Take an egg and be happy

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What is happiness? What makes me happy? I guess these have became two of the most common questions to ourselves nowadays, especially among my peers. To L, the answer to such questions can be as simple as an egg.

L feels pretty happy and contented with a breakfast or brunch with an egg and his happiness level is strongly correlates to the number of eggs in his plate. I never seen such an extreme egg lover like L that sometimes I have to limit his daily egg consumption due to the concern of his cholesterol level. He loves eggs but he had only two tricks to cook his eggs, hard-boiling or soft-boiling and sunny side up. He was extremely thrilled when I first made him scramble eggs at home for breakfast as he thought that’s something difficult to make. I always prepare two eggs in different cooking methods for his weekend breakfast or brunch which will keep his mood good over the weekend. Scramble eggs, baked eggs, soft-boiled eggs, omelette are commonly seen on our dinning table except poached eggs. A perfect poached egg is something looks simple but definitely not easy to do. It is until recently that I managed to consistently get a perfect poached egg out of the pot. Poaching an egg really brings me great sense of achievement and joy after seeing how L eats his poached eggs. He always look at the poached eggs for a while like a boy examining his favorite toy and then gently make his first cut at the egg yolk. He has an indescribable happy facial expression when he sees the liquid egg yolk running out from the tiny cut like I have granted his greatest wish.

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I always amazed by the fact that my little effort can make someone so happy in our daily life.
By making a breakfast with poached eggs for L.
By traveling back to my hometown and having a dinner with my mum.
By talking to my dearest grandmother for half an hour.
By having dinner with all my family members in anywhere in the world.
By celebrating a friend’s birthday in her favorite restaurant and the list goes on.

Like L, I am happy with very little things in my life too and there are quite a few in a week time.
Like poaching an egg and so many little efforts that bring joys to others.
Like getting a messages from my best friends in the early morning.
Like having a dinner with my best friends by the sea and talk non-stop.
Like sharing jokes with my lab comrades in every stressful day.
Like visiting a cute baby and makes him laugh.
Like getting some home made breads from a lovely mother.

Being happy or to make others happy is an option. It is simple but many times it is somehow a difficult decision to many of us. I think I have a simple key to try to be happy currently if I feel difficult to decide to be happy: Take an egg, poach it, pass it to L and then …we smile!

Basic poached egg

Serves 2
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
Allergy Egg
Meal type Bread, Breakfast
Misc Serve Hot

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs

Directions

Step 1
Fill a small saucepan with water. The water level height should be at least 4-5 cm. Add the vinegar and bring to boil. Crack one egg at a time into a small bowl and set aside.
Step 2
Reduce the heat to simmer. You should see only tiny bubbles bubbling from the bottom while the water surface is still flat. Use a spoon or whisk to stir the water in clockwise directions until a swirl is forming.
Step 3
Gently drop the egg into the center of the swirl and let it cook undisturbed for 2 to 2.5 minutes. If necessary, use a spoon to gently detach the egg from the pot after 1 minute of cooking.
Step 4
Use a skimmer or slotted spoon to lift out the egg. The egg white should be cooked and the egg yolk should be firm but bouncy when you touch it with a spoon.
Step 5
Drain the excessive water. Season the poached egg with salt and pepper and served with ham, spinach, toast or bread.

Note

Cook one egg at a time.

This recipe gives a runny yolk. Increase the cooking time to 3-4 minutes for a firm-set egg yolk.

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