Eggs, cheese, and potatoes are what comfort foods are made of. And for all of them there are so many ways to cook – they lend themselves easily to different interpretations. There could be nothing simpler than a boiled egg. Though reams have be written on how to get the ‘perfect hard boiled egg’. I have done it a couple of ways and been satisfied with the results. But then again, I am not a chef.
For hard-boiled eggs put eggs in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring the water to boil and keep it at a rolling boil for 6 min. If the eggs were not at room temperature to begin with, I heat the water gradually and stir the eggs around till the water begins to boil. Drain immediately and re-fill the pan with cold water. This, friends, is the simple trick to avoid the greening of the yolk.
I learnt to make scrambled eggs, the American way, when I was a graduate student there. A friend of my sister’s took us to her home just before Christmas for a traditional meal of home-made waffles and scrambled eggs. And I realized that the moistness of the eggs is not from leaving the eggs undercooked but from all that cream and butter! Which was swell…Never, in my four years in the US of A, did I trust something that called itself ‘I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter’. It’s not. And, I think that there was also a fat free butter!
My approach is simple. If you think something is not very good for you, don’t eat it, or moderate your intake. Don’t substitute with something that is just pretending. All that glitters is NOT gold. Look at what they are saying (rather, hiding) about aspartame today.
Ayurveda advocates ghee and butter as good fats. In fact, if our brains are primarily fat…low fat intake makes us less smart? All those people on ‘fat-free’ diets…? Hmm…that explains a lot!
Therefore, good creamy scrambled eggs on toast for a weekend breakfast is what the doctor ordered. Just follow the easy steps to make the best scrambled eggs you have ever eaten (so used to say my buddy Jim, and he had had some pretty good versions). Sprinkled generously with fresh ground pepper is my son’s favourite way to have eggs.