for a kid.

I turned back to the scene behind me. My grandfather’s towel wrapped hand, swiftly maneuvering past my grandma with the boiling pot; some sort of bickering exchanged. Cold water running, I waited; stomach growling. I knew the routine. It was predictable, timed and always perfect.

As he cracked the top open, I could see the orange glow against the white. It was a magical sight. A pinch of salt, a dash of pepper. A beautifully cooked soft boiled egg. It was the perfect egg for dipping my bread in it first, then scooping out the white with the spoon. A few pieces of hard, aged salami, tea and breakfast was complete.

Something as simple as eating an egg, when done slowly, with intention, can become nearly ceremonious. There was an utter delight in having this carefully cooked egg before me that took just minutes to make. I’m not certain I appreciated it as a 7 year old, but the memory is deeply ingrained and I look back on it with fondness.

I hesitated writing this blog post because it seemed a little silly at first…everyone knows how to cook a soft boiled egg, right? But after posting an image on my Instagram feed about cooking the perfect soft boiled egg and receiving questions about the technique, I thought maybe not. So a single egg is getting its own blog post. After all, the egg is a coveted food around these parts. So let’s jump right in to the method of cooking the perfect soft boiled egg.

soft boiled egg and watermelon radish
soft boiled egg and watermelon radish

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how to cook the perfectly soft boiled egg

  • prep time: 1 minute

  • cooking time: 6 minutes

  • makes: 2 soft boiled eggs

Ingredients:

  • 2 organic eggs

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 cups of water

Equipment:

  • small sauce pan

  • timer

Directions:

Add 4 cups water to small pot. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer and gently place eggs in water without bouncing them. Return heat to boil, cover with lid and set your timer for 6 minutes.

After 6 minutes, dump out water and run eggs under cold water for 1 minute.

You can crack the top or peel the whole egg and serve right away with salt and pepper

*Bonus: To cook a perfect hard boiled egg, follow the same steps for boiling water, reducing heat but just add eggs and boil with lid on for 13 minutes. Rinse under cold water for 1 minute and peel.


If you’re looking to make the perfect soft boiled egg, you’ve come to the right place. In this post you’ll find out exactly how to cook the perfect, gooey, delicious soft boiled egg that will be perfect every single time. #softboiledegg #egg #howtocookeggs #boiledegg #paleo #whole30 #glutenfree #recipe #calmeats #grainfree #dairyfree #realfoodrecipes

3 ingredient avocado and greens omelette

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I wake up early. Sometimes I wish I would allow myself an extra hour of sleep, especially on days that I work from home. But the need for alone time in the morning is much stronger than the need for extra sleep, which most sleep experts would probably frown upon, including the logical part of me (Since I wrote a post about it). But, until my children learn to sleep in later, I will suffer the consequences of not enough sleep, which I will likely regret around the age of 50. 

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Mornings have always held a special place. Rolling out of bed and getting on with the day, doesn't quite work for me. I want 2 cups of coffee, food and time to just be. The silence of the morning feels purifying in a way. An invitation for the day to be whatever it may. In those moments, there's blind possibility. 

January is quiet. I listen closely for a chirp, a sign of life outside my house, but aside from the occasional car and the hum of the refrigerator, there's silence. I have permission to collect my thoughts and because quiet moments are a rare commodity, I appreciate them even more. 

It's New Year's Day. While I rebel against the notion of resolutions, I do enjoy the feeling of a fresh start. Life is a series of reinventions, whether it's in the middle of the year or on January 1st but I do understand the need to hit the re-set button after a potentially gluttonous month. 

Most people opt for a diet change around this time of year and while I think that's a good thing for many reasons, I often think it ought to be more of a permanent shift. One in the direction of eating whole, real food that's minimally processed. People often assume this means eating bland food or needing to spend countless hours creating a dish. It means, using real ingredients and making delicious food that's simple and satisfying. It doesn't have to be complicated to be good. 

Take this 3 ingredient breakfast for example. In the time it takes to wait for 2 pop tarts to pop out of the toaster, you can cook this very basic omelette. All you need are eggs, salt and pepper, some fresh greens and avocado. You'll feel full, your blood sugar will be stable and you won't need to have a snack an hour later when you would have otherwise crashed. 

As you can see I have a bit of an obsession with avocado and eggs - rightfully so they're pretty spectacular when combined. So check out this speedy breakfast (or lunch or dinner) you can whip up in 4 minutes. It's also fantastic with a little sriracha drizzled on top!

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3 ingredient avocado and greens omelette

  • prep time: 3 minutes

  • cooking time: 4 minutes

  • makes: 1 servings

Ingredients:  

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 avocado sliced

  • sprouts of your choice (optional)

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • pinch salt

  • pinch freshly ground pepper (it's a small touch but freshly ground is so much better)

  • optional: sriracha sauce for drizzling on top

Equipment

  • medium frying pan (I own these)

  • medium bowl

Directions

Preheat frying over medium heat. In bowl, whisk together eggs, slat and pepper. 

