A Software Engineer Goes Grocery Shopping…

A wife asks her husband, a software engineer, “Could you please go shopping for me and buy one carton of milk, and if they have eggs, get 6!”

A short time later the husband comes back with 6 cartons of milk.

The wife asks him, “Why the hell did you buy 6 cartons of milk?”

He replied, “They had eggs.”

(via Reddit)

Perfect Scrambled Eggs? I Don’t Think So

A famous chef demonstrates how to create “sublime scrambled eggs”, which are described as “perfect”:

I haven’t tried cooking them like that yet, but it doesn’t appeal to me: I like my scrambled eggs dry, not wet, which they emphasize. I beat a couple eggs in a bowl, throw some Tabasco sauce in if I’m the only one eating them, and fry them in butter (not margarine – I never use margarine). Sometimes I mix in milk, water, or cream. I stir them a lot while cooking. It takes about a minute or so to cook.

I will try the technique in this video though.

(via Lifehacker)

Poaching An Egg

Poaching an eggMy parents always used to poach an egg using a metal contraption that sat on top of a boiling pot of water. You’d break an egg in shallow metal bowls that sat in the contraption and you’d steam the egg. After I started to take an interest in cooking I was surprised to learn that that wasn’t really a poached egg. A poached egg is cooked in boiling water: just dump the raw egg into a pot and let it cook; however, it’s an art. If you nonchalantly dump the egg in it’ll spread around making a mess. The trick is keeping the albumin (the white part) and yolk from separating, so it looks like an egg instead of just an egg dumped in a pot of boiling water.

I read once that you have to stir the water before you put the egg in, creating a vortex that helps keep the egg together; that doesn’t work well in my experience. The World’s Healthiest Foods website has an In-Home Cooking Demo section that illustrates how to do common cooking tasks, including poaching an egg. It works, too. The secret: add vinegar to the water.