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Soft-boiled eggs. How do you do it?

 
 
dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 01:53 am
@Thomas,
Oh dear. At least you have a REASON.


Do you know what I am blathering on about re the big end vs the small end?


It's from the Lilliput part of Gulliver's Travels:

Quote:
two factions within Lilliputian society: Big-Endians break their eggs at the larger end ("the primitive way"), while the Emperor commanded all his subjects to break the smaller end. Resistance by traditionalists and their subsequent suppression by the government had resulted in civil unrest. The Big-Endian faction had the support of neighboring Blefuscu, a further source of friction between the traditional enemies. Thus Swift satirizes the suppression of Catholics that had racked England and subject nations from the reign of Henry VIII to Swift's own time.

dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 01:56 am
@dlowan,
I watched a bit of a healthy cooking show the other day. The person cooking grated a hard boiled egg over some asparagus, with some other flavourings. It looked lovely.

I also like those horses' doovers where you put a slice of hard boiled egg on a biscuit, with a big dollop of caviar (well, the cheaper version thereof...it's all about texture.)
msolga
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 02:48 am
@dlowan,
Now, if some genius would care to explain how to go about cooking perfect poached eggs ... you know, the variety that don't end up looking like shredded pasta bits? ... I would be most grateful to receive your words of wisdom.

No rush. Any time you have a minute.
I'm off to cook dinner now.
dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 02:52 am
@msolga,
Buy one of those poached egg corral things?

What gets me is those places that have them almost still egg shaped...with a little curlicue of white on top...and no vinegar taste!

Heaven.

Must be a gadget.
dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 02:56 am
@dlowan,
http://homeappliances.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/nonstick-4-egg-6-egg-poachers.jpg
http://www.thegreenhead.com/imgs/poachpod-silicone-egg-poachers-2.jpg


This looks really cool:
http://www.jaydeeliving.co.uk/images/productimages/Egg%20Poacher.jpg

Industrial version!
http://www.mymodelships.com/product_images/pid_7622-RSVP-Endurance-Egg-Poacher-Set-Choose-1-Egg-4-Egg-or-6-Egg--10.jpg


The humble poaching rings:
http://www.cookmatesouthwest.co.uk/acatalog/9322.jpg

dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 03:02 am
@dlowan,
The experts:



A littler expert:



People who write it down:

http://www.perfectpoachedegg.com/

http://www.perfectpoachedegg.com/simple_steps.htm

http://www.sallybernstein.com/food/columns/corn/poached_eggs.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Poach-an-Egg




msolga
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 03:07 am
@dlowan,
Just taking a quick look as I cook, Deb.

So there are gadgets!!!!! Very Happy

I like the look of those vivid green poach pods. Lovely!

I always thought the way to do it was boil the water in a shallow pan, then slowly, slowly, slide the egg into it. At which point, when I've actually done this, the worst happens! Shredded eggs again! Neutral

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msolga
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 03:08 am
@dlowan,
Oh my goodness.

A course in poaching eggs! Very Happy
dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 03:11 am
@msolga,
We aim to serve....simpers sickeningly.....
Thomas
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 05:39 am
@dlowan,
This is from Gulliver? In my world, the warring paradigms of big-endian vs. small-endian refer to ways of ordering bytes of computer memory. Motorola processors, for example, are big-endian (most significant byte first); Intel processors are little-endian (least significant byte first). I had no idea that the original version of this religious conflict was about eggs, and that it occurred in Gulliver!
dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 05:48 am
@Thomas,
Thomas wrote:

This is from Gulliver? In my world, the warring paradigms of big-endian vs. small-endian refer to ways of ordering bytes of computer memory. Motorola processors, for example, are big-endian (most significant byte first); Intel processors are little-endian (least significant byte first). I had no idea that the original version of this religious conflict was about eggs, and that it occurred in Gulliver!


You grow in wisdom, Grasshopper.

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msolga
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 05:58 am
@dlowan,
Thanks, Deb

I should be an expert poacher after I've gone through all that! Smile
dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 06:19 am
@msolga,
Poaching, literary history....what shall be next?

Could we be...gasp...digressing?
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djjd62
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 06:23 am
i'm a big fan of soft boiled eggs , but i usually scoop them into bowl, a dash of hot pepper sauce and lots of black pepper, rye toast to dip
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djjd62
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 06:26 am
one member of a group of friends that had a house north of toronto was a master poached egg cooker, he made the breakfasts after particularly long parties, poached eggs (in a deep skillet, the water vinegar swirl method), chicken livers, home fries, toast
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Tai Chi
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 06:26 am
http://www.bestofasseenontv.com/EggGenie/EggGenie.jpg

Quote:
Cook perfect eggs every time with the Egg Genie. Stop over cooking or under cooking your eggs. Stop wasting time and money. With the Egg Genie you can hard boil, medium boil or soft boil eggs in just minutes. The Egg Genie has a light indicator as well as a sound indicator with a continuous audible signal that prevents over cooking. Egg Genie cooks up to 7 eggs at once-with no guesswork, no underdone or overdone eggs. Just add the indicated amount of water. Press "on" and your work is done.


We sold a lot of these at Christmas. Have never heard whether or not they work well. (I own a poaching pan.)
dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 07:46 am
@Tai Chi,
Takes the art out!!!
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dyslexia
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 08:16 am
@Tai Chi,
mine works very well.
dyslexia
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 08:22 am
and what say thee of shirred eggs?
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dlowan
 
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Mon 8 Mar, 2010 02:50 pm
@dyslexia,
Sounds cruel.

What is it?
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