Sunday, July 17, 2011

Egg In A Hole

Although a strong advocate of eating anything for breakfast, I do love (with a capital and italicized L) "breakfast" foods, especially eggs. This morning was a somewhat typical lazy Sunday: waking up at 11:30AM just the perfect time that it takes to prepare brunchfast and then sit down at 12:05PM to listen to the Vinyl Cafe on CBC radio. This was a bit of a family tradition for me growing up, we'd almost always tune in while eating lunch on Sunday. Now, Gillian and I do the same.

This was the first Sunny Side up egg I've ever made. Amazing how cutting out the
step of turning it over slightly, makes it so much easier...
Okay, Egg in a Hole certainly is not an original Vietnamese dish but it was taught to me by both my mom and a couple of my aunts. This reminds me of when my aunts would babysit me overnight and I remember one of them making me scrambled eggs the next morning. At the time, I wasn't able to use chopsticks so she was telling me how versatile of a utensil they were. This is one of the earlier conversations I remember us having and I'm not quite sure why. She went on to become a professor of South East Asian history and I often wonder if she has a lecture on chopsticks...

I love eggs over-easy because of the yolk that comes oozing out that you put soya sauce on and dip your toast in. Yuuum. Only now that I'm older do I realize that was kinda weird. Point is, Egg in a hole is basically an over-easy egg literally fused into a piece of crispy fried toast which somehow makes it taste that much better than the separate version. Essentially, it is a super hero among food, or maybe a super villain, since I can only think of Doctor Octopus as an example.


I quickly googled "egg in a hole" to make sure that's what people call it and I found a recipe for it on the Food Network. Really? I wasn't going to put up a recipe but since they have one...

Egg in a Hole
Some butter or margarine.
1 piece of bread, (not the ends)
1 egg

Preparation
Poke out a hole in the middle of the bread. Toss some butter in a low-medium heat pan to coat the bottom. Butter up on side of the bread and put non-butter side down into the pan. Throw in the piece of bread that was punched out as well. Crack an egg into the hole of the bread. Once the bread is nice and golden brown on that one side, flip the Egg in a hole and let cook. Depending how you like your yolk, cook accordingly.

As I was writing this, I remembered a second recipe, that actually cuts down on one step of regular Egg in a Hole. I think someone once called this 'Eggy Bagel' and it's basically Egg in a Hole except using a bagel. I was told this only works with stale bagels, or ones that have been put away in the freezer. Also, I think it goes without saying that it works best with Montréal-style bagels...

Egg in a Bagel Hole

Butter or Margarine
1 egg
1 half of a day old bagel, fry the other half in the pan at the same time.

Preparation
Toss some butter in a low-medium heat pan to coat the bottom. Place the bagel bready side up in the pan. Crack an egg into the hole of the bagel. Once the bagel is nice and golden brown on that one side, flip the Egg in a hole and let cook. Depending how you like your yolk, cook accordingly.

So a couple simple ways to make eggs that much more interesting. Gillian hates eggs but can kind of stand them if they're hard-boiled or in a hole...or scrambled. It's a shame really.

How do you like your eggs done?

i call chickens pre-birds or future birds.