6 Different Ways To Cook Eggs

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Eggs are one of the most versatile dishes out there. Poached, baked, scrambled, fried, over-easy, sunny-side-up, there are so many ways to cook and eat eggs that it’s sometimes hard to choose exactly how to have them! Whether cooking up a storm at breakfast or choosing something extra to have with your evening meal, we’re bringing you a definitive guide to the different types of eggs and how to cook them!

How do you like your eggs?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a restaurant at breakfast time, then you’ve more than likely been asked, “how do you like your eggs?” If you don’t have the correct egg lingo at your fingertips, then there’s always the worry that you’ll end up with the wrong eggs! So, here’s our handy guide to 6 different types of eggs, so the next time you’re asked, “How do you like your eggs?” sunny-side-up won’t seem so daunting!

What are the different types of eggs?

Boiled (Hard & Soft) Eggs

Boiled eggs

Cooked in the shell in a pan of boiling water, hard-boiled eggs are completely cooked through, usually in about 10-12 minutes, and are delicious when sliced and served with toast, in a sandwich or added to a salad. Soft boiled eggs are cooked in exactly the same way, with the cooking time halved, so the yolk stays runny. Remember to be generous with the water, otherwise your pan might dry out, or treat yourself to an egg boiler for perfect eggs every time! Toast yourself some soldiers for the perfect dippy-egg dish!

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs

Delicious on toast or as an accompaniment to a full-English breakfast, scrambled eggs are made when the yolk and egg whites are broken and whisked together and hard-scrambled for a drier texture or soft-scrambled for a runnier consistency. Put a pan on medium heat and grease with butter or a little oil. Add the eggs and a splash of milk to the pan and constantly fold the mix throughout the cooking time. Your scrambled eggs should start to take shape after 2-3 minutes. For soft-scrambled, remove them when they look wet but not too runny, and for hard-scrambled, continue cooking. Season and serve with toast!

Another easy way to make scrambled eggs is to use your microwave. Crack two eggs per person into a microwaveable bowl, add a good splash of milk and whisk the mixture together. Pop the bowl in the microwave on full power for two minutes. Remove and stir! If the mix is still runny, keep cooking in 30-second increments until it looks delicious! Easy eggs every time!

Fried Eggs

Fried eggs

Here’s where we start to introduce some egg lingo. There are many different types of eggs to ask for when dealing with fried; they’re like the steak of the egg world! Fried eggs are usually cooked in a frying pan, on medium heat, with a little oil. Crack the egg directly into the pan and cook. Now, time for some egg terminology:

Sunny-side-up describes an egg yolk that’s as bright as the morning sun! These are fried in the pan on one side until the edges of the whites begin to brown. The yolk remains intact and should be runny when pierced.

Over-easy is a sunny-side-up egg that’s been flipped to cook it on both sides. This creates a thin film over the yolk, but it should still have a runny centre. Be careful not to break the yolk when you flip the egg!

Over-medium is cooked in the same way as over-easy eggs, but for longer on each side, so the yolk is much firmer.

Over-hard eggs are fried, flipped and fried again! Cooked through so both the egg-white and yolk ends up hard, they’re the perfect addition to any breakfast sandwich.

Poached Eggs

Poached eggs

With a rise in the popularity of avocado on toast, the poached egg is the comeback king of the egg world and is the perfect choice for brunch. Cooked in a pan of water or in an egg boiler, poached eggs are like soft-boiled eggs cooked without the shell and are a great example of how you can cook eggs without oil. Bring water to the boil before turning it down to a simmer, add a splash of white vinegar to the water, and swirl the water to make a whirlpool. Crack in your eggs and cook for a couple of minutes until the whites begin to firm-up. Remove with a slotted spoon and serve. Poached eggs are super-versatile and delicious served over avocado or as an addition to fish and meat dishes. Season with black pepper for extra-flavouring. 

