Saturday, April 18, 2009

The difference between a scientist and a creative writer...

There we are, standing together by the stove, watching an egg fry. It's inside a metal ring placed on the flat base of the frying pan.

Some air has got under the egg and it expands, making the egg bubble up from underneath; it heaves and shivers, swells and shrinks, then swells some more, creating its own rhythm, bom -di-di- bom -di-di- bom... The runny white spills over the edge of the ring and trickles down into the pan in runnels, where it solidifies.

Like an active volcano, I think. And look at those patterns made as the egg cooks. You can see through the clear part of the uncooked white to the cooked bits underneath...that's neat...

I look at my husband, wondering how to express the fascination of taking time to watch such an ordinary, everyday thing.

"Interesting, isn't it," he says, "how the different proteins cook at different rates. The coagulation denaturation time is governed by -"

Sigh.

5 comments:

Satima Flavell said...

They just don't think like us, do they?:-)

Lost Wanderer said...

It is the kind of thing that would happen with me and my husband.

Jo said...

Now I'm fascinated by the idea of frying an egg inside a ring. But then I mostly think cooking. I just chuck an egg into a non stick pan, never thought of a ring which is what they do in some restaurants I know.

Peter said...

Diversity of thought is a good thing. It explores all possibilities and prevents us forming tunnel vision.

P.S. I too cook my eggs in a ring.

Imagine me said...

Ah yes. That sort of thing happens all the time around here. Not that I let that stop me encouraging them to look beyond the obvious, though.