By Safiya Young
“Which came first,
The chicken or the egg?
I ate the chicken,
And then I ate its leg.”
If you like music and fancy cooking something at home (using only eggs), why not check ch-check check check out this recipe from the Beastie Boys? Hip Hop and humour; so what’ cha what’cha what’cha waiting for?
“Egg on egg on egg on egg with egg garnish. But you can do it because you’re the Egg Man,
• Make this with a dozen eggs
(6 for the omelettes and 6 for the fried)
• Plus 2 more for
the hard-boiled yolk
• ¼ cup milk
• Salt and pepper,
• Olive oil,
• Box of sea urchin uni,
• Tin of caviar or a jar of salmon eggs (ikura).
First, hard-boil 2 eggs in boiling water for 10 minutes, then cool completely, peel and remove the hard yolk, and run the yolk through a strainer or a sieve to get powdered yolk. Now whisk 6 eggs with ¼ cup of milk and season heavily with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick large pan to low-medium and dab in some olive oil and a couple knobs of butter. Pour in the eggs and shake and swirl. Then use a rubber spatula to keep shaking till it’s a soft scramble. Then let it set for a second, fold it over into an omelette, and put on a large plate. Now wipe that pan and add a touch of olive oil and butter again and crack the other 6 eggs in and cook them sunny-side up. Shingle each egg on top of the omelette in a row. Now layer the uni and dollops of fish eggs on top of the eggs. Then garnish the whole thing with the powdered egg yolk. Boom.”
• Extract taken from Beastie Boys Book page 435 (Egg Man recipe)
By Adam Horovitz, Michael Diamond with chef Roy Choi.
Published by Faber & Faber Ltd, Bloomsbury house.
• Available from most good bookshops and free as an audio book from the library app.
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