Monday morning, I fried an egg and put it on toast.

i like eggs

I like eggs. Eggs are simple.


I also like toast. Toast is simple, too.

I know many people who read food blogs do so in order to find inspiration, motivation, new ingredients or new recipes, but I’m afraid that isn’t what I’ve got for you today. Instead, I have a fried egg. I have toast. I have the comfort that comes from what is familiar and routine, particularly when that something is being slowly enjoyed and savored.

fried egg on toast

It’s true this post is nothing earth-shattering, but it is important. It is worth some attention here. Because listen, this very basic, very everyday, very beautifully simple breakfast is also a reminder: it’s a reminder that anytime you find yourself in the midst of things decidedly un-simple—be they budgeting, taxes, packing, moving, or finding a new place to live—you still have basic kitchen routines, like frying eggs, to return to.

Fried Egg on Toast
One of my three favorite breakfasts. Thanks, Tim.

1 egg
1 or 2 teaspoons coconut oil
salt and pepper
1 piece of bread, toasted (I like Trader Joe’s sprouted versions)

Melt coconut oil in skillet over medium-low heat. Add egg (I always crack it into a bowl first and then pour it into the skillet), salting and peppering it as you like. When the area around the yolk turns white, remove egg with a spatula and set on top of toast.

Eat with fork and knife or like an open-faced sandwich, with your hands. Enjoy.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. Lisa

    What a great post. I think one of the keys to life is finding the beauty in the everyday and trying to maintain some level of simplicity.

  2. TJ

    Simplicity is a very good thing. Like Lisa said :)

  3. Lisa

    I love this! I felt exactly the same when I was moving in september, I made a similar post about the simplicity of eggs. Hope moving is going well! One look outside my window this morning and I’m about to pack up and come with you…wintry mix in new york city. EW.

  4. Kelley

    Oh! Just what I needed this morning. Not the egg and toast — although they sound good — but the reminder. Thanks!

  5. hootenannie

    I eat a fried egg on toast every morning. I have since I was 20. It is the very most wonderful routine part of my life – keeps me steady while everything else is tilting. So glad you feel the same way. :)

  6. Jacqui


  7. Rachel

    Love it. I’ve been doing the same thing a lot lately, but fancying it up a bit with some mashed avocado spread on the toast. Perfect breakfast, if you ask me.

  8. Lan

    this is my fave way to consume eggs, it reminds me of my grandfather, he used to make this for me when i was a kid. not only is the simple beautiful but food memories are even better.
    girl, i come to your blog for inspiration yes, but i also come for the comfort of your general wonderfulness.

  9. Sharon

    I love fried eggs. I think I’ll make this tomorrow morning for our predicted snow day:) I’ve added your blog as a link on mine. Hope you’ll visit sometime.

  10. Anne Zimmerman

    I come to your food blog because I love your writing — and writing about simple things can be the best and most inspirational. Thus, job well done (and a delicious looking egg, too!)

  11. Tim

    I had two fried eggs this morning, in large part to this post. Aaaaaand, you’re welcome.

  12. Allison [Haute Box]

    A fried egg on toast is probably one of my fave meals. We ate it often when I was growing up! It truly reminds me of my Dad.

  13. Stephanie

    I find simple dishes and runny egg yolks very inspiring. Sometimes, simple is just what we need. Thanks for sharing.

  14. jacqui

    I commented this morning, but it didn’t show up for some reason. So I’ll just repeat it now:


  15. The Food Hound

    I TOTALLY just ate fried egg on toast for dinner. I’m not even kidding. And using coconut oil? This is a new concept! I need to read more about coconut oil– it seems to be the new cool kid in town and I don’t know much about it other than it’s way better for you than originally thought!

  16. Shannalee

    Lisa, Thank you for that sweet comment!

    TJ, It is indeed.

    Lisa, I remember that! What’s so great about cooking is, when things are slow, you can turn to it for complexity; when they’re crazy, it gives you eggs.

    Kelley, I need that reminder all the time. : ) You are welcome!

    Hootenannie, STOP IT. Every morning since you were twenty? I crown you queen of routine. That is amazing.

    Rachel, Avocado on toast is one of my favorite snacks, especially with a little sea salt. Mmmm.

    Lan, Aw, you are such a sweetheart. And I love that your grandpa liked them this way.

    Anne, So kind. Thank you for saying that and for coming by!

    Tim, Well I have fried eggs in large part thanks to you. (Or in total part.) Thanks again for opening up this wide world.

    Allison, I love when foods remind us of people. : )

    Stephanie, Exactly. Simple IS what I need right now.

    Jacqui, Super weird. My spam-catcher is struggling lately. Thanks for not giving up. And thank you for your YES. : )

    Food Hound, Coconut oil has SO many benefits. Check this out for more info:

  17. Shannalee


    Jacqui, your original YES came through! (after I pushed my OWN comment through the spam catcher. I have no idea.)

    Sharon, Well look, you commented, too. Thanks for checking this place out and hope you enjoy your snow day ! : )

  18. jordan

    i love this. thank you. it’s good to be back in the habit of visiting.

  19. Susan

    My favorite breakfast. I love this post, there’s so much to simplicity.

  20. Shannalee

    Jordan, It’s good to have you visiting! : )

    Susan, True. Thank you!

  21. Erin

    Wow. Your blog, your pictures, your words…..this simple food….is beautiful!

    Eggs & Toast are my comfort food…my mom always made them for me and called them “Eggies On Toast.”

    Love your blog!

  22. Shannalee

    Thanks, Erin!

  23. Pei-Lin

    Hi, Shannalee! Glad that I found your site! I love your writing and how you merge food with words!

    Yup. Things couldn’t get any better than egg on toast. Oftentimes, the simplest is the most inspired.

    Honestly, I sometimes resent at the phenomenon in which people bake and/or cook for the sake of blogging, not out of passion! *Sigh*

    Keep it up! I’ll sure be back to read more and get inspired by your words.

    Have a gorgeous week ahead!

  24. Shannalee

    Well, thank you, Pei-Lin! You are very kind. And I hopped over to your blog–those are some gorgeous photos you’ve got there! : )

  25. rachel

    yes i make them like sandwiches with some cheese for the boys… they are loved in this house!! It is one of my husbands favorites…

  26. UrMomCooks

    We live on fried egg sandwiches at our house!!! (really good homemade bread would be so awesome with this…) Lovely post!

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