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Poached Eggs with Okra and Mushroom

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Origin

I was inspired by Fafa’s recipe for pan-fried okra and shiitake mushrooms. My modifications make the dish vegetarian.

Ingredients

  • olive oil to fry
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 1 banana shallot
  • 6 mu-err mushrooms
  • 1 piece dillisk/dulse seaweed, soaked, rinsed and drained (optional)
  • fresh thyme
  • 30 okra
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 eggs
  • fresh-milled black pepper
  • salt to taste

Process

Soak the mu-err mushrooms in cold water for 30 minutes or in warm water for 10 minutes. Soak the seaweed, if using, in cold water for 10 minutes.

While the mushrooms and seaweed are soaking, mince the garlic and set it aside. Cut the chili in half lengthwise and set it aside. Finely chop the shallot and set it aside. Slice the okra and set it aside.

When the mushroom has finished soaking, rinse and drain. Tear it into smaller pieces and set them aside. Rinse and drain the seaweed and dice it finely, then add it to the mushroom.

Heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in a small frying pan on medium heat. Add half of the chopped shallot and stir for one minute. Add the garlic and stir well, then add in the mushroom and seaweed. Continue to cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and add fresh thyme leaves and salt and pepper to taste.

While the mushrooms are cooking, heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the remainder of the shallot and the chilli. Cook until the shallot begins to brown, then add the cumin seeds and the okra. Stir frequently until the okra is soft enough for your taste. For me this took about 8 minutes. Salt to taste and set aside. Remove the chilli halves and discard them.

After you have started the okra cooking, bring water to a simmer in a deep frying pan. When you have finished cooking the mushrooms and okra, crack two eggs into the simmering water and turn off the heat. Cook until the white of the egg is completely cooked, about 1 1/2 minutes. Drain off the water and set the pan on a low heat for a few moments to dry the outside of the eggs while you assemble the rest of the dish.

Prepare two plates or bowls. The okra will take about 2/3 of the space and the mushrooms will take the remainder. Slide an egg on top of each plate and season with a bit of salt and more freshly milled pepper. Serve immediately.

Serves 2.

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