Saturday, November 17, 2012

Eggies - the good the bad and the ugly.

Hey all. I am having a party this weekend for Lia Sophia jewelery. I am pretty excited it should be a good time! One of the things I am serving is egg salad sandwiches. I thought to myself, what a perfect opportunity to try out those Eggies I bought a couple months ago and never used! For starters, I am not the best boiled egg peeler. Also, I HATE eggshell surprises in my egg salad. So I thought I'd give it a try. The Eggies are pretty straight forward, you coat them with oil, assemble them and then pour an egg. You then put the lid on and set them in the pan where they float and boil. So I followed the directions thoroughly coating the Eggies with oil and setting them into the water. So here it is, the good the bad and the ugly. 

The Good

The good thing about Eggies is you will never have a shell problem. Also, you do have a flat side of the egg if you are going for a certain presentation. Finally, the Eggies are dishwasher safe for clean up. This is really all I can think of as bonuses. 

The Bad

After experiencing the Eggies first hand I can think of several down sides. For starters, if you buy them at the store as I did you only get 6 in a box. So you can only do 6 eggs at a time. Also, the assembly is tedious. Each Eggie has four parts that need to be oiled and assembled. Probably the worst part of the Eggies themselves that I found was that they were poor quality. Lets be real, these are little plastic pieces that are cheaply made. Two of my Eggies came apart and would not screw together tightly.

The Ugly

My eggs did not turn out pretty at all as shown in the perfect deviled eggs pictures. First, two of the eggs never made it past 2 minutes because they popped apart in the pan and caused a mess . Below is what it looked like.

Eggies - The Ugly
When I did take the survivors out of the pan and let them cool the problems continued. The first thing I noticed was that there was water on the top of the egg. The eggs were watery in spots. When I went to removed the Eggs they didn't slide out easily as I expected. They had to be smacked out or taken out with a spoon. Then the eggs also weren't smooth and pretty. The eggs looked similar to eggs that obviously were hard to peel. 


Needless to say, after one batch of the Eggies I decided to do my eggs the old fashion way. However, if you already bought some, or really want to try them out I have some tips from trial and error. First, screw the rings on as tight as you can to prevent them from popping open. Second, use a cooking spray and really coat the Eggies so they don't stick. Finally, add a little vinegar to your water. If the Eggies do come open you wont have egg everywhere and the eggs will stay a little tighter.

If you have other tips or a better experience please share it with us in the comments! As for me, I'm taking my broken Eggies back to the store!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Spa Water

So, for my first real post I decided to talk about spa water. Spa water is all the rage these days. People are trying to lose weight, cut back on soda, stay healthier and so on. The spa water trend is interesting as most of us have had it in some fashion before and not even known it. Ever had water with lemon at a restaurant? That is spa water at its simplest. Spa water is simply fruit and or herb infused water. That said, the best rule of thumb for spa water is to keep it simple! Below I will discuss some of the benefits of infused water or spa water, the fruit , the herbs, the needed/useful tools and  my personal favorite combination.

Benefits of Spa Water

The benefits of spa water vary with the ingredients used. Some of the benefits can include; digestion aid, detox/cleansing, urinary tract health, and many other vitamins and nutrients. Some of the overall benefits to spa water (when switching from soda) are weightloss, decrease in sugar intake, and better hydration.


Digestive Aids:

  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Apples (due to fiber)
  • Lemon

Detox / Cleansing

  • Berries ( most berries have antioxidants)
  • Pomegranate
  • Cranberries (urinary tract)

Other Vitamins and Nutrients

  • Citrus is high in vitamin C
  • Orange-fleshed are a source of beta carotene
  • Watermelon is an  source of lycopene
  • Pit fruits such as nectarines, plums and cherries contain potassium, vitamin C and sometimes beta carotene.
For addition information on benefits of fruits visit

The Fruits:

When picking fruit think of any fruit you would like to drink in another format. Do you like orange juice ? Oranges would be great! Are your favorite fruits a peach? Throw some in your water. Most fruits work well in infused waters. Stay away from bananas they turn to mush and do not give your water much flavor. For sweeter water choose sweeter fruits as your water will have no added sugars. You may ask, fresh or frozen. When fresh fruit is in season I tend to stick with that. However, if you want some blackberries in your water while they are out of season, going with the frozen will give you a better end result. Frozen fruits are picked at an ideal time and frozen immediately so they are often in pique condition. In the end you can use either. Some fruit options to consider are; any and all citrus, any and all berries, melon, apples, kiwi, pineapple and many others.

The Herbs:

On the same line with herbs you can use anything you want. I will provide some examples of combinations below but most of what I have found is simple trial and error. Also, if you don't care for an herb in cooking don't use it in your water! Herbs can release a very strong flavor so also test out quantity. When using herbs in your water go for fresh herbs, dry doesn't so much and also is harder to strain out. You can either use full sprigs or pull the leaves off and only put in leaves that is up to your preference again. Some options you can try out are rosemary, mint, sage, and thyme.

The Tools:

There are several tools that will help in making your spa water. There are even more expensive and specialised tools if you get really into it. The bottom line is that you really only need a glass or pitcher, some fruit, a knife to cut it with and maybe a spoon to mash it. Beyond the basics are an infusing pitcher, muddle, blender or personalized infusion bottles. An infusing pitcher is a pitcher to put your water in with a specialized section for fruit and herbs that has a straining quality. A muddle is a long handled tool meant to crush and release the flavor of your fruits and herbs ( a spoon works too ). Some people prefer to blend their fruits down in order to consume the pulp so a blender would come in handy. Finally a personal infusion bottle is the same as a pitcher but is personalized and small enough for on the go use. I have pictured the muddle, the infusion pitcher and the personal infusion bottle below.

How to make spa water:

Choose your fruit and herb combinations, muddle or mash to desired consistancy with a spoon or muddler. You can add as much fruit and herbs as you like. I tend to go with about 2 cups of fruit and a sprig or so for a whole pitcher. When I am making a single glass I just visualize it. Remember the intensity of the fruits and herbs you are adding! Then add water and ice if desired. Ice on the top of your infused water can help strain your infusions when you poor. These waters look and taste great! Below are some of my favorite combinations.

Watermelon and mint - great for summer
Blackberry and sage - I love this for fall or summer its very earthy tasting.
Strawberry ginger - This is my go to for a sweet water.
Cucumber lime - It doesnt get any more clean and refreshing than this!

Please feel free to comment and let me know your favorite spa water creations! If you have any questions regarding spa water, the tools or specific combinations ill be sure to answer any comments!

Hello World!

My name is Samantha. I am a hobby cook and self proclaimed foodie. I love to cook for family and friends. I enjoy trying new recipes out. I am starting a blog to share my experiences in cooking, shopping, recipe writing etc. A little more about me! I am in my 20s. I am engaged and getting married next September! I work from home for a great fashion retailer. My favorite food is anything with cheese and tomato sauce! What do you have to look forward to? A blog with great and not so great recipes. I plan to share the good, the bad and the ugly. You can look forward to pictures, details, and hopefully some video. Hopefully I get a chance to review not only recipes but food brands, products, cooking utensils etc. Overall I cant wait to get started and I hope that my blog is useful to many. I will try my hardest to put instructions in a way even the most novice cook can understand. However, if there is ever anything that you don’t understand please feel free to leave me a comment. My goal is for this to be a popular interactive blog. Now lets get cooking!