View Full Version : Cooking class, lesson 1 : A boiled egg

23-02-05, 19:01

I swear to God this isn't a joke thread of ANY kind. I decided yesterday afternoon to take on a new hobby, that of learning how to become the world's best ever cook. I bought a new cookbook yesterday and I'm going to go from page 1 to the last, learning all the meals as I go along. As you have probably guessed from the sight of what my first 'cuisine' is going to be, it's going to be a long, hard road for me. I really am terrible with food as things currently stand.

Yes, the first item in the book is a "Boiled Egg", which might sound easy but it's not something I've ever made before. The book gives me a description on how do it. However, I thought it would be cool for all you more experienced chefs to gather around and pool your experiences as to what truly makes a good boiled egg. I'm going to be making soft-boiled AND hard-boiled....boiled eggs, so there are two categories here.

[ 23. February 2005, 19:03: Message edited by: Scottlee ]

23-02-05, 19:34
I always add a splash of vinigar to the boling water first, it's ment to stop the shell from cracking during cooking.

Well its ment to! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-1.gif


23-02-05, 19:36

23-02-05, 19:48
Not sure whether to keep the Vinegar thing in mind or not given Hen's final line lol

23-02-05, 20:07
I heard adding some salt keeps the shell from breaking...but just like with vinegar, if you cook the egg too fast it'll crack anyway. So the secret is to cook it on a small flame http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/smile.gif

Another thing I remember (maybe incorrectly) is that to get a perfect soft-boiled egg, you boil it for three more minutes once the water starts to boil.

[ 23. February 2005, 20:08: Message edited by: Catlantean ]

23-02-05, 20:37
Soldiers...SOLDIERS. :D

23-02-05, 20:53
Scottlee using a clean sewing needle gently puncture a small hole in the blunt end of the egg where the air sac is this prevent pressure build up and therefore stops the egg cracking. Using a large spoon or a pasta scoop gently lower the egg into BOILING water and boil for 3 minutes for a soft boiled egg.
For a hard boiled egg follow same instructions but boil for about 10 minutes stirring the egg around in the water for a few minutes. This keeps the yolk in the centre of the egg when cooked. Put the egg immediately into cold water and chill. This stops the black ring that can develop around the yolk.

And yes Sparky please Scottlee don't forget the toast soldiers for the soft boiled egg. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

23-02-05, 20:54
I wish I could boil an egg. :(

23-02-05, 21:05
Geck-o Just follow my instructions above its not that hard.

23-02-05, 21:13
The best bit of cooking advice (apart from the vinegar trick or course ;) ) is to follow these 6 easy steps and you canít go wrong!!

</font> Remove frozen ready meal from outer packaging</font> pierce film a few times with a fork</font> Place ready meal in microwave</font> Heat on full power for X amount of minutes as indicated on the outer packaging (n.b. You may have to fish the packaging from the bin if you threw it away after step 1)</font> Once you hear the beep, remove ready meal from microwave and leave to stand for 60 seconds.</font> Transfer ready meal onto a clean plate, however if you wish to save on washing up you may eat the ready meal directly from the tray</font>
Fool proof :D

23-02-05, 21:23
Originally posted by Henhead:

Fool proof :D I wouldnt say that...AT ALL.

I remember when i was living in my own flat last year, and my chip pan went up http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif

I can honestly say, if it hadnt been for the washer door being just unlocked electronically and allowing me to grab all the teatowels i had just washed, that flat would not be standing let alone me, i couldnt get back through the door, jeez. :rolleyes:

23-02-05, 21:24
Originally posted by Tramp:
Geck-o Just follow my instructions above its not that hard. Yes it is. I can just about manage curry, soup, lasagne, pizza, pasta, cake, stew, roast, and several other things, but boiled eggs have me totally defeated. Chicken spawn is evil. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif

23-02-05, 21:30
And lazy. Never had a frozen meal that tastes as good as my own. The vegetables are inedible, undercooked and bitter. Only thing that is vaguely edible is lasagna but still nowhere as good as my homemade lasagna. Not enough meat, not enough sauce and not enough cheese. And the secret ingredients homemade Italian Red Wine, Fresh Basil, Fresh Oregano, Fresh Majoram, Fresh Thyme and a small amount of Fresh Rosemary. Little bit of sugar in with the meat and tomato mixture takes the acid out of the tomato. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/whistle.gif

23-02-05, 21:52
Takeaway. Say it with me people. TAKE-AWAY.

