Perfect poached egg bombs will follow but first, howdo! Sorry for the gap in transmission but see, that’s the downside of our Year of Holidays – we’re too busy flying around like Judith Chalmers (only without the vag-neck) that there’s no time for blogging! NO TIME. We were going to just do a simple recipe post tonight for the perfect poached egg bombs but we keep getting weird letters written in what I hope is chocolate in the post from “Alan, I’m Your Number One Fan” demanding we finish our French escapades. So, without a moment of hesitation, not least because I don’t fancy being hobbled, let’s slip back to France, oui?
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When we were last together you left us just as we finished touring the Centre Pompidou, and Paul had to chip away at my eyes with a chisel because they hadn’t so much glazed over with boredom as fully welded together. There are countless arty blogs out there where you can chinstroke yourself to orgasm over an interpretation of some wanky picture, and readers, this isn’t one. We decided to wander about and people watch for a bit before Paul, very cleverly, decided we ought to stop for a cocktail. Full as I was with gay abandon I said sure and told him to pick a spot. Perhaps we’d end up on the banks of the Seine with a boulevardier or sitting in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower sipping a Mai Tai whilst accordion music played in the background?
No. Paul, for reasons entirely beyond me, was dead set on drinking in a newsagent with a bar attached, spilling out onto the street between a collection of homeless folk and some bins. I tried to steer him in a new direction but he was having none of it because he was “thirsty” and his “feet hurt” and “how bad can it be”. Well, I’ll let you decide – here’s a picture of two of the recommended cocktails, a Cosmopolitan and a Mojito.
Because you may be the sort whose house is littered with SKOL ashtrays and Sports Direct catalogues, I’ll give you a few clues as to why this is off. Firstly, cocktails aren’t generally served in pint glasses. Second, a Cosmopolitan isn’t usually made by mixing vodka with an off-brand Innocent smoothie. Thirdly, two cocktails shouldn’t cost less than two packets of crisps. Still, being tight-arse Geordies, we choked them down, finished off as many of the free nuts as we could before the taste of piss overcame us, and then staggered out into the streets. At this point I was feeling very light-headed and tipsy (be fair, I’ve never drank a pint of 4-star petrol before) so we decided to go back to the hotel for a nap.
Yeah, I know, we’re getting old. Two hours later we awoke refreshed, with only a nominal amount of the cocktail vomited back up onto the pillow. I fixed my hair, Paul brushed his teeth and we both flossed our nethers, and headed back out into the night. We’d booked a river tour of various Parisian landmarks – mainly the ones by the river, you understand – and it was only a twenty minute fat-shuffle along the banks of the Seine to reach the dock. We joined the queue, immediately adopted the British past-time of tutting at people, and were onboard in no time. We hurtled up the stairs like we were the kids waiting outside of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, determined as we were to get decent seats at the back of the boat, alone under the stars. We needn’t have worried, most sensible folk stayed downstairs where it was warm and dry.
But fuck it, we’re hard as owt, and we stayed upstairs, enjoying the wonderful sights of the lit-up Musée d’Orsay, The Louvre and Notre Dame as we drifted past. We were joined upstairs by a young French couple who were clearly infatuated with one another. I presume she was deeply asthmatic as every time I looked over he was trying to breathe oxygen into her lungs. They went quiet for a bit and I chanced a quick look only to see her seemingly tugging him off. Either that or there was a very localised fire in his nethers and she was trying to pat it out. Well, I was disgusted – that’s not suitable behaviour on a boat, no matter how amorous the Paris night might make you. I told Paul that I was so aghast by their behaviour that I wouldn’t be able to finish off giving him a rusty trombone – so we headed downstairs and left them to it.
We took up position by the exit as the boat came into dock. This was awkward in and of itself: there was a young lady absolutely bawling her eyes out right next to the door, with seemingly no-one there to comfort her. I didn’t know what to do for the best, so I covered her with my coat like you would do with an errant parrot. No of course not, but neither of us speak good enough French to comfort a broken heart (maybe she had planned a trip up the Eiffel Tower of the guy upstairs). I tried to put a sympathetic ‘there there’ face on but Paul broke it to me that I just looked constipated so I stood staring at the ‘what to do in an emergency’ notice for ten minutes whilst the Captain fussed the boat back and forth. On reflection I should have slapped my hand down on her shoulder and said ‘non non non’ but hey, easy to be wise after the event.
As we had docked under the Eiffel Tower and I was suitably sloshy with alcohol, I cried that we really ought to go up the Eiffel Tower despite a) not having tickets and b) I’ve done it three times before. God loves a trier though, eh? We stumbled up the stairs only to see a queue snaking all down the street – and this at 10pm, for goodness sake. We had spotted a giant wheel (The Big Wheel at Place de la Concorde, fact fans) from the boat and thought we ought to give that a go instead. This meant getting somewhere where an Uber could pick us up and in turn, running the gauntlet of all the looky-looky blokes outside the Eiffel Tower. Why is this shit allowed? Who has ever come down from the Tower and thought, well fuck me, that was bonny, and now what I really need to remember the experience is a highly-flammable LED-covered razor-sharp asbestos-soaked model? I mean honestly.
When I was younger – pre-Paul era – I went to Paris with a mate and we ended up getting suckered into having a caricature done by some swarthy ruffian. We paid almost fifty euros for a drawing that gave me a face that looked like John Prescott standing on an upturned plug. I fared better than my friend – he was drawn as having the head the size of a pound coin and a belly the size of a dinner plate. He committed suicide later that year. Ate himself to death.
Sssh, I’m kidding. He’s fine and still fabulous, thanks for asking.
