How presumptuous. This year I read that I'm taking a bath wrong and drying myself wrong, brushing my teeth wrong, moping the floor wrong, buying my clothes wrong, ordering take-out wrong. While nobody mentioned using my adverbs wrongly.
So that was just striking back. Truculently.
What's his name [british caustic chef] Gordon Ramsey, that's the guy, shows how to make scrambled eggs correctly. It will change your life. Four minute video, so they're done in mere minutes. Faster than burning toast.
What he doesn't say in the video is that this is a failed sauce. This is Hollandaise sauce allowed to ruin. Except with a LOT less butter, and on direct heat, on-and-off, as soon as you see the white change lift it off and stir the white into the liquid, set it down again and keep stirring, and then sour cream to stop the action and finish instead of lemon juice to start as with Hollandaise.
Scientifically it's a colloid. The egg yolk is emulsifier.
You see, the longer you cook scrambled egg then the more egg protein tightens its connections squeezes out water like a sponge to evaporate until they become dry and tough. By stirring in cold butter at the beginning then the eggs can stay wet. You can control it so that the egg thickens without curds forming, or allow them to form to whatever extent that you like. Ramsey is showing how to control the wetness, the curd formation, the richness with butter, and the flavor and slamming the brakes on cooking with cool crème fraîche (sour cream).
It's simple and masterful. And doing it this way leads directly to producing perfect Hollandaise because it shows at hand what's going on with both.
Hold off from salt until the end so it doesn't interfere. Salt makes egg go all wonky. And for your delicate tastes a few sprigs of torn or chopped tarragon is excellent, a light and bright near licorice flavor.
Imagine this with a teaspoon of mustard. Or shredded cheese. I prefer a harsh bite of jalapeño.
This photo was favorited on Flicker within minutes of posting it. I have no idea why. Maybe it was a woman fondly reminded of Obama showing off at the front of an airplane. Who knows?
This toast set off the fire alarm, and that thing is LOUD!