Poached eggs was probably one of the things that got me started in cooking. I remember cooking lots of poached eggs as a child. Not "real" poached eggs but the kind you make in the little cups. As a kid I remember liking how perfect they looked if you made them right. You had to time it just right so the yolk was runny but the white wasn't. Then I would flip them over on toast and if everything went right they didn't break until you were ready to break them.
Well that was over 30 years ago so I thought it was time to try making poached eggs for real - in boiling water. What better way to use poached eggs than in Eggs Benedict. That way I would get to try out making a Hollandaise sauce too.
How many things can go wrong in one recipe. My first mistake was believing that I could make the Hollandaise sauce ahead of time. The timing is kind of short on Eggs Benedict so I liked the idea of pre-making the Hollandaise. I have fallen for the same make-ahead thing twice when making butter cream frosting and it didn't work either time. It didn't work here either. Making the Hollandaise does take a little while and you need to stir the whole time but it wasn't too hard and this step actually went well. The sauce looked and tasted good. The recipe said I could store it and reheat at 50% in the microwave - stirring every 10 seconds. As soon as it started to get warm the sauce separated and the eggs started to cook - it ended up looking kind of curdled.
I think the bad sauce would have been enough wrong but that wasn't the end. I cooked the English muffins in the broiler and burnt them - not too big of a disaster - I threw some more in and got the next batch right. The eggs ended up over done too - probably because I was so flustered dealing with all the other stuff.
Considering all the issues they didn't taste too bad - you could tell what they were supposed to be at least. I won't make you view any pictures of this one though - it wasn't pretty. I will put this on my list to try again. Give me a month or two to get over it and I will try again and hopefully get it right next time.