Poached Eggs With Asparagus and Parmesan

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!

It’s bright and early in the morning and I just got done cooking and eating the most delicious eggs so I thought I would share the recipe with you all! Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and there’s no better feeling than starting your day right with a good, nutritional meal ( I feel like it starts you off on the right foot). On weekdays, I usually start my day with a giant fruit smoothie. However, on the weekends, I like to spoil myself and my husband (Rami) with a nice breakfast. This usually entails an entire week of searching for the perfect recipe(s) and grocery shopping accordingly.

As a new years resolution, I am trying to eliminate processed carbs as much as possible. This is not to say that I am following any particular diet regimen, I’m just trying to eat more fruits and vegetables instead of processed carbs. This particular recipe is atkins friendly, low carb, simple and satiating.

Eggs by far are one of the most nutritionally dense foods that one can eat and are a great source of protein. I love eating eggs for breakfast. I have tried eating and cooking them all kinds of ways but poached eggs with a perfectly cooked, golden yolk is just.. heaven.

Ingredients for this recipe:

  • Eggs (the fresher, the better)
  • Asparagus (I used the thinner stalks)
  • Unsalted Butter (1 tbs)
  • Parmesan Cheese (to taste)
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese (Optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

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To start, cut the the asparagus stalks halfway and discard the bottom half. Next, blanch the asparagus in a pot of boiling salted water until they are bright green and tender ( about 3 minutes).

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In the mean time, preheat the broiler at 400F. Once asparagus is cooked, drain and lay flat on paper towels and dry completely. Once dry, transfer the asparagus to a baking dish, brush with unsalted butter, sprinkle salt and pepper and grate parmesan cheese on top. You can use as much or as little cheese as you like. I, personally, used the parmesan cheese liberally and the pecorino cheese sparingly.

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Put dish into the oven and broil for about 4-6 minutes until the cheese has melted on top and the asparagus is slightly crispy on the outside.

To poach the eggs (this is the easiest way I have tried and tested):

In a separate pot, bring water to a simmer. It is crucial that the water does not come to a boil. I usually turn the temperature on the stove hot enough to keep the water warm but not come to boil. Break an egg in a small bowl.

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Swirl the simmering water around in the pot, while the water is swirling, drop the egg into the center. The inertia from the water helps the yolk wrap around the egg to give the egg its round shape.

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Wait about 3-4 minutes and the egg should be perfectly poached!

Transfer the asparagus and eggs onto a plate, sprinkle with some more salt, pepper and cheese. Enjoy!

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If you try this recipe out or if you have any other recipes to share, please let me know in the comments section. I am always looking for feedback / good recipes. 

Until next time,

Sarah xo

My All Time Favorite Skincare Serum

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Over the years, I have invested a lot of time looking after my skin. As a result, I’ve done a lot of research and tried many brands. One of my top picks for skin care products, to date has been Kiehl’s. Their products are high quality and they work that is, their products do what they cliam! Although, I have only tried a limited number of products from Kiehl’s, I can safely say that four of the five products I’ve tried are the top contenders in my books for all time favorites! However, I will only be writing about one of them today, and you’ll soon understand why.

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The product that I think needs a post on its own, and its much deserved time in the spotlight is one of my holy grail products; the creme de la creme of all serums (at least, in my opinion/experience) if you will. I have oily skin and the thought of using an oil based serum as part of my nighttime routine was definitely nerve wracking. However, I had read such great reviews that I decided to give it a try. The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate instantly became my favorite serum of all time!

This stuff is like magic in a bottle (or as close to magic that you can purchase in a bottle). The soothing lavender scented oil absorbed into my skin the minute I applied it. It did not leave an oily residue on my skin and I still added on a few drops of my moisturizer on top.

In the morning, my skin was noticeably smoother, softer, brighter, plumper and firmer. Using this serum daily has made my skin appear well rested regardless of whether I’ve had a good nights sleep or not. And, the best part, it is made of 99.8% natural ingredients so it doesn’t make me break!

Although this serum is a little pricy, the packaging is helps conserve the product. The dropper allows you to extract the specific amount of product (3-4 drops is enough for your entire face) without causing any waste. I can’t say enough great things about this product. If you have to splurge on one skincare item, I would urge you to invest in this one. You won’t regret it.

If any of you have used this serum or any other Kiehl’s products, please leave a comment below and let me know what your experience has been with them 🙂

Until next time,

Sarah

xo

Hello World!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

I have finally gotten around to writing and publishing the very first post for my blog. As much as I wanted this post to be published on January 1st, 2015 to commemorate the new year (and my 2015 resolutions), sickness got the best of me. Yet I am determined to start this year on a positive note! It’s better late than never right? Luckily, in this case, its not too late.

I thought hard about what I wanted my first post to be about and decided on the obvious choice– to introduce myself and this blog.

As 2015 begins, I can’t help but think about how close and I am to turning thirty. I’m sure the thought of this is absolutely terrifying to most twenty something’s. As much as I feel fortunate to have lived my life so far, I thought by now, I would have my life and who I wanted to be figured out. I guess it doesn’t come to everyone that easy. After quitting a job that I saw no potential to grow in, I decided to devote my time to finding a career that truly made me happy– (this again, didn’t come easy). After many months of job searches, interviews, self reflection, and a gaining a little courage (my courage mostly stemmed from realizing and accepting that it was okay to not be like everyone else, or fit in a specific box); I decided that I wanted to start a YouTube channel and a blog about beauty, fashion and lifestyle.

I have always been interested in beauty and fashion. As a child I remember playing with my mom’s makeup and smelling her perfumes, ‘YSL Paris’ to be exact. As a teenager, I obsessively read fashion magazines and derived inspiration from them. As a twenty something, I discovered YouTube and fashion blogs and I was hooked! Every night, before I go to bed, I either watch YouTube videos or catch up on my favorite fashion and lifestyle blogs. I am so happy and relaxed when I’m transported to the world of fashion and beauty! Besides, creating original content whether it’s a blog post or a YouTube video, allows me to be creative with my thoughts and interests. It encourages a dynamic, challenging and exciting environment that I imagine an ‘ideal’ career to be.

I am, by no means, claiming to be an expert in fashion or blogging. I am getting to know myself with this blog as much as you are getting to know me. What I hope comes out of this blog is creativity and inspiration that will slowly change my world and yours!  So friends, I end this post with a quote for the New Year:

¨May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and (good) madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art– write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself¨- Neil Gaiman.