HOW TO PREPARE THE PERFECT EGGS
What could possibly be better than waking up to delicious eggs to kick start your morning? We couldn’t think of anything really, so decided to put together the essential list of tips and tools to use to make sure you cook them properly. And as your mother always says, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
So whether you like them scrambled or poached, now is the ideal time to perfect the art of making eggs.
Scrambled – Whip out a non-stick frying pan and place a dollop of butter on medium heat. Then crack two eggs into a sturdy mixing bowl and whisk with a silicone whisk. Add in some milk and keep mixing. Allow the eggs to simmer for a minute before scrambling them with a spatula. Be sure to not overcook them as they may become a bit dry. Once cooked, place the scrambled eggs on a slice of bread and sprinkle some diced herbs and grated cheese over the top for a gourmet finish.
Baked – A rather unusual way to eat eggs – but try it once and it will become a fixed morning routine. All you need is 4 small ramekins with a splash of water to layer the bottom. Then crack open one egg into each ramekin. Pop in the oven at 180°C and bake for 15-20 minutes. Sprinkle some pesto and crispy bacon bits on top for a wholesome breakfast.
Boiled – Whether you prefer your eggs hard or soft boiled, it’s a quick and easy process that can be perfected in a couple of minutes. For hard-boiled, place whole eggs in a pot with cold water. Then bring water to the boil and cover the pot. Turn the stove off after the water has boiled and remove from the heat. Let the eggs sit with the pot covered for 10-15 minutes. Remove the eggs immediately after and place in a bowl with ice-cold water until the eggs have cooled. For soft-boiled eggs, follow the same process except keep the eggs on the boil for a shorter amount of time and only let them rest for 4 minutes. Serve your eggs in stylish egg cups or slice thinly for an egg salad.
Fried – Sunnyside up? This is one of the easiest techniques, and only takes about 5 minutes in total. All you need to do is heat some coconut oil or butter over a non-stick pan on medium heat. Then carefully crack the eggs in to the pan, and leave for 1-2 minutes. Then use a spoon to pour the excess fat over the egg white repeatedly until cooked. Flip the egg on to your plate and tuck in.
Omelette – This is the perfect way to prep eggs if you want to clear out your fridge. Pull out anything that looks appetising and place on your kitchen counter. Crack eggs in a mixing bowl and sprinkle salt, pepper and some paprika for a kick. Whisk together and set aside. Now comes the fun part – chop onions, salmon, spinach or peppers and sauté for 3 minutes. Pour the eggs over the ingredients and spread the batter evenly across the pan. Sprinkle some cheese over the omelette, fold over and serve to your guests.
Poached – They say that to truly become a chef you need to have perfected poached eggs. These quick steps will have you competing with Jamie Oliver in no time. Sautee some spinach first and set aside, then simmer a large pot of water, swirl with a fork or spatula and carefully break eggs into the water and cook for a minute. Constantly make sure that the eggs aren’t sticking to the pan with your spatula. Leave the eggs to poach for 3 – 5 minutes and remove with a scoop colander. Place the eggs on some ciabatta bread and with a side serving of sautéed spinach for some extra flavour.
Tip: To make poaching easier a silicone egg poacher might be the solution.
Now all that’s left is Bon Appetit!