This, my friends, is what happens when you oblige one rather too-cooped-up mother to stay inside one day too many.
It was a rather long winter and start to spring. Long and sick with various children taking turns at being unwell. Tummy aches, colds, asthma attacks, the lot. Inevitably none at the same time, which of course lessens the burden at the moment, but does drag things out a bit more.
And today, fresh back from our lovely outdoor air holidays, we have fallen back into our old habits and I've once again been stuck at home with a child and a tummy ache. This following Tuesday at home with an overtired toddler and Wednesday running to various activities as there is no school for primary children in France on Wednesdays (yes, you must be born in France to understand and deal with this). It's all a bit too much to bear really!
And so today, out of complete and utter desperation, was born The Great Poached Egg Race. Take one stir-crazy mother in France, add her friend in England who is in silent competition with her mother over who makes the best poached egg, a phone call, two saucepans of boiling water, a bit of vinegar, two eggs and we were off!
Want to join in? We'd love to have you in our quest to find the perfect recipe for poaching eggs. If you're interested, all you have to do is send in a photo of your poached egg. Poach it however you'd like, but you must be honest and only send in a photo of your first attempt. Repoaching is strictly forbidden! You may also include details of your secret poaching methods, any little tricks you may have up your apron.
We can then vote on whose poached egg looks the best and hopefully the winner will share his or her secret and help us all along in our quest for perfect poaching.
And maybe at some point before then I'll have come back to my senses!