poaching is a lot simple than people think. Just drop an egg into boiling water and youâ€(tm)ll have a poached egg. Of course, you can also add seasonings to the hot water to make the egg more interesting.
To cook foods gently in a liquid with the temperature of the liquid is just before the boiling point of the liquid. This process is used to preserve both the delicate flavor of food and to impart some of the flavors of the liquid into the food. Different foods require different times and temperatures of the liquid. Fish is usually poached in stock, eggs in light salt water and fruits in sugar syrup.