On Monday morning I posted this photo on Facebook.
Dasha, a nice blogging friend who lives in Australia. She was surprised to discover that whole swathes of the human population (in this case, Americans) knew nothing of the joys of the soft boiled egg in an egg cup. To quote her, "Don't they realize what a treat they are missing out on! A googie egg and soldiers for breakfast -- bliss!"
Googie egg and soldiers? What??!! (I just googled that. Looks like lots of people enjoy this dish.)
But she convinced me that I was missing out on a cultural pleasure, and that always gets my attention. So for lunch today? Googie eggs and soldiers! It helps that we're keeping a pot of softly boiling water on the stove these days to keep the air moist in the house. Dasha said (contrary to what I'd always done for hard-boiled eggs) to boil the water first, and place the eggs into it. So I did.
Meanwhile I prepared my toast, homemade bread, with light butter. (Using salted butter will keep you from needing to sprinkle salt onto your egg, which is problematic in an egg cup.)
I did wonder though -- what do you do with the white in this situation? We all know that cooked egg white is BLEH, and it needs the yolk to give it flavor. I discovered that there's just enough yolk left in there to enhance the white.
Thank you, Dasha! This was delicious, and it's true that the combination of the toast, dipped into the yolk, is truly delectable. It may be a bit messy in an egg cup, but it's a lot less messy than trying to do the same thing all over your plate.
So here's a question for you Americans. Have you ever seen an egg cup for sale in a store? Which store? Do you own one? Use one? What do you think of it?