Early Morning Poached Eggs & Tomatoes

by Jenn on May 24, 2011

in Breakfast,Budget,Dairy Free,Gluten Free


Are you a morning person??

I’m a reluctant morning person.  Usually doing my best not to throw my ipod across the room as the purposely annoying ring drags me out of the sweet nothingness that was sleep, leaving me to stumble out of bed and fumble for the buttons on the coffee maker, totally useless until taking a hot espresso down in one giant gulp – only now willing to make myself aware of the world.

But then there are some days that present themselves a bit more pleasantly – sunlight slowly streams into the room as the birds start up their chorus of hymns to greet the day – on these days I find myself full of energy, rushed with the sudden urge to go outside and say good morning to nature and her beauty, even if she decides to hide the sun for a bit once I actually make it outside – no matter, the mornings are still preciously awe-inspiring as soft light kisses the tops of all things green and flowering:

DSC_8101LR2Maybe it’s the landscapes themselves that beckon me out in the mornings, after all how can I deny myself the chance to admire such beauty, even in the most commonplace of settings near my home?

Countryside in the Morning

Mornings are interesting creatures – it’s so easy to hit the snooze button on the alarm and try to ignore them completely, but after witnessing even a few sunrises I’ve come to understand and appreciate the calm still as the land bathes herself in light.  Even when I am far away from home (such as, say, Weimar Germany where I was this weekend attending Plate to Page), the familiar experience of watching the world greet the rising sun fills me with such joy and inspiration.

At Café Kipperquelle DSC_8137LR2

When I’m with my husband on bright sunny early mornings en Suisse, we like to cook a hot breakfast rather than the usual yogurt fruit & honey.  A couple weekends ago was one such day, everything struggling to soak up the rays before the clouds took over and the predictable Springtime rains came.  We enjoyed the short cheerful moments of weather while they lasted as we cooked and ate our meal of simple ingredients – a couple poached eggs, some fresh asparagus and a few ripe sweet tomatoes later, and we were as invigorated by breakfast as we were by the scenery outside.

Sometimes, all it takes is a simple plate of farm fresh food to awaken the mind.

And sometimes, it pays off to wake up early and admire those moments that the rest of the world misses during its lazy slumber.

Tomatoes OCF test 2

Also submitted to – Gluten Free Wednesdays


Rosa May 24, 2011 at 11:35 pm

A lovely post! That is a wonderful breakfast. I love those gorgeous coeur de boeuf tomatoes.



Jenn May 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Thanks so much Rosa!

Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite May 24, 2011 at 11:46 pm

What a beautiful post Jenn. Stunning pictures and I know quite a few people who might be convinced to be morning people if that was waiting for them on the breakfast tabel!

Jenn May 24, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Oh thanks Mardi!

Barbara | Creative Culinary May 25, 2011 at 12:23 am

Love your pictures Jenn; it’s almost like taking a walk with you. Funny…did you see my post today. Poached egg, tomato…and from there it might differ cause I’ve got a biscuit and the post is about bacon jam but feeling super connected today that we had such a similar dish on our minds!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 7:23 am

Oh I saw your bacon jam! Yes def. a bit different, but glad we’re both thinking breakfasty thoughts today – poached eggs & tomatoes are just so tasty :)

Jennifer (Delicieux) May 25, 2011 at 1:21 am

What gorgeous tomatoes! And your breakfast looks delicious! I love poached eggs and asparagus.

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 7:24 am

Thanks so much!!

Ling May 25, 2011 at 3:10 am

The shape of that tomato is beautiful! I thought you had manually sliced the edges of the fruit into a flower shape when I first saw the picture. This is a perfect light breakfast for an early sunday morning.

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 7:24 am

Ha no, that’s really the shape of the tomatoes, they’re beautiful!

Rivki Locker May 25, 2011 at 3:11 am

Those heirloom tomatoes are GORGEOUS. I would eat those any time of day – morning, evening or night. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 7:33 am

Thanks so much Rivki! Yeah I had them for many meals…. :)

Mika May 25, 2011 at 7:41 am

I am a morning person!! It doesn’t matter how early my alarm rings, I always wake up full of energies…
Your pictures are every day more beautiful…

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Oh thank you! And I am totally jealous of always being a morning person – I love the mornings, but I also love sleeping in…

Jessica May 25, 2011 at 8:11 am

Those tomatoes?! LOVE!!!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Thanks me too – just discovered them this year!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen May 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

Hey Jenn! Funny we both posted about a breakfast recipe and post about not being breakfast person 😀 I totally hear you there. But problem is my husband is a morning person and it gets chaotic. Sadly, we don’t even live in a pretty place like yours. Ah! Lovely breakfast there!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I have the opposite problem, I think my husband would sleep in til noon every day if he could :)

Zoe May 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

My sister would concur with you about how well poached eggs and tomato go together – she won’t have poached eggs without them!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Yes, they really complement each other well I think :)

Mandi Bellardi May 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Hi Jenn, i live in South Africa and am so inspired by your posts. but especially today!!! I have never seen a tomato like that any idea where i can source them in my country?

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Thanks! I have never been to S. Africa, I really would not know where to source them or even if they are available – in Switzerland I find them at my local farmer’s market…

brandi May 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

gorgeous pictures – poached eggs are one of my favorite breakfasts!

Jenn May 26, 2011 at 4:37 am

Thank you!

Nik | ExPlanet May 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I’m most definitely a morning person, although I don’t really like to cook in the mornings :(. Lovely image and the presentation is so inviting I’m hungry again

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Thanks so much!

Jeanne @ CookSister! May 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Oh I LOVE those tomatoes! And I recognise those garden shots from Weimar :) Looks like a fabulous breakfast, but what I want to know is… why is there no egg-free version? LOL!!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm

hahahaha – now an egg free poached egg would be QUITE the feat!

Katie May 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Ah, now that’s a breakfast I’d love to wake up to!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 7:12 pm


Charissa May 25, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I’ve never seen tomatoes like that…those are beautiful and they look so beautiful sauteed.

Love your blog, it’s just beautiful!

Jenn May 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thank you! Yeah I love just slicing and sauteing them quickly.

InTolerantChef May 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

I love those gorgeous tomatoes! Poached eggs are my favourite breakfast in the world, but sometimes I’m just not awake enough to bother!

Yuri May 31, 2011 at 2:18 am

Those tomatoes are beautiful! I would love this for breakfast :)

Jenn June 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

Thanks !!

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