February 7, 2011

how to poach an egg in the bronx

I am headed to New York City this weekend for a dear friend's birthday. Most of you know I spent 4 incredible years going to college in the big city. Then I took a job across the river in New Jersey for a year. Then I fell head over heels in love with Michael and moved back home to lil ol' Delaware, where you can drive for miles without seeing another car and the ocean is never more than 30 minutes away.

I love it here. My family is here. My future husband is here. I have a good job here. Delaware has plenty of fresh air, farms and open fields. It's very peaceful.

But there are times when I miss the city so much. The friends I met there are the most amazing people. A few of my wonderful friends stayed in the city after college and give me their sofa when my heart starts to crave time with them again.

I'm staying with Ame, Audra, Aleta and Jill this weekend. Their hospitatlity cannot be matched. They let me sleep until whenever I want and sit and listen to me ramble on about Michael. They feed me and make me laugh. We talk. We watch movies. We eat. It's wonderful.

Plus I get to wake up to this every morning.

I am so excited. In honor of my upcoming trip, I am going to write about an egg poaching experience I had the last time I stayed with these girls.

The roommates and I were still in our pajamas talking about what to eat for breakfast, enjoying our coffee and tea.

Aleta suggested making poached eggs, but wasn't quite sure how to make them. They all turn to me, because I'm a food blogger and I'm supposed to know how to cook things. Luckily, I know how to poach an egg.

By the way, Michael was with me that weekend. He slept on the other couch. Raise your hand if you love a living room with two couches?!

First thing: heat up a big pot of water to a low boil, you don't want a heavy rolling boil for this. Put a splash of vinegar in the water and start spinning the water around and around with a big spoon.

At this point, Michael chimes in from the living room: "Initiate the vortex!"

So don't forget this important step. You need to initiate the vortex before dropping the egg in.

Break the egg right in the center of the pot, where the spinning water has created a little water tornado.

The egg will spin around and around. You will think this technique isn't going to work, and then all of a sudden it does. The egg forms and cooks perfectly.

After a few minutes, take it out with a slotted spoon and plop that baby on a piece of toast.

It's good stuff, people.

I can't wait for the 2 breakfasts I will be sharing with these girls this weekend.

Michael offered to drive me to the train station in New Jersey because he doesn't want me driving into the city all by myself. Even though I did that for 5 years. He says he feels better seeing me get on the train and knowing that I am safe.

I'm spoiled because I never have to drive anywhere since we've been dating. He is so old fashioned in that way.

Plus I get to be the passenger seat photographer.

It's only for 3 days, but I am going to miss that man.


  1. i love old-fashioned men. they are so respectful and are the type that will love you even when you are gray 'n old. and lucky you have michael to make you yummy treats even when you are in your 100's with kids around the house!
    btw the best of friends that you can ever have is the type that has a spoon around because that can only mean good things.

    oh and i'm hungry for poached eggs at 10 pm. i'm wondering if i can ask my neighbor to come over and... :D maybe!

    nice post, and have fun just like PW is, a girl's vacation from the man!- ellen

  2. I almost died with the "Initiate the Vortex" business. Hahah Oh man.

  3. seriously, he is so adorable! i love old fashioned chivalry :).

  4. Aww every time you talk about Michael my heart skips a beat a little. SO happy for you!

    And I'm so excited for your upcoming trip! Hope you have an awesome time.

  5. ah geez. well, you'll be seeing that exact flannel shirt this weekend, i guarantee it.

    can't wait to see you!

  6. It's so nice to know that there are still old fashioned men out there =) John is the same way w/ me, thank goodness he came into my life. 3yrs later n the chivalry is not dead! So happy for you Jenna :-) Maybe dinner sometime?

  7. I'm a little late reading this blog, especially some of the posts, but got to say... everything here is so great and so true. As someone who's originally from the area, I get a chuckle out of many things here.
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