Baked Eggs

Baked eggs

Baked eggs are absolutely delicious! Cooked in the oven, usually with other ingredients, they’re super-easy to make and even better to taste! Crank your oven up to full temperature, grease some ovenproof ramekins and add your chosen filling (think mushrooms, spinach, meat or whatever takes your fancy!). Crack your eggs on top, season with salt and pepper and bake for roughly 8-10 minutes, or until the white is set but the yolk is still runny. It’s an eggs-cellent quick and easy meal!

Omelettes & Frittatas 

Omelettes

In principle, an omelette and a frittata are the same things. An omelette is folded over like a calzone with all of its delicious ingredients inside, whereas a frittata is served open like an egg pizza! Whisk your eggs in a bowl whilst heating a pan on medium heat. Melt in a little butter, swirl the pan until it’s disappeared, then add the whisked eggs to the pan and tilt it so the runny egg covers the pan’s surface. Cook until the egg has set, then remove the omlette from the pan, add your ingredients to it and fold over. Alternatively, you could fry some ingredients first, then add the egg and cook them all together, folding at the end. For a frittata, fry the ingredients, add the whisked egg to the pan and then place it under a grill for 5 minutes until cooked. There are all kinds of easy frittata and omelette recipes on the BBC Good Food Guide to fill your pan full of delicious inspiration!

How many different ways are there to cook an egg?

There are over 100 ways to cook an egg and they’re a great and inexpensive source of protein, so however you like your eggs, you can be safe in the knowledge that every time you eat one you’re filling your body full of goodness, whether your poach, boil or fry!

How To Keep Warm This Winter

Keeping warm over the winter months is a challenge that everybody knows all too well. Whether you’re working outdoors or you’ve just returned from a crisp walk in the winter sun, it’s hard to know how to get yourself warm again without jumping straight into the bath!  From combatting cold hands to warming up icy room temperatures, we supply the solutions to all of your winter woes here at Neo Direct.

Invest in a soup maker

There’s nothing nicer than returning to a piping hot meal when your toes feel numb, and your stomach is impatiently waiting to be fed. Here at Neo Direct, our soup makers are a great addition to your kitchen. Hassle-free and simple to use, you can enjoy a hearty bowl whenever you want! With multiple settings, you can create a smooth soup or a firm-favourite chunky soup. So whether you want to start healthy eating or are looking for the perfect way to use up your leftovers, our soup makers will keep you feeling warm and fulfilled. Eating healthily will also help you feel warmer, feeding your body with all the nutrients that it needs to feel satisfied for longer. If you’re feeling uninspired when it comes to finding the perfect soup, be sure to read our Soup Recipe blog for new and tasty ideas.

Invest in an instant hot water tap

As the saying goes, a watched pot never boils! After a cold spell, nothing warms you up quite like a piping hot drink. Whether it’s hot chocolate, coffee or tea– it’s perfect for cold hands and is guaranteed to warm you through. With our instant hot water tap here at Neo Direct, you don’t have to wait around for the kettle to boil. The perfect solution for cold days but also busy mornings before work! It’s more important than ever during the winter months to keep your immune system at its best, and with our instant hot water taps, you can make green tea or honey lemon water to keep your vitamin and mineral levels healthy.

Invest in a coffee maker machine

There’s nothing quite like waking up to the smell of coffee, and what better way to start a cold morning than with a piping hot cup? Here at Neo Direct, our coffee maker is the perfect pick-me-up for keeping warm and content this winter. With 6 different functions, you can choose a method which makes your coffee just how you like it. Our coffee maker machine is ideal for a quick and effortless solution to help you feel awake when the weather’s dark and dull. To take your hot drink making to the next level, why not also add a milk frother into your coffee routine which allows you to heat up your milk or create delicious cappuccinos.

Oil-filled Radiators

If you can’t seem to get warm, whether you’re watching the TV or working from home, our oil-filled radiators are a great way to expel some heat into the room. 

What is an oil-filled radiator?

