Tuesday 27 April 2010

Bald Eggs!

I've been waiting for someone to ask for a boiled egg just so I could try out this lovely quote from Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison about how to make perfect boiled eggs.

"Now, the water and the egg have to meet each other in a kind of equal standing. One can't get the upper hand over the other. So the temperature has to be the same for both.....Now when the tiny bubbles come to the surface, when they are as big as peas and just before they get big as marbles...If you do all that you got yourself a perfect boiled egg."

I put the eggs into a saucepan and filled it up with cold water...

...as the water boiled it began to bubble.....tiny little bubbles........

...But they soon got to be the size of peas ....so It was time to take the eggs out..........

It's always a bit of hit and miss when it comes to boiling an egg as I don't have a timer......but it worked perfectly, the yolks were yummy and runny and the white perfectly cooked, non of that yucky snotty stuff.........

Ready to decorate just like mum and dad used to....usually with men's faces which is probably why we used to call them bald eggs!


  1. My kids love boiled eggs with soldiers for breakfast especially if it involves a novelty egg cup and a knitted egg cossie. Perhaps I'll draw a face on instead and see how they react?

    At the moment they are both really into Tessa Kiros' 'Egg with Bread and Butter' from her wonderful book, 'Apples for Jam'. Basically you boil an egg for 2 1/2 minutes (no more , no less so a timer is involved!)then you crack it in the middle and scoop it into a waiting glass filled with torn up bread and butter. It's not pretty but they seem to love it.

  2. My grandad used to make them like that for us when we were little....I'd totally forgotten. Thanks for the reminder Caz.....I must get a timer!

    'Apples for Jam' is one of my favourite cookery books, although I'm ashamed to say I've never actually tried any of the recipes! I also love 'Falling Cloudberries' an earlier book by Tessa Kiros. It was a present last Christmas. Her books are so lovely to look at. But I must try out some of her recipes.