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Simply Eggs

eggs

 

The egg is the simplest and most complete food, highly nutritious and yet versatile enough for the quickest of meals but could equally star at the smartest of dinner parties

Today I started the day in a great little cafe called la Chien in Seddon, with glorious poached eggs and avocado with smoked salmon – so delicious and very satisfying

Why then do we find it so hard to cook them ? Don’t be frightened of making a great poached egg.

All you need is a fresh free range egg – remember chickens with a varied diet will always produce a better tasting product – the flavour of the egg is concentrated in the yolk.

Half fill a wide saucepan with UNSALTED water(the salt interferes with the whites setting). Add 3 tabs of white vinegar (this helps to set the whites) and bring to the boil.
Break an egg into a small bowl; if you slightly shake the egg before breaking, it will separate from the shell easily – tip gently into the pan at the point where the water is bubbling – keep the temp low as we want to cook the egg gently. Leave for a couple of minutes until the white is set – remove with a slotted spoon – trim if necessary and serve.

Eggs served in the middle eastern style are hugely popular and I include a link for a recipe.

Also check out Michel Roux “Eggs ” a fabulous little cookbook and a charming chef I had the privilege to meet at Melbourne Master class some years ago.

shakshuka eggs

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Simply Eggs

eggs

 

The egg is the simplest and most complete food, highly nutritious and yet versatile enough for the quickest of meals but could equally star at the smartest of dinner parties

Today I started the day in a great little cafe called la Chien in Seddon, with glorious poached eggs and avocado with smoked salmon – so delicious and very satisfying

Why then do we find it so hard to cook them ? Don’t be frightened of making a great poached egg.

All you need is a fresh free range egg – remember chickens with a varied diet will always produce a better tasting product – the flavour of the egg is concentrated in the yolk.

Half fill a wide saucepan with UNSALTED water(the salt interferes with the whites setting). Add 3 tabs of white vinegar (this helps to set the whites) and bring to the boil.
Break an egg into a small bowl; if you slightly shake the egg before breaking, it will separate from the shell easily – tip gently into the pan at the point where the water is bubbling – keep the temp low as we want to cook the egg gently. Leave for a couple of minutes until the white is set – remove with a slotted spoon – trim if necessary and serve.

Eggs served in the middle eastern style are hugely popular and I include a link for a recipe.

Also check out Michel Roux “Eggs ” a fabulous little cookbook and a charming chef I had the privilege to meet at Melbourne Master class some years ago.

shakshuka eggs

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Mayonnaise and Lemon aioli

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Now that we have all those fresh eggs and lots of demand for delicious pavlova and meringues ,what to do with the left over egg yolks.Think of lemon curd on thick crusty toast or creamy Lemon aioli served with a fresh piece of fish . Store bought mayonnaise has improved and i suggest looking for the ones that advertise egg mayonnaise.

I meet many people who are frightened of making their own mayo but feel little fear!

Here is a link to Maggie Beer’s recipe for

Iverjuice mayonnaise

The key is to add the oil  (recommend grape seed oil – it has less defining flavour than some olive or vegetable oils) extremely slowly – you can do this in a food processor or with a hand blender.I mean literally drizzle the oil in, as you beat.