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garlicky kale toast with avocado and poached egg

Heat wave 2013 is in full swing.  I can barely type this post because my hands are too sweaty for the keyboard. (Gross!) I’m also stripped down to my bra and undies because that is the only way to deal with this heat situation. I think I’m in good company though. I’m pretty sure my whole neighborhood is sitting around their kitchen tables naked at the moment!


Heat and all we still had a TON of work at the farm. Good thing we called in for reinforcements, otherwise we would not have gotten anything done in this weather!


Do the hats give it away? Yes, we are family! This little guy is my nephew.

My sister and brother-in-law came to town to visit the farm and to make sure we weren’t dying of heat stroke. We escaped our tasks at the farm for an hour and headed out for lunch. It was a lovely breather. Ironically, we ended up at the local brew pub (Solera) down the street and ate their salad special which features Tumbleweed Farm lettuce. Yep, when we eat out we still like to order our own food!

Once our bellies were filled with fresh greens (and a good beer) we headed back to the farm to finish a miserable day in the sun and heat.


Poor Henry was confused and thought the air conditioning in the truck worked when the car was off. We had a hard time getting him out of the truck and into the shade. He had high hopes for some AC blasting in his face!


The heat is out of control right now. The only thing that is keeping me sane is a glass Oregon Rose’ and this simple dinner that took less than 15 minutes to prepare. Strip down to your undies, pour yourself a glass of refreshing wine, and make this dinner! It’s worth the few minutes you have to turn your stove on!

Garlicky Kale Toast With Avocado And Poached Egg

Prep Time: 5 mins    Cook Time: 10 mins    Serves: 2

  • Two large slices of a good quality baguette
  • 2 eggs (organic free range if possible)
  • 1 large bunch kale, stems removed and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 small ripe avocado, pit removed
  • 1 TBS olive oil plus 1 tsp for drizzling
  • 2-3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add kale and sauté for about 5 more minute or until kale is tender and bright green.
  2. Meanwhile, poach two eggs in boiling water for 4 minutes (you could also fry two eggs instead)
  3. Toast two slices of baguette
  4. Spread a little avocado onto each slice of bread. Top with kale and poached egg. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Enjoy!


Use this recipe as a guide and adjust ingredients and measurements as needed.

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11 thoughts on “garlicky kale toast with avocado and poached egg

  1. Simply Life says:

    Oh your nephew is too cute!

  2. Julia says:

    I laughed on the inside when reading your first paragraph becuase it’s too hot to laugh on the outside. I’m sitting in my undies as I type this, and have been all weekend too. Also did some serious sweating on my laptop. Let’s go fill a lake with ice cubes and sit in it with beer. Your garlicy toast with kale and poached egg is killing me! Seriously a perfect meal!

  3. Lauren says:

    Wow, just a few days ago you posted a photo of yourself wearing a wooly hat! Which made me spontaneously sweat, BTW, when I saw it. Summer has been in full swing here in NC for a while! This recipe looks like another one to bookmark. I made your beet & kale salad this weekend – delish!

  4. I thought I knew what GOOD was with my avocado toast w/ sea salt and a dippy egg….but, then you had to go and add garlic into the picture. Now that sounds AMAZING!

  5. Haha love the bra and undies bit – I can definitely sympathize! (Although I’m at work right now, so I’m a bit more fully clothed.) I don’t know HOW you survived the heat this weekend having to work outside. Major props! And this toast makes me want to tackle egg-poaching…. eek!

  6. Lol, yep I was joining in on the bra and panty party this weekend. It was just way too hot! And how freakin’ cute is your nepehew? I love that the bucket is bigger than him, poor little guy!

  7. Your nephew is the cuest thing!
    And I love this idea for all times in the day, such a great meal.

  8. haha, this post totally DID make me want to strip down to my undies, pour a glass of wine, and eat some toast with garlicky kale and poached egg! perfect for this hot weather.

  9. We’ve enjoyed many summer dinners in our underwear attire and this dish is perfect for such an occasion! Yummy!

  10. I just adore your puppy. He is so damn cute! Always smiling too 🙂 I have this almost every morning… or something similar anyway. I have really been getting into kale lately. It’s a super food!

  11. I say stick to the rosé! Your nephew is a cutie, and I can imagine Henry…ja!

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