The Guardian ‘Word of Mouth Blog’ did an excellent piece on the pros and cons of poaching eggs , whether to whisk or the sitting at bottom of pan method i.e. Marcus Wareing, who trained at the Savoy versus Delia. To be honest Delia’s eggs look like mine. The blogger says, ” The shallow pan gives me something that looks rather like a softer fried egg – the yolk is prominent atop a base of white. It’s perfectly cooked, but visually, a bit of a let down.” Then I tried the whisking method
and although mine didn’t come out quite as nice as Marcus Wareing eggs, it looks pretty good, and far more interesting the flat laid on the bottom of the pan poached eggs. So I shall be whisking from now on. remember – the fresher the eggs, the better the poach. I get my eggs from a Shrewsbury farm (Hollowdene Hens at Withington) and sold by our little corner shop on Station Road. Last month I passed my level Two Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering (City & Guilds Accredited).
It was quite tough! Resulting from this work, I really have to use a Food Standards Agency “Food Safety Management System”, which I am working on at the moment. It’s like COSSH , but for food. I need to work out procedures and records for dealing with all aspects of the kitchen and the food. it does show guests that I am up to the mark when it comes to my kitchen and my food. In summer time, my guests have food from the garden – raspberries, peaches, figs, pears – whatever is in season. Here are some of my green house tomatoes – green at the moment
If you want to save money – and let’s face it we all do – do what I do, when the side shoots are coming, pick them off and plant them, as if you were doing cuttings for any other plant. They root very easily. Here are three – waiting to be transplanted into the garden, when the weather gets cooler. I have another 6 that have already gone in the veg patch.