Yes, it is possible to eat too many eggs

By Liam Stretch

Nevertheless, this fired me up and gave me direction for some of the egg dishes to follow. As my army of fans loved it (about six people), I decided to take suggestions of what to create next. This was successful, and my mission for society to finally accept eggs as they are – beautiful, unique, versatile  resonated with my community. 

Thanks to these suggestions, I discovered new favourites: Welsh Rarebit, a glazed donut with egg and bacon, tofu scramble, and salt-cured egg yolks. It did, however, unveil some awful creations that one will never go near again. This can be said for cloud eggs; though an Internet sensation, they taste horrific and hardly constitute food at all. All recommendations were supported by at least half an hour’s research each morning before I got cooking. 

 Sometimes my dishes were inspired by the happenings of the day. One such meal that was born out of current events was West Virginia devilled eggs in honour of Bill Withers. Withers has long been an idol of mine and I was determined to find a dish that reflected him. Thankfully, after about an hour of Googling, I stumbled upon a recipe book entitled Appalachian Home Cooking, in which there was a glorious recipe for the aforementioned devilled eggs. Bill Withers was a WV native and one hopes this befitted his character – as they warmed my soul as much as his music does.  I made around two dozen, and they disappeared within minutes, they were otherworldly – the pickle juice and buckets of mayonnaise made sure of this. There is something magical about devilled eggs, and now I think I understand why they are a funeral staple; they’re the ultimate comfort food, yet light enough to be inhaled at a swift rate.  

Perhaps my most significant achievement throughout this whole process was my replication of a McDonald’s Bacon and Egg McMuffin, complete with branded wax paper. I really don’t know how I did it, but it tasted the same, and I even felt heavy and lazy post-consumption. The highlight was actually McDonald’s approving of it; I can die happy now.  

As level four drew to a close, I set myself a challenge of having eggs with every meal and at this point, I figured it would be rude to not go out on a B12 overdose. This came by way of a stellar pavlova, crème brûlée, salt-cured egg yolks, little baby quiches, a scrambled egg grilled cheese, and as a nod to the start of the series, a fried egg. 

All in all, I created 40 dishes and ended with a desire not to touch eggs again. In fact, at the time of writing, I have had my first egg in nearly two weeks. 

If you’re at all interested and are still reading at this pointI’d like to share a couple of my favourite recipes. 

Nevertheless, this fired me up and gave me direction for some of the egg dishes to follow. As my army of fans loved it (about six people), I decided to take suggestions of what to create next. This was successful, and my mission for society to finally accept eggs as they are – beautiful, unique, versatile  resonated with my community. 

Thanks to these suggestions, I discovered new favourites: Welsh Rarebit, a glazed donut with egg and bacon, tofu scramble, and salt-cured egg yolks. It did, however, unveil some awful creations that one will never go near again. This can be said for cloud eggs; though an Internet sensation, they taste horrific and hardly constitute food at all. All recommendations were supported by at least half an hour’s research each morning before I got cooking. 

 Sometimes my dishes were inspired by the happenings of the day. One such meal that was born out of current events was West Virginia devilled eggs in honour of Bill Withers. Withers has long been an idol of mine and I was determined to find a dish that reflected him. Thankfully, after about an hour of Googling, I stumbled upon a recipe book entitled Appalachian Home Cooking, in which there was a glorious recipe for the aforementioned devilled eggs. Bill Withers was a WV native and one hopes this befitted his character – as they warmed my soul as much as his music does.  I made around two dozen, and they disappeared within minutes, they were otherworldly – the pickle juice and buckets of mayonnaise made sure of this. There is something magical about devilled eggs, and now I think I understand why they are a funeral staple; they’re the ultimate comfort food, yet light enough to be inhaled at a swift rate.  

Perhaps my most significant achievement throughout this whole process was my replication of a McDonald’s Bacon and Egg McMuffin, complete with branded wax paper. I really don’t know how I did it, but it tasted the same, and I even felt heavy and lazy post-consumption. The highlight was actually McDonald’s approving of it; I can die happy now.  

As level four drew to a close, I set myself a challenge of having eggs with every meal and at this point, I figured it would be rude to not go out on a B12 overdose. This came by way of a stellar pavlova, crème brûlée, salt-cured egg yolks, little baby quiches, a scrambled egg grilled cheese, and as a nod to the start of the series, a fried egg. 

All in all, I created 40 dishes and ended with a desire not to touch eggs again. In fact, at the time of writing, I have had my first egg in nearly two weeks. 

If you’re at all interested and are still reading at this pointI’d like to share a couple of my favourite recipes. 

Mrs Beeton’s Scotch Woodcock 

INGREDIENTS 

  • Four slices of toast 
  • butter 
  • Four eggs 
  • Two tablespoon milk 
  • A good pinch of salt 
  • A good pinch of pepper 
  • One small can of anchovy fillets 

METHOD 

Cover the hot toast with butter and keep warm. Beat the eggs with the milk and seasoning. Put a good knob of butter into a saucepan, heat gently, then add the eggs and milk. Cook gently until the mixture thickens. Spread on toast and garnish with anchovy fillets—arranged in a lattice design. Then apply a flurry of fresh thyme.  

Chinese Style Steamed Eggs 

INGREDIENTS 

  • Three eggs 
  • A splash of soy sauce 
  • White Pepper 
  • 200 mls of stock (vegetable or chicken) 
  • Sesame oil 
  • A dazzle of chilli flakes 
  • A sprinkle of spring onion or chives 

METHOD 

Mix the eggs with chopsticks or fork until fully amalgamated, add the stock, white pepper and mix thoroughly. Transfer to a bowl and put a plate on top. Place in a steamer and gently steam for around 12 minutes. Serve with chilli flakes, spring onions and a dash of sesame oil. I recommend soy on the side as well. 

NOTE: If you don’t have a steamer, place a colander in a saucepan with a few inches of water. Place tea towel betwixt the pot lip and lid to stop any steam escaping.