A cooking basic:
-Get your pan hot before you put anything in it. Then put in your fat and let that get hot. Then add other, foodier stuff.
Some life basics:
-Don’t try to substitute coffee for sleep. It’ll make you too regular.*
-Eat protein. I’ve been running around tasting cookies and cakes and doing the physical labor that is baking and forgetting to eat enough real food. Basically, I just need to pack two lunches.
-If you want a bus to come, get someone to light a cigarette. If you want something to go on sale, buy it now… and again, when it’s on sale next week.
The universe is all about schadenfreude.
-When riding your bike in a busy street and see this:
That’s a dude on a bike, holding a parrot.
-When in doubt, fry an egg.
Apparently egg frying isn’t something everyone gets taught at home. What? Twist.**
Eggs are totally the cooking and life basics of my childhood.
Let’s do a quick run through of the different kinds of fried eggs.
–Over Hard- fun to say, somewhat difficult to eat if you have an aversion to the slightly chalky texture that a fully cooked yolk can take on. This egg is cooked on both sides until the yolk is firm and the whites aren’t snotty.***
I ate these, by choice, for years.
Cray, I know.
–Over Medium- my current fried egg of choice as this egg is cooked on both sides, till no egg white snot remains and the yolk thickens to a runny custard consistency.
–Over Easy- this egg is cooked on both sides, but removed almost immediately after it’s flipped as the yolk is meant to be very runny.
–Sunny Side Up- the prettiest of the fried eggs, the sunny side up egg (I feel like I’m on a game show now. Everyone picture Vanna White with me) is cooked only on one side. This is the hardest egg to do right. By ‘do right’ I mean cook until the white is set but the yolk is still runny all the way through. This egg requires patience or a desire to eat squicky egg white snot.
I have little of either of those.
#Only all of us can prevent grease fires.
On top of mac and cheese with bacon and caramelized onions, the terror I feel about this egg is washed away in a cloud of delicious artery death.
It was kinda awesome. No bigs.
Go make an egg!
A hot skillet
To wait until that butter is hot
An egg, cracked onto that hot butter in that hot skillet
Salt and pepper, hot sauce, fancy pants herbs and spices, whatever floats your egg boat
Maybe a spatula if you’re gonna flip it, maybe not if your pan isn’t straight sided and a speedy flick of your wrist will do the job
Maybe a spoon if you want a sunny side up egg but want to cheat a little by spooning hot fat on top of your egg to make sure the white cooks through
And a fork or ‘bread utensil’
Did I miss anything?
Good luck, people!****
Did you know there’s an Everybody Farts book too?
**Schools, seriously, bring back home ec.
***Snotty whites=runny, not solid or cooked through=higher risk of salmonella. Salmonella is a thing that can food poison your insides. It’s good to avoid, but the risk in eggs is relatively low.
****Sorry if you’re not into eggs or are some kind of eggspert.
And now I’m sorry I put ‘eggspert’ onto you, Internet.