I’m a huge fan of eggs; you know this. To me, a perfectly fried egg on sourdough toast is the epitome of deliciousness. The crispy caramelized white shatters like glass and the thickened, but runny, yolk soaks into the bread like gravy. But my once and only true love has recently been usurped by one better: poached eggs on toast.
Where a fried egg has crispy whites, which add texture but are somewhat boring, the poached egg has a luxuriously silky white that is almost like custard. And where the perfect fried yolk is difficult to obtain, always either too runny or too cooked, the perfect poached yolk is a mere matter of timing. Once you find that sweet spot your yolks are perfect forever.
If you’re not making your own bread stop what you’re doing right now and take a good hard look at your life. If your answer is, “I don’t eat bread” seek professional help immediately; report back here after reprogramming. If instead you are one of the, “I don’t have time to make bread” people, just imagine that you are one of those weak minded characters from a 1920s black and white movie. You have been driven to hysterics and I’m Clark Gable, come along to smack some sense into you.
You CAN make bread at home, and it’s fantastic. It ISN’T hard, I literally spend a total of less than 5 minutes per loaf. You SHOULD do this, we were spending up to $5 for some of those ‘artisan’ breads and you can make the same thing, at home, for $0.40 in ingredients and $0.10 worth of natural gas. And NO you don’t need a bread maker; in fact you don’t even need to knead it.
If you start baking your own bread, you will instantly be amazed at your own awesomeness. Homemade bread is seriously one of the most satisfying things you can make; it’s easy and it looks beautiful. But beware, your spirits will fall, ever so slightly, when you bite into that first loaf. The problem: it’s bland.
Afterwards you may find yourself seeking flavor. ‘Perhaps if I substitute 1 cup of whole wheat flour’ or ‘Maybe some rosemary and bunch of olive oil would jazz it up.’ Those ideas are fine, but here I’m going to tell you the secret to free flavor. Ready? Sourdough. Continue reading How to Make a Sourdough Starter→
Hello again from Food Lunatic Central; it’s been awhile. This year I set a New Year’s resolution to move more and consume less. Part of this is also to take a serious look at my food costs. As President Truman said, “We’ve got to reduce the cost of living.” But you know me, I still want to eat healthfully and sustainably. Continue reading Ridiculous Snack: Apples and Homemade Almond Butter→
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