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Fiesta Friday | Valentine’s Day Breakfast

What do I love more than getting Valentine’s Day off from work? Spending the morning with my fluffy Valentine making a heart healthy breakfast, that’s what!

I’m not sure where I first saw this concept, but I haven’t been able to get the image of a baked egg in an avocado boat out of my mind. How fortunate that my mom sent me home with three avocados last weekend. Moms always know what’s best. 🙂

This two ingredient recipe can’t get any simpler. Plus all the omega-3s from both the avocado and egg make it a perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast. I topped mine with freshly cracked pepper, French grey sea salt, plus a sprig of thyme, but you can dress yours however you’d like!

Baked Avocado and Egg Breakfast


  • 1 avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • French grey sea salt
  • thyme springs


Preheat oven to 425°.

Slice the avocado in half and remove the pit. Gently scoop out some of the avocado to make more room for the egg.

Crumple up a small piece of foil on a small baking sheet and nestle the avocado halves so they are level. Crack one egg into each avocado center. Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how runny you like your egg. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and garnish with a thyme sprig. Enjoy!

Look at all the omega-3s!

Look at all the omega-3s!

Eggs. They make everything better.

Eggs. They make everything better.

I love the texture of coarsely ground salt and pepper.

I love the texture of coarsely ground salt and pepper.

It was perfectly runny.

It was perfectly runny.

Bailey would like some, too.

Bailey would like some, too. Sorry, Bay, your Valentine’s gift is a pink squeaky bunny.

And now, for my new friends at Confused Bawarchis, here is my shooting setup! I met Nikhil and Aditi a few weeks at Angie’s first Fiesta Friday blog party and promised to show them how I get my food shots. It’s really rather embarrassingly simple. 🙂

Overhead cell phone picture.

Overhead cell phone picture.

Cell phone picture #2

Cell phone picture #2

I’ve always been a more visual person so I thought these pictures would paint the thousand words I don’t have time to write! 😉

Here is a summary of my gear and setting info for today’s shots:

Nikon D600 with the 105mm f2.8

Aperture priority, f8, 1/125 sec, auto ISO

I use my DIY foam board reflector and shoot from the angles the cell phone pictures were taken. It’s a lot of trial and error! So there you go, Nikhil and Aditi! Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be glad to answer them! 🙂



  1. Lovely egg in avocado! Thanks for the recipe and for the pics of your set-up. I’m going to try that DIY foam board deflector. 🙂 Your photos are always so nice!

    • Thanks so much, Ngan. It’s all luck, trial, and error! The foam board is so easy to make. Just duct tape two boards together and you’re done!

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  3. Wow such a beautiful & heAlthy breakfast! You make everything look & sound so simple, Patty! Thanks for this. We will keep trying!! Btw love the way bailey naturally poses for pictures!

  4. Talk about a healthy breakfast, the idea of cooking the egg in the avocado is genius. Thank you for sharing your photo tips, I love seeing other peoples photography set ups, it makes me feel less like a crazy foodie!

  5. Patty, I love everything about the post! The food (Mmm…), the photography tutorial (fabulous!), and of course Bailey (aww…). There isn’t anything else I need now. You covered all the bases. You’re one awesome person! XOXO

    • Angie, I was rushing like a mad woman to get this posted for you today! We are on our way to San Francisco now (with Bailey in tow, of course) and I wanted to get the pictures edited and post written before leaving. I’m so glad you like it! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours! 😀

  6. Patty, What a simple but gorgeous recipe. It also is lovely to see Bailey in the photos. Your shooting setup is something like mine, except I use instant camera. 😀 )))

  7. Hey there! Soo happy that i came across your blog through the fiesta party. Such a lovely blog you have got there. Im sure i will have lots to learn from you. Amazing photography. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts. 😊😊😊 And yeah a very innovative breakfast recipe.

  8. What a beautiful and cute recipe Patty!! love the idea of putting the egg into the avocado – genius!! And I am in love with your pictures as always!! Wow, and love the behind-the-scene views!! So cool to see how you shoot!! must try that with the white boards, that’s why your photos are always so shiny and beautiful!! thanks for sharing!!

  9. Just gorgeous! The shots, the food, the house… Everything looks lovely! Thanks for sharing yet another great way to make a quick and healthy breakfast!

  10. I enjoy looking at your stunning pictures as they always make any dish you prepare very special and appetizing. I bought an expensive Nikon a few months ago and I know I am not using it to its full potential. Thanks for all of the info on how you get such great pictures

    • The figuring out how is the hardest part. Just yesterday I was browsing dozens of food photography posts online for a couple of hours!

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  14. Sudarshan Mondal says

    Yummy stuff… love your photography too… very nice work!!!

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