Thursday, February 9, 2012
misconceptions and one amazing mother-in-law
Misconception #1... I thought poached eggs were bland. Perhaps because my only exposure to them was when drenched in a rich hollandaise. In the past, the egg merely got in the way of the full ham, english muffin, benedict experience. Then, I tried a lone poached egg. Never has an egg tasted so wonderful. And so the cravings began.
Misconception #2... I thought poached eggs were difficult to prepare. I scanned the internet seeking the recipe for a perfectly poached egg. The tips included adding vinegar, a deep pot, bringing the water to a boil then turning the heat off, and even mason jar canning rings. It was all a bit... intimidating.
One weekend, I expressed my poached egg woes to my mother-in-law. Raised on a farm, she looked at me with bewilderment.
"Well girl, that's easy!" she said with a wave of her hand as though swatting all my fears away.
In a flash, she produced a fry pan filled with water, walked it across the kitchen, and placed it on the stove-top. An act that if performed by me, would have required TWO hands, taken entirely TOO long, and would have resulted in half the water splashing TO the floor.
Before I knew it, she had cracked four eggs (yep, FOUR) into the simmering water-filled fry pan.
"So this is where you turn the heat off, right?" I asked, armed with my Google knowledge.
Another look of bewilderment from my mother-in-law, "No girl, you gotta cook it..."
As she swirled and splashed the water with confidence, I watched the transparent eggs turn to white, amazed at how easy she made it look.
"How long do you cook them for?" I asked, ready to learn from her genius.
"Until they're done!" she exclaimed with a smile.
In the end, she presented me with two perfectly poached eggs. Delicious.
Turns out, poached eggs are easy and my mother-in-law is amazing. Good thing I already knew the latter.