Do you know what’s a great feeling? Waking up and feeling like you’re brimming with ideas and inspiration. For a while prior to starting this blog, those days felt few and far between. But once I got this blog up and running, it seems that more often than not I wake feeling like this. It’s such a refreshing change and I feel so blessed to have these moments again.
This morning as I did my usual morning internet browse of my favourite foodies, a phrase came to mind: back to basics. All the photos I was looking at, and all the recipes I was drooling over, they were all beautiful and wonderfully constructed… But what about for the less experienced cook who isn’t at that level yet? Or the people who are, but still want to know how to do simple, every day basics instead of just extravagant meals all the time?
With that in mind, I came up with the idea to introduce a new segment on my blog called “How-To Thursdays.” Each week I’ll post a recipe and step by step photo guide for things like basic meals and cooking skills, to making and preparing pantry/kitchen/freezer essentials from scratch.
I am in no way a professional cook by any means, and most of my experience just comes from trial and error. But I am happy to share what I do know, and what I’ve learnt in my time in case it helps out someone else out there who is just starting out like I was at one stage.
This week I thought I’d start off with something super easy, and that’s How to Cook Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that soft boiled eggs have been my breakfast addiction this week. They’re so easy to make (once you nail the steps) and they’re also a cheap but highly nutritious meal option (super duper important for a broke student like myself).
After years of trying to perfect this and countless undercooked/overcooked eggs later, I am so happy I can share my tips with you so that you can all avoid my catastrophes, and go straight to cooking perfect soft boiled eggs.
Before you start, there are 3 things that are crucial to this working well and have to be taken into account:
1. Eggs: I always use room temperature eggs and my eggs are about 700g. Please keep in mind that if your eggs are from the fridge or different in size, you might have to alter the procedure slightly to suit.
2. Let the water completely settle: When you turn the heat down from boiling to a simmer, make sure you wait until the water has completely settled. If it’s still boiling when you add the eggs, the heat can crack the eggs or cook them too quickly which messes up the overall timing.
3. Timing is everything: When I say these eggs are done in 7 minutes, I mean 7 mins on the dot. Any more than 30 seconds more or less than that and you run the risk of undercooking or overcooking the eggs.
And now that you’ve read that, you’re ready to go! (Don’t let those 3 things deter you, it’s really quite simple, I promise).
Step 1: Bring a small pot of water to the boil.Step 2: Turn the heat down until the water is only just slightly bubbling.Step 3: Using a spoon, gently place your eggs into the pot and put your timer on for exactly 7 minutes.Step 4: At 7 minutes exactly, take your pot off the heat, immediately pour out the hot water into your sink and fill with cold water to stop the cooking process. Step 5: Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, cut the tops off with a knife and dig in!You can eat these by themselves, seasoned with a bit of sea salt and pepper, but my favourite way to have them is with “soldiers.” All you do get your piece of toast (wholemeal/seeded and buttered is always best), cut it into strips and dunk it into your egg yolk. YUM! Oh and if you’re feeling extra adventurous, drizzle a tiny bit of soy sauce into the egg and let it mix about with the yolk. You’ll be in heaven, seriously! It’s a match made in heaven!
And that’s all there is to making soft boiled eggs. It might take a couple of tries, but it’s well worth it!
Please do let me know if you try this, as I’d love to know if it worked for you! And if there is anything else you’d like for me to do a tutorial on, also feel free to let me know and I’ll be more than happy to try and include it if I can!
- 2 free range eggs (room temperature)
- Bring a small pot of water to the boil.
- Turn the heat down until the water is only just bubbling.
- Using a spoon, gently place your eggs into the pot and put your timer on for exactly 7 minutes.
- At 7 minutes exactly, immediately take your pot off the heat, pour out the hot water into your sink and fill with cold water to stop the cooking process.
- Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, cut the tops off with a knife and dig in!
- A great way to serve these eggs up is with "soldiers" which can be made from toasting some wholemeal or seeded bread, spreading with a little butter and cutting it into strips to dip into the eggs. Kids will love it, and so will the adults!