We love our eggs. If I have time and it’s just for two, I poach them in the Thermomix but this isn’t practical on a school morning for three or more people. So I use the Quick’n’Easy method for perfect poached eggs. Or perhaps they should be called 40 second eggs.

Basic Requirements

  • Kettle
  • Pyrex Glass Jug (or something similar)
  • Eggs
    and extras… bread for toast, grilled halloumi, wilted butter & nutmeg spinach or avocado.


Boil your kettle
Toast on if you’re having toast – do this first, it takes longer then the eggs.
Pour boiling water into Pyrex jug (two inches is fine), crack eggs into jug.

You can probably do as many eggs as you like. I tend to do 3 at a time for convenience. And I use fresh boiled water each set.

Put jug into microwave and heat for 40 seconds per egg (3 eggs 2 mins).

Hopefully your toast has popped.

Drain eggs of water and place on toast


Add wilted baby spinach, grab a handful steam or microwave briefly until wilted, drain,  add 1 teaspoon of full fat cream or real butter and a pinch of ground nutmeg, stir and serve – YUM!

I love having my eggs with a sauce, but I don’t buy it – I make it with the recipes below…

Homemade IQS Tomato Sauce


  • 2 cans tomatoes or 675 ml passata.
  • 1/2 onion, chopped.
  • 80 ml apple cider vinegar.
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup, or 2 teaspoons granulated stevia.
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves.
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if I’m making this for both us & this kids I halve this amount and add it at the end to the “adult” half).
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.


Conventional Method

Bring all the ingredients to a boil in the saucepan, stirring to dissolve the spices. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 50 minutes until the sauce reduces by almost half and is quite thick. Blend with a stick blender or in a food processor. If the sauce is still a bit runny, return it to the heat for a little longer. Store in a clean glass jar in the fridge for up to 1 month. (I divide my mixture and freeze half so it doesn’t spoil.

You can also do this in a slow cooker: cook all the ingredients on high for 2-2.5 hours. After blending, you might want to return it to the cooker for another 30 minutes, without the lid, to thicken it.

Thermomix (TM31) Method

Put all ingredients into TM bowl, blend 30 seconds/Speed 9
Cook 30 mins/Varoma/Speed 3
Purée 30 seconds/Speed 9 (turning slowly up to speed 9).

Pop into jars and store in fridge for a month of freeze. We use this as tomato sauce, pizza base and tomato paste. 


Prefer Barbeque Sauce? Use this base to make your own.

Alternatively try Quirky Cooking Tomato Sauce if you’re not convinced on tomato sauce, you might like Nomato Sauce, found in the Life-Changing Food book


The Kittens Mum

I have no affiliation with Quirky Cooking or I Quit Sugar. These are just great recipes and available online via their websites.

Please note, microwaves can vary. I’ve found that 40 seconds is perfect in most microwaves I’ve used. You many need to vary by a few seconds (but not many)!!

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