This Quail Eggs with Spinach open toast garnished with tomatoes and toasted almonds and seeds makes a delicious breakfast or brunch that’s very likely going to impress your family or friends. It does make that perfect brunch or breakfast any time.
It’s a leap year and since I’m writing this recipe on the leap day (it will be posted a little later) I must share some facts and traditions that go on. I do know that this eggs and spinach breakfast has nothing to do with leap year traditions around the world but since I am posting it on the 29th Feb I feel I need to mention it. Besides, it is too funny not to 😉
I think tradition it’s a beautiful thing, it’s heritage, it should be carried over from generation to generation. Why not, some traditions are really cute and pretty funny just like those in Denmark and Ireland.
See below for more on these customs.
Quick quail eggs and spinach breakfast
I mentioned in my recipe card that this breakfast will take about 13 minutes to make but that is because I have cooked the spinach, tomatoes, and eggs separately. If you cook this for one or two people, you can put it all in one pan and it will be ready in literally 5 minutes. Just toast the bread while cooking the eggs and the veg and here you have breakfast in less than 10 minutes. It only takes a jiffy, it’s a promise. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it? It’s doable, isn’t it? Looks delicious, right?
Hopefully, I’ve made you think and you’ll give a good breakfast going forward...
About this quail eggs breakfast
You know how much I value a good breakfast and this definitely one of these top breakfast preferences.
What is not to like, it contains my top favorite ingredients. It is a protein-packed, colorful, delicious, and super nutritious brekkie.
Having a breakfast that takes less than 15 min to get on the plate as delicious as this it’s surely anyone’s ultimate dream.
Most days, with some exceptions of course at the weekend and the holidays, are a real rush. The rush pushes many of us to eat unwell, unhealthy, and pretty rushed breakfasts. This may be because some may think making a nice breakfast takes time.
It is quick, and not difficult but it requires that you are 100% committed for a couple of minutes. Not hard, is it? I did tell you it is not!
* Pan-fried - it only takes 2 minutes. Crack and place those onto a preheated oiled pan and watched them cook in literally one minute.
* Boiled - Place a pot on a stove and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, add the quail eggs.
Start your timer! Let the eggs boil for literally 1 minute (soft-boiled), 2 minutes (medium-boiled), or 3 minutes (hard-boiled).
When the time is up, move the eggs to a bowl of cold water (ice cubes added is recommended). Use a slotted spoon to fish out the eggs. Place each one into the bowl of cool water. They should cool off in a minute.
Starting a day with eggs with spinach breakfast like this, nice and consistently packed with nutrition and nutrients it’s how any day should start. This is how I feel and even if you are to have it a little later, prepare it and have it for brunch.
a good nutritious breakfast or brunch would be a lot better than a rushed, sugar-packed one. Agree? Just looking at my kids, if I was to allow them to choose their breakfast every day it will without a doubt be a sweet version. The easy option and sadly, it’ll be the same boring cereals most days.
This is not because they don’t eat stuff, no! It’s simply out of comfort, it's quick, it’s sweet, it’s convenient but it’s ultimately The reality is - it is pretty unhealthy.
Eggs with spinach breakfast
Sweet vs savory breakfast
I have noticed that every time I have a sweet breakfast like cereal or some cake, my day would be a sweet craving rollercoaster.
This is probably one reason I naturally avoid starting my day in a sweet way. On a sweet note, yes, but not with a lovely brekkie.
Well, we do, don’t get me wrong, a pancake, a smoothie, a bowl of cereal every now and then, and that’s absolutely ok. I suppose I’m lucky I’m not a sweet tooth person but a savory one.
Besides, I am kinda hooked on eggs and I love love, love quail eggs, they are such a magnificent ingredient.
Leap year customs around the world
In Denmark my FB friend Brigitte says:
' The 100 or 200 old tradition is that on a leap day it is okay for a woman to ask her boyfriend to marry her.'
If he says "NO" ? on this day, he will have to buy her 12 pairs of gloves or socks. ?
In Ireland, women take matters into their own hands, get down on one knee and ask the man they like to marry them. Why wait, if the man takes too long to do it?
It was the same in Scotland the same and apparently if men said no, they had to pay a fine.
The folklore has plenty of wonderful, funny, and quite strange traditions but often pretty outdated ones, right?
Quail Eggs With Spinach Breakfast
- chopping board
- 120 g smoked salmon (4.3 oz)
- 100 g spinach fresh ( 3.5 cups) organic
- 4 large slices sourdough bread toasted
- 8 quail eggs
- 8 cherry tomatoes cut into half
- 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 pinch black pepper
- 1 tbsp almond flakes toasted
- 1 tbsp mixed seeds toasted
- 1 pinch salt I used black Himalayan salt*
- Place a pan over medium heat, and add a drizzle of olive oil or a tiny knob of butter. When hot but not too hot to allow oil/butter to burn, add the spinach, a dash of salt, and a pinch of nutmeg. Cook for 2-3 min tossing regularly. When wilted take it out on a plate and set it aside.
- Using the same pan, cook the quail eggs and the halved cherry tomatoes. If you have a larger pan cook both at once, if not, separately. Cherry tomatoes need cooking a minute on each side and the quail eggs 2 min to be nice and runny, more if you want them well done.
- Toast the bread with or without some butter in a pan or toaster, place it on serving plates, and start assembling the sandwich with the spinach, cherry tomatoes, and smoked salmon trimmed, topped by the quail eggs.
- Season with some black Himalayan salt and black pepper freshly ground and sprinkle the seeds and the almond flakes. Serve immediately and enjoy.