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I haven’t been sleeping well for the past 2 nights, waking up at 4.30am and 5.30am. The good thing is it gives me more time to

1) make myself useful, and

2) come up with a more elaborate menu for my dad.

Like for the 4.30am day, I went down to the wet market at 5-ish and stocked up on fish. The fishmonger thought I was capable of being this early because I spent my entire night out partying. LOL! I know I do strange things from time to time, but I’m not so sure if buying fish after a night of partying would be up on my list anytime soon.

The 5.30am day, which was this morning, I realised it was useless trying to force myself back to sleep (because if I did manage to finally fall asleep, being a Murphy’s Girl, the time I fall asleep would also be the time I had to wake up AGAIN). So…I decided to make Chicken on a Nest. I’m not sure if anyone had made it before, but it’s not difficult to assemble as long as you have an entremet ring.  I reckon too, that it makes for a more realistic looking “nest” if I were to randomly plonk the ingredients on a plate.

Whatever floats your boat, I guess!  Since I had time, I went the entremet-ring-route.  Apart from vegetables, I included quinoa as both my dad and I love this grain/seed; it’s my number 1 ingredient for Meatless Mondays.  I suppose this qualifies for a Meatless Monday menu too, but in general, I would omit the egg as I tend to go the vegan way when I’m on MM.

Herbs are a staple in my kitchen, fresh and dry alike. I cheat my dad’s sense of taste by adding more herbs and very little salt to his breakfast.  So after assembling the julienned and chopped vegetables, I poached an egg.  Herbed, peppered, lightly salted.  And there, Chicken on a Nest!

And I took a knife.

Like so.


Et voilà!

I love how I can prep the vegetables in advance–a time-saver on lazy days, and the possibilities are endless. I feel like building a multi-coloured sky scraper of food; I’ve got broccoli, avocado, grapes, a mango, a cabbage, a purple cabbage, corn, tomatoes, homemade tomato sauce…no, serious, these are just some of the things I have in my fridge at this moment.

I know.  My mum scares me.  I scare myself too.  Occasionally.

Here’s the visual recipe, happy piling!

♥ Chicken on a Nest by Jess ♥
(the pre-“chicken” visual)

Easy-peasy, when you have an entremet ring.