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Egg In A Basket

It is said that the editor of a newspaper often regrets that he has but one front page. I share the pain because there’s just too many alternate titles that I would like to use for this food blog entry. “Fried Egg On Training Wheels” comes to mind… perhaps it’s just as well there’s only space for one title.

Anyway, this is an easy experiment that does not require carefully controlled environments such as when Mrs. Blog is not at home.

This was one of those Saturday mornings where I woke up with a start, full of vim and vinegar. After the fullness was taken care of in the toilet, it was time to address the most important question of the day: what’s for breakfast?

Saturdays are dangerous times for my kitchen because that’s when I start executing cooking plans laid out over the week which leaves me Sunday to clean up the mess and eat out.

I’ve always wanted to do Egg In A Basket for two reasons: a) I’ve never mastered flipping a fried egg with the yolk intact (yet!) and b) the crunch resounding from Evey’s mouth as she bites into one in the movie “V For Vendetta” was irresistibly delicious.

This is when I discovered that our local sliced bread is too small to hold the whole egg – I used supermarket eggs because they are smaller; the eggs from my wet market are much bigger, cheaper and contain, 9 times out of 10, a double-yolk – so I used the remaining egg whites to do an omelet.

Some people advise tearing out the center of the slice, but I find that a tad uncivilized; a better way would be to use a Tequila glass. Finish up the Tequila and upend the glass to draw a circle with a black marker and cut out the circle with a pair of safety scissors.

Or you can do what I did: simply use the glass rim to chop out the circle.

Toast the bread on the skillet with some olive oil, I find wholemeal bread to have a smoky flavor and extra crunch. And when you’re satisfied with the toastiness, dollop some good butter in the circle and pour the egg in. Finish by flipping the egg (it won’t break yay!) and crunch into some gooey goodness.

Posted on 13th May 2008 in English, Recipes


There Are 5 Comments


Martin Tips commented on May 15, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Just found your site by accident doing a search for something completely unrelated. Looks like you have some good stuff here! Added your RSS feed to my rss reader, looking forward to reading more.


Ivan commented on May 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

@Martin Tips: Yeah, I get that a lot; Angelina Jolie is boss no? 🙂


Slash commented on June 23, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Heh did you get this idea off V for Vendetta? 🙂


Ivan commented on June 24, 2008 at 12:03 am

@Slash: Nope, this is a very old recipe, but the movie reminded me how fun it would be.


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