Poached Eggs with Sauteéd Mustard Greens – 50 Women Game Changers – Julie Powell

Poached Eggs with Mustard Greens

Poached Eggs with Mustard Greens


All good things come to an end. This is week 50 of blogging about the 50 Women Game Changers outlined on Gourmet Online. Julie Powell is the honoree this week. If you’ve seen the movie Julia and Julia, you might know that Powell is the blogger behind the movie. Powell was a secretary, and bored. She turned to blogging and came up with “The Julie and Julia Project,” and cooked her way through 424 recipes in 365 days from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  Her blog found its way into a 2003 New York Timesarticle and she was thrust into the limelight.

It seems like food bloggers are divided into several camps when it comes to the whole Julia and Julia phenomena. Some bloggers seem to think she had a unique idea, kitchen clueless and cooking her way through Child’s masterpiece. They are happy to see a fellow blogger make it into the big world of publishing and film. It’s not uncommon to for a blog idea become a book, but a film falls into the category of rare. Others see her as being disrespectful to Julia Child, as it comes off more as a stunt, and in the cooking world Julia Child is revered; you don’t mess with her. And there is another camp that seems to be upset that she’s gotten recipe book contracts and she’s not even a cook. I like what Jennie Yabroff at The Daily Beast has to say about it:

“Powell never claimed to be a great cook. She was clear, from her project’s inception, that it was simply a conceit: not to get a book deal, but to get a life. She was miserable in her job, hated her apartment, and was losing faith in herself […]. In this way, she resembled Child before she became a cookbook author and star of her own cooking show. Child, too, was looking for something to restore her self-confidence.”

I do see Powell as a game changer. She changed her life through cooking and writing, and she’s inspired countless numbers of other cooks and writers. Her two books are Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, and Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsessions.

According to Delish one food Julie did not try until her project was the poached egg. Here I make it and serve it over a bed of sautéed mustard greens. It makes a light, and healthy lunch.


Servings: 2

Cook Time: 4 to 8 minutes

Prep Time: 3 minutes



2 eggs

7 large leaves of mustard greens, washed, and stem and spine removed

1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 to 4 slices whole wheat toast



1) Put 8 to 10 inch pan on the stove and fill it with 2 inches of water. Bring the pot to boil and then add 2 teaspoons of vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Lower the heat to a simmer.

2) While you waiting for the water to come to a boil, get out an 8-inch sauté and add to it 1-1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the garlic and begin to cook it over medium-low heat. Cook about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes and then add the mustard greens and sauté until they are tender.

3) Crack an egg and gently release the egg into the simmering water. Repeat with the second egg. Cook 4 minutes for a runny egg, and 8 minutes for a hard egg. Put the toast in the oven.

4) Use a spatula or a skimmer to remove the eggs from the simmering water. Rinse them briefly under warm water and then serve them on top of the mustard greens and sprinkle with salt and Spanish paprika.






Check out what these other great cooks have come up with:

Val – More Than Burnt Toast, Joanne – Eats Well With Others, Taryn – Have Kitchen Will Feed, Susan – The Spice Garden, Heather – Girlichef, Miranda – Mangoes and Chutney, Jeanette – Healthy Living,  Mary – One Perfect Bite, Kathleen –Bake Away with Me  Sue – The View from Great Island, Barbara – Movable Feasts, Kathleen – Gonna Want Seconds,   Linda A – There and Back Again, Mireya – My Healthy Eating Habits,  Veronica – My Catholic Kitchen,  Annie– Most Lovely Things , Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook,  Amrit Beetles Kitchen, Alyce – More Time at the Table, Jill – Saucy Cooks, Sarah – Everything in the Kitchen Sink

This recipe is also posted at Full Plate Thursday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, and Whole Food Wednesdays



13 comments to Poached Eggs with Sauteéd Mustard Greens – 50 Women Game Changers – Julie Powell

  • Yum! I love mustard greens and I love runny poached eggs over anything green cooked with garlic. This looks delish, fast and healthful. And I agree that people have missed the point with Julie! Looking forward to joining your group and I will be missing this one!

  • Alyce Morgan

    Great minds think alike. Love this dish! Looking forward to the next adventure, tho this one has been so fun. Enjoy the weekend!

  • Love this healthy dish you came up with for this final week in this event. Looking forward to joining in with you all in our next event.

  • Great dish! I don’t know that I can find mustard greens , but I suppose kale or spinach would also do in this recipe – yes?

    I really like how you worded your post …. I think you’re right that Julie has done nothi ng that Julia didn’t do in looking for her ‘sweet spot’ in the work world.

  • What is it about poached eggs that produce such delicious photos? I am amused that Powell hated eggs until she had to try them. This is utterly welcoming and a grand way to end the series. With Julie. And an egg. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you and your blog and I will continue to visit.

  • There is nothing that says Julia Child more than a poached egg. I don’t feel I have perfected them but what an amazing job you have done. It has been a pleasure to meet you over the last year. I am sure we will see each over again.

  • I love poached eggs. What a wonderful recipe you picked. I have enjoyed taking this ride with you. I will visit often, I promise.

  • Monica

    Wonderful dish. That could be the breakfast recipe of the year. Thanks for sharing.

  • I love poached eggs, but still haven’t mastered the technique to make them very well! Yours look perfect!
    Mireya, It has been a pleasure blogging along with you on this journey! I hope to join you in the fall for your new adventure! Till then I’ll still be visiting!

  • I agree with your view on Powell. I think this is the perfect recipe to end our journey with! :)

  • Good review of Julie, Mireya. I’m not much of a fan (less so since I did the research for this game changer) but I do understand why she’s on the list. You’ve chosen the perfect recipe as the movie spends so much time on the poached egg sequence. Yours look done to perfection. Such a healthy meal, too.
    The series has been a lot of fun and I’ve loved meeting everyone. But it will be nice not to think about mandatory Friday postings for the summer. :)
    Yes, let’s keep in touch!

  • What a perfect recipe to end our feature of the nifty fifty. It really has been a pleasure to follow your features each week. I have no plans to be a stranger. I’ll be back to keep up to date with your creations. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

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