Thanks to the internet
Soft boiled eggs. It sounds simple enough to make. Yet in all “my years,” it has been one of those “recipes” that has escaped me.
My mother made the best eggs–scrambled, fried, and definitely soft-boiled. She wasn’t a gourmet chef by today’s standards which is why omelets were not on the list of breakfast egg dishes. Nope, it was just simple and tasty for the most part. Thus, my food interests are similar even though I always enjoy a meal that is different that my usual fare.
So, back to soft-boiled eggs. Periodically I have been very hungry for them and routinely manage to talk myself out of making them. My mental chatter includes “Don’t know how” or “Mom had the patience and I don’t.”
“Enough,” I finally thought! “This is ridiculous. There’s the Internet for goodness sake.”
I think my mother would be proud of how I problem solve with good ol’ Google at my fingertips. There’s no computer geek in my circles so I have relied on internet instructions to download printer drivers, re-install PDF capabilities and eradicate a pesky MS Word document warning issue. Each time I celebrate with a victory dance for overcoming the belief that I am not technical-minded.
I did use Google a while back to find out why my hard-boiled eggs were greenish around the yolks. A quick search revealed I was overcooking them. I tend to do that. Checked out a YouTube video and voila! Perfect hard-boiled eggs each time–bring eggs in cold water to a boil, boil for one minute, remove from heat for twelve minutes, and rinse with cold water. Ta-da!
What took me so long to just Google how to make soft-boiled eggs? Maybe so I could have fun writing this blog? Or was it that undermining self-talk? Didn’t want to take the time to figure it out? Who knows. Gratefully, I finally wanted them enough that I did the simple thing: Googled “how to’s” and of course blogs and videos were right there to help me–just like the folks who always showed up just when I needed them in my world travels. It’s just so cool how people take the time to share what they know via the internet for the benefit of others. I sure appreciate their efforts.
So, for those who are soft-boiled-egg challenged, here is what I learned:
- Boil water in a pan
- Gently put in eggs
- Set timer for 5 – 6 minutes depending on your preference
- Rinse with cold water
- Crack open and serve on toast, oatmeal, quinoa, veggies etc.
Thank you, Internet. Thank you, Mom.
Now for my victory dance!