Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Poached Eggs Plus!

     Week before last, I bought a couple of clever egg poachers made of silicone rubber at Agrarian.  (Like this, though better via the "Stuff you need" link at Tam's)

     They work like nobody's business when it comes to poaching eggs -- and even better at one of my favorite tricks: take thin slice of ham, salami or the like and line the poaching cup with it (sometimes you have to make some radial cuts in the meat), then break an egg into it.  This morning I tried it with some paper-thin Jamon Serrano, Spanish "mountain-cured ham," which is a rare and wonderful treat.  I put a little Colby Jack on the eggs in the last couple of minutes and the combination was remarkably tasty.

     The result looks fancy, too, despite being about as close to zero-effort as cooking gets.  The eggs pop right out of the poachers; a quick swipe of paper towel and the poachers are ready for the dishwasher.

      Relatedly: sliced brioche looks like bread but is tricky to toast.  It's so rich it tends to burn.  Worth the effort, though.  This is the stuff Marie Antoinette was talking about when she said, of peasants rioting over the lack of bread, "...then let them eat cake."  Pretty sure they would'a if they could, Queenie.


Steve Finnell said...
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Paul Revere said...

Whoa, what happened here? Sounds like an adequate response to some poached eggs ...

Ahh, the dubious old brioche quote and poor Marie Antoinette (sort of a 18th century Lady Di, wot?): the first mention of this quote appears in 1765 in Rousseau's Confessions. Marie Antoinette was 9 years old at that time. Numerous other attributions can be found in history, from Chinese Emperors to spinster princesses. It was regarded as an urban legend even in her time.

Nevertheless, bon appetit!

rickn8or said...

Roberta, I was going to call Steve Finnell very rude for his post, but then I decided it was your privilege, not mine.

Roberta X, remotely said...

Ah, but he is. Religious bigotry, what could be more fun?

There are days when I regret my lack of any real knack for belief. Today is not one of them. Today, I am okay with agnosticism.

Steve, y'all have a good party inside your own head, okay?

Countglockula said...

Maybe if you offer him some of these delightful poached eggs he'll go away, ya think?

Tam said...

Steve's not reading these replies; he's a drive-by spammer.

Jeffrey Smith said...

, but did you know Jim Butcher is starting another series?

Have to have something to read with those eggs after all.

Jennifer said...

Wow, that Steve and his drive -bys.
Food sounds delicious.

Anonymous said...

Spammer 'Steve Finnell' wrote:

"Prayers to anyone other than God is sin."

An excellent point.

I pray I never run low on ammunition...

But I'll rely on myself instead of some deity.


Bobbie - I've always had a fondness for top-break .22 revolvers.

You're motivating me hit the on-line gun auctions.

Roberta X said...

I removed his content due to bigotry. Push your own religion, borderline okay. Put down some other person's religion, not okay unless that person is doin' bad real-world stuff in name of his religion. Thoughts -- even prayers -- are only words.

Roberta X said...

...Let;s see, so much for memorable brioche quotes. Still glad I tried the stuff. I've been looking at it for years, wondering what was the big deal.

Top-break .22s revolvers: good ones are very good and generally "sleepers," at least at gun shows, where they're just another weird old gun.

The food was darned good, though I do have a slight weakness for poached eggs, especially cooked in ham (etc.).

bud said...

You know, you can buy already toasted brioche at Trader Joe's for a couple of bucks.