If you don't have an egg-poaching pan, you can poach eggs in a fry pan of simmering water.
- 1. In a wide fry pan, bring water, vinegar and salt to a boil, then reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Break an egg into a small bowl and gently slip it into the water.
- 2. In the same manner, add the remaining eggs to the simmering water. Cook until the whites are just set and the yolks look glazed but still liquid, about 3 minutes.
- 3. As each egg is done, lift it from the water with a slotted spoon. Holding the egg gently on a kitchen towel, trim the edges with kitchen shears.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Brunch Entertaining, by Janeen Sarlin (Time-Life Books, 1999).