Poaching Perfection

After a few brunches under our belts Shannon and I decided that being able to poach an egg is a good skill to have.  They look beautiful, they are very healthy, and require a slight bit of skill.  I will take a picture of our inspiration tomorrow, they are insanely crafted poached eggs, but we are not near that level yet.  After taking a night to experiment with huevos we have found the best method for home poaching eggs.

1: Get your water to a boil.

2: Turnoff your water.

3: get a spoon and make a whirlpool in the pan.

4: Crack your egg into the spinning whirlpool of boiling water.

5: Let cook for around 4 mins.

6: Use slotted spoon/spatula to fish egg out, drain, and eat.

Mmm.  Delectable.

I am now going to put up some pictures of what we created, and then tomorrow some pictures of our inspiration.

Enjoy your eggs.

The Results

Alternate method: Using a Ladle to cook the egg without submerging it in water. Kind of Worked. Stuck to Ladle.

Watching the Action

Brunch, A Serious Business

The One (1) thing that I have discovered in NYC that Albuquerque, and the rest of the world as far as I know, is missing out on: Sunday Brunch.

Every Sunday, without fail, you can find me at Cafe Mogador indulging in a beautiful spread of breakfast foods, salads, juices, and espresso.  At just about every little cafe, bistro, and diner in the neighborhood they turn in their regular menus every Sunday for their own brunch menu.  Usually there is one price, around 12 bucks, and only a few selections, but everything comes included.  I go to Mogador and get: Beautiful eggs benedict, rosemary roasted breakfast potatoes, fresh side salad, freshed squeezed orange juice, and endless espresso.  So after a number of Sundays spent at one cafe Shannon and I are going to be branching out and locating the best brunch around! Here is the first new brunch we tried out:  Westville East, one of our favorite restaurants.  The pictures aren’t super appetizing, but I am going to work on that next time around!

What we had:

Fried Eggs over Chorizo Sausage topped with a fresh chimichurri, sour cream, and avocado, side of potatoes mashed with onions and peppers, and a seven grain toast.

Asparagus with Eggs Over Easy,  Potatoes, and 7 Grain

Some Pics of Brunch Number One (1)

Westville East Brunch 1

Westville East Brunch 2

Mission: Ball Jar

So.  Shannon and I spent the majority of today storming around the lower east side of Manhattan on what we thought would be a simple mission: to obtain three (3) different (or if that was impossible then identical) mason/ball/kerr/generic canning jars.  I am creating track lighting out of edison bulbs, fabric wire, and ball jars, and all I wanted were some good jars.  So off we went into the city to find them.  Where we looked: K-Mart, Thrift Stores, Grocery Stores, Whole Foods, Kitchen Stores, Restaurant Supply Stores, Dean and Deluca’s… etc.  Finally, found one in Soho at Sur le Table, a cool Williams-Sonoma like store, but they only had one.  So we bought it and went on our way.  While this story isn’t overly interesting we did snap some photos of cool places we hit on our hike.

Such As The Whole Foods BEER STORE.  Insane amounts of beer, 5 beers to take as growlers which constantly rotate, and bombers out of your ears.  Sweet.  It Looks like this:

So many beers, So little time...

After visiting the Holy Land we decided to head home because as it turns out I (Tristan D Willey, who works in a running store specializing in stability shoes and orthodics) Have pretty severe plantar fasciitis.  Yeah.  So we hopped in a cab and found out way home.

And The Onion Groweth Tall!

Just waking up this morning before I head to work at one of the Up-Town stores.  Last night Shannon and I were watching the Office and drinking a bottle of wine when we had a craving for cookies.  Already having changed into our pajamas and robes there was no way we were headed back out into the world to get the stuff we needed to make them, and so of course we head to the internet to see what we could find.  30 minutes and 6 bucks later we were gorging on freshly baked cookies of every varietal delivered straight to our door.  Amazing.  You can get everything delivered…

A morning picture for everyone.  This is our onion reaching out to grab some sun.  We had cut up an onion about 2 weeks ago which started to turn into a plant, and instead of throw out or eat the budding plant I took a goblet off the shelf, filled it with dirt, and plopped the onion in it.  Low and behold in about a week it has turned into a giant man-eating onion plant.  I think it will go to flower, I am just not sure how long that will take, or how big it will get.  Anyways, this is our onion, seen with, from left to right, Basil, Chives, Onion, and Dark Green Leafy Plant.

Onion Goes Big!