One fine summer day a friend said to me, ‘You are such a connoisseur in the kitchen!’
My head quickly began to swell with pleasure and pride. What a lovely thing for her to say! Not long after, however, the sound of my husband chortling in the background brought me ’round to reality. Noted for future reference: if someone is about to stroke your ego regarding your mad cooking skills, make sure the one who eats both your good and burnt dishes isn’t around to burst that bubble.
The Len may have a point, however. I may make a mean onion relish or whip together a delicious jerk chicken pizza but I think to be considered a true connoisseur, you should be able to boil an egg.
This particular inability of mine surfaced again yesterday during a conversation at work. You’d be amazed at the jaw dropping when you tell someone you’re not sure how to boil an egg.
You have to understand that I’m a recipe gal. I like to follow instructions when it comes to food preparation. Do you realize how many ways there are to boil an egg? Do you put the eggs in the water as it comes to a boil, or wait until the water is boiling? Should the eggs be at room temperature, or no? Do you prick the bottom of the wee egg with the wee egg pricker, or leave it be?
And then there’s a question of timing… what one considers soft boiled, another considers too hard. Three minutes for this, five for that. Oh, you’re looking for egg salad eggs? Well then…
And don’t get me started on the people who think that altitude or sea level somehow have a role to play…
Let’s have a little discussion today. At least one of you is more than welcome to say that you don’t boil eggs, because the varying opinions on how to do so is too confusing. (If one of you would say this, it would make me feel better, so thank you in advance.)
And if all of you gang up on me and comment that you boil your eggs exactly the same way, I shall stop blogging. Ha. There’s more than one way to stroke an ego. 😛
So tell me… how do you boil an egg?