Poached Eggs with Tomatoes and Ham; shopping, part II

This is a bit of comfort food that may be better with fresh, garden-ripened tomatoes but store-bought tomatoes will do in a pinch.

And, as we really can’t be too choosy about our groceries at the moment, it’s best to be flexible.

We’re lucky to have fresh chives so there is a hint of spring.

It was a strange winter here. We didn’t have a hard frost but we had lots of rain. I don’t really understand how that affected everything, but I lost both sage plants, my rosemary and my tarragon. I have never lost any of them before. They’re a bit like weeds – I cut them off, hack them in half, dig them up and replant them, and they always grow. Or they did always grow….

On the other hand we have giant weeds and thistles like I’ve never seen before.

I was worried that my chives had succumbed to the mystery as well. They are normally starting to grow in March and there was no sign of them. I finally went into the potager for a closer look. They had all be chewed right down to the ground.

There was a hole in the fence.

I didn’t know that rabbits liked chives.

I fixed the hole and the chives recovered quickly…. So I have a little taste of spring.

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Poached Eggs with Tomatoes and Ham

This can be a quick, hot breakfast or, do 2 eggs in each dish for a light lunch.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Eggs


  • 2 tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • 4oz (125gr) ham, cubed
  • 2oz (60gr) shredded mozzarella
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 small baking dishes


  • Put 3 slices of tomato in each dish. 
  • Divide the ham and cheese and place on tomatoes. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes at 400F (200C).
  • While they bake, poach 2 eggs: 
  • Fill a medium skillet with water. The water should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep.
  • Heat water over medium-high heat. Add vinegar.
  • When water is softly boiling poach eggs: one at a time break egg into a small saucer.
  • Swirl a spoon in the water where you will put the egg – off to one side. 
  • Drop the egg into the swirl. 
  • Repeat with next egg. 
  • With a spoon scoop some hot water over tops of eggs. 
  • Poach for 2 – 4 minutes or until white is set but yolk is still very soft. (Or hard, as you like…)
  • Remove dishes, place a poached egg in each one, top with chives and serve. 


Poached eggs are easy but if you don’t want to bother a fried egg good, too.

Keywords: poached eggs, tomatoes

Eggs with Tomatoes & Ham

I had my second adventure in online grocery shopping yesterday.

This time I went to our local store. I actually placed the order last week but wasn’t able to get a pick-up time until yesterday.

I have no idea why as I was the only one there.

This time I knew where I was going. I had seen the signs to the ‘Drive’ every time I went there, so it should be easy to find.

Or so I thought.

I pulled in and went to where I thought it was and there was a ‘no entry’ sign.

Okay, maybe it’s on the other side of the building.


I drove all round the building…. no signs.

I drove all around the little shopping area…. no signs.

I drove done the ‘no entry’ road…. and then backed out. Nothing there.

I finally pulled up to the handicap-parking to do more googling.

I glanced up and saw what looked like an intercom.


I looked at the handicap sign and it wasn’t a wheel chair. It was an @ sign.

That was it.

There was no sign that said ‘Drive’ or ‘Drive-Thru’ or ‘Pick up your order here’…. Just an @ symbol painted on the tarmac inside the parking space.

No other identifiers.

On the corner of the supermarket, 50 feet away it said ‘Drive’ but that was above the ‘no entry’ sign.

I pulled in, hit the intercom button, identified myself, had my groceries loaded and left.

I hate people that try to be cute……

6 thoughts on “Poached Eggs with Tomatoes and Ham; shopping, part II”

  1. I’m going tomorrow at noon, I hope, to pick up my order. They’ve always been great in the past, those few times I’ve picked an order up on the way home. I’m hoping they’re still as good. But their pick up service has been going on for a long time so they have a huge set up.

    You use milk instead of cream? Don’t you have any local farms you can snag some milk from? Dairy and eggs have been fairly easy to find here.

    I would like this dish! It looks delicious.

    • I’ve never seen a dairy farm here. I think they are mostly in the north of the country. I never buy cream. The hubs likes it in his coffee but I quit using anything in my coffee a few years ago. I went from buying 6 quarts to 4 quarts a week just by not putting it in my coffee. That was very enlightening lol. I use milk in cereal, but also in quiches, soda bread, etc.

  2. You know, I don’t think I did but I meant to mention, we have the bun apocalypse in our yard and they never, never touch my chives. And I don’t have them fenced in, they grow everywhere.

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