pregnancy craving . . . egg salad.
Not my usual fare, I have to admit. But you know, as much as I love ethnic, organic and gourmet-type foods, I also really like simple things such as fried chicken, meat loaf and egg salad. Three things I hardly make at home (actually, I’ve never made meat loaf – husband doesn’t like it. I love the stuff!). So yeah, egg salad.
The other night, I was taking inventory of the food we had in the fridge and freezer. I’ve done pretty well (if I do say so myself) in cooking meals ahead of time, on the weekends, and freezing them. Working all day, 40+ hours a week at times, and being 27 weeks pregnant tires a woman out! But with my frozen meals, I just have to take out a tupperware or freezer bag, let it defrost in the fridge all day and voila, dinner is ready to be heated. I had most of our meals for the week already cooked and frozen so I just need to make one more meal and snacks for the next 5 days. I made quite a few versions of fudge babies (posted the other day) and made a batch of chocolate quinoa bars (found a recipe from this blog). I wondered what else I should make and I thought, why not make some hard boiled eggs? Quick snack to go with an apple or some crackers. I’m easy to please! And since I would be making hard boiled eggs, why not make egg salad? Ahhh, pregnancy. Ever since I thought of making egg salad (mmmm, egg salad sandwich), that’s all I’ve been thinking about! Darn craving!
As the norm for me, I searched online for a good recipe. Found one on allrecipes.com (one of my favorite food websites) and gave it a try. Verdict? It was really good, for a very simple recipe! I’ll be making this one again, as my go-to base recipe for egg salad. Husband’s verdict? He won’t touch the stuff, I’m afraid. He is NOT a fan of egg salad or chicken salad or tuna salad (what’s wrong with him?!). I don’t think I can ever convert the guy. Anyways, check out the recipe here – I didn’t change anything about it except for omitting the green onions and only making 1 serving of this. I made it tonight, tried a bit of it on a piece of end toast and it was so good! I have some left for a small sandwich tomorrow. Yum!
Okay, so it’s not the prettiest picture. But it’s so good!
Oh, two cooking tips I just learned.
#1 – I finally found the perfect way to make hard boiled eggs! Thank you, Elise at Simply Recipes. Finally a method of cooking eggs that works for me. I’ve tried other methods (like my father-in-law’s way and a whole host of other ones) but I’ve never produced perfect hard boiled eggs. I won’t blame the methods. Let’s chalk it up to user error. But in my search for an egg salad recipe, I found Elise’s way of cooking hard boiled eggs. It takes a while but it’s definitely worth it.
#2 – if you DO stick an unlit (of course, people) matchstick in between your teeth while chopping/slicing onions, your eyes will NOT water. I first heard of this trick from the movie “The Help”. Every time I chop onions, it’s such an ordeal (eyes watering, eyes burning!) so I thought I’d try it. It worked! I looked pretty silly but as long as my eyes weren’t burning from the onions, I’m okay with that.
Have a good rest of the week!