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The Egg Whisperers: Three Chefs on How to Perfectly Cook an Egg

POACHED: Chef Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole

“I’m a nut about eggs,” says Jew. “I haven’t let anyone else cook them for brunch at the restaurant yet.”

1. Jew starts with a wide shallow pot, filled halfway with water and seasoned with salt. When the water is hot enough that it almost comes to a boil (but doesn’t), he cracks an egg into a ramekin before dropping it ever so gently into the water.

2. When the egg white looks opaque, Jew pokes it with his finger to “make sure it’s still jiggly and squishy” and removes it with a slotted spoon that’s “smooth and gentle on the egg.”

3. Jew recommends poaching eggs ahead of time and keeping them on ice. For dinner, he likes to heat them up in kale soup made with bacon and served with a big piece of grilled toast and a shaving of pecorino.

Flowers Make the Plate

Remember micro-herbs? About two years ago miniscule strains of cilantro and basil were sprouting up on the most progressive menus around town. "Now the movement is towards more of a modern naturalism," says Ravi Kapur of Prospect. He's talking about flowers. Edible petals, blossoms, sprays and shoots are sprouting up everywhere.

They might look rare, but some of these blooms are about as easy to find around town as rosemary. David Barzelay of the Lazy Bear underground restaurant sees the current uptick as a result of our ever-tightening bond with local farmers coupled with chefs' growing desire to get out in the field and forage for themselves. Here's a handy guide to the most popular edible blooms of San Francsico and where to find them. 

Market Watch: Honey Time At The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The market will be all abuzz this Saturday as we celebrate the hard work of the bees at the Honey Festival. From 10 am until 1 pm Marshall’s Farm Natural Honey’s Helene Marshall will be manning our Ask the Beekeeper Booth to answer questions about honey production, hives and beekeeping. She’ll also have samples of some of her favorite varieties of honey available from Marshall’s Farm and culinary tips for using honey.

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