An oil-filled radiator is a convection heater that allows you to warm up your home quickly and easily. If you’re sitting away from your fixed radiator, our oil-filled radiator can be moved effortlessly so that you can keep yourself warm. If you want to stay away from naked flames, an oil-filled radiator is a great substitute as the oil inside the device is heated up instead of being burned. Investing in an oil-filled radiator will preserve and regulate the temperature of your room to make sure you’re kept toasty and warm. If you’re partaking in a project outside in the shed, garage or workshop– an oil-filled radiator is a vital addition to your space to make sure you’re working at a comfortable temperature.

Fire Pit

So, how do you keep warm outside during winter? Throughout the cooler weather, we rarely get out as much as we usually would, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be making the most out of our outdoor space. Although we may not be inclined to sit and relax outside, it can be great fun to get into the garden and enjoy some of the simple things in life. Here at Neo Direct, our fire pits are great for toasting marshmallows or even for a spot of stargazing while you enjoy a hot meal made with your latest soup maker. Fire pits are a great investment for year-round use, ideal for summer BBQs as well as warming us through during the colder weather.

Although these gadgets will help to keep you warm and regulate your temperature, there are some lifestyle changes that you can make to help the process.

Stay active 

It’s sometimes hard to find the motivation to get up and move, especially when the weather isn’t so welcoming, but it will help you to fight off feeling cold. Getting your heart and blood pumping will not only keep you feeling happier and healthier, but it will also improve circulation, which will combat the cold. If you’re working from home, stand up and move around regularly– even if it’s just to the kitchen (make the most out of your new hot water tap!) this will help keep your blood flowing. 

Layer up clothing

If you’re sat at home and aren’t getting up and moving regularly, you’re more likely to feel the cold. Layering up on clothing will help you retain your body temperature and heat. Whether you layer up your attire with a woolly jumper or wear your slipper socks to prevent your toes from getting cold, layering up doesn’t have to mean you forget about style, have fun with the amalgamation of fashion and functionality! 

We hope that this blog has left you feeling inspired on how to keep warm during the winter. It often feels as though the days are dark and long, but there are some inventive and fun ways to keep yourself toasty over the colder months!



We were shortlisted!

Here at Neo Direct, we are thrilled to announce that we were shortlisted for an eBay for Business award. Out of over 1,200 entries, we were fortunate enough to be included in the top 32 applications. We are extremely proud and grateful for the opportunity to take part in the eBay for Business Awards and are excited for our continued success over the next year.

What else have we been up to?

We were recently featured on Radio 4! We joined the conversation about COVID Misinformation, Gift Cards and Heating Gardens to discuss the noticeable shift in demand for our outdoor garden products. We have over 15 years of trading and witnessed huge growth over lockdown which tells us that more people are beginning to view their garden as an extension of their living area. With COVID-19 guidelines suggesting we socially distance outdoors, we have seen a 250% growth in fire pits and over 300% growth in patio and outdoor heaters from the same time last year. If you want to hear more about our Radio 4 interview, you can check out the segment today.

Our favourite soup recipes

best soup recipes

It’s always soup season here at Neo Direct! We’re looking forward to bringing you a fantastic selection of different soup recipes that we know you’re going to love. Soup is a favourite for any meal of the day, whether you’re wanting to warm yourself up or eat something that’s going to keep you full for longer, it’s always a great option.

How to make chicken and sweetcorn soup

Chicken and sweetcorn soup is an old reliable, perfect for batch cooking or family meals; you can whisk it up from scratch in no time.

Ingredients 

  • Chicken carcass
  • 2 onions, diced 
  • 2-4 garlic cloves (depending on preference)
  • Large tin of sweetcorn 
  • 100 grams of pre-cooked and shredded chicken
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 spring onions, using the whites only

Method

Step 1 

Fill up your kettle to the maximum water level and boil. Break up your chicken carcass into a large pan, adding your ⅔ of your garlic and your diced onion. Turn on the heat and cook, regularly stirring, for around 2 minutes. Then, add your 1.5 litres of boiling water, cover, and leave to simmer for another 2 minutes. 

