I’ve had several questions about the eggs on top of the lobster steamer in the post below. I’ll tell how it was explained to me.
The eggs are there as a timer. They let you know when everything is done. The cook lets everything cook for a reasonable amount of time. Then, he peels back a bit of the covering foil and pulls an egg out. He breaks it over a bucket and if it is just hardboiled the cooking is complete. It’s an Egg Timer! In this shot, you can see the opening that the egg is pulled from.
I’ll crop that for better detail. Not bad for an unprocessed point and shoot working through steam.
Here is another shot showing how the whole pile is organized.
The potatoes are on the bottom. The mesh bag on the left directly under the eggs is filled with mussels and the one in the corner on the right is filled with clams. The lobsters go on next, then the corn, top with eggs and cover it up with foil. Then you just wait ’til the egg yolks are just hard.