Oy I am so tired this afternoon!? Oh yeah, a baby is growing in there… I had lots of energy this morning – walked to Body Pump and met up with Sara, who was able to come to daytime pump for the first time in weeks. Class was good. I was feeling good. Chest is going to hurt tomorrow!
I came home and downed some OJ to tide me over until lunch was ready. Also had a few grapes to plump up the ole blood sugar.
This lunch took a little bit of time to cook because I made hard-boiled eggs!
One of the coolest things I did when I worked in public relations years ago was dine with Food Network Chef Sara Moulton for dinner at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville the night before a big real estate event we were putting on for a client. We had Sara come for a cooking demo at our event. When asked about her apprenticeship under Julia and the techniques and recipes she learned, Sara shared that Julia taught her how to make a perfect hard boiled egg. I paid close attention when she told us the recipe:
Put eggs in cold water submerged in a pot
Bring to juuuuust at a boil
Remove from heat, cover with lid and set timer for 13 minutes
Take a shower
Plunge in ice cold water
[Ok, the take a shower part was my contribution 🙂 ]
But really this method works so well. The cold shocks the eggs into pulling away from their shells and easier to peel.
Although only by word of mouth, I feel that Julia herself taught me how to make these perfect hard-boiled eggs : )
I enjoyed two with S+P for lunch along with a serving of brown rice topped with coconut butter and a few green beans (I’m trying!)
And because I could just feel the craving coming on…a Mason Jar cookie from my freezer for dessert.
I already dozed off while working earlier this afternoon. I’m sipping hot peach oolong tea to try to wake myself back up!
Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife says
I tried that exact way to do hard-boiled eggs this weekend, and it DOES work like a charm! SO great. Looks delicious!
I love BodyPUMP! Feeling sore is just a plus 😉
Claire @ Live and Love to Eat says
They do look pretty perfect! I can never remember the exact time – but my grandmother is so afraid of the number 13 that now I’ll remember! 🙂
Stephanie @ Legally Blinde says
Ooh I’m excited about the hard-boiled egg instructions – I’m constantly trying to tweak my method to get the perfect hard-boiled egg! Will definitely be trying this out 🙂
Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious says
That is one perfect looking lunch. My tofu “hard boiled” eggs don’t look so pretty!
Have a great weekend.
elizabeth @ chronic venture says
it really is a fool-proof way to hard boil eggs!
Blessing @ Working Mom Journal says
I love hard boiled eggs, they are my favorite thing to eat on weekends!
I love hard-boiled eggs. I especially like them warm, choppd up fine, eith a little milk, and ,of course, S&P. They are stillwarm after you shock them with the cold water, just peel before they sit very long.
Krissy @ Shiawase Life says
I make hard boiled eggs pretty much the same way! Well, haven’t tried the shower part..
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says
I learned in culinary school a few weeks ago to put eggs (not too cold) into BOILING water and let them cook for exactly 12 minutes, this was followed by placing them in an ice bath. We learned it was the best method for consistency no matter how many eggs you make, whereas the bring to a boil method can cause inconsistency if you’re making a very large batch of them–but that’s really interesting! That must have been a fun lunch!
Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries says
i’ve heard that cold water trick – it does truly work! i love hard boiled eggs… i just had one in my salad today for lunch! it adds so much flavor, and the protein + fats help keep me satisfied.
Becca @ Blueberry Smiles says
Peach oolong tea sounds delish! Esp when sipped while eating that amazing-looking cookie. Happy wknd!
[email protected] says
For being nauseous your eats are great! I totally know what you mean about feeling a craving coming on, it’s like why even try and ignore it.
Katie @ Peace Love & Oats says
that rice with coconut butter on top looks so delicious!
Kerry @ Totes My Oats says
I use the same method for hard boiled eggs!
The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh says
Wow! Those are probably the most perfect eggs I’ve ever seen so you know I’ll be giving those a try! It must be catching because I’m super tired right now!
Kath, last week (or this week?) when you talked that you’re class didn’t include the Rhinna song, happened to me last night! I was soooo disappointed. We had a sub and she plays different music. Plus, I have another song in my head that I was going to ask what it was, I could not stop thinking about it this week (though I don’t know the words, just the tune) and didn’t hear that one either! Totally feeling ur disappointment! 🙂
Yeah he didn’t play it this Monday either. I think he thinks we are sick of it. Totally not!!
I think you’re eating wonderfully! I hope you feel better and get an extra boost of energy!!
What a fabulous lunch!! Perfect for post-BodyPump! 🙂 I miss seeing the Sara Moulton shows on the Food Network….does she not do show anymore?? She always made me chuckle 🙂
I used to boil my hardboiled eggs vigorously for about 7 minutes and they would come out with the yolks all green….gross! That was until Julia enlightened me as well! I think it’s awesome that you are doing Body Pump while pregnant. I’m getting certified to teach it soon and would love to have a specific class for pregnant women with modifications.
