Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Scrambled Eggs

Until this week, I had never scrambled eggs.

Oh, sure -- I order eggs at breakfast restaurants and eat them when other people make them, but I don't like cooking with them. I don't like looking at the chalaza; it totally grosses me out. (Tell me those little suckers don't gross you out, too. I bet anything they do.) Unfortunately, I can't escape using eggs for baking, but at least I don't have to look at the chalaza long enough to make me gag.

I made some resolutions for 2012, though, which require me to eat better. For me, part of eating better is to include more protein in my diet. I don't get enough. I also don't get enough iron, or I get just the bare minimum. It's because I'm sort of a flexitarian (semi-vegetarian). In other words, with the wonderful exception of turkey, I have an easy time saying no to animal muscle. Cooking with it grosses me out. I don't like the feeling of raw meat between my fingers, and I don't like worrying about whether I cut all the tendons out. Yuck.

But. In an effort to be healthy, I am trying to consume eggs. Meat may be a slower process, but eggs? Eggs I can handle. I've scrambled eggs every day this week and only started to gag a little this morning. Not too bad, eh?

And this brings me to the real reason for this post: Got any tips on how to cook eggs? Scrambled or otherwise? I don't know if I'm doing it right.

Thing I'm thankful for: pepper


Blogger Unknown said...

Well, I just want you to know I love eggs! I get pretty grossed out by lots of things (raw meat especially), but the only thing about eggs that grosses me out is salmonella, so I was my hands as soon as I crack them.

I prefer mine scrambled, but a lot of people like make a toad in the hole or whatever it's called when you cook an egg in the middle of a piece of bread after you've made a hole... I've never had it.

I also like to put spinich in them (Niki G taught me that) and any kind of delicious cheese. Turkey/ham/bacon are all good in them too. Some people love peppers. My favorite is to scramble them and mix them into a bowl of grits :)

5:16 PM  
Blogger Aubrey said...

Get a cast iron skillet!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Heather S. said...

I know this is weird sounding, but it's delicious. Get a piece of bread and pull pieces off akin to sacrament bread. Put it in a frying pan with some like butter or margarine and toast the little pieces of bread. Add your scrambled eggs to it, salt and peppa and cook until the eggs are all cooked through. It's yummy.
Or, you similarly you can butter a piece of bread (both sides) and cut a square out of the middle. Put the bread in your frying pan, and then crack the egg in to the square. let it cook for a bit then flip. Your bread should look a little toasted and your egg should be cooked to your liking.
I make killer scrambled eggs, let me know if you want to know how. Good luck with eggs!

6:48 PM  
Blogger Em T said...

LOL. I use a fork to throw out the chalaza! I'm a big baby.

Anyway, I almost never eat meat at home. We eat a lot of beans. When I make eggs I like to throw veggies in it to make it more filling. My favorite is spinach and tomato together, but squash, etc, is good too. Salsa is good on eggs. I can't think of anything else right off, but I'm watching tv, soooooo

8:06 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Oh, thank you, ladies! Just what I wanted!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Dracoverde said...

Growing up I put just put ketchup on my scrambled eggs, and even now I find that's all I want. When I want to get fancy I like to mix in a bit of chunky salsa along with some shredded cheese while I'm cooking it. Since you're not much into meat I don't know how much you'd enjoy some diced up ham in your eggs, but add that to the above and you have a sloppy omelet. (I never could make a real omelet scrambling it all together works for me)

9:42 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

i love eggs! although my preferred method of cooking them is always changing. but here are some of my past and present favorites.

the previously mentioned toad in a hole that i wrote about in this post. http://chrisandcarriehillier.blogspot.com/2010/02/too-add-to-cook.html

scrambled with cheese and topped with cheese. either alone or on toast (whole wheat tastes best).

breakfast burrito... can just be scrambled with cheese and rolled in a tortilla or you could add in veggies like mushrooms and bell pepper.

omelets... these are great for adding in tons of veggies. i like lots of cheese (whatever kind you'd like) bell peppers, spinach, and mushrooms. i'm sure there's other stuff i used to add but it's been about two years since i've been in an omelet kick. oh, and salsa... and if you want to fatten it up, throw on some sour cream before you roll it up.

and don't forget about egg salad sandwiches! the extra bonus about this would be that you never even have to look at the raw insides that gross you out so much!

and i also like to put sliced, diced, or mashed boiled egg crumbles on my salads like they do in a cobb salad. flavorful and easy.

or you could just eat a boiled egg plain with salt. chris does that a lot. baby girl too... but without the salt.

ps- i can't believe you aren't crazy about meat. i mean, sometimes if i've had a bad day, i'll just eat a plate full of bacon for dinner and i feel all better. i swear bacon and breakfast sausage have healing powers.

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before your crack the eggs, spin them like a top... then stop them while they are spinning. Take your hand off, and they keep spinning. Now that is cool.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Adam said...

Migas! How has nobody mentioned migas! It's too complicated for a daily thing, but so tasty when you're cooking for a couple of people.

How're you with milk and dairy Sara? That's another good/easy protein source for the flexitarians.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Lexia said...

Cook's Illustrated Omelet, egg in the whole, scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives (add cream cheese to the raw eggs and mix in bowl - then pour into the pan and make normal scrambled eggs - add chives or onions if you have and like them). Those are my favorite egg recipes.

3:44 PM  

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