Step 2

Sieve the liquid over a large bowl, you will need roughly 450ml of liquid. Move the onion from the sieve and place it into a blender with ¾ of your sweetcorn, blending until you reach a smooth consistency. 

Step 3

Pour the liquid back into the large pan, adding your blended sweetcorn and onion as well as the remaining sweetcorn, garlic, spring onion and shredded chicken. Simmer this for around 5 minutes, turning off once done. You will then need to add the egg, making sure you stir gently to create what is known as ‘egg thread’. 

Step 4

Season as you see fit with salt and pepper, serve up and enjoy!

How to make chunky vegetable soup

Looking for the perfect way to reduce waste and utilise what’s in your fridge, what better way to do so than making a chunky vegetable soup?

Ingredients

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb chopped
  • 225-250 grams of potato diced
  • 225-250 grams of suede or turnip diced
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 600ml vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped chives for garnishing purposes
  • Oil

Method 

Step 1 

Heat your oil in a frying pan and add your chopped onion, frying until soft. Proceed to add your leek, fennel, potato, swede or turnip and carrot to the mix until they have softened. 

Step 2

Add your bay leaf and stock cube liquid and chopped tomatoes into the pan. Season with salt and pepper as you see necessary and cover to boil. Once your pan reaches the boil, you will need to reduce the heat, simmering until all of your vegetables are soft.

Step 3

Sprinkle your chives over the soup and serve with a delicious chunk of crunchy bread. 

How to make sweet potato and red pepper soup

For something a little different, why not try your hand at making sweet potato and red pepper soup for a satisfying, yet healthy meal alternative?

Ingredients 

  • A whole sweet potato diced
  • 1 red pepper diced without seeds
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, preference dependent 
  • 200ml of vegetable stock cube
  • ½ tablespoon of sriracha sauce 
  • 200ml of coconut milk
  • Oil

Method 

Step 1

Roast your sweet potato, onion, red pepper and garlic in the oven for around 30 minutes, making sure that they’re all evenly coated with oil. If you want to add a smokey undertone to your soup, add a small amount of paprika to the roasted vegetables. 

Step 2

Pour your roasted vegetables into a blender and blitz with your coconut milk, stock and sriracha sauce. Blend until you reach the consistency you want, adding it back into your pan to heat up. Serve and enjoy! 

How to make spicy pumpkin soup

Spicy pumpkin soup is an Autumnal favourite, embracing all things spooky, using the insides of your pumpkin that you don’t need is a great way to minimise waste and create a delicious meal.

Ingredients 

  • 2 diced onions
  • 1kg of  pumpkin – peeled, deseeded and cubed
  • 700ml of vegetable stock
  • 150ml of double cream

Method

Step 1 

Fry your onions in a pan until soft, adding in your pumpkin and fry for another 10 minutes until it turns golden brown.

Step 2

Add your vegetable stock and season as you see fit. Proceed to bring your pan to the boil, after this you will need to simmer your soup until your vegetables are softened.

Step 3 

Add your double cream into the mix and bring your ingredients back to the boil. Add this into your blender and blitz to the consistency you prefer. Serve and enjoy!

Of course, not everybody has time to make soup from scratch – adding endless pots and pans to the washing-up pile isn’t always plausible. However, here at Neo Direct, we may have the perfect solution for you. Our soup makers are great for batch cooking or leaving your soup maker to create dinner while you’re busy elsewhere, so be sure to invest for hassle-free dinner preparation. 




How to relax working from home

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While you lose the hectic commutes and nerve building presentations, working from home does not mean we are exempt from feeling stressed. Working from home brings new stresses like communication breakdowns, unwanted interruptions, and internet problems. Working remotely in the comfort of our own home is not quite as relaxing as we imagine it to be.

Whether your workplace has inforced mandatory remote work, you’re familiar with flexible working or you’re a WFH newbie, you’ll find this guide useful, from reducing stress to creating the right working environment, here at Neo Direct, we’re on hand to provide you with everything you need to know.

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