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I didn’t have an idea for a post tonight, so I decided to take a bath. Now I’m clean and I don’t have an idea for a post tonight.

So here’s a picture of my lunch. I had a lively discussion about egg coddlers with some of my old lady friends the other day and I’ve been craving coddled eggs ever since.

I don’t have an egg coddler, but I have some little ramekins. I thought if I put them in a saucepan with a lid, I could get a similar effect. I love poached eggs but I’m really terrible at cooking them (yes, I’ve tried all the little devices. The one that works best is evil to clean).

They were nice. The egg stuck to the bottom a bit, so I should have added more butter (my solution to most of life’s problems is ‘add more butter’). But it is an experiment I shall repeat. Maybe even buy myself a proper coddler.

When you keep chickens, you learn to improvise.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: May 19, 2021, 10:57 pm

Now I’m hungry. Walmart doesn’t have the porcelain cups like in the video, but Amazon does. YouTube has videos on how to use them. I have been watching a lot of YouTube cooking videos lately. Anything to get away from internet news of current events.

Comment from dissent555
Time: May 19, 2021, 11:23 pm

She’s got eggs,
She knows how to use them,
She never begs,
She just wants to coddle them …

and thus did my career as a songwriter fail to ignite!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 20, 2021, 12:54 am

We have a hardboiler that does a dozen eggs at a time and also does a great job coddling them 3 or 4 at a time.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 20, 2021, 2:05 am


Nice suggestions for using ramekins (I love that word, it’s just so danged cute.)

Comment from Some Egg Poacher
Time: May 20, 2021, 2:11 am

I have never coddled an egg – and although I know the term, I have never had had one either. I do love eggs though and now that they are back off the verboten list of popular foods, I have them quite often in the morning.


I often poach them; I guess I’d forgotten that it’s hard to do. The method I was taught is to heat a small pan of water to a fierce boil. The water should be deep enough that, if you were to stand the egg in its shell on the bottom of the pan it would covered completely, plus one knuckle more.*

While it is heating crack your egg into a very small bowl. I suppose you could use a tea cup.

Then pour in a couple or so tablespoons of vinegar into the boiling water.

Now take a large slotted serving spoon and stir the boiling vinegared water into a rapid spiral. Remove the spoon and admire.

Stop admiring very soon and slide – don’t drop – your egg into the center of the vortex.

Turn the heat down,but not off, and put a lid on the pan. Set your conveniently staged timer for a little less than four minutes.

Place your preferred bread in the toaster to get it ready. With my particular toaster it will be done -just- in time to butter the bread before the timer stops.

At that signal, uncover your egg pan, and using your slotted spoon, pick up the now-poached egg. Shake it slightly to remove the water and place the egg on the toast.

Salt appropriately and add fresh cracked pepper.

Serve this egg to your breakfast partner. If it’s perfect you’re a hero, if it’s not adjust accordingly and your’s will be!

* If you feel the need to actually measure the water this way, do remember to do it while the water is still cold!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 20, 2021, 3:18 pm

Is poaching legal in England?

Doesn’t the king have your nostrils split or your ears lopped off for poaching?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 20, 2021, 4:49 pm

I appreciate the careful instructions, but I’m not a ‘perform under pressure’ sort of person. I’m’a try coddling for a while.

Comment from BJM
Time: May 20, 2021, 5:37 pm

Back in the day cookware sets came with an egg poacher insert, I’ve been using mine since ’69.

Amazon has a Norpro 992 Nonstick 4-Egg Poacher, 8.5 inch, Black, pan insert for $10. Local shops prolly have them too.

I bought this Dash egg cooker a few years ago and it is hands down our most used small appliance. Sure I can perform all of the same functions manually, but others in the house can’t, so it is used almost daily. Best $20 gadget I’ve bought in ages. Of course, when I need a boatload of hard-boiled eggs the Instapot can’t be beaten.

Comment from konshtok
Time: May 26, 2021, 10:54 am

look for shakshuka (spelling will vary) recipes

basically you make a sauce ( hot tomato sauce ) in a pan and when it’s ready you break a few eggs into it and cook them for a few minutes to whatever degree of hard/soft you like

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