My friend Lynsie is still going at 35 weeks!
Thanks so much on the hard-boiled egg cooking info. I’ve heard so many different methods from so many different people and websites and have yet to find the perfect one. This sounds like a good one and I hope it finally puts my hard-boiled egg question to rest. Thanks again! Now if I could only figure out how to peel them properly without them breaking into thousands of little pieces, I would be one happy puppy. Perhaps this cooking method will help with that too?
Mary Frances says
It should, and peeling them under water helps too.
Kathy W. says
Fresh eggs are the hardest to peel, so if possible, it’s better to use older eggs. It also helps to start peeling at the broader end of the egg, which has an air pocket…
Gah, I am so excited for the debut of BERF!! 🙂 That looks like a perfect technique for hard boiled eggs, I’ll have to try it out.
Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count says
You can talk to 10 people and get 10 different versions of how to hard boil an egg. This one makes as much sense as any of them. Thanks for sharing!
Liz @ Tip Top Shape says
I didn’t know you were in PR! Seems a lot of us bloggers were at some point 😀 Too cool that you met someone who actually learned cooking tips from Julia Child. That woman is practically my hero!
Thanks for sharing the recipe to perfect hard boiled eggs! That is very helpful, and I may make some tonight or tomorrow.
Sometimes you get me hungry for certain foods, like when you showed us your yummy potato yesterday. I made two potatoes today 🙂
Greta @ Staying Lost says
Thanks for the egg technique! I don’t often eat hard boiled eggs, but I’ll try it out next time I do.
Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather says
That’s how I hard boil my eggs! I didn’t know JC herself came up with it. Very cool.
I hear ya on the tired front, I felt that way yesterday, but every day is a new day and energy will come back!
Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites says
Kathy, I seriously MISS Sara Moulton and when she was on Food Network back in the late (and mid and early) 90’s (I sound so old saying that!)…but she was one of the reasons my love of the food network was born…she truly chef-ed (yes, I call it “chef-ed” and served with class and style…) In my book, she is a total revolutionary…simply because she didn’t need to be on the “frontier” or “cutting edge” of food…I guess no one worth-it agreed with me because she’s, now, food network history 🙁 … she’s got a special place in my heart 🙂 I’d consider it a severe HONOR if I’d ever get to dine with Sara 😀
🙂 She was very down-to-earth and also very tiny!
Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites says
she always commented about how “her kitchen counters were so [freakishly] short” hehe!
Wow! I am away on work business for a few weeks and big things are happening in the KERF world! Just now catching up on the blogs and read about your wonderful baby news! Congrats to you, Matt and all of your family.
Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte says
Definitely going to try to remember those instructions the next time I make hard boiled eggs. Glad to see you were able to eat something green today, I’m sure your baby would thank you if he/she could 🙂
Aaaah so THAT’s where the egg boiling comes from. I learned the same method from America’s Test Kitchen, but I am just sure now that they stole it from Julia! Except they let it sit for 10 minutes, not 13. The yolks are solidly done, but still bright and moist.
Hope @ With A Side Of Hope says
I’ve never cooked hard boiled eggs that way! I’m definitely going to try because they look perfect. Yum! Now I want egg salad 🙂
Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles says
Boiled eggs always remind me of picnic lunches! That is just how I boil my eggs, but for 7 minutes so as they are a bit runny insided…yummy! Your cookies almost looks like it is heart shaped! Valentine’s Day must be on the brain!
Cait's Plate says
What a perfect looking afternoon. Sorry you’re feeling such a lack of energy, I hope that it comes back to you soon! My sister definitely came through the groggy/tiredness feeling by the second trimester so I hope you do too!
Johanna B says
You’ll hear this over and over while you’re pregnant but if you need to sleep, let yourself sleep. Sleep is important. IMHO
Hard Boiled Eggs got my through my First Trimester.. (i’m finally just now to my third!) Any time I felt sick I would eat one and almost instantly felt better..
Hang in there!!!
Funny, I would never argue with Julia Child!, but my method also results in perfect hb eggs every time. Take eggs out of fridge to warm or stick in a bowl and run a little warm water over (just so they aren’t cold from the fridge). Boil water. Lower eggs into boiling water, turn heat down and simmer 10 mins. Plunge into cold water. Never had it not be perfect.
So fun to follow you always but extra fun with the bun! 🙂
When I was pregnant I sometimes felt like my normal daily activities would exhaust me. What I realized was while I was doing “nothing,” I may have grown some lungs or a pancreas for another human!! Definitely reason enough to take it easy 😉
Kristen @ Change of Pace says
Rest while you can! It’s amazing though that all of a sudden you’ll have a ton of energy. Something about that first trimester makes you tired! Love the coconut butter on the rice.
Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) says
I always wonder if I’m doing boiled eggs right. I swear I do something different every time. I will try this one next time. I make Julia’s scrambled eggs and will never do it differently from now on. They are perfect!
I didn’t know you used to do PR, that’s awesome (I do PR for books!)
That really is the ONLY way to do hard boiled eggs. I don’t think I could deal with the shells otherwise, hehe.
Thanks for sharing that recipe. Mine always end up with green yolks so I think that they are overcooked. I’m definitely trying your recipe or Julia’s. 🙂 They looked SOOO delicious!
I’m a long time reader and so excited to learn of your pregnancy, how wonderful!!!
I definitely enjoy a good hard-boiled egg, yummy!
Katie @ Talk Less, Say More says
My sweet tooth seems to be in full swing today – I SO want that cookie…. 😉
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
That’s exactly how I make my hard-boiled eggs! I learned from my dad, so I wonder if he got his method from Julia Child…
[email protected] Flying ONION says
I have been on such an egg kick lately! Yummy. 😀
Congrats! I just had my 2nd baby a few months ago and it definitely is a blessing! I have two awesome girls and wish you just as much joy as they have brought me.
Molly @ RDexposed says
Dietitian confession: I’ve never had a hard boiled egg before. They kinda weird me out! :S
!!! Have you had them all kinds of other ways? They are so convenient!
[email protected] says
Hard boiled eggs other ways? …No. I’ll do eggs every other way though.
I’ve never made hard-boiled eggs, but I LOVE them. Gonna have to give these a try.
Finally now I will boil eggs and have them look as professional as yours, Great plating and photos on this post. Happy weekend!
Hey, if veggies are grossing you out, could you do smoothies with fruits and vegetables? I often throw a handful of baby spinach in with frozen bananas, frozen berries, protein powder, almond milk (I’m allergic to “moo juice”) and sometimes I’ll take a jar of baby food vegetables, like carrots, green beans or squash and pour that into my smoothie with the other frozen fruits. You can’t really taste the veggies with the other stuff in there.
I haven’t because I haven’t wanted to put baby spinach in my grocery cart, but I should be doing this
I adore hard-boiled eggs (acquired taste gleaned from College!). Those are perfect looking beauties. Your lunch in general just looks divine. Love the idea of coconut butter on top!
Just wondering…do you always buy organic eggs? Have never tried them and curious if they taste better??? Thanks…enjoying the blog and your pregnancy updates 🙂
Yes, and I aim for local too. They DO taste better – much more flavor
I was wondering how you are doing with the smell of coffee. I assume you are drinking little to none, but can you even stomach the smell? I looooove coffee but during early pregnancy the smell made me so nauseated. That and any kind of cooking meat, so gross to me . Uurrrrgggg, fresh in my mind like it was yesterday and it was 23 years ago.
Coffee doesn’t bother me! I’ve had it a few times but don’t really make it at home anymore. Actually I smelled it last night at the theater and really wanted some!
Michelle (Better with Berries) says
I do almost the same to hardboil eggs – I think I learned it from Martha Stewart, but maybe she learned from Julia 🙂 I love how it also makes the yolks perfectly yellow!
Hi Kath, i just wanted to thank you. I suffered with anorexia for over a year and upon finding your website I felt reassured to gain weight becaus4 I knew I would become healthy and not “fat” Thank you so much, you seriously saved my life!
That warms my heart. Thanks Brooke
those eggs look great — I LOVE eggs! Do you think that technique would work at high altitude?
I really know nothing about high alt. cooking, but I would think the only difference would be how long it takes for the water to boil
J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says
I used to love watching Sara Moulton’s show wen the Food Network first aired. Brings back memories. 🙂
I make my hard-boiled eggs the exact same way!! Works brilliantly, and peeling is so much easier with older eggs vs. fresh.
Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie says
I love the comfort food inspiration with a healthy twist..cookie included 🙂
I love hard boiled eggs, also afternoon naps, but as a working women, no can do!
Congratulations on your preganancy Kath!
How do green monsters sit with you? Maybe you can use those as a way to get in your veggies!
I should give those a try again
Wow, the texture and color on those yolks is amazing!!
And I love that first shot for the sunny, lit-up orange juice on the dark countertop 🙂
yum! Gonna have to try this technique soon! And now im sooo excited on the seoul subway again if berf is baby kerf!!! Eeeee!;)
I used to bump into Julia when I was first married in Cambridge MA at the market. I was too starry eyed to speak. But she taught me (via Boston PBS) how to make an excellent omelet! Thanks for giving us her method for making hard boiled eggs.
is that really the amount of juice you would pour and drink?
Yeah. The jar is big and the juice is dense.