I remember when my dad had two soft boiled eggs every morning.
He would boil them for just so long, put them in the egg holders and tap the tops off with a butter knife.
He would then eat the soft and watery insides until he had scraped the sides of the shells, removing all the contents of the eggs.
He had a piece of bread which he ate alongside the egg.
My dad still eats bread with just about every meal.
It is very common in this part of the world to eat bread with every meal.
Sad to say, for some, bread is the main meal of the day.
I remember thinking how undercooked my dad’s eggs looked.
Not for me I thought.
My mom had a work around for the soft boiled egg.
She would put the contents of the soft boiled egg in a small bowl, sprinkle it with salt and mix in butter, and all of a sudden what may have looked under done looked and tasted delicious!
I also remember my grandfather and his breakfasts.
My grandmother would go out in the morning to the chicken coop and recover all the fresh eggs.
Two of these eggs would show up on my grandfather’s breakfast tray.
Uncooked and straight from the coop.
He would suck down the raw eggs, followed by an Arabic coffee cup of olive oil.
I remember thinking that this was not what I wanted for breakfast.
I was much happier with my fully boiled, or baked egg.
Much less slimy looking!
But this of course was not the only meal I found a little less than appetizing.
In Jerusalem at my grandfather’s house we had traditional meals.
The whole family would come for lunch, which is the big meal of the day in the Middle East.
There were times when we had intestines, or meat and rice stuffed stomach, or sheep’s heads.
All things I couldn’t bring myself to eat.
There was of course a whole lot of stuff I could bring myself to eat, and it was delicious stuff at that!
But some of it was beyond my comfort zone as a kid.
The other thing I did not like was that again traditionally many families shared a communal water cup at the lunch table.
It was a tin cup full of water that was passed around for everyone to drink out of.
I remember as a kid that this was too much for me!
I would find my own cup.
I guess it was a way for families to share germs, so they could all catch the same diseases!
An awful practice however you look at it.
I can’t help but appreciate the fact that I was exposed to a very traditional time, when things were still done in a very old way.
I’m glad we have moved on, but glad I had a glimpse of how my father and grandfather grew up.
I guess this blog was not a whole lot about the soft boiled egg!
To make the perfect soft boiled egg, place eggs in cold water and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, time 5 minutes, remove eggs and put under cold water.
You will have the perfect soft boiled egg!
Soft Boiled Egg
- Bring water to a boil.
- Once boiling place eggs in water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes depending on how done you want your eggs to be.
- Remove from heat, drain and cool with cold water.
- Scoop out eggs into a bowl.
- Add za'atar.
- Add olive oil, and salt.
- Stir until well incorporated.
- Serve with bread or crackers.