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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, April 11

Egg rankings!

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Hey, everyone!

I saw a bunch of pictures of myself as a child, and I won’t lie: I posed like I was an influencer back in the day.

Ramble of the Day

A food conversation is always a good idea for this group, I’ve found. I always get enough engagement out of the crowd, which is lovely for me; I really do like chatting with you all. Plus, there’s a weird sort of thrill I get from dropping somewhat controversial food opinions because it ensures a fun spirit of debate. For you, this is probably beside the point, so I’ll just get to it, but I will share that I was inspired by a conversation a few of us had in the comments the other day. It is time to rank my favorite type of eggs!

Before I actually go ahead and rank them, I’ll admit that I feel my egg tastes are somewhat particular. I won’t claim them to be the definitive ranking of the actual best and worst types of egg, and I’ll probably forget some as I do this. I also have a feeling that my opinions might be unpopular, which in this case has me excited to see your response.

Sorry in advance if you’re not an egg lover for the many reasons one wouldn’t be.

  1. The Omelette: My favorite thing about eggs is that it is a base for experimentation of flavor and texture, and I find that omelettes are the best place to experiment with them. For me, that mostly means combining vegetables, seasonings, and sometimes cheeses at the will of whatever’s left in my kitchen. My personal favorite combination is one with mushrooms, spinach, and some goat cheese for some tartness. An omelette has a lot of flexibility, and that’s why it’s at the top of my list.
  2. The Fried Egg: This, too, has a versatility that I love, but my favorite quality about a fried egg is its beautiful simplicity. For this, all I would need is a little bit of pepper while cooking the egg before plopping it on top of a nicely buttered piece of toast. Popping the yolk is a wonderful experience that brings a child-like amazement and joy when I do it, and it works just as well on bread with something like avocado toast underneath it, in a bowl with other vegetables, and occasionally on a sandwich.
  3. Shakshouka: I appreciate it a lot for taking something that I am very picky with in tomato sauce and sticking a lot of flavors that I enjoy in order to create a different type of egg experience — and a different tomato sauce experience.
  4. The Scrambled Egg: Hardly my favorite because I prefer the egg together and in a softer format, but I tend to eat scrambled eggs when available. I’m talking places where the food’s free and the only eggs are scrambled, and because they’re usually combined with cheese, I won’t mind having a bit, and they also taste well when combined with vegetables. I have no particular preference for them, though. (For what it’s worth: Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen likes them.)
  5. The Hard-Boiled Egg: Perhaps my least favorite type of egg, and that’s because I find the experience to be one note. The texture change from the yolk to the egg white is nothing special, if not actively unenjoyable, and it is difficult to play with the taste. The ease in cooking does not make up for the boring taste.

That’s all I got. Please feel free to agree, disagree, or ask questions.

tl;dr: I like some eggs, and I cannot lie.

Links of the Day

AC Milan has been referred to UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body after another possible breach of Financial Fair Play rules.

English non-league side Padiham FC was fined for walking off the pitch after the team’s goalkeeper was being racially abused by opposing fans in October.

Leicester City has been charged by the FA after players crowded around the referee when he awarded a penalty to Huddersfield over the weekend.

Former U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo is the subject of an in-the-works film from the producers of Hacksaw Ridge.

Today’s longer read: Daniel Storey on the experience of the Hajduk Split-Dinamo Zagreb rivalry for the BBC