Does everyone enjoy a big weekend brunch or breakfast? When I have the time, I know I do! Sydney is abuzz with cafes offering all day breakfasts over the weekend. You'll often see people queuing up just to eat at the "latest" place, making sure their lattes match their latest fashion accessories. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the cafe culture in Sydney but sometimes you just want to treat yourself at home. I'm happy as long as I have plenty of coffee and the weekend newspapers nearby. I like to pick on fresh fruit, sip on freshly brewed coffee and treat myself to a poached eggs dish of some sort.
I've really been itching to learn how to poach an egg properly. I know this sounds quite easy but believe me it's not! I think I took about six goes (and many ruined eggs later) to get this right. I tried boiling my water and creating a "whirlpool" effect in the middle and "plopping" my pre cracked eggs in the middle but it always turned into one gigantic mess! Ugh! So much for a relaxing weekend break! So in the end I "cheated" and used the microwave. Yes, the microwave. It was actually very easy to poach an egg using a microwave oven. I was a little skeptical about this poached egg recipe at first but it turned out great. It's very simple and it mostly requires you to watch the process as it occurs.
POACHED EGGS RECIPE AND METHOD
I didn't use any of those contraptions that they sell to make poached eggs in the microwave. I filled a PYREX measuring cup with half a cup of water and added a few drops of white vinegar. I then cracked my egg into the measuring cup with the water and placed it in my 1000 watt powered oven and timed it for 30 seconds. As it spins and does its magic, watch as the egg whites get "white" and proceed to cocoon the yolk. Once it begins to rise to the surface, press the STOP button,check to see if the egg has cooked (we're looking for soft pillowed whites) and drain the egg on a slotted spoon. If you feel it needs a little more, place it back in the microwave but be careful as you may end up with hard yolked eggs! Look, I'm sure there is a "proper" way and I'll definitely get it right but maybe I'll save that for next weekend!
FYI, the photos today were taken with my old 1973 Polaroid camera. A Sonar "One-Step". I love this beast and I love the images it produces!
Have a good weekend everyone...I'll be blogging a "classic" later on in the week.