It’s not every day I get to review products on M.O.B.
No, really – It’s true!
But when Mary’s Secret Ingredient asked I review their fall box of goodies, I have to say I was intrigued.
What is Mary’s Secret Ingredient? Well… Simply put – It’s a box of carefully selected, unique, artisanal ingredients, along with a small kitchen gadget. Each season a limited amount of themed boxes, filled with amazing goodies are shipped to your door. It’s all very covert and secret. There’s a big reveal and recipes are shared on Mary’s blog, Love the Secret Ingredient.
And I love it! I love the concept; I love how it helps you push the boundaries of creativity.
The day I received my box of ingredients I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning. I shook the box (stupid, I know – something could have leaked), then I opened it. Inside was so beautifully packaged I was hesitant to disturb it – But disturb I did – And this is what I found.
First, I was TOTALLY coveting a Calphalon serrated spatula. So that alone made the box worth it. I kid. I don’t kid. Seriously… Ya’ll need one of these.
So here’s the rest
- Harmonian Kalamata olive oil (!)
- FalkSalt Citron salt flakes – Salt and citrus is now my favorite combo
- A Kind Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond Bar – My son grabbed this from me and immediately shoved it in his mouth. He’s taller than me now, so… yea…
- Smoulder Spice Grinder – Elements Of Spice By Kalk Bay Food – It’s SMOKED SPICE
- Spinach Dip Mix from The Pantry Club
- Egg poaching bags from Tovolo
Now, I’ve never ever ever ever poached an egg in my life.
Scrambled? Of course!
Hard boiled? Naturally!
But I’ve never ventured into poaching territory. Naturally I had to make breakfast – For me, myself, and I.
Let me explain.
When you’re a wife and mother those moments when you’re the only one awake in the house are precious. It gives you time to think, do chores, meditate, or just sit there catatonic. Whatever you do, it’s important. It’s yours.
I enjoy my time.
I chose to make breakfast.
Since I newly acquired a waffle maker I decided to put it to the test and make myself a potato “waffle”. It’s not a waffle. Kind of like a hash brown, but in a waffle maker. I was totally excited.
I grated the potato using my box grater, then squeezed out as much liquid as I could from it. I added some spinach dip mix, a couple of grinds of the smoked spice, and mixed in a little olive oil. I placed it in my waffle maker and while that cooked I poached my egg.
I was a bit intimidated, but with the Tovolo egg poaching bag, it couldn’t have been easier. All I did was boil some water in a pot, bring it down to a simmer, crack an egg in the poaching bag, and slide the bag into the simmering water. The simmering water cooks the egg and all you have to do is remove the egg from the bag and you have this tenderly cooked poached egg.
An easy breakfast in, like, 10 minutes.
It was perfection.
I have to thank Mary’s Secret Ingredient for this box. It allowed me to think on the spot and helped provide me with a moment of perfect bliss. You know the one… That moment where no one is awake – And you can enjoy a potato waffle with a poached egg without a soul asking for a stray sock or something.
Legal Situations: I partnered with Mary’s Secret Ingredient and was provided a box of goodies for review. As always (and if you’ve been here long enough you’d know), all opinions are my own.
Make the potato "waffle"
Place the grated potato in a cheesecloth or a couple of paper towels. Close the paper towel or cheesecloth over the potato, then squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible.
In a medium bowl, combine the grated potato, spinach dip mix, and smoked spice. Mix to combine. Taste and adjust the flavors as needed.
Add the olive oil and stir until the grated potato is well coated. With a large spoon gather the grated potato in a rough
circle and place in your waffle maker and cook until evenly browned and crisped. This may take a few tries. As your potato waffle cooks, poach the egg.
Poach the egg:
Fill a small pot 3/4 of the way with water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once the water has reached the boiling point reduce the heat
to low and allow the water to simmer. Place the Trovolo poaching bag in an empty glass, making sure to open the bag enough to allow the egg in. Crack the egg into the bag.
Lift ends of the bag closed and place the bag into the simmering water. Allow to simmer for 4-6 minutes until the white is completely set.
Place the potato waffle on a plate and top with poached egg. Add a couple of grinds of smoked spice, if desired.
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