When I was training to be a chef, one of my favorite things to do on a weekend was to explore the many different ways of cooking eggs. I love the flexibility that eggs bring and so each Saturday morning I’d head out and pick up some Norco Ranch eggs, get back to my dorm and start to test out as many different ways as I could of serving eggs. Still to this day I have a particular passion for eggs an I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ways to cook them.
Eggs in the Clouds
This one is a real showstopper and it is my go-to egg dish if I’m ever hosting someone. To make eggs in the clouds you first need to separate the egg white from the yolk and set the yolk to one side. Whisk or blend the whites until they form soft peaks and then place the whites in four dollops on a greased baking tray. Place a hole in the middle of each of the dollops and then place into a preheated oven (180 degrees). After 10 minutes, remove the tray from the oven and place the yolks in each of the holes which you previously made, place back in the oven for a further five minutes. The white will go slightly crispy on the outside and form cloud like shapes and the yolk will be perfectly cooked and runny.
Poached eggs are pretty simple to do but they taste amazing and they are definitely my favorite way to cook eggs. The method which I have found that works best is to heat a pan with plenty of water in it until it reaches boiling point then take a utensil and gradually turn the water until it starts to spin around the pan. Once the water is spinning, crack the egg into the center of the water and the spinning motion will bind the egg together. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to stand for around 3-4 minutes before removing the poached egg and serving, delicious.
One of my favorites from my college days was the toastegg which got me through many a tough morning after a heavy night. The idea is very simple, just take a glass or a cup and use it to bore a hole in the middle of a slice of fresh crusty bread, place the bread on to a hot and dry frying pan and let one side toast for a minute or two, turn the bread over and then crack an egg into the middle of the hole, leave it for 2 or 3 minutes, add some ketchup and then serve this delicious breakfast option. As the egg cooks it bind itself to the bread, becoming one and becoming delicious.