Sunday, June 5, 2011

eggs and backyard chickens

We are very fortunate to be fostering a friend of mine's chickens, 3 of which lay beautiful eggs.  we even got one with a double yolk!  I'd heard of these but never saw one in real life before - how special.  We were surprised how big the egg was compared to  their normal eggs.

Our favorite way to prepare the best eggs is to poach them:
Take your eggs out of the fridge to allow them to come to room temp (or use your fresh eggs from this morning!).
Cooking one egg at a time, crack your egg onto a small plate and set aside.
in a small pot, bring a few cups of water to a simmer.  Add a splash of vinegar and pinch of salt.  Swirl water to create a little "whirlpool" action and slide your egg into the center of the whirlpool (this helps keep the white of the egg together).  Cook for 2-3 minutes, depending on how runny you like it (I like my yolk a bit cooked so i slice into the poaching egg about half way through the cooking process.)  Use a slotted spoon to lift your egg out of the water and place on buttered bread with a bit of salt and pepper, a bed of dressed mixed greens, your favorite breakfast potatoes or hash. mmmmm...cheese sauce eggs!

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