Asparagus, Purple Sprouting and Poached Eggs with Parmesan

Image of eggs, broccoli and asparagus in a basket

This was my haul from the vegetable garden the other day (the hens live there too). Asparagus, purple spouting broccoli and eggs, all freshly picked or newly laid. It would have been madness to eat anything else that night.

This is such a simple recipe it’s hardly deserving of the name but it’s so good I’m going to share it with you anyway. It makes a lovely lunch or light supper.

Asparagus, Purple Sprouting and Poached Eggs with Parmesan

Image of asparagus and purple sprouting broccoli served with a paoched egg and parmesan shavings


1 bunch of asparagus

A roughly equal quantity of purple sprouting broccoli

2 eggs

Parmesan cheese, to taste, shaved with a vegetable peeler

Butter, salt and pepper


Image of purple sprouting broccoli in the gardenTrim the asparagus by snapping off the woody ends. Cut the broccoli so each piece is of more of less the same length, slitting the stems of thicker pieces so they’ll cook at the same speed as thinner ones.

Steam the vegetables until tender, drain and keep warm. Meanwhile bring a pan of water to a gentle simmer, break the eggs into cups and carefully slip them into the water. THERE IS NO NEED TO ADD VINEGAR! Not unless you actively enjoy vinegared eggs, anyway. Cook gently until the whites are set but the yolks still runny.

Put the vegetables onto warmed plates and dab them with a little butter. Top with the drained poached eggs and add a few shavings of parmesan. Season to taste and serve immediately.

Check out my other asparagus recipes here, here, here and here. Let’s hear it for asparagus.

Image of asparagus spears

10 thoughts on “Asparagus, Purple Sprouting and Poached Eggs with Parmesan

  1. Perfect! I’ve just bought English asparagus and purple sprouting, and a friend has just given us eggs from his chickens. And there’s parmesan in the larder. What more could we need?

  2. That looks excellent – and so fresh. But with the size of your garden I really think you need to start thinking about a cow or two so you don’t have to buy the Parmesan in 😉

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