Poached Eggs with Anchovies

Poached Eggs with Anchovies Recipe (3)

Simple flavours, quality ingredients and the economic use of both, pretty much sums up my attitude to food. Though not always appropriate or achievable, an effective way to maximise the enjoyment of whatever delights may be lurking within your pantry is simply to place them in the general vicinity of one another and let your mouth do the… chewing. Unfortunately, there appears to be a tendency in “food” to perform awfully clever tricks, when all that needs to be done is provide exceptional combinations of food with a meeting place. Truly, there can be no better surface on which my recipe for Poached Eggs with Anchovies to converge than a slice of my homemade mixed seed and honey loaf.

Of course, when presenting a well-considered dish, to my mind there is no better setting than a masterfully wrought chopping board. As many of you will have noticed, I have long been in possession of a penchant for good wood. So when Conor Bofin (editor-in-chief of the award winning One Man’s Meat) sent me a chopping board for Christmas, along with instructions of how to take part in a “board meeting” he had planned, I got a little excited.

The board, lovingly crafted by Terry of Two Wooden Horses, County Wicklow, is truly beautiful and will be done justice by the remaining board members, Richard McGary and Stefan Boer (REMCooks and Stefan’s Gourmet Blog, respectively). This is a synchronised board meeting and I assume my fellow members are on time, so check out their offerings!

Poached Eggs with Anchovies Recipe (2)

You may think my use of the chopping board a little boring. However, I wanted to use it in such a way as to demonstrate the importance of high-quality wood in food photography. Take the photo above, you can see that my table surface is composed primarily of pine and finished in such a way as to give it a frightful yellow hue not suited to photography. Employ the services of a decent chunk of lovingly produced, delicately cared for wood and you can immediately elevate the status of a dish. It also makes a fine bread board, and what more noble and creative use can there be for a chopping board than that?

Poached Eggs with Anchovies

Serves 2


• 2 eggs

• 2 slices of bread, preferably homemade

• 4 anchovy fillets

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• a twist of black pepper

• a small handful of rocket


1. Poach the eggs using your preferred method. Meanwhile, lightly toast the bread.

2. Place the eggs on top of the bread and garnish with the anchovy fillets and rocket.

3. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with a little black pepper and tuck in immediately.

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Cost: Though delicious and healthy, the best thing about simple dishes like this is their price. Indeed, this breakfast or lunch – brunch, if you will – for two should set your back no more than £1.

24 comments on “Poached Eggs with Anchovies

  1. cookinginsens
    January 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Yeah buddy! Perfect egg, perfect pictures.

  2. Conor Bofin
    January 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Lovely post Nick. A great presentation and excellent, creative use of the board.
    Your board position is secure.

  3. Jan Eaton (@WibbosWords)
    January 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    That looks so tasty!

  4. customshouse
    January 23, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    lovely ideas and great eating. love it

  5. Karista
    January 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Oh that is my kind of meal! I love a good poached egg but then topping it with the anchovies just made the egg so much tastier!

  6. richardmcgary
    January 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Fine looking egg dish. I need to try your homemade mixed seed loaf. It sounds excellent. Great looking board and fabulous photos.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you, Richard! I’m glad you think so. I enjoyed your post very much.

  7. chef mimi
    January 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  8. Michelle
    January 24, 2014 at 1:59 am


  9. StefanGourmet
    January 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Very nice, Nick, and welcome to the Board 🙂

  10. Francesca
    February 2, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    This is beautifully photographed and looks delicious.

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