Signs of Summer

Summer 2010, day 4. With sunny skies, humidity, and a high of 94, NYC is certainly participating fully.

For a runner, the outdoor track is an enduring symbol of the warm weather months. Earlier this week, I headed over to Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island to run in the Tuesday night speed series. The last time I ran a track race was in January 2009, so it had been awhile. I didn’t have big expectations, but I’ve been putting in some quality workouts, so I wanted to see what I could do.

spikes

Icahn Stadium

After a 3 mile warm-up, I tied on my spikes and toed the line for the 3K race. Just before the gun went off it started pouring rain, but the night was so humid that I didn’t mind too much. My first lap went well (90 seconds), but then I slowed down and started averaging about 93-94 seconds per lap. I didn’t really have anyone to race with so it sort of felt like a time trial. I was hurting by the end, but I just never felt like I was “racing”. Meh. I finished the 3K (1.86 miles) in 11:47 and was not pleased. I knew there was a reason why I like half-marathons better than track races….Ah well, moving on.

I took the bus back into Manhattan and then cooled down for another 2 miles or so, bringing me to 7 miles for the evening. The race was a bust, but at least I got to cross one more thing off my summer wish list!

Earlier in the evening, I had picked up my CSA veggies and I threw together a quick salad. In my bowl went red leaf lettuce, sliced strawberries, dried cherries, goat cheese, garlic croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette. Plus a vitamin water zero - the “recoup” variety. After a few days of HOT long runs, wedding celebrations, and track races – I needed those extra B-vitamins. 

salad

Still hungry, I had a few bowls of whipped cottage cheese, dried cherries, and Kashi heart-to-heart. It was sweet and creamy enough to pass as dessert.

cottage cheese

Wednesday passed in a blur and before I knew it I was racing out of the office and in to my gym. I had exactly one hour to run, change, and take the subway downtown to an event. With limited time, I had to make the most of my gym visit. I ran 4 miles in 31:10, starting off at 8:00 pace and finishing the last mile in 7:00 pace. Considering I raced in spikes the day before, I felt good! I quickly rinsed off, changed, and headed to the Institute of Culinary Education for a foodie event sponsored by Eggland’s Best.

Upon arrival, I was greeted with an apron, chef’s hat, and an open bar. I rehydrated with wine. That’s how I do.

Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best

While mingling with Eggland’s Best employees and fellow bloggers, I enjoyed some passed appetizers -

Tiny baked truffled egg custards with gruyere and chives, garnished with American black caviar

Egg custard

Japanese egg maki rolls with shrimp and edamame puree (like a sushi roll, but with an egg wrapper instead of seaweed)

Egg wrapper sushi

After our cocktail hour, we were introduced to Chef Erica Wides, our instructor for the evening. Our game plan – use eggs in a wide variety of seasonal dishes!

Chef Erica Wides

We bloggers broke up into groups and set to work.

I finally got to meet the Foodista!

foodista

Ashley prepped fresh radishes -

Healthy Happier Bear

Other bloggers worked on making fresh pasta and ravioli stuffed with lobster and crab meat -

Pasta Making

Crab and lobster ravioli

Prep

Beautifully poached eggs.

Poached egg

Champagne vinaigrette emulsion.

Champagne Vinaigrette

After a few hours of hard work, we sat down to dinner. Our place settings were adorable – I loved the attention to detail.

Eggland's Best

Our first course was a warm salad comprised of asparagus, radishes, morels, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, duck prosciutto (fancy!), toasted walnuts, poached Eggland’s Best egg, and champagne vinaigrette. This dish was hearty, yet light. With some crusty bread and olive oil, it would make a great summer supper!

Poached egg salad

Summer Salad Recipe

White wine poached eggs

4 Eggland’s Best eggs

2 cups white wine

2 cups water

 

Salad

8 radishes, trimmed

8 morel mushrooms, trimmed (or other wild mushroom)

12 spears asparagus, bottom ends trimmed

12 baby carrots, peeled and trimmed

12 sugar snap peas, trimmed

4 large leaves Boston or buttercrunch lettuce

4 thin slices duck prosciutto, julienned

12 walnut halves, toasted

 

Champagne vinaigrette:

1 teaspoon minced shallot

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons champagne vinegar

6 tablespoons olive oil

Pinch of sugar

Salt to taste

 

Make the white wine poached eggs:

1. Place wine and water in a large shallow saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, but not a boil. Have an ice bath ready, a pair of tongs and a slotted spoon.

