Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Can't even boil an egg....!

I know many people (both men and women) that claim they are useless in the kitchen- can't even boil an egg. But they are wrong- cooking is like many things in life- you just need to have a bit of confidence. And this is where recipes do come into their own- if you follow simple and straightforward instructions you really should be able to produce meals some really nice meals.

So going literally back to basics here is a quick blog on how to make a lovely meal- soft poached eggs on toast. It is simple, cheap and filling. Great for those watching their weight as well as those on a budget. A fantastic student meal.

The best way to poach eggs is to cook them like you would fry an egg but rather than using oil you are using hot water! Take a shallow frying pan and three quarter fill with water and add one tablespoon of white wine vinegar (you won't taste this but it will help keep the egg together in the pan) and bring to a simmer (little bubbles appearing on the surface of the water).

When you get to this stage put some toast in the toaster and break an egg into a cup careful so as not to break the yolk. Then gently roll the egg into the water (keep the cup close to the water so that the egg doesn't drop from a great height which will mean the egg is more likely to break up in the water). Repeat with a second egg.

Keep the heat at a gentle simmer. Use a spoon to gently move the underside of the egg so that it isn't sticking to the bottom of the pan. While this is happening your toast should be done so butter it so it is ready. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes so that the white is no longer translucent but the yolk still is bright yellow and soft. If the white across the yolk is still not quite cooked take a spoon and pour some of the water from the pan gently over that area so that the heat from the water cooks the top of the egg.

Immediately remove the eggs one at a time with a slotted spoon and put on the buttered toast. Season to taste.

The eggs will still be nice and runny whereas the white should be completely cooked through.

Quick, simple, tasty and cheap. A delicious breakfast or light lunch that anyone can do.

Til soon....

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