Friday, April 3, 2015

They're egg-celent!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I like poached eggs ... as long as they're the consistency of HARD boiled eggs.  (And with Easter coming up, don't you just LOVE Easter Eggs? I usually make deviled eggs out of them.  Mary Jane has a cool recipe in The Cozy Chicks Kitchen.)  I don't get to eat poached eggs very often because Mr. L doesn't like them and my poacher makes FOUR and it seems to take forever to make them and I get impatient.  Therefore, I usually cook an egg in the microwave (and why is it the white explodes and not the yolk?) and it's kinda hard and rubber, but if I put enough pepper on it, it's fine (especially with a lovely piece of dry white toast. That's just the way I like it).

My Mom has been under the weather and I've been trying to encourage her to eat. She likes poached eggs.  Not like the way I prefer them, but runny (and, ick! -- yucky).  She has a poacher, but it's for the microwave and she doesn't like rubbery eggs.

No problem. I'll make them like I saw in the movie Julie and Julia.  (And if you want to see that scene, here it is--just click the link.)



Well, it my first efforts kind of turned out the same way.  But after about four tries I nailed it.  Of course, it wasn't from watching THAT fiasco.  I went to Youtube and searched for "poached eggs" and came up with Gordon Ramsey making eggs Benedict. Boy, that was about 30 seconds well spent. Do this, do this, and do that.  Voila!  Nailed it on the first try.  (Here's the link for that recipe; the egg poaching starts at time index 2:36.)

I like the way Ramsey describes the perfect poached egg: it's supposed to look like a little mozzarella ball. My Mom likes it on toast soldiers, so that's the way I serve it to her.  I must admit, it looks wonderful ... but I'm just not a fan of runny yolks.


 So, how do you like YOUR eggs?



13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't want any part of the white to be uncooked because it is slimy and makes me gag. If it's a poached egg, I don't mind if the yolk is a bit runny but the white really does have to be cooked.

When I bring home eggs, I hard boil about half of them immediately and keep them in a specially marked egg carton. That way I have a very fast protein source on hand without having to cook. Just too time consuming to hard boil an egg for one person as I do them the old fashioned way. Cordella

Malka E said...

thanks to you (ok, they looked delicious) i had poached eggs the other day, they had runny yolks, but, i don't mind, and they were fresh from our ladies. they were DELICIOUS! with toast and a little garlic powder. i might have to have them again in the near future!

lavendersbluegreen said...

Huh. My 1st comment disappeared into neverland...
I love to cook poached eggs but cannot eat them because the "right" way is too gross, I also think runny eggs are icky.
Hard boiled and deviled eggs are yummy. I love making quiches and frittatas; they are a terrific way to highlight leftovers as well as garden fresh goodness.

LadyRed said...

I prefer the whites fully cooked but I don't mind the yolk runny. I'm partial to soft boiled eggs and then dipping toast into the yolks or spooning the egg out onto an English muffin.

Jen Scott said...

I have never eaten a poached egg but Gordon Ramsey makes it look good and easy.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Oooh! Garlic powder. I'll definitely have to try that.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I love hard boiled egg in a green salad, too. Yum!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Alas, soft boiled eggs would make me gag. In the movie Julie and Julia, she described them as egg cheese, but I don't eat much cheese, either.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I love poached eggs but don't make them very often. I like my eggs with the white cooked, all of it! but with the yoke runny. I will have to try them with the water spinning. I Liked the way Gordon Ramsey cooks. Just enjoyed watching Julia Child on the link you sent. She came on after the movie clip.

Anonymous said...

Good morning Lorraine! First off, I hope your mom gets to feeling better. Not good to be ailin'. As far as eggs go...scramble mine please. I will not eat an egg that has any part of the whites uncooked...gross! As a kid, I loved dipping my toast into the runny yolks, now though, nope. Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

Vicki W. said...

Cooked...no movement. NO runniness. no no no...Even scrambled they must be totally done. My grandma would come stay with us and we hated it when she fixed us eggs because her scrambled eggs still were.....ooey mushy...

My husband likes soft but I tell him, if he wants soft, he can make them himself. Grin.

I've never poached an egg but I eat them boiled, deviled, fried, scrambled, omelet, quiche (but last two must also be done done done).

Annette said...

I love eggs! I crave eggs! I like them scrambles with a little cheddar cheese sprinkled on the top. I also love hard boiled eggs and could probably eat an entire plate of deviled eggs. I recently found a recipe for deviled eggs using avacodos. I plan on trying that recipe on Easter Sunday.

Harbinger said...

I like the white cooked and the egg runny. Especially over hash or a dinner salad, the runny yolk adds a lovely extra layer of flavor and a silken mouth feel to the rest of the dish.