Tuesday, March 31, 2009
This is the egg shaper that I bought recently from J-list. I've been coveting this thing for ages but couldn't buy it. So I emailed J-list to ask them to carry it and They Did! Aren't they cool?
This comes in a lot of small bits and can be fiddly at first. Especially as I couldn't read the instructions, but there were pictures so I managed to figure it all out eventually.
The first attempt, I made every mistake possible, I think. I over filled the tubes with egg white and I didn't oil the parts. So the first time I tried to pull the shape middles out, they stuck and the tops were still raw egg. Then the only way to fix that was to overcook them. Then I added in the yolks, and as the whites were too full, the yolks were too and made quite a mess everywhere. Also I overcooked them and they turned a yucky green colour.
So the second try - lucky I had enough eggs - I used a non-stick spray in the tubes, and on the shaper inserts. I filled the tubes half-way only with egg white. I boiled them for 10 minutes. then took them out, added the yolks, and put them back in the boiling pan for another seven minutes. When I opened the tops they looked done. I quickly put the whole thing into a cold water pan and left them to sit for twenty minutes.
This time they came out perfect. I do wish the yolks had been a brighter yellow, but I'm not going to complain about it. I also found that adding a bit of salt to both the white and yolk prior to boiling made them taste much better.
I had to rush to make this bento because I over slept this morning. It has a quick poached chicken breast sprinkled with salt and a little bit of garlic, red peppers, carrot sticks and the egg shapes i made last night. Aren't they sweet!? Sassy gets a few grapes and s fruit chew bag for dessert.