“I am not strict vegan, because I’m a hedonist pig. If I see a big chocolate cake that is made with eggs, I’ll have it.” – Grace Slick
Eggs. One of God’s great gifts. We mammals owe are very livelihood to eggs. That may sound obvious, but I think it is important to remind ourselves, in addition to our memories of middle or high school sex ed class, that if it wasn’t for eggs, we wouldn’t be here.
As humans, we are fortunate to have discovered at some time in history the use of eggs from other species in the animal kingdom. Duck, goose, ostrich, alligator, and even more exotic species “donate” these pre-fertlized capsules to us in a way that, probably more than any other ingredient, has impacted human eating in more ways than any other ingredient. Although we are seeing duck, goose, and some of the other aforementioned eggs in more and more cuisine…really…rediscovering what some cultures outside the US have been doing for centuries, our good old chicken egg is more utilitarian than the best MLB prospect coming up through your teams farm system. Think about it, not only for breakfast, but lunch (pasta anyone?), dinner (breads and salads) and of course dessert (custards, puddings, souffles, cookies, cakes…the list keeps going).
As a boy, we have eaten our mothers eggs in all sorts of ways. For me, cakey cookies, cupcakes, brownies and so on made up a nice dessert, and of course breakfast was the place where eggs seem to be more a part of the American experience than probably any other item save pancakes and bacon.
Boys need to know how to cook eggs, plain and simple. Cheap, easy to find, and super delicious, it is important for all males to know how to prepare eggs in all sorts of ways, but at a minimum need to know how to hard-boil, bake, scramble, fry, and turn into a delicious omelet.
Here we go…