Poached Duck Eggs with Asparagus

This elegant presentation is sure to wow any dinner guest.

Ingredients:
3-4 duck eggs
½ pound asparagus, ends snapped and sliced into ¼-inch pieces
2 cups morel mushrooms, thoroughly washed and dried
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. To poach the eggs, half-fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Add a hefty pinch of salt. Meanwhile, crack each egg into its own small bowl and add a teaspoon of vinegar to each. Stir the boiling water vigorously with a balloon whisk until you have a whirlpool then immediately (and softly!) slip the egg into the pot. Turn the heat down low, and cook for three minutes. Gently lift eggs out of the pot and drain on paper towels.

2. Meanwhile, melt the butter or heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus cook until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.

3. To serve, add a serving of the asparagus to a plate, and then top with a poached egg. Season with salt and pepper, as needed.

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