Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cooking lessons for FM - Hard boiled eggs and making an egg sandwich

FM will be leaving for N.America next month to further her studies. It is a big step for her and an even bigger step for me to let go of my baby so that she can be independent and learn to survive on her own. Like mothers the world over, I will worry and be wondering whether she is eating well and keeping warm. Probably, once she settles down to university life in N America she will enjoy life away from home, but will I be able to adapt to life without her at home! Luckily, there is the internet and web cam and life chat and budget IDD available, so at least i will be able to keep in touch with her.
Since she entered college last year, and knew that she would be traveling and staying on her own abroad, she been telling me she intended to learn to cook but my dear daughter have yet to ever find the time.
So to my beloved daughter, what are you going to do? The other day you were asking me how to boil a hard-boiled egg. You can fry an egg but you do not know to boil one! In case, you are wondering, you do not add the egg to hot water as the egg would cracked due to the extreme change in temperature. Anyway, I am wondering here how many have made the mistake of boiling an egg by adding it to hot water.

Daughter, in case you want to know :

Boiling a hard boil egg :
Put the eggs in pan of cold water, and bring it slowly to the boil. Simmer for at least 15 mins. If you can pick it up with a pair of chopsticks, it is cooked. Dunked the eggs in cold water so that the egg yolks will not have black ring outside it. Then peel the eggs. (CK, if you are also reading this and wondering why you cannot peel an egg properly without spoiling the egg white, give it a brisk knock all over so that egg shell is cracked all over, before peeling it).

For egg sandwich :
Mashed the peeled eggs with a fork, add in salt and pepper (and CK, remember to go easy on the salt), and mayonnaise. Spread on bread, and you have an egg sandwich.

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