Monday, November 8, 2010

Weekend visitors, watched pot and apple scent

- Some inside visitors over the weekend due to the first frost of fall. They look as if they are longing to go back outside and with a high temperature of 68°F predicted for this afternoon, they will.

- Mastering my mom's four-minute egg - somewhere between soft and hard boiled. The secret seems to be watching the pot until the water boils and then setting the timer for four minutes. That old adage, "A watched pot never boils" is true unless you busy yourself with some other task in the kitchen and pretend as if you are not watching. :)

- Somehow ending up with too many apples, and so there are about a dozen of them in the refrigerator. And enjoying the blast of Fuji apple scent I get when I open the fridge.


Fireblossom said...

Watched pots never do boil, it's true.

Michigan apples are the best! God, I'm so provincial.

desk49 said...
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Scarlet Ily said...

Poached eggs are my favorite, although I never seem to get them just right. I'll have to try those 4-min. eggs and see what happens.

Cinnamon, pumpkin and apple scents fill my house from now through New Year's Day. I love this time of year in South Florida!

desk49 said...

If the frost is out
the plants are in
At 68*F they’ll be
going out again.

When the water is hot
the eggs cooking begins
In four minutes,
they come out again

A dozen apples,
in the fridge they’ve been
Open the door and the scent,
flows out again

The poems are ruff, yet then
I’d do it all over again


Louvregirl said...

It's funny Lynn, but the other day I was thinking of making a poached egg...and how I would do it. I've never made one, have you?
Thanks for the egg advice!

TALON said...

My outdoor plants are back inside and drooping a little. I tried to tell them it won't be too long before they are back outdoors, but they know I'm lying :)

I like how you cheated the "watched pot" adage :)

Mama Zen said...

Four minutes from a boil . . . I'll try that. I have a ridiculously hard time boiling eggs.

Lynn said...

FB -

For all I know those apples might have come from Michigan. Both sets, Fuji and Red Delicious are still in the bags - I'll check to see where they came from. I over bought, but they should be OK refrigerated.

Ily -

They came out just right already in the pot and then timed after the water started to boil. I pour off the hot water when they are done, fill the pot with cold water and crack them a bit after they've cooled down. Then peel.

The scents of fall - love it.

Ellis -

Very good, my friend. Thank you for my poem - not ruff at all!

lg -

I have made poached eggs, but they are so much trouble to do the correct way - with the swirling water and dropping the egg in just right. I have a microwave poacher and they come out pretty good that way, but not restaurant worthy. :)

Talon -

Hopefully they like to participate in your busy family activities. Mine just turned their backs on me! lol!

Mama Zen -

Make sure they are in the water already though - then time 4 minutes after the boil.

Sara said...

Such a nice post about fall. I've never poached an egg, but I do love apples:~)However, I don't get them directly off a tree where I live.

Somehow this post made me think about fall. It's this time of year that I love to dress really warmly and sit outside on my porch in the evening to watch the sun set. It's fun to see how the busy birds and squirrels are as they get ready for night.

Jannie Funster said...

Your inside visitors look very happy and healthy.

Umn, I love eggs, any style.

My very favorite apples are MacIntosh, had one last night. It was very "fluffy."


Lynn said...

Sara -

That sounds like a lovely moment - sitting outside in the crisp fall air watching the sun set. I welcome this new season, too.

Jannie -

My apples were from Washington state and W. Virginia. So good. xo

Snaggle Tooth said...

I always feel bad for the beought in plants too! I always do things whole cooking. Never had a 4 min. egg yet! When I get alot of apples I usually bake them- I got alot now... maybe some crisp tomorrow-

Snaggle Tooth said...

oh no-
Brought in
while cooking!
Wow- that doesn't make sense without corrections! Too weary today- Bedtime!

Lynn said...

Snaggle -

You were up so late! You can be excused some typos - hope you are getting some good sleep right now.

Meredith said...

Watched pots never boil, and anxiously watched garden plots never sprout their seeds, either. ;)

Apple season is so wonderful. We recently had the most amazing-tasting Cortland & Winesap apples. Enjoy the homey, happy scent, Lynn. :)

Lynn said...

Meredith -

I adore those winesap apples. They are so good. I've enjoyed the apples so much this year and yes, particularly their scent.