The other day I was talking to my sister Sand.r.a on the phone and I told her the temperature on our terrace in Malta had risen to an eye-melting 55°C. She immediately said, “Why don’t you try frying an egg on it?” Yes, it is strange how some people’s minds work.
But, having been given the challenge, how could I resist? So here is my guide to frying an egg on a terrace when the temperature in the sun reaches 55°C.
1. Put a small frying pan in the sun on the terrace to heat up. Do lots of jumping up and down shouting, “Ow, ow, ow,” as your bare feet get burned by the hot tiles.
2. Buy an egg.
3. Carefully crack the egg into a small bowl. We don’t want any broken yolks here.
4. Tip the egg into the hot frying pan. Do lots more jumping up and down shouting, “Ow, ow, ow,” as your feet get burned by the hot tiles again.
5. Take a photo after one hour of the still almost-raw egg. (And yes, do the, “Ow, ow, ow,” thing again.)
6. Keep an eye out to make sure a passing lizard doesn’t eat it.
7. After three hours put on your flip-flops and take another photo to show that the yolk has split and the white has partly cooked.
8. Eat it, dash to the toilet, and whatever you do, do not take any more photos.
9. Take your sister off speed dial.