Thursday, April 15, 2010


Doug and I are a "second time around" couple. When he and I met, his mother said he had met his match. He is 6'1" and I am 5'2" and what I don't have in muscle, I make up for in meanness. With my former, I was docile as a little lamb. (Wait, did you just hear him snort? I think I did.) But after I had been single for a few years, the tough times took their toll on me and I became a hard-hearted, jaded woman. A.K.A. "I don't take no crap off nobody!"
This is how it goes around here:
Doug: "Oh, are you going to make some boiled eggs?"
Me: "Does it look like that is what I'm doing?"
or, "Maybe."
Then he says "Hey, would you make me one?"
And I say "What is wrong with you? Is your arm broken?"
or "Who was your servant this time last year? Oh yeah, that was me!"
or some equally sarcastic, smartie pants response.
Then Doug says: "Never mind, you don't know how to boil an egg, anyway."
or "You'll just mess it up 'cause you don't know what you are doing."
This very conversation took place in our kitchen the other morning and I informed him that I have been boiling eggs since I was ten years old.
Doug and I were both single for around 18-20 years. He comes from a family where the men all cook and he cooks. He thinks he knows it all when it comes to the kitchen. Because he has more of an affinity for cooking, or he just likes to eat more than I do, I let him think he knows a few things. But boiled eggs? C'mon. my little farm fresh brown eggs dancing in the bubbles

I cook my eggs exactly ten minutes from the time they begin to boil. Ideally, I like a teensy bit of orange color right in the center, but I don't want any mushy, gooky, yucky, runny stuff in my eggs. Gag.

Then Doug has this whole routine about how long you leave them in the water, then you plunge them in cool water then hot water, oh, I don't know. I don't pay enough attention or listen to his whole spiel about the perfect way to make a boiled egg, because my way works just fine, thank you very much! perfect!

I take my eggs off of the heat, drain the water, run some cool water over and drain again. Then I peel them. If I can't get them to peel easily, then I run a little water over them as I peel. Whenever we couldn't get an egg to peel when I was growing up, Mother would say that it was "too fresh." "Too fresh?" How can an egg be too fresh? What we ate growing up came from the grocery store. I buy mine from the egg lady. (A colleague at the university.)

The other morning Doug saw that I had little pats of butter (actually, mine was Brummel and Brown yogurt spread) on my eggs and he said he had never heard of that. I swear sometimes, I think the man was raised by wolves. Doesn't every one put butter on hot boiled eggs? You pick it up to take a bite and the butter runs down your arm?

Growing up, my mother would bring her eggs home and just leave the carton on the kitchen counter. I don't ever remember her putting them in the frig. And no, I never died. Never even came close. First of all, there were five of us and a dozen eggs (or even two dozen eggs) never lasted too long at our house. And they sure aren't cool in the hen house.

Now, y'all know that ever word of this is true, don't you? I'm not eggs-agerating one 'lil bit!


^..^Corgidogmama said...

Oh my stars...your 'history' is so similar to Jim's and mine!
Why yes, butter, S&P, and a warm boiled egg is divine, manna from heaven!

ClassyChassy said...

It is true - if an egg isn't at least one week out of the chicken, it will not peel nicely. Boiling water, then plunge into icy water to shrink the egg some, and it should peel easily! YUM! (I keep one special carton for eggs to save for a week, so I don't mix them up with the fresher eggs from my hens!)

Nicole said...

I never thought about the fact that eggs don't go directly from the chicken to the fridge, and so it probably is ok for them to be out for a bit. I did realize that about fruit though. I laughed at someone once when they were freaking about strawberries (or something) not being chilled. They're not chilled outside, and they're not even chilled in the store, so what's the problem?

Oh, and I've never heard of eating butter on eggs. But then again as a child I only had scrambled eggs with ketchup.

Angela said...

I'm afraid that I don't boil eggs that much around here at my house. I have had troubles getting the shells off at times to where there is nothing left of the egg! I didn't know it was because it was too fresh!?!? I buy mine at the store. Who knew? And I can't believe that me being the butter queen in the house have never thought to put butter on my eggs! lol That really did look good!

Chatty Crone said...

I learn so much on blogs - seriously. But I have never put butter on a hard boiled egg. I am going to try that.

(Hey let him cook and you just relax!).


rachel awes said...

it seems you've found eggs-actly the place you need to be with being yourself in your relationship & at just the right height & you know your cooking time! fun post! xox

KleinsteMotte said...

Your egg blog tells a very interesting story about many ways to achieve the same result. Boiling eggs. The amusing element is the idea that each individual feels hers/his is the better way!!!

Pam said...

This is a new one! I actually just put my boiled eggs in cold water only a minute ago. And I use old eggs so they peel easily. But butter on them, I've never heard of that and have to try it! Off to peel my egg and slather on the butter....

besswess said...

Yet again, I side with Doug. I have never heard of someone putting butter on boiled eggs. I will have to try it. Love you!

Miss Janice said...

I only eat the yellow part! And butter, well I've never tried it on eggs, but now I'm curious:)

Jen Kershner said...

Well, I hesitate to admit it, but I've never heard of butter on boiled eggs. Of course I usually boil mine and immediately turn them into potato salad.

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