What to do with Eggs – part 1

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With Easter just around the corner, eggs are everywhere, eggs made of chocolate, marzipan, jelly beans so in celebration of the humble eggs that are  laid every morning by my beautiful girls – Lets talk.

Eggs are so simple to use, to make a simple supper, they make wonderful cakes, take them on picnics – they come pre wrapped!  not to mention they are also good for you.

Some eggy facts:

Did you know that eggs are high in

  • Vitamin D and vitamin K – helping to give us healthy bones
  • Selenium – this acts as an antioxidant against free radicals that damage our DNA, it is used to fight against cancer, heart disease and even aging, it can also help fight viral infections and promote healthy liver function
  • Choline – helping to promote healthy brain and kidney function

Some eggs are brown, some are white, some have speckles they are all the same, thay all have the same goodness just from different hens on different days. I just love having different colours and designs in my egg basket it looks so lovely, each one an individual.

and as if all that wasn’t eneough they also taste wonderful.

Different types of eggs

  • Duck eggs, tend to be richer and larger than the hen egg but absolutely fantastic  for cakes, omlettes, poaching, scrambling
  • Goose eggs these are larger again, you would usually have to buy them from a farmers market or farm shop, but I am told that Waitrose now have them in stock also. They are seasonal, usually from February through to August. They make a fantastic omlette.
  • Quails eggs are smaller and more delicate, great hard boiled for picnics and they make an absolutley gorgeous poched egg on toast! oh and losts of other things to!

But . . I have a plea please oh please buy FREE RANGE eggs, I totally appreciate that they are maybe a little more expensive but  – first of all they taste better and the yolks are richer and larger – so you get more goodness from them and secondly the beautiful feathered girl that laid you that egg was allowed to be herself to run around, to peck, to feel the grass beneath her feet and the sun on her back. If the wording on the box says ‘cage free’ it doesn’t always mean that they have access to the outdoors so if in doubt – ask! Did you know that a caged hen has less than the area of an A4 peice of paper to live her life?

 You have your eggs and what do you do with them, I am not afraid to admit that there was a time when I could cook, make cakes but still being able to manage a soft boiled egg wasn’t on my list of ‘can do’ so here are my giudelines

First of all do not keep your eggs in the fridge, all eggs should be cooked from room temperature.

How to cook soft boiled eggs: Bring a pan of water to the boil, once boiling lower in your egg and turn the heat down to a simmer, start timing your egg, for a large egg with a runny yolk cooking time is 4 minutes, for a medium egg cooking time is 3 minutes.

How to cook hard boiled eggs: Bring a pan of water to the boil, once boiling lower your egg in and turn the heat down to a simmer, start timing your egg, if you like your hard boiled eggs cooked through then give it 9-10minutes, but for a slightly soft centre give it 7-8 minutes.

Times will very depending on the size of the eggs, do not keep the water boiling as this can produce cooked eggs with a tough white.

Have fun with your eggs and enjoy them, I want to continue this eggy theme and bring you some varied recipes for eggs – What do you do with your eggs – let me know and I can share some of your great recipes.

Still on the Easter theme remember my article on Easter Gifts that areThoughtful and Simple these are using a more chocolate variety!

Thank you for reading, hope to see you again soon

Katie x

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