Embracing the tiny, Day 7: One four-minute egg

a hard-boiled egg in a dish

Speaking of eggs, for almost 10 years now, since my Crohn’s onset led me to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, my love for the humble egg has been ardent and, you’ll pardon the pun, unbroken: most every morning I enjoy two of them, almost always scrambled, almost always folded over some kind of cheese and fashioned into something omelet-ish.

Obviously, yesterday’s masterpiece would have been difficult to pull off with either of the main players in an omelet. So why this great (small) change? Because in my travels this winter, I visited an old friend who is rather healthier-minded than I; he made us each a couple of four-minute eggs for breakfast, and—surprise!—they were delightful.*

I have made certain adjustments, as I am wont to do: the addition of a curved dish which shows off the egg to better advantage; the subtraction of one of the eggs. (A lady of a certain age has, as nature well knows, little need of multiple eggs.) But it is almost a perfect breakfast for me now—so much so that I wonder how long I might have been forcing the old one out of habit, out of speed, out of willfulness.

It never ceases to amaze me, the valuable data to be mined in these small spaces, so easily overlooked.


*Which, now that I think of it, some other dear friends who hosted me in Portland a few years back also made for me, and which I loved back then, as well. I guess it takes me a while to wake up to things. No pun intended.


This is Day 7 of a 21-day series. For more scoop on the who/what/why, go here.


    1. THANK YOU, Charles!

      While I have been enjoying experimenting with the photos for experimentation’s sake, it’s enormously gratifying to hear they’re getting better. I really appreciate the feedback.

  1. Noticing the delight of “something different”, and “willingness to alter a habit” are 2 entirely different beasts, aren’t they?
    How does a “four-minute egg” eat? Is it still runny in the center, or almost hard-boiled? ~ Don’t think I’ve ever had one…

    Happy Monday, my friend! K

    1. As my friend who first made them for me says, “It depends.” And it does—on how furious a boil you’ve got going, how quickly you cool it down after, etc.

      They aren’t as runny as an “easy” egg but they stop far short of the chalky, pale yellow of really hard-boiled. Some days are runnier than others!

  2. I have to lose weight to counter the effects of too much Prednisone over the last few years.3 minute eggs and green beans were a favorite for me.Amazing how one doesn’t miss potatoes,sausage etc;eggs have a way of just being perfect that few other foods can match.Photos are excellent.And another great post.TY!

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