Today is National Egg Day!

    1. Eggs contain the highest quality protein you can buy.
    2. To tell if an egg is raw or hard-cooked, spin it! If the egg spins easily, it is hard-cooked but if it wobbles, it is raw.
    3. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that are a naturally good source of Vitamin D
    4. Yolk colour depends on the diet of the hen.
    5. Egg protein has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues. It is second only to mother’s milk for human nutrition.
    6. To produce one egg, it takes a hen 24-26 hours
    7. The brown or white colour of an eggshell is purely dependent on the breed of the hen

 

And we have an easy healthy recipe for you to try with your eggs

Asparagus with spinach, smoked salmon, poached egg and hollandaise

 

 

Ready in 20 minutes

  • Cooking time 15 minutes
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 500g asparagus spears, ends trimmed
  • 200g baby leaf spinach
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 4 fresh medium eggs
  • 120g mild smoked salmon
  • 4 tbsp hollandaise sauce
  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh dill, to garnish

Instructions

Bring two pans of water to the boil. Simmer the asparagus for 1 minute, then drain and plunge into a bowl of ice-cold water to stop it cooking.   

Wilt the spinach with a splash of water in a large pan, then leave to drain any excess liquid off over a sieve.  

Heat the oil in a wide griddle pan and cook the asparagus spears for 3-4 minutes, until there are dark golden griddle marks all over. Keep warm.  

Add the vinegar to the other pan of boiling water. Crack an egg into a small bowl or ramekin. Using a slotted spoon, swirl the water so that a whirlpool forms, then carefully pour the egg into the water. Cook for 3 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs.  

Divide the asparagus between 4 plates, then top with the spinach, poached egg, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce. Garnish with the dill. 

 

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