Breakfast in Bed with Hearts, Eggs and Crumpets!
A Valentine’s Day Preview of Gadgets & Food
I am not a huge lover of Valentine’s day in the overtly commercial sense, but the frivolous and coquettish girl in me does love a kitsch gadget or too, so when I was sent an Eggspress heart-shaped boiled egg mould, to review from Mustard Gifts (and giveaway, more about that later) I was intrigued and I admit I wanted to play! It’s not that I am an unromantic soul, although I do admit to becoming less romantic as the years pass by, it’s just that I hate all the cheesy commercialism that surrounds the day of love and some of it makes me cringe, quite frankly. However, I DO love a bit of kitsch cooking, and heart-shaped boiled eggs, as well as heart-shaped crumpets or anything else slightly amusing in the food line makes me smile and does find its way to my table of edible passion.
So, how did the egg mould hold up? Well, as you can see from my breakfast photos, I DID get a heart-shaped egg, although not as pronounced as the ones shown on the packaging. I used a medium free-range egg, courtesy of Mavis one of my free-range hens, and it was slightly too large for the mould, and oozed out as I pressed it in. First tip, only use small eggs! I left it in the water for the designated 10 minutes and I was rewarded with a heart-ish shaped boiled egg, as you can see…….
……but, my egg was just too big for the mould and as you can see, and the yolk nearly touched the edge of the heart shape. The procedure was easy, just hard boil your egg, peel it and then add it to the mould before allowing to soak in cold water for ten minutes. I think that if you were planning on a large passionate breakfast, filled with heart-shaped eggs, than one mould would be tricky as it would take you an hour to make six “lovey-dovey” eggs! However, it is a quirky little gadget and it’s fun. It costs £5, which is comparable Lakeland prices, and seems fairly hard-wearing, if you are planning to make lots of them. I served my boiled egg with a rather large heart-shaped crumpet – a packet of 4 cost me £1 from Asda, and each crumpet is equivalent to one and half normal shaped ones. There are a 143 calories per crumpet and with some very low-fat spread and a small egg, that means if you are on a fast day (for the 5:2 diet) on Valentine’s Day, and want to join in, than this breakfast, brunch or tea works out to 200 calories, so not bad at all! (143 calories + 51 calories for a small egg + 6 calories for a scant amount of low-fat spread)
I also have a Tala Heart-Shaped mini cake tin to try out, please pop back for the recipe for that later, and some fried egg shapers to try too…..things are going to get steamy in the Lavender and Lovage kitchen! Last year I posted three Valentine’s Day related articles, with recipes, and if you need more heart-felt culinary inspiration then please take a look at them below.
I hope you all have the Valentine’s Day you wish for, me, I will be in for the evening with a bottle of wine and a nice meal that I am cooking…….with a log fire, candles maybe and probably in my pyjamas too! I have TWO of these nifty little heart-shaped egg moulds to give away and you just need to enter by leaving a comment below! As it is Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I am suggesting that these might be a nice way to serve eggs to your mum on mother’s day this year, and so I am leaving the contest up for 2 weeks…….after all, a heart is for always and NOT just for Valentine’s Day! Karen
Disclaimer: I was sent an Eggspress Boiled Egg Heart Shaped Mould to review free of charge, as well as two to offer as a prize. All opinions are my own.
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