I Poached An Egg On Christmas Day

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    Dec 25, 2014 6:00 PM GMT
    To be sung to the Christmas tune by Johnny Marks: "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day."

    But first: Merry Christmas! And seriously, what happened this morning was my husband unwrapped the stovetop egg poacher I gave him. He loved the idea, because poached eggs are his favorite breakfast. Which until now meant going out to a particular local café.

    But I was concerned his first efforts with it might be unsatisfactory, and he gets quickly discouraged and then won't try again. So while he was reading the newspaper I experimented in the kitchen, with timing, water temperature, and method.

    My first attempt was a disaster. The device came with no instructions, I guess they figure you either know how to poach or you don't. And not knowing how, having never poached in my life, I got it all wrong.

    So I went to the Internet and checked for several more poaching recipes, each a little different, and picked one that seemed best suited to this stovetop device. Second egg was much better.

    Then I called him into the kitchen, to show him what I had learned, as I poached 2 eggs at once for him. They came out beautifully, exactly the way he likes them (and he's very fussy, the bane of breakfast cooks in that café). He was just so happy, and of course will be able to do this on his own at home all he likes, to enjoy while he reads the newspaper.

    Most flattering to me was his complete astonishment & praise that I had accomplished something in the kitchen. Just wait until tonight, when we return from Christmas dinner with his family, and I make a popcorn TV snack with the stovetop popper I also got us. He loves popcorn, and I actually have some experience with one of those gizmos.
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    Dec 25, 2014 7:32 PM GMT
    Congratulations!



    thought it was about this at first...



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    Dec 26, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Congratulations!

    thought it was about this at first...


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    LOL! I wondered if anyone would do a play on the word "poached".

    And as I had hoped as I wrote above, we just now had popcorn at home after returning from the family dinner, using his new popcorn machine. He loved it. icon_biggrin.gif

    Busy day, I no sooner had started this thread when we were off to his sister's for Christmas dinner. We had a wonderful pork crown roast. And brought along a gay friend who's a "holiday orphan" this Christmas, his partner being away.

    We came back to Wilton Manors in time to swing by a gay club that was having a free buffet. Not to eat there ourselves, we were stuffed, but to say "Merry Christmas" to friends who were there.

    And to buy drinks for our dinner companion who was still with us. In recognition of him basically appointing himself the sous-chef at my husband's sister's home, which she greatly appreciated. He was very competent in the kitchen and very much appreciated, his first time there. Have you ever noticed how some gay men can be like that?

    So we're home for good now, haven't even cleared out all the Christmas wrapping and empty boxes on the floor. That'll be tomorrow's project, after I take my husband to his morning pedicure. I do so spoil him. icon_redface.gif
  • Nayro

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    Dec 26, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    Merry Christmas!

    Poached eggs aren't that hard to make btw, saucepan, water, vinegar, salt and eggs! icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 26, 2014 1:52 AM GMT
    Nayro saidMerry Christmas!

    Poached eggs aren't that hard to make btw, saucepan, water, vinegar, salt and eggs! icon_smile.gif

    Merry Christmas! Well, agreed, poached eggs shouldn't be hard to make. But like many things, they're easy if you know the trick, impossible if you don't.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 26, 2014 3:55 AM GMT
    Isn't poaching illegal? OH! You mean a way of cooking. Congratulations on your success. All I can do with eggs is hard boil them.
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    Dec 26, 2014 1:24 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidIsn't poaching illegal? OH! You mean a way of cooking. Congratulations on your success. All I can do with eggs is hard boil them.

    Actually I've taught myself some ways of cooking eggs over the years, when I think about it. I guess it was out of necessity, all those gay bar tricks I'd bring home, who'd want breakfast the next morning. I wouldn't have to worry about supper for them until we started dating. LOL!

    One of my favorites I devised was for scrambled eggs, my trick being to use a tall metal cocktail shaker and a metal whisk. I'd put the eggs, milk & butter inside, then froth it just a tiny bit with a whisk. This can make the eggs turn out more light & fluffy. The action I use, in addition to twirling the whisk, is to pump it up & down briskly, like churning butter, and pour immediately into the heated pan.

    You don't get quite the same results when you use a whisk or a fork to blend in an open bowl, you can't be as vigorous and it splashes around, and using any kind of electric drink mixer or blender can overdo it, and is too much trouble. And of course just the right balance of milk & butter is critical.
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    Dec 26, 2014 1:25 PM GMT
    Nayro saidMerry Christmas!

    Poached eggs aren't that hard to make btw, saucepan, water, vinegar, salt and eggs! icon_smile.gif
    sounds like good wife material....
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    Dec 26, 2014 4:22 PM GMT
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    Nayro saidMerry Christmas!

    Poached eggs aren't that hard to make btw, saucepan, water, vinegar, salt and eggs! icon_smile.gif
    sounds like good wife material....

    Well I managed to marry TWO very good cooks - my late husband and my current. But honestly, that wasn't the reason I fell in love with them, but it sure was a nice bonus.

    Because I definitely can't cook myself - in many jurisdictions if someone as incompetent as me puts any cooking utensil in his hand it can legally be considered a lethal weapon. Which puts me at considerable danger in a "Stand Your Ground" State like our Florida.

