If you want to make a good impression the morning after, learn to make these sexy-soft eggs in your new friend’s kitchen.
Cowboy Curtis: Uh, size 12, double E.
Pee-wee: Boy, big feet.
Cowboy Curtis: Well, ya know what they say.
Pee-wee: No. What?
Cowboy Curtis: For big feet, big boots!
I imagine most of you entitled snots were sitting on the floor in diapers with a piece of Zwieback sticking out of your drooling little mouth when this episode of Pee Wee’s Playhouse aired back in November of 1986. I was in bed with a hangover and a woman old enough to be your mother. Not my mother. Your mother.
That’s what some of your parents were doing in 1986. Laying in bed nursing hangovers and watching Pee Wee and Cowboy Curtis talk about wieners and big feet. I wonder how many obnoxious style bloggers were conceived during this episode? My spark was squeezed out while Jonathan Winters did ‘Boys of Spring’ on Jack Paar.
It’s Saturday or Sunday morning. Hell, it can be Monday morning if you’re highly evolved. You wake up with a throbbing head next to last night’s first date. And lets say you wanna stay. It happens. You not only wanna stay … you want to make an impression. Especially if you didn’t do so well last night. It happens … to you. Not to me.
Oeufs en Cocotte, my friend. It sounds (ee-noof en coe-kot) a helluva lot better than pancakes and bacon and it’s a whole lot easier to make. Ask your host if they have any ramekins. Most women and all gay men have at least two. Four is better. Then tell them to go back to sleep.
Crack one egg over whatever you placed in the bottom of the ramekin and place the ramekins in a sauce pan of boiling water. Mark Bittman leaves the boiling water out. Why? Because his cook books suck, that’s why. You gotta have the boiling water step or, if you just stick the ramekins in an oven, you’re gonna get oeufs en cocotte hard as a hockey puck. It happens … especially to Mark Bittman
Transfer the ramekins in boiling water to a 400 degree oven and set your timer for 8-10 minutes. The real luxury here is the softness of the eggs. Sexy is a good word. I recommend taking a tray of ramekins back to bed and presenting them to your new best friend, perhaps with a warm blowy whisper in their ear, “ee-noof en ko-kot.” You can explain what cocotte means afterwards.