It’s been an intense couple of weeks y’all.
Mercury Fucking Retrograde Super Blood Moon after a colossal Venus Retrograde in Goddamned Virgo.
We need to eat our feelings. We need to eat them most of the time, in general, but it’s especially true when the planets are being huge fucking garbage monsters. Soothing our souls with spoonfuls of peanut butter, chocolate chips out of the bag, and tater tots makes dealing with life a whole lot easier. At the top of our self-care snack list? Runny eggs. Especially if they’re nestled in a crisp, buttery carb with a little garlicky veg and smoky red pepper sauce…
Egg in a hole is pure comfort food but “comfort food” too often gets a bad rap. It seems like everyone thinks it has to be thoughtless or lazy or out of a bag. But comfort food really is just food that makes you feel good. It can still be made with care and intention, and even a (deceptively not-)fancy sauce and a vitamin or two. The real magic of comfort food isn’t in the food itself. The magic is in taking a minute to do something nice for you.
Whether it’s going out of your way to call your favorite pizza place, sitting down with something nostalgic, or spending an entire day baking, what matters is that you stopped and said “hey. I’m a human who deserves to eat food. and I’m going to make it something that makes me feel a shred of joy.” Giving yourself good culinary self-care is important nutritionally and to feel less like a crazy spaz who can barely get off the couch, never mind make an Appropriate Grown Up Meal. Taking that tender approach makes you feel fuzzy, and fed.
So give yourself a break (since the planets sure fucking won’t), and make yourself something a snack.
- 1 Red Pepper
- ⅓ cup Olive Oil
- 1 ½ tbsp Sherry Vinegar
- ⅓ cup Blanched Almonds-- we’ve subbed walnuts in a pinch and it worked great.
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 tsp Paprika
- a pinch of chili flakes, if you like it hot.
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Roast the red pepper (instructions here).
- Toss the everything else into a blender.
- Salt and Pepper.
- Put it on your face (and on your Egg in a Hole)
- 2 tbsp Oil
- 2 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced
- ½ lb tender Greens-- we liked spinach, very tender, young collards would be dope, too
- a splash Sherry Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper, to taste
- Heat a small skillet over medium heat.
- Add the oil and garlic, and cook until the garlic is tender and sizzly.
- Toss in the greens, and saute until barely wilted.
- Hit the still-hot pan with vinegar, season with salt and pepper, and serve.
- 2 tbsp Unsalted Butter
- 4 slices of soft, buttery Bread, ½ inch thick. We used brioche and it was unreasonably good.
- 4 Eggs
- Salt and Black Pepper, to taste
- Garlicky Greens (above)
- Romesco (above)
- Find a pan that will fit 2 slices of bread at once, use it to melt 1 tbsp of butter over medium heat.
- Swirl the melted butter all over the bottom of the pan.
- Cut a 2 ½ inch diameter (or like. about that who gives a fuck) circle (or square. or heart. again. no fucks) in the bread.
- Place the bread-- both pieces with the hole and the lovely little cut out hats-- into the hot, buttery pan.
- Crack 1 eggs into each hole, and continue to cook until the whites are completely set on the bottom and the bread feels kind of sturdy when you wiggle it. About 3 minutes.
- Flip the bread (hats and holes alike), and cook for another 4 minutes, or until the eggs are done to your preference. The easiest way to check is to poke the egg. If it’s Jello Jiggly, it’s raw. If it’s yieldingly soft, you’re probably over-medium.
- When the eggs are done, the bread will be nice and toasty. Season with a hit of salt and pepper.
- Repeat with the other butter, bread, and eggs.
- Serve with greens and a shit ton of romesco.