It's just the kind of random thing that speaks to me. Eggs shaped like pigs had never occurred to me before, but it seemed like a good idea. An attainable idea. And it was $1.99, which was perfect with the eggs I bought on sale for $0.99.
There were no instructions, so I googled it. No help (and, because Google couldn't help me, I expected the sky to darken and heavens to fall). Then I gathered my courage and proceeded with the classic egg-frying setup.
No, I haven't ironed that cloth recently (or ever). Why do you ask?
I preheated my pan to medium-high, sprayed it liberally with cooking spray, and dropped in my pig mold.
I hesitated to crack my eggs directly into piggy, so instead I cracked them in a bowl first. I felt very organized and mature. And then I looked at the eggs still whole, in the bowl, next to the shells. And I thought, Let this be a lesson to you, eggs.
Then the seepage stopped, and I relaxed. And turned the heat down to medium low.
Except lord over its eggshell kingdom.
Yes, I know. I have bad lighting and wrinkly cloths. Luckily for me, I also have this. I thought it was a pig egg, but if it's upside down, it's a smiley face.
I left it a couple of minutes, and out it came, all cooked and kind of over-easy- perfect. How serendipitous.
Some salt and pepper later, I transferred it to a plate. At that point I began wondering how I would get this pig-shaped egg outta the pig-shaped mold.
And then it came to me...
Actually, I'm sure not. But it worked. All I needed was something to carefully loosen the egg from the sides, and the mold came free.
After a quick trim of the seepage, it was a perfect piggy! Hooray! Paired with toast and garnished with the mystery pig device (drink stirrer? yolk popper?) this is a fun breakfast. Paired with bacon, an ironic meal.
The verdict: piggy is simple to use and made cooking eggs really fun.
If you had more reasonable expectations of piggy and cooked only one egg at a time, or you're freaky enough not to be disgusted by slimy whites, you could probably skip the broiler step. As a bonus in the one-egg setup, your upside down piggy/smiley face would be a cyclops.
I'll probably run back to World Market and get more molds to speed up cooking for a crowd. And by "a crowd" I mean Beep, who can mow down eggs like it's the last day on earth for chickens.
I hear you can use silicone molds for pancakes, which has further appeal for pork-pairing possibilities.
P.S. If you can figure out what the pig poker is, let me know.