Add olive oil to the pan and pour in egg mixture. Evenly distribute it throughout the pan. Let cook for 2 minutes until set then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes until that side is set.

To assemble, place omelette on plate, add sprouts and avocado slices and fold over in half. 

Optional, drizzle sriracha over top.

Delicious doesn’t have to be complicated. Check out this quick 3 ingredient omelette you can whip up and have for breakfast, lunch or dinner. #omelette #eggs #avocado #breakfast #brunch #whole30food #whole30 #quickwhole30recipes #calmeats #paleo #paleofood #vegetarian #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

zoodles with avocado pesto and egg

zoodles with avocado pesto and egg
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The good thing about eating a mostly paleo diet is that I feel pretty great these days. The trouble with eating a mostly paleo diet is the planning. I like to delude myself into believing I'm a relatively organized person. I try for the most part. But since there are so many moving parts in my day, from time to time I slip. (Okay often).

Onion. This among several other ingredients is what I had to get to make my vegan chili on this snowy Friday night. Daughter in tow, I picked up all that I needed and came home with a bunch of random items only to find myself standing in my kitchen yelling the word: "Oniooooon!" Yes, I had forgotten a vital ingredient. 

The snow was coming down hard and I was in no way going back to the store. Pizza sounded like a good idea for everyone but then I'd be starving. What to do? 

I've been here before. Standing in my kitchen, panic setting in as the clock draws nearer to dinner time, desperately searching the fridge for something I could assemble and call it dinner. And there they were! Eggs - so obvious. They always come through for me. I cannot imagine a day without them. I used to think avocado was the one food I couldn't live without but I'm thinking it may have just slipped into second place. 

For a moment I toyed around with perhaps making breakfast for dinner, which can be fun and all but it just didn't quite do it for me. And all of a sudden it all became clear, zucchini noodles with avocado sauce and an egg on top. Problem solved! 

Here's the thing about this dish. You can use regular pasta, though I find it works remarkably better when made with zoodles. It's better on your gut health, but since zoodles tend to be a bit on the wet side, which is not always a good thing, this sauce absorbs some of the moisture balancing them perfectly. Oh and did I mention it takes about 10 minutes to make this whole thing? Yeah, it's a win in my book. 

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zoodles with avocado pesto and egg

  • prep time: 5 minutes

  • cooking time: 5 minutes

  • makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 4 tbsp olive oil divided

  • 2 tbsp chopped raw walnuts

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro

  • 3 tbsp water

  • 2 large zucchini

  • 4 eggs

Equipment

  • food processor

  • 2 frying pans

Directions

For pesto, combine 2 tbsp olive oil and all ingredients aside from zucchini and eggs in food processor and puree until fully incorporated. Set aside. 

Use spiralizer to spiral zoodles. Preheat pan over medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil along with zucchini noodles and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 2 minutes stirring continuously until softened a little. 

Meanwhile in a separate pan over medium heat, add remaining 1 tbsp olive oil and fry eggs. I like my eggs slightly on the runny side but this is up to you. 

Once zoodles are cooked, add pesto to pan and combine well. 

To plate, add zoodles with pesto and top with fried egg. You can add extra olive oil if you wish. 


If you have 10 minutes, you can have dinner on the table! This paleo, whole 30 and vegetarian quick zoodles with avocado pesto and egg, is a great option for when you haven’t gotten a lot in the house and are still looking to eat a nutritious meal. #egg, #paleo, #whole30, #vegetarian, #zoodles, #zucchininoodles, #avocadopesto, #calmeats, #pesto, #quickmeals, #10minuterecipe

sausage, tarragon and kale frittata

sausage, tarragon and kale frittata

When I was in high school, my dream was to become an artist. I didn't know the logistics of it and didn't really care how. I just knew I wanted to. Art was the one thing that suspended the passing of time, if only for a little while. Thoughts would come and go, anxiety's hum practically non-existent and eyes and hands were focused only on the canvas. The world was always right in those moments. 

I've been thinking a lot about how childhood experiences frame who we become as adults. My association with art goes back to my father. I still recall the strong smell of oil paint lingering in the house on most nights. I was about 7, hovering over his shoulder, peaking at the life he was creating on canvas. A scene from a village in winter. A thin red brush stroke carefully working out the intricate details of a man's long winter coat as he made his way through the snow. I can still see and smell that painting when I close my eyes. 

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sweet potato toast with egg and avocado

sweet potato toast with egg and avocado

I've been buying free range eggs for years, as I'm convinced they not only taste better but nutritionally are far better than regular, Plus there is the ethical part. There's something about knowing that an animal is not being held in confinement that just makes me feel more at peace with eating animal products. While free range eggs are more expensive, I do feel they're worth the money. 

A few months ago, I've upped the ante and started buying eggs directly from the farm. I'm lucky to have one not too far from me that sells free range, organic, unpasteurized eggs. The whole experience of actually going to the farm and getting eggs, is one I look forward to and one my children equally enjoy. 

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