23-02-05, 22:12
Take-away every day, a_e?

Tramp: exactly! I always do that too, puncture a small hole in the blunt end of the egg.
To my taste, the best egg is in between soft and hard boiled (centre of yolk still soft). Cooking time is exactly 7 minutes (for a medium sized egg).

23-02-05, 22:25
Takeaway (healthy) for half the week and liquid breakfasts the other half. I DO NOT cook.

23-02-05, 22:40
liquid breakfasts the other half but the dinners then, a_e? Nothing? :confused:
Ah! That's the way you maintain your perfect figure! :D

24-02-05, 00:47
For me it's just...

1) Open refrigerator.
2) Close refrigerator.

Between the opening and closing, food is always there! It's like magic! Dunno how it is for you though. I'll investigate. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/privateeye.gif

24-02-05, 00:54
Your eggs must be cold.

24-02-05, 01:07
Egg go boom

24-02-05, 02:37
Eggs are best at room temperature.

Joseph possible dinner Escalopes of Veal in Mushroom Sauce served on buttered noodles.

Panfry thin veal steaks in butter and put aside. In pan add chopped onions and chopped mushrooms. Mix a small amount of plain flour with a small amount of butter add to pan, and stir for about 1 minute. Add cream and stir until thickened. Place veal steaks back into the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve on hot buttered bow tie noodles with crisp salad or vegetables to taste. Cordon Bleu recipe and very easy. Tastes delicious too. Won't get that in frozen dinner or take away. Joseph did you know that eggs take longer to cook the higher you are above sea level. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/wave.gif

[ 24. February 2005, 02:39: Message edited by: Tramp ]

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24-02-05, 02:47
How ironic. I've just cooked up three boiled eggs! The forth exploded in the saucepan!

24-02-05, 03:46
Exactly Joesph! I dont eat one meal a day to mantain my figure, I eat one meal a day because I cant be bothered to cook anything. ;)

24-02-05, 04:17
Hey a_e, i often don't breakfast. But i don't do any day without a delicious, copious dinner.

24-02-05, 04:23
Joseph: Right. I'll be at your place at around 7pm for dinner then?

24-02-05, 10:08
If your going for dinner, so am i. Ha ha. Al be on the next plane out.

24-02-05, 10:12
I eat one meal a day. On average.

24-02-05, 10:15
i eat totally random, some days i eat some days i dont. I started a digestive biscuit diet yesterday. But that went down the drain when i had burger sandwhiches last. Plus...i then realised how sad i was for going on a diet. Ha ha.

24-02-05, 10:19
I'm not on a diet, and frankly my weight isn't a big deal to me, but I must admit I look better now then when I ate as much as I could.

24-02-05, 10:29
LOL, do you eat a lot of junk food?

24-02-05, 10:36
There is something about a man that needs to be lifted out of his house by a crane that is not so attractive. ;)

24-02-05, 12:43
Originally posted by SpArKy:
LOL, do you eat a lot of junk food? No, infact other than pretzels I cant say there is any kind of snack food I like to eat in any significant quantity.

24-02-05, 14:41
You must be joking you could not of tried Mc Vities Caramel Biscuits from the UK http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/redface.gif


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24-02-05, 19:06
Caramel is evil.

24-02-05, 20:41
my parents starve me :( (they never give me enough food at least)

24-02-05, 22:30
Just shove an egg in the kettle and switch it on. 3 mins later, you get a boiled egg and a broken kettle! Voila!