2. Place 4 poaching rings* in the simmering water. Make sure the water isn’t boiling; it should just have a few bubbles breaking on the surface. Gently crack each egg into a ring, and allow them to poach for 3 minutes.

3. Carefully remove the poaching rings, using tongs, and then remove the eggs using the slotted spoon. Place the eggs in the ice bath and reserve. Turn off the heat under the poaching water, but leave it on the stove for reheating the eggs later.

 

*Note, poaching rings can be made from empty tuna cans, just remove the bottom with a can opener, rinse and remove label. A stovetop egg poacher can be used, too. You can also poach eggs individually by stirring the poaching water to create a “whirlpool” effect, then dropping the egg into the center of the swirling water. Cook 3 minutes then remove with a slotted spoon.

 

Make the salad:

1. Heat oven to 400. Toss the morels and radishes with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place them on a sheet pan, and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until the mushrooms have exuded all their water and the radishes are tender. Remove from oven and reserve.

2. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of salted water to a boil. Have an ice bath ready and a pair of tongs. Blanch the asparagus, baby carrots and sugar snap peas until they are tender, and then remove to the ice bath. Start with the baby carrots, as they take the longest. As soon as the vegetables are cooled in the water, remove them and leave at room temperature.

3. Make the champagne vinaigrette by whisking together all the ingredients in a small bowl.

 

Assemble the salad:

 

1. Reheat the egg poaching water. While it reheats, lay out 4 salad plates and place a leaf of lettuce on each. Divide the radishes and morels among the plates, then toss the asparagus, carrots and sugar snaps in the vinaigrette and divide among plates.

2. When the egg water returns to a gentle simmer, carefully place the eggs back in the water for 1 minute to reheat, remove and blot on a towel, then place one egg on each salad plate.

3. Garnish each salad with duck prosciutto and walnuts, and drizzle with any remaining vinaigrette. Serve immediately.

 

Our second course was crab and lobster ravioli with fresh peas, fennel, leeks, golden beets, saffron, and chives in a lobster broth with prosecco sabayon (like a hollandaise sauce, but foamier).

 

Crab and lobster ravioli

We finished up the night with individual lemon pudding souffles with mixed berries and rhubarb coulis.

Lemon pudding souffle

And an assortment of chocolate, vanilla, and lemon meringues (made with EB egg whites!).

meringues

I definitely felt full when I left this event, but not overly stuffed. When I’m invited to fancy dinners, I try to eat slowly and savor about 1/2 of what I’m served – that way I can enjoy everything (especially dessert!)

Many thanks to Eggland’s Best for inviting me to this event. As an active and busy gal, eggs are an awesome way for me to add protein to my diet. Plus they’re inexpensive and easy to prepare. Although any egg will provide about 70 calories and 6 grams of protein, I honestly think that EB eggs are a better product (nope, they don’t pay me to say that!). The yolk is always firm and bright yellow and I love knowing that I’m getting extra omega-3’s and vitamins. And the best part of Eggland’s Best? The company itself. From the CEO to the marketing gurus, you can tell that everyone is passionate about their work and truly believe in their product. Okay, enough of my spiel! Just wanted to share my thoughts with you all :)

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Question: What’s your favorite way to eat an egg?

  • http://www.thehealthyapple.com The Healthy Apple

    It was so great to see you at this fabulous Eggland’s Best event last night; I had such a wonderful time and I hope to see you again soon…let’s keep in touch and get together again! Keep up the great runnin’ and bloggin’…
    Have a great day!
    xo
    Aims

  • http://www.nickisnook.net Nicki

    I love eggs. No fav way to eat them but when I was pregnant with the twins, I couldn’t eat right away. I would eat at my desk at work about 10 am. I would always have a hard boiled egg and some cheese. Weird, I know.

  • http://washingtonranhere.wordpress.com sarah

    The only time I’ve heard “sabayon” has been on “Top Chef”- until now! What a fancy little dinner you all had going on. Targeted marketing well done. All I want now is soft scrambled eggs. And goat cheese. And chives. And wine.

    Sorry your race wasn’t awesome. Short stuff is hard when you have no one to race against, and it’s hard to dig deep when you don’t really have anything on the line. Meh. It was probably a quality workout anyway.

  • http://thewholeplate.com leslie

    i’m actually obsessed with this weather – nothing beats summer in the city! that event (and the dinner menu!) looks wonderful. i rediscovered eggs this year and realized how much i love their versatility. poached with runny yolks are my favorite.

    ps: see you soon please!?

