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5 things to do with eggs: Students are constantly on the lookout for quick, cheap, easy meals, but too often we end up opting for bog-standard pasta dishes, overlooking foods, such...
5 things to do with eggs:
Students are constantly on the lookout for quick, cheap, easy meals, but too often we end up opting for bog-standard pasta dishes, overlooking foods, such as eggs, either because you don't consider them a meal in their own right, or simply because you have no idea how to cook them. Eggs are simple to make, filling and nutritious, and it's about time we started cooking with them more often.
1) Boiled eggs – the most basic member of the egg family – simply place the egg into a pan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes, depending on whether you want a runny or hard yolk. To make this into a yummy breakfast, just serve with a generous helping of buttered toast, lop the top off the egg and enjoy!
2) A fried egg – the perfect addition to any bacon sandwich (and without doubt a must have item in a Full English). Heat some vegetable oil in a frying pan on a mid to high heat. When the oil is hot, crack the eggs into the pan and fry until the egg white is opaque and the yolks are as soft or hard as you like them.
3) A poached egg – a more sophisticated egg that is still easy to do. Firstly, add a splash of vinegar to a shallow pan of water and bring this to a gentle simmer. Then, crack the eggs into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, again depending on how runny you like the yolk.
4) Scrambled eggs – something a little bit different to put on your toast in the morning that will keep you going until lunchtime. Crack 2 eggs into a bowl, add a splash of milk, some salt and pepper and mix with a fork. Then, heat a knob of butter in a frying pan, being careful not to leave it too long as butter burns quickly. Pour the eggs into the pan and stir with a fork so they don't stick to the bottom. Continue just until the eggs harden.
5) Omelette – for those of you who have mastered the above and would like more of a meal. Crack 2 or 3 eggs into a bowl and add salt and pepper. Heat a small knob of butter in a frying pan, until it begins to bubble and then pour the eggs into the pan, gently stirring the mixture with a fork, allowing it to harden and cover the base of the pan. At this point you can add your favourite fillings. My personal favourites are bacon and cheese – but you can pretty much add whatever you like. Once it's completely cooked through, fold it in half and turn it out onto a plate.
Written by Victoria Anderton