… being the month of love some very clever people in a PR office somewhere decided that February should also be National Heart Month a whole 30 days or so where we’re encouraged to look after our hearts with plenty of exercise and healthy eating… to help us on this road of love for our own hearts the good folk at Waitrose have asked me to develop a recipe as part of their Healthy Heart Valentine’s Day hub on their website… there are already quite a few delicious recipes up there to inspire you for healthy living as well as one or two lovely ideas for a Valentine’s dinner but I thought i’d kick you off in style tomorrow morning with a super-food breakfast sure to get your heart racing…
… it’s so funny how one minute we’re told that certain foods are bad for us and the next we’re told to eat them with relish… it reminds me of that wonderful Woody Allen film Sleeper where the main character wakes up in a future where cream cakes and pastries are good for you. Unfortunately we’re not quite there quite yet but both avocado and eggs were once on the no-no list. Now they tell us that eggs, in moderation are a great source of protein and vitamin D and avocado’s are packed with vitamins and the most wonderful of all the fats the monounsaturated fat.
baked egg in avocado
i’ve been seeing a wonderful image of a baked egg in an avocado everywhere recently and couldn’t wait to make it and i’m so glad I did… it’s quite amazing how something so simple and quick to bake can taste so divine… the warm avocado is a revelation to me and its creamy texture works so beautifully with the egg, especially a nice runny yolk. Perfect to start your valentine’s day in style…
serves 2 hungry people
2 ripe avocado’s – cut in half lenghtways with the stone removed
4 free-range eggs
seasoning of your choice
you will need to get your ratio of avocado to egg correct… I had small avocado’s and large eggs, when I make this again I will go for a large avocado and medium eggs but whatever works for you
pre-heat your oven to 170C and create 2 nests out of oven-proof paper
scoop out a little avocado with a spoon to make way for the egg and then lay the avocado halves flesh-side-up in the nests and crack an egg into each half – some of the white may spill over but this is fine
bake for 10 minutes or until the whites solidify, season well with plenty of fresh cracked pepper
eat and of course, enjoy!