Spending time in the kitchen last month with the incredible Javier Burillo was an amazing experience for me and one which taught me an awful lot about many areas of cooking. Not everything that we did however was haute cuisine, and we actually managed to get some time to get back to basics and focus on one of my favorite types of foods, eggs. There are many ways in which you can cook eggs, some simple, some more difficult and these are by far and away my most favorite methods to cook these little nuggets of joy.
I think poached eggs are my favorite way to cook and eat eggs, they are simple to do and they taste great with a wide range of different foods. To poach an egg simply bring a pan full of water to the boil, once boiling spin the water and crack and egg directly into the center of the pan, switch the heat off and then put the lid on, leave it like that for 3-4 mins and serve, delicious eggs with a gooey center.
Egg and Soldiers
Javier and I both ate these for breakfast when we were kids and so we decided to recreate it in the kitchen. This involves a soft boiled egg which is served with thin slices of toasted bread, which are absolutely perfect for dipping into that runny yolk. To make this something of an ‘adult’ version, we used a large duck egg and some delicious ciabatta bread for the soldiers, and it worked out really well. Simply add your eggs to a pan of cold water, covering the eggs by around an inch, bring the pan to the boil and then one boiling switch off the heat and leave for 6 minutes, whip them out, crack them and get dipping.
Eggs in the Clouds
The showstopper of the egg world is these soft and fluffy cloud-like eggs, an ideal way to wow a guest at your home with your cooking skills. Start by separating the yolks from the whites and keep the yolks to one side, whip the whites until they form soft peaks. Pre heat the oven to 180 and add greaseproof paper to a baking tray, pop it in the oven to warm up. Once at temperature spread the egg white mix onto the tray, roughly the size of a fried egg, and hollow out a small hole in the middle. Cook the whites for 15 minutes and then pull them out, add the yolks into the holes that you made, and put back in the oven for 5 minutes. For additional touches you could add some chives and some cooked bacon to your egg white mix. The final result should be fluffed up egg whites with runny yolk in the middle, gorgeous.
What are some of your favorite ways to cook eggs? Let us know your eggy recipes in the comments section below.