I'd tried to poach eggs directly in water a few times, using a few different techniques, and never could get them right. Found this the other day and it's amazing - even I can make it work:https://www.seriouseats.com/2013/03/how-to-poach-eggs-easy-way-poached-breakfast-video.html
Also, have only been able to do hollandaise successfully about half the time. This is amazing and traditional chefs won't believe it but even I made it work. Used a small heavy pot directly on the heat and stirred for over 10 minutes. Used combination of fresh lemon and lime juice and a little less butter. It was a little too thick but didn't bother thinning it. It can be kept in frige and warmed the next day.https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2016/04/easy-one-bowl-one-step-hollandaise.html
Here's a pic of my poached egg and the hollandaise. I saw a Julia/Pepin video where she says english muffin too hard to cut so she cut a circle out of regular bread. I used a toasted brioche roll and it was great. Forgot to take pic sooner so messy plate. For the other egg, I used the "pod" method and cooked it a little too long, but this egg was perfectly runny.