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10 ways with eggs

I have become an ambassador for the fledging organisation The Real Food Campaign. One of the jobs I will be doing within that is helping to create a resource of recipes and ideas for those who are wanting to switch to Real Food. (see either the real food campaign website above or my post https://ecogreengp.home.blog/2019/11/28/real-food/). We believe that real food is all the things I am passionate about, and that it boils down to “Good for You, Good for the Planet”.

I thought I’d begin thinking about ways to use eggs. As I written about our chickens before, we clearly eat (a lot) of eggs. Eggs are definitely good for us, and if the chickens are treated well, and fed well then chickens and eggs can be good for the planet. Maybe we can’t all go as far as the HomeAcre homestead (https://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2019/09/your-guide-to-raising-eco-friendly-chickens.html) but we can make small steps – buying local and/or organic, keeping your own free range flock (until a few weeks ago when a fox got in we had 6 chickens in our garden – fed with a combination of chicken feed, weeds from the garden and leftovers from our plates – we will be getting more as soon as lockdown allows) or even going in with some friendly ‘allotment neighbours’ for a few chickens on the plot.

Here are ways to then cook your eggs to give yourself a non-meat protein boost and not end up feeling everything is ‘too eggy’.

A. Simple Eggs

  1. Boiled: Medium or Soft – with toast soldiers or cucumber sticks as my daughter prefers) or peeled and smashed onto toast / onto a salad / into a sandwich; Hard – in a lunch box to eat whole, mashed with mayonnaise, sliced and added to rice dishes (kedgeree anyone?)
  2. Poached
  3. Fried
  4. Scrambled: by themselves or with cream and butter – different people in my household say different things about these. You can leave it soft or cook it longer. Keep going long enough and you get what I call “crispy egg” – a bit like those onion bits you can get to sprinkle on salad.
  5. Baked / Coddled: these are really traditional ways with eggs, yet few people now know them … both require the breaking of egg(s) into a small oiled dish. For baked eggs those are just put into the oven as they are, for coddled eggs they are placed in a water bath before putting in the oven. They can be topped with (or placed on top of) ham / spinach or even cream / cheese etc or left plain.

B. Eggs Plus

  1. Take your simple scrambled egg and make it into a full meal by stirring in any of the following: cooked bacon or ham, cooked chopped veg (peppers, onions, leaks all work particularly well), cooked or raw mushrooms, a sprinkle of cayenne / dash of tabasco. Then tip it onto toast, or even better, a round of Irish Potato bread.
  2. Omlette – French or Spanish – two totally different meals with the same name in my opinion. – fill with whatever takes your fancy. French omlette is a fast meal, Spanish omlette takes a good while (an hour or more on the hob) as the potatoes should be slowly cooked in the olive oil until tender before the egg is added and then the whole thing kept on a low heat to set.

C. Egg Recipes

  1. There are a few thoughts on this in my post on breakfast (https://ecogreengp.home.blog/2020/02/14/eating-cheaply-healthily-and-sustainably-part-1/) – particularly recommend Berry Pancake which we serve at any time from Saturday morning for breakfast to dessert when having friends over for dinner.
  2. Egg Fry – this is basically a stir fry I do of whatever appropriate veg are in my fridge, along with some good seasoning, which I then add beaten egg to, in a slow steady stream, constantly stirring, so I end up with tiny bits of egg that I cook until crispy. … then just bung the whole thing on a plate.
  3. Yorkshire Puddings and pancakes – recipes people often don’t fiddle with, but are very adaptable and the egg quantity can be increased easily if you want it to be your many protein in a meal.

There are many many ways to use eggs – these are just a few.

Do let me (or better yet the Real Food Campaign) know your ideas.

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Published by ecogreengp

GP, Wife, Mum, Climate Activist, Enthusiastic Cook. Owner of a car named Leafy, a cat named Biscuit and a hamster named Carrot. Disorganised beyond belief. .... sometimes I don't even put my shoes on.

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