The Friday Five – eggs-actly what your bookshelf needs

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So Easter is hurtling towards us, many of us will be off today so hopefully a day for relaxing and catching up with friends, family and maybe a bit of reading. Keeping the Easter theme going, but not the chocolate, then this week is all about the eggs.

 

Eggs by Michel Roux

 

Michel Roux Eggs

 

Start with a classic approach from Michel, taking you through lots of versions of frying, boiling, scrambling, poaching, baking…basically, he’s got all the bases covered, and then some.

 

A Good Egg: a year of recipes from an urban hen-keeper by Genevieve Taylor

 

A Good Egg

 

Whether you keep your own chickens or not, or just fancy doing so, then this will show you what you could be doing with the eggs throughout the seasons. The recipes also include lots of seasonal veg and fruit, so very much getting in touch with what’s going on around you.

 

Egg: The Very Best Recipes Inspired by the Simple Egg

 

Egg: The Very Best Recipes

 

I love the cover of this, great looking design. Inside, it’s no let down, as the recipes are good too. From the basics, through breakfast, lunch and dinner, and then sauces, puddings and drinks, truly giving you something for everyone, on every occasion

 

Take a Box of Eggs

 

Take a Box of Eggs

 

This one is a bit more involved cooking, so leaving out the basics, and moving onto recipes with eggs in. So, you’ll find recipes for Salad Niçoise and frittatas, and things like a Spanish almond cake. I would say this wasn’t a bad alternative student cookbook, as eggs have to be such a great simple food to have on standby.

 

How to Boil an Egg

 

How to Boil an Egg

 

Or maybe this is a great student cookbook, certainly a great starting out cookbook. In fact the full title is How to Boil an Egg; Poach one, Scramble one, Fry one, Bake one, Steam one. That pretty much covers it. Or at least gives you 6 days worth of variety before you start again.

So, bring all kinds of eggs to the table this Easter Sunday from morning to night, and not necessarily all about the chocolate. And you might even find enough recipes to last you through until next Easter!

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A cracking good week!

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On loving eggs and chickens
On loving eggs and chickens

During course of some rigourous research for the blog yesterday (i.e. driving to the station listening to Terry Wogan) that this is British Egg Week. I love these different weeks and days and I love that we have one devoted to eggs.

I adore eggs, mainly because they are so amazingly versatile. Maybe it’s because I’m a big fan of a proper breakfast, I love decent scrambled eggs (not made in the microwave, they should not be allowed to call microwaved eggs scrambled), to add to great bacon and black pudding. Or with some smoked salmon stirred through and put on a bagel.

You can’t love eggs though and not care about the chickens. So of course I am sure you are already looking for free range, and preferably organic eggs. Of course, you could go a step further and keep your own chickens. Now, I don’t wish to make sweeping judgements, but those of you in towns and cities will probably love an Eglu. It’s easy to look after and they send the chickens too.

We live out in the countryside, so there are plenty of chickens but no Eglus. Tacked together coops and true free-ranging, there are as likely to be chickens from the Battery Hen Rescue people as half a dozen Buff Orpingtons running around. If you want some help, there are some good one day courses around. As you might expect, there is All About Chickens at River Cottage, which is everything from rearing and buying to eating them. The people behind the Eglu also do courses, and you can see the Eglu in operation.

If you want some inspiration on what to do with all the eggs, then there are some great titles devoted to them! There’s the simply titled Eggs by Michel Roux to the epically titled Eggs: 150 Fabulous Recipes – The Definitive Cook’s Guide to Egg Cooking, Shown in More Than 800 Stunning Step-by-step Photographs to Guide and Inspire. Phew!

And if you’re going to care this much about eggs and chicken, then please think about supporting the Chicken Out campaign. It might have gone out of the news a bit, but the campaign goes on, and is now being stepped up to the next level as they campaign to raise £100,000 to improve the life of all chickens.

So, go to work on an egg, but think about the working conditions of the chickens!

Photo of the chicken man is by Kevinpoh on Flickr.

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