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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Poached Eggs

November 3, 2015


Recently, I have been enamoured with poached eggs. I like them cooked so that the yolk is almost set, but still soft and ever so slightly runny. They are perfect on top of roasted vegetables, in a salad or with avocado toast. No matter what tried and true tricks I use to keep the eggs together I still get whispy egg whites. Yes, I put a little vinegar in the water, and yes, I crack the egg into a cup and slip it gently into the water, but nothing solves the problem quite like Julia Child did.

The secret to Ms. Child’s perfect poached eggs, lie in her technique. First, she always used a pin to poke a tiny hole in the eggshell to allow the excess air to escape. Next, she cooked the egg, still in the shell, in boiling water for exactly 10 seconds. Once removed from the water, she reduced the water in the pot to a simmer,carefully cracked the egg into the water and cooked it for 3 or 4 minutes until it reached the desired consistency. For a harder center, it may take a minute or two longer.

It seems that cooking the egg for 10 seconds while still in the shell allows the whites to set just enough to keep them together when they hit the water. No more whispy whites, or misshapen eggs. This technique is pure genius!

Photo: Glasshouse Images

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Happy Belated Birthday Julia!

August 16, 2012

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”

― Julia ChildMy Life in France

Yesterday would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.

She left behind a legacy including cookbooks, television shows and most importantly, the idea that cooking is a creative pursuit.  I believe that any vaguely intelligent person can read a recipe and prepare a meal. But to be a really great cook, one must find joy in the process, and have the courage to experiment.

Thank you Julia, for inspiring me and the legions of people who mastered the art of cooking because of you.

Happy Birthday!

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Unrecipe of the Week

December 29, 2009

I just watched the film Julie & Julia, and was completely taken with Julie Powell, a passionate home cook and blogger. Sound like anyone we know?

Previously, I was not familiar with Julia Child’s story. She too, took a passion and her need to find fulfillment and turned it a career. Both women had the tenacity to stick with their dream until they were able to make it come true.

This week’s Unrecipe pays homage to the Julie/Julia’s of the world, and was inspired by a recipe in Baking With Julia, by Julia Child and Dorie Greenspan. It is the perfect hors d’oeuvre for New Year’s Eve. Simple, and satisfying; a classic snack made elegant through the use of puffed pastry and goat cheese. I made these Sunday night and they were scarfed right up!

Puffed Pastry Pizzettes, with Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese

Slightly thaw a sheet of frozen puffed pastry and roll it out on a lightly floured surface, so that it is a little thinner.

Cut into 2” rounds.( I used a shot glass for this!)

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place a thick slice of cherry tomato on each round.

Top with crumbled goat cheese, and sprinkle with freshly ground pepper.

Press the topping down slightly, so it does not come off in baking.

Place in a 350-degree oven for about 12-15 minutes until puffed, and lightly browned.

Remove from the oven and gently brush them with a little olive oil, and a bit of chopped, fresh basil.

Raise your glass to Julia, and enjoy!

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