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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A reader writes ...


Dr Ferris is shown here in a curious pose in 1980, with threadbare parts of Mr Boden in the background. I can only assume my finger slipped on the camera: I can't recall a particular interest in backsides or blue jeans that would otherwise account for this picture.

Dr F. muses: "Now that October is here, I wonder if Crickley Hill Man has selected a new photo candidate for his hugely implausible blog feature 'Doppelganger of the Month'? Would it not also be apposite to instigate a 'Catering Tip of the Week' feature, to pass on vital cooking tips learned at Leith's each week to C-H-M's avid but often hungry readers?"

'Doppleganger of the Month' is scheduled for publication tomorrow so Dr Ferris will have to possess his soul in patience. But I hope I can provide some culinary satisfaction while Dr Ferris hangs upon his tenterhooks ...

C-H-M's first catering tip of the week relates to poached eggs: if you have ever wondered how people manage to turn out huge numbers of poached eggs in short order in the morning, the answer is this. Work out how many eggs you think you'll need during breakfast in the morning: poach them the night before for 3 minutes each, fish them out and plunge them into very cold water. Trim them so they look neat and then store them overnight in the fridge in a tub of cold water with the lid on. When you need to turn them out in quick succession in the morning they only need a minute in boiling water before they can be served to your hungry audience. Perfect. Oh, and don't put vinegar in the water. [Will this do? Ed.]

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