Actually, eggs benedict is part of my projects for 2014. I decided to have projects for 2014 rather than New Years' resolutions. Since I tend to break my resolutions by Jan. 3rd, I figured long term projects seemed liked a viable option! (Do not worry, I will write about the other projects later). I liked the idea of projects because a project to me means thats there will be steps involved and in the future an end result. Plus, I wanted to challenge myself to learn something new, see it through to fruition, and thus the benedicts project began.
So, back to the "Bene's"...A quick lesson on the eggs benedict. The most common version is two halved english muffins toasted, topped with Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. But there are so many versions of this morning delight you can never get bored of this breakfast dish. I decided to start with this benedict because it seems fairly simple to make, right?! But I quickly found out that it is not as simple as it sounds. First, paoching eggs is not a simple task. I did some online research and initially decided to use the microwave to poach the egg. I have never poached eggs so I figured the microwave would make it quick and simple. I bought a microwaveable egg poacher dish...which boasted four perfectly poached eggs. I decided to try one and it exploded! Fail!! I found another microwave trick using a coffee mug-it didn't explode, but it ended up a solid mass stuck to the bottom of the cup. Fail #2!! Finally, I decided on a more traditional approach which included a pot of water and patience. Fast forward, after numerous attempts I successfully poached an egg!
Imagine my delight at my newest cooking skill! So I constructed my Benedict and it was delicious! Okay, side note- I used canned Hollandaise sauce. I made the conscious decision to master one thing at a time. And hollandaise sauce is next on the list. I plan more research and some lessons from my cousin-chef Randolph to perfect the sauce.
The Eggs Benedict Project 2014 has been fun so far and I cannot wait to try the different variations and creating some of my own. This project has also help me work on one resolution used to make and break in the past and that is PATIENCE! Patience with the process and being able to work through the failures as well as patience with my children. My baby girl loves to help cook and I tend to get impatient and frustrated with her when she helps me and does what 7yr olds do. You know how they are-they spill stuff, do things the were not to do, crack the eggs and break the yolk...you know.
So in practicing patience with myself and my daughter we had a great time cooking and eating. Also, I'm learning to not to give up on myself which I tend to do if I find something hard or I initially fail at it. Plus, I figure my patience may spark a passion for cooking in my daughter and she may grow up to be a famous chef/ restaurateur. I say that is a win/win.
This project will be a delicious journey and I forsee plenty of life lessons to learn and share.
My word of the day is patience. Patience with myself, the process, and others.
Thanks for reading!