November 15, 2011

Trying Something New: Eggs Benedict

I like trying new recipes, especially if they're supposed to be a little challenging. I make divinity every Christmas now, because I was too stubborn to let a pile of amorphous white goo get the best of me. Now it's my husband's favorite treat.

I was in the cooking mood, and my stomach growled for something substantial. Maybe it was because I'd been watching Holmes that week (where Sherlock Holmes is played by Benedict Cumberbatch), but I felt like I had to try eggs benedict. I've never made it before, but I know it involves a poached egg, an english muffin, canadian bacon or ham, and something called hollandaise sauce.

I looked up the sauce and already knew how to poach an egg. The rest was pretty simple: just slap it together.

The sauce was harder than I thought. Not too difficult to make, if you keep a close watch on the temperature, but knowing when it's cooked enough was hard for a first-timer. Still, I managed to make the best brunch I've ever made. (Possibly the only brunch I've ever made, but I was still proud.)

Quick moment of honesty: It took me a few tries before I got a good poached egg. The first few times, the white went everywhere and it looked like silly string.


Prue said...

Good for you! I'm impressed. I've never tried making a hollandaise sauce. Perhaps I'll give it a go - after trying real custard sauce, not the Bird's Eye powder :)

Food is so important! Writing is brainwork and uses up energy - as does having little ones.

And isn't Benedict Cummerbatch amazing as Holmes?

Unknown said...

I know! I really hope they get more episodes up soon. He was amazing!

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