Okay, so I found this recipe on Pinterest. Not really a recipe, more of a technique. Instead of — Yeah, I know, when you hear somebody say, “Instead of doing this the way everybody has always done it satisfactorily in the past, do it this other, wacky, way!” you want to throw on a full suit of body armor and run away.
But I didn’t. Shut up and listen. You’re always interrupting; that’s so rude.
ANYWAY, this technique said to hard-cook eggs by putting them (in the shell) into a muffin tin and baking them at 325F for 25-30 minutes. So I did that. Well, they were big eggs, so I turned the oven off after 30 minutes and left them in there for a bit longer.
“So easy!” True. “Makes them easier to peel!”
Look at the picture. You tell me. Don’t look at the baking pan, by the way. Some guy came in the window and sprayed brown gunk on the pan and then jumped out of the window again and laughed and laughed. My baking pan is totally not gunky. Not.
But you know what they say: If life hands you lemons, shine your kitchen and bathroom fixtures with them; they brighten them up and make the house smell lemony fresh! Okay, the Pinterest window is closed as of now.
No, what they really say is: drop back ten yards and punt. Or maybe not. Anyway, I know they say something.
Here’s what I did: I cut the eggs in quarters and got some good ones. Put the ugliest ones together and used the prettiest ones for this picture. Dollop of mayonnaise in the middle, olives (could use cherry tomatoes) between the quarters. Sprinkled with salt, powdered mustard, and smoked paprika. Sort of a deconstructed deviled egg.
So remember, kids, just because all your friends are baking their eggs doesn’t mean baking eggs is the right decision for you to make. And, if you’re going to try out a nifty new recipe and/or cooking idea, for the love of all that’s holy, do it as I did: when you’re cooking for yourself and maybe a forgiving spouse, and not for company.
I’m a sucker for a shiny new kitchen experience, but I’m no fool.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character ignores my advice and tries something new for company.