    And besides, once you have one good cook in the family, he usually doesn't want competition, or criticism, in the kitchen with him. So I do my part and gladly stay out, until it comes time to clean up afterwards.
  • LJay

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    Dec 26, 2014 6:24 PM GMT
    Sounds like you are getting a bit kinky with the whisk and the eggs there!

    Eggs are really a great thing for the non-cook to try. Just remember not to use high heat and to be patient as they cook. The best thing is that, with a piece of toast and some kind of drink, they make a good meal at any time of the day. You can practice with a couple of dozen eggs and still not spend much.

    Apparently Escoffier had more than 600 ways to cook eggs!
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    Dec 26, 2014 8:18 PM GMT
    LJay saidSounds like you are getting a bit kinky with the whisk and the eggs there!

    Eggs are really a great thing for the non-cook to try. Just remember not to use high heat and to be patient as they cook. The best thing is that, with a piece of toast and some kind of drink, they make a good meal at any time of the day. You can practice with a couple of dozen eggs and still not spend much.

    Apparently Escoffier had more than 600 ways to cook eggs!

    LOL! The trick to using the whisk is how you fantasize with it. With the right imagery you can whip up some great scrambled eggs. icon_wink.gif

    Not having the water temp at a low enough simmer was one of the mistakes I made with my first attempt at poaching an egg. I did have venegar in the water. I may experiment with white wine next.
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    Dec 26, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    UPDATE: I just bought some white wine for poaching, may try it tomorrow (Sat). We've been running around all day, to about a dozen different places. I thought we were gonna have a day off after Christmas to recuperate, but my husband always comes up with impromptu plans I knew nothing about. icon_rolleyes.gif

    SECOND UPDATE: I just remembered the cleaning lady is coming today (now already Saturday). We delayed her from Friday (yesterday) to give us time to clear away the Christmas wrapping debris and stuff. Then we have late lunch with friends nearly 40 miles north of here, which kills most of the afternoon today. Followed by brunch with other friends on Sunday. So breakfast eggs at home will likely wait at least until Monday.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Dec 27, 2014 8:25 AM GMT
    I tend to go with the below method.

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    Dec 27, 2014 1:47 PM GMT
    RaggedyMan saidI tend to go with the below method.


    Thanks, I had read online about the swirl method. Main problem is that it works best with only 1 egg at a time, whereas my husband likes having 2 at once. Plus I might want to join him, with 1 or 2 eggs for myself.

    That's why I got this device that can poach up to 4 eggs at once, and each to a different degree of firmness, since he likes his a little runnier than I do. But that means the swirl method can't be used. And BTW, this device makes the eggs more formed than using open water, swirled or not.

    So I'm happy with it, but for those using an ordinary pan for a single egg, yeah it seems swirling the water helps. And can avoid the need to use vinegar or wine in the water, which imparts a taste some may not like.

    Another thing I've read can reduce reliance on vinegar is to use the freshest eggs. Older eggs don't set as well in the hot water, and may not remain whole. But we don't eat very many eggs in a week, so a dozen will last us almost 2 weeks, and no longer be very fresh.
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    Dec 27, 2014 7:14 PM GMT
    I guess it has to do with patience. I can't have eggs anymore and miss making them.
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    Dec 27, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidTo be sung to the Christmas tune by Johnny Marks: "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day."

    I'd sing to a different tune - from "Peter Pan:"

    I poached an egg on Christmas Day
    what you don't understand
    is that with poachers given Sal
    who's my lover, lifelong pal
    eggs are Never, Never bland.

    The kitchen may be his domain
    but this he never planned
    With my poacher I'm the cook
    he goes strictly by my book
    and I Never need a hand.
  • FredMG

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    Dec 28, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
    I always thought poached eggs were a lot of fancy bother, until, my Mother in law, god bless her, made them for me and showed me how to do it.

    Apparently non of her other "kids" learned the trick, and now I chuckle at how my ex is bereft of one of hear favorite breakfasts.
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    Dec 28, 2014 4:53 AM GMT
    My Mom had one that made six at a time in a sort of a double-boiler affair with removable cups. Actually, she probably inherited it or got it as a wedding gift, since she was never much of a cook. I recall it being used to rather dreadful and unappreciated result a couple of times in the 60's and maybe once or twice in the early 70's. It's probably mine now, if I care to search the back of the farmhouse pantry hard enough.
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    Dec 28, 2014 1:58 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidTo be sung to the Christmas tune by Johnny Marks: "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day."

    I'd sing to a different tune - from "Peter Pan:"

    I poached an egg on Christmas Day...

    This is kinda what I had in mind. This piano arrangement on YouTube is by Dan Coates. I had a number of his sheet music albums when we were both much younger, and this is one I always played at Christmas. Please sing along!

    I poached an egg on Christmas Day,
    Because my man loves eggs that way.
    I learned the trick,
    To make them quick,
    So he would never go without.

    I poached an egg on Christmas Morn,
    Because my man looked so forelorn.
    Without his eggs,
    His mood’s the dregs,
    It serves me best to serve him well.


    (Incidentally, although musically composed by Johnny Marks for the TV production of "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" - his most famous song - "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" actually originates with an 1864 Longfellow poem to mourn the continuing desolation of the prolonged US Civil War.)

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    Dec 30, 2014 2:02 AM GMT
    ^
    I like your version better! More torch song-y.