Friday, March 26, 2010

And I ate eggs, and they were good.

As far back as I can recall, I have always hated eggs.
My earliest memory of hating eggs would be whenever my parents would make scrambled eggs. I'd cry and scream and beg them to stop. I hated the smell, and the idea of having to eat what was making the smell. I would usually run and hide in my room until the eggs were gone.
Over the past few years, i've been trying to change this. Try to start eating eggs so I can reap the health benefits. First it started out with a few nibbles when a friend or family member would eat eggs. I'd take a small bite, trying not to think about what I was doing too much, i'd manage to swallow it, and then that  would be enough. After that I progressed into braving a tomato feta quiche a friend of mine had made, and I liked it! But I decided it would be a one time occurance, and didn't make eating eggs a habit. A year or so later, I got brave again and made a veggie omelette - and what do you know, that felt okay too. Yet for some reason, I still couldn't get past my childhood apprehension towards eggs.

I decided to try and counquer the egg phobia again today. I've recently been informed by my doctor that i'm vitamin B12 deficient, and that I should try to get some more sources of B12 in my diet. As a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I previously avoided meat and all dairy (other than cheese and yogurt). I drink fortified soy milk to get B12, but it must not be doing it's job very well because i'm pretty low in it. So I decided to try eggs once again.

I remembered a recipe I had seen on The Amatuer Gourmet , a recipe called "Eggs Adam Roberts" - scrambled eggs with jalapenos. The sound of them seemed just right, so today I set to work. Plus, my last name happens to be Roberts so I took that as a good sign. ;)

And now i'm converted. I LOVED THESE EGGS. I had no idea I could feel this way, that I could actually enjoy scrambled eggs! There was no smell like I had remembered suffering through in my child hood! and the texture wasn't at all repulsive! Not runny and chewy somehow at the same time. They were light, and fluffy, yet still held their own. I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with these eggs.

So what does this mean? All I really know is that I love this recipe for eggs. And now I can start to see that they might not be so bad after all. For now, I know I can handle scrambled eggs, and i'm sure i'll like omelettes and quiches, too.
The next hurdle: poached egg. Nothing scares me more than a runny yolk. 


Paula H said...

I love scrambling egg whites with ricotta cheese - throw in whatever veggies you want (I love green onions and tomatoe, but whatev). I usually do 1/3 cup egg whites with 2 Tbsp ricotta cheese. You might enjoy.

Erin said...

Sounds good! I find if I load eggs up with cheese i'm good to go. I'll eat anything with cheese. You could cover a piece of bark in cheese and i'd eat it.
Kidding!....sort of.

PandorasInk said...

I love eggs :)
Just so ya know, you get the most health bennies from eggs if you cook the egg leaving the yolk whole.

Anonymous said...

I used to hate scrambled eggs, too, as a child. If you cook poached eggs you don't need to worry about runny yolk if you cook them long enough. 10 minutes are more than enough.

My favorite dish as a child, that my grandmother used to make for me, was poached eggs in mustard sauce with potatoes - actually a traditional German dish, that just happens to be vegetarian!

Adam said...

Aw, I'm so happy my recipe converted you. It's a good one, right? Thanks for trying it!