To the music of “These are a few of my favorite things” – and with apologies to Maria! – let’s all sing together:
Soufflés & Quiches, Omelets & Crepes
Clafoutis, Flans, and Croque-Madames
Waffles & Cremes, Meringue & Mousse
Not to mention sunnyside up
Custard & Ice, and Devil & Neige
Angel Food Cake
Steamed bread pudding and lemon pound cake
These are a few of my favorite things.
Somewhere along the line, eggs got a bad rap. Too much fat! Too much cholesterol! This from people who did not blink an eye about recommending margarine and other wholly unnatural man-made white fats. And then thanks to the horrors of factory farming where hundred of thousands of hens are crammed together, fed junk, and forced to lay continuously, salmonella scares have further discourage the eating of eggs. But of course! Anything produced in factory “farms” conditions is going to be less than wholesome.
But a pastured flock has access to a varied diet of grass, weeds, bugs; enjoy sunshine & fresh air; range and do what chicken naturally do (scratch, run, take dust baths etc). Those eggs are truly an amazing food, a power house of protein, minerals, vitamin and oligo elements – delicious and nutritious.
In my area, eggs from pastured hens sell vary from $4.25 to $5.75 a dozen, generally depending on whether the grain rations are GMO-free or organic, or soy-free. At 2 oz per egg extra-large), that’s 24 oz or 1.5 lb per dozen – or $2.83 to$ 3.83 per pound – a pretty good deal!
Besides, consider that chicken lay unfertilized eggs while wild birds lay eggs only after mating. Does that give us an indication of how long the relationship between chicken and humankind is?
So… need some egg ideas?
IDEAS FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR LIGHT DINNER
Strata, aka savory bread pudding, here with roasted pepper, slow cooked onions & spinach
Souffles – here corn grits souffle
IDEAS FOR LUNCH OR DINNER
Everyone like deviled eggs! Here’s my recipe.
Vegetable, buckwheat noodle & egg stir-fry
Sunnyside eggs anytime – that’s the ultimate fast food!
Sunnyside eggs, chayote shoots, rice & spicy zucchini rougail
Sunnyside eggs with a summer salad of purslane, blue potatoes & cherry tomatoes
Spring omelette with asparagus & morelles
IDEAS FOR DESSERT
While many desserts include eggs, some rely almost exclusively on eggs, including these:
Baked custard. I vary the sweeteners, often using honey, as well as the flavoring: almond extract, fennel seeds, orange oil are flavors I often use (but vanilla bean is the most frequent)
Fruit curd, including lemon curd are good on toast, mixed with plain yogurt, as cake filling, or as a base in a fruit tart. Add whipped cream and/or whipped egg whites and you’ve got lemon mousse.
Meringue & passion fruit curd… and also pavlovas
Meringues with passion fruit curd (lemon curs or any kind of curd works too)
Early Summer Pavlova with rhubarb curd
Spicy Chocolate Custard.