  • Mom Jackie

    I never knew eggs could be used so many different ways and look so beautiful, yummy for Eggland’s Best Eggs. You looked so professional in your cooking outfit Meg. Love ya Mom xo.

  • http://www.culturalcravings.wordpress.com Katie

    Mmm..goat cheese omelette with spinach. Definitely a favorite. Or scrambled eggs with ketchup. :)

  • http://crunchygranolagal.wordpress.com crunchy granola gal

    What a fun event! that ravioli looks fab, and I am all about the goat cheese salads these days.

    Funny, but I prefer to eat eggs out, usually in omelet form. Once I try one of these poaching methods, though, I’d love to master the art of making a meeeean eggs benedict. Mmm hollandaise.

  • http://www.thesingledish.com Heather @ (The Single Dish)

    So great to meet you last night! Hope to see you again very soon.

  • http://ribbonsroadsandraspberries.wordpress.com Caroline

    Hey, you totally weren’t training for a 3K, so I don’t think the time was so bad…and I’ll agree with you that longer-distance runs are so much better, just not spectator-friendly.

    I’m loving the look of those ravioli and souffles. An omelette an accompaniments is such a quick but satisfying dinner. I’m surprised not to see any Korean dishes in there, though. I’ve recently been on a Korean food kick and notice that they use eggs in so many dishes!

    Oh, and I mostly like eggs scrambled or in omelettes or (if this counts…lol)…in cakes, cookies, pies, etc. :)

    But I cannot stand runny yolks. I know tons of people love them but they make my stomach turn.

  • http://thebigadventuresofthelittle.blogspot.com/ Lauren

    my favorite way to eat an egg is definitely in an omelet – i’ve been seeing those sweet omeletes all over the blogosphere, and i need to try one!

  • http://www.50by25.com Laura

    Love the salad, but I am even more jealous of that foodie event – how fun!

    I typically like omelets or sunny side up, but last week I spotted soft boiled eggs on the menu at Le Pain Quotidien and decided to try them as a throwback to my childhood. Amazing, especially paired with some good bread! I may be doing that more often (if I can find some egg cup holders – I don’t have any).

  • http://www.myhealthypassion.wordpress.com Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly

    I love mt eggs over easy! The runnier the better! Then I love taking crusty bread to sop it all up!! YUM! Hum…this might be dinner tonight! haha!

  • http://mealsformiles.wordpress.com/ Kelly

    Everything looks delicious! I like my eggs sunny side up, with whole wheat toast to sop up the yolks onces they break. Mmmm.

    Nice race in pouring rain/humidity!

  • http://eatdrinkrun.wordpress.com shelby @ eatdrinkrun

    Wow – those egg dishes look awesome, and I am not even a huge egg fan, really. I pretty much only ever have them over-easy as part of a big breakfast. Cooked egg yolks give me the heebie-jeebies. :)

    And there’s no reason to be disappointed in your run Tuesday! The field was so spread out in your race, anyone would have had a tough time pushing it hard. Plus your cheering squad got kicked off the turf. I’m sure that was a huge blow, huh? :)

  • http://www.chefsmartypants.com chefsmartypants

    thanks so much for your nice comments about the event and menu, glad you liked the food and had a good time!
    Check out my radio show “Why We Cook” on http://www.heritageradionetwork.com

    Happy Running!

  • Ellen

    What a FAB event! When I go to events, I usually focus on the beverages (I’m not a foodie like you!), but then when I come home tipsy and devour a box of Cheerios, I get so mad at myself for not taking full advantage of the fancy food at the party!

    Anyway, I love eggs in pretty much every form. Lately I’ve been making egg white sandwiches and cheese on toasted English muffins with hot sauce. Easy, but so satisfying!

    http://www.firednfabulous.com/

  • http://www.amarathoner.com A Marathoner

    Sorry the race was a bummer … pouring rain couldn’t have help either.

    BTW – sweet chef’s hat. you need to bring that baby to Tuesday at the track! :-)

  • http://www.bridgesburgersbeer.com brian

    where’d you find the time to post this?! wait….i know…hehe…

  • http://greensandjeans.wordpress.com Madeline @ GreensAndJeans

    I’m kind of weird when it comes to eggs. I only really like them scrambled or in omelet form.

  • http://frontyardfoodie.com Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Um yeah, you did friggin awesome. Don’t get down about that race! I’d love to do a 3K that fast!

    I buy Eggland’s Best eggs and really like them. All of that food looks incredible!

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