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These duck eggs / make my blood boil.

HOW useless can some people be? I read that one in 10 Britons cannot boil an egg.

I mean, come on. That's like saying you can't boil water to make a cup of tea.

It is easy to boil an egg, either by timing it as soon as the water begins to bubble, or, the even easier way, by putting a temperature-sensitive timer in the pan with the egg.

The timer changes colour as the water boils and lets you choose light, medium or well boiled.

I learnt to cook from necessity. Years ago, before I was married, I lived in a flat in Durham City when, as most of my money was saved for essentials such as Newcastle Brown Ale, I created a meatless stew that kept starvation at bay.

Later, when I had the money, I devised my legendary Big Boys Breakfast that came with a side order of my home made chili tomato sauce that became famous with every student my daughters brought home from university.

I have received requests for the recipe of the chili sauce from as far afield as the USA and China. And some people can't boil an egg? Dipsticks, I thought, as I buttered my bread and read the paper waiting for my egg to boil. Only to realise I had forgotten to drop in the temperature-sensitive timer.

Whoops! I must be one of the 10%.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2014
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