Seriously. My Blessed Granny would bring the water to a boil, carefully put the eggs in, then boil them for an indeterminate length of time - depending on what was on TV, and how many Martinis she’d had. The eggs would always crack and leak, and they’d be all rubbery and farty-tasting when she made egg-salad sandwiches.
My mum never boiled a single egg that I can recall.
I just asked my wife. Here’s the exchange…
Me: Honey? How do you hard-boil eggs?
Me: Um. Ahem. How do you hard-boil eggs?
Her: Oh. Sorry. I though you said ‘Why didn’t you hard-boil the eggs?’ (My wife often speaks in Italics)
Me: How do you hard-boil eggs?
Her: You just put them in the water and boil them!
Me: Yes, but for how long?
Her: What?!? I don’t know!! (See!?)
Me: Never mind.
You get the idea. So how do I accomplish this seemingly simple task? I tried to google it, but in the Cooking Community it seems to be assumed that everyone knows how to boil a damned egg.
Everyone but me, at least.