We Ubered over to the giant wheel, not before being told off by some gimp in a suit who told us not to loiter outside their hotel. Pfft. I’d understand if we were lifting up our tops to passing cars and blowing kisses but we were simply waiting for an Uber. What a turd. Plus, it was only a frickin’ Pullman, nowt fancy! They’re probably still smarting over the time we rinsed them out over their in-room breakfast service in Munich.
The wheel was an experience. 70 meters high and by god you feel every single joint creaking. Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly safe I’m sure, but there’s something frightening about riding a ferris wheel that could be put away in a lorry the very next day. It’s all I can do to remember to turn the key to start my car, what if the charming folks responsible for maintenance were similarly shoddy? It didn’t help that thanks to a very strong wind our little ‘car’ was rocking all over the shop, with Paul cheerfully rocking it extra hard for good measure. He stopped when I told him I’d vomit in his coat hood. We went round three times, which seemed unnecessary, it’s not as though the Champs-Elysées changes on the minute. We were eventually let off, and, after a few more drinks somewhere my booze-soaked mind has long forgotten, we went to bed.
Now, that seems like a good place to leave it. I’m trying my very best not to prattle on for too long in a post – I know you struggle – so perhaps I’ll save the next bit for tomorrow. What’s involved? Sewers, blindness and gays. I mean, you’d expect nowt less, wouldn’t you? To the recipe then…
Calling these poached egg bombs might seem a trifle exciting but it’s what Jamie Oliver calls them and damn it, I’m not one to argue with him. I know he rubs some folks up the wrong way but I really like him, even if he does give his kids silly names. This might seem like an especially easy recipe and you know what, you’re right – but the reason I’m putting it up is because I see so many people who can’t poach eggs. It’s easy! Really easy! But this way is foolproof.
to make perfect poached egg bombs, you’ll need:
- however many fresh eggs you want – fresher the better – you want them hot from the chicken’s anus (and yes, chickens do lay eggs from their bumhole – well, sort of)
- ramekins or little cups
- oil sprayer
Then customise them however you wish:
- sliced wafer thin ham
- smoked salmon
to make perfect poached egg bombs, you should:
- get a big pan of water bubbling
- cut out a big square of cling film and line your glass or ramekin with it
- spritz it with a couple of sprays of oil (0.5 syns for seven sprays, I used one)
- put whatever you want on the inside of the ramekins – slices of ham or salmon, chilli flakes, cheese…anything – I was boring and just went with black pepper because I had proper fresh eggs
- crack your egg into the ramekin and then tie the cling film up in a knot, squeezing any air out whilst you do – you want a cling-filmed ball of egg see – and tie a big knot in it mind, no tiny little thing
- lower your egg bombs into the bubbling water and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes, depending on how firm you like your egg white
- if you are clever you could dangle these off a wooden spoon, but I just chucked them in – rebel
- once cooked, simply slide them out of their cling film prison and enjoy!
I served ours on a bed of wilted spinach, on our healthy extra toast with a bit of philly on. Lovely!
Of course, if you want to go old-school, get your pan simmering, crack egg into glass, slowly tip egg into bubbling water. No need to swirl. Remove when cooked. Easy!
And of course, if you’re a lazy sod who really can’t do poaching, just get one of these.
Looking for more breakfast ideas? But of course. Here’s some and more!
Hi James and Paul I have followed you – not some weird stalking way – for about 6 month and feel I now want to thank you as I reached my target last night (2.5 stone) and you are my go to site for TASTY recipes. I love the way you keep it real and tell it how it is. I will continue to follow you as my wife is apparently still on her “journey” and I need to keep at target or lose another stone if truth be told, anyway thanks for now I just wanted to let you know all your hard work is appreciated Martin
I am afraid my poached egg bombs were an unmitigated disaster. They resembled two ovarian cysts.
Back to the drawing board……
I cant tell you how shocked I was when I read James hit his mother with a slipper……and then the insane jealously hit me, as much as I love my Mum, God rest her soul, she could be a first class twat and knowing her as I do, she would have been the first to admit it. In short yes I would have loved to hit her back,…hmmmmm. Ironically, I’m now thinking of my Mum, and she would be laughing at me telling me I’d missed my chance!
Anyway, enough of me….as to your stories …love them…. but being a greedy mare, love the food more…doing the best pork sandwich tonight so will try the mex lasagne tomorrow xxx
Commenting not on this recipe but baked bean lasagana. Bloody lovely. Keep the recipes and the stories coming.
Another brilliant article. James’s story about the flip flop reminded me of a time with my own mum that I still giggle about to this day. I was about 17 at the time, an avid collector of vinyl (records, not flooring) and had lots of them strewn about my room. This became the subject of a huge argument that escalated from “Why are all these glasses in your room?” to “You’re a disgrace! I am not your slave!” in about 60 seconds. My mum, who had at this point turned into a demented Vishnu of the 6 arms and was pointing manically at all the various misdemeanours in my room, picked up a record to make her point. “And these! You never put them away, and we’re sick of hearing the music thumping day and night!” she screamed as she lifted said record high and brought it crashing down on my head. I braced myself for impact, only there was no record in the cover and so it just bent gracefully and gently over my head before springing back into its original form. We both looked at each other and I burst out laughing. She didn’t and hastily started to look for another record to beat me with at which point I scarpered! I haven’t seen her since. That last bit’s a lie, but an amusing memory for me nonetheless.
Your recipes are amazing! But hate to tell you that chickens don’t lay eggs, hens do, we eat chickens but not the hen. Sorry guys, we are hen farmers, just couldn’t keep it to myself.
According to Michael Roux, poaching should be done in water that is brought to the boil then immediately turned down to the lowest point, not even simmering, you then crack the egg into the water and leave until the egg is cooked to your liking! I now make the most perfect poached eggs using his method…….no placing in cling film extra……that’s cheating!