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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Delectable Egg

Beat me with a wet noodle! (make sure it’s an egg noodle:) I’m quite aware of the fact that April is not National Egg Month. That would be in May. I may just be in an eggy kinda mood because Easter is next Sunday. Whatever the reason, I have a few “egg” books I’d like to share with you today.
by Clarence Day author of Life with Father
First up, the inspiration for today’s post, Eggs by Linda Sonntag, published in 1980 by The Leprechaun Library.
Have you ever heard of The Egg Dance? “It’s a traditional Easter game in which eggs are laid on the ground and the goal is to dance among them, usually blindfolded, damaging as few as possible.” I hadn’t heard of it either until I found this in Ms. Sonntag’s book.

Pieter Aertsen, The Egg Dance courtesy of wiki
What a charming little book:) Although, I’m not to sure about this “Medical Advice.”
In marble walls as white as milk,

Lined with skin as soft as silk;

Within a fountain crystal clear,

A golden apple doth appear

No doors there are to this stronghold

Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.

-Anon-
The Delectable Egg and How To Cook It by M.E. Marshall is another treasure in my cooking library. It was published in 1968. From the introduction:
Like a woman who needs a dab of makeup to accent her best features, the egg needs and deserves more attention than it gets. Cooked in one of four ways to which most cooks limit themselves, served with a dash of salt and pepper, an egg resembles the pretty woman who ignores the aid of lipstick, rouge and powder: basically attractive, but uninterestingly pale. Accent features and heads turn to admire her.
Wouldn’t this dish be delightful for brunch? It’s called Eggs Boulanger or Bakers’ Eggs.
Here’s an interesting recipe called New York Egg Chowder should you have any hard cooked eggs that are in need of a bit of dressing up:)
Here are two recipes that never go out of style: Eggs with Black Butter and Eggs Alexandre Dumas.
Did you know older hard boiled eggs are easier to peel than fresher ones? The reason is, older eggs have thinner shells so they cling less to the egg.
It may seem a bit odd to have more than a few cookbooks devoted to the amazing egg, but one can never have too many egg recipes I always say:) They’re just so versatile! Here’s a recipe for Ada Boni’s Sardinian-Style Hard Cooked Eggs from The Good Egg by Marie Simmons. (I wouldn’t want to have to choose just one book from those listed here but, if I did, this would be the book! It was published in the year 2000 and it is delightfully filled with not only lots of yummy recipes but quotes about eggs, poems about eggs and just plain fun with eggs.

Ada Boni’s Sardinian Styled Hard-Cooked Eggs
This dish of hard-cooked eggs simmered in olive oil and vinegar and seasoned with fresh herbs epitomizes simple yet sophisticated Italian cooking. I found this recipe in an out-of-print cookbook by Ada Boni called Italian Regional Cooking. Although I have increased the amount of bread crumbs and added rosemary, the concept is all hers.~Marie Simmons
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 tsp. red wine vinegar

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

6 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise

2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary

1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme

1 garlic clove, minced

1/3 cup fresh soft breadcrumbs

Fresh-ground pepper

1. Combine the oil, vinegar and salt in a large skillet. Add the eggs and cook over low heat, carefully turning the eggs once or twice until the vinegar has evaporated, leaving just a film of oil in the pan. Transfer the eggs, cut side up, to a heated serving dish. Cover with foil to keep warm.
2. Add the parsley, rosemary, thyme and garlic to the skillet and cook over low heat, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the bread crumbs and cook, stirring until golden, about 3 minutes more. Add the black pepper.
3. Carefully spoon the breadcrumb mixture over the eggs. Serve warm or at room temperature.
There are over 200 recipes in The Good Egg and one was more interesting than the other. However, I must admit, I’m an egg lover from way back when! Ham, Egg, and Cheese on a buttered roll please from any deli on Long Island, would be just fine with me!

A Dainty Way for Preparing Eggs:
Take as many eggs as you wish to cook; separate whites from yolks, leaving yolks whole, beat whites very stiff and arrange in the form of little nests on a greased platter (or individual dishes), place one yolk in each nest, put into hot oven and brown. Serve immediately and season on table. Mrs. Chester Brown, Lake Charles, La.

The Pilgrim Cook Book compiled by the ladies of Pilgrim Congregational Church, Lansing, Michigan. 1895
Thank you so much for visiting my tribute to eggs post today. I know I’m a bit late getting this post up but the weather was just so wonderful the last two days, I just had to go out and “play.” I may be rushing things a bit but I just had to take the cover off the fountain. Yipee! It made it through the Winter:) I also dug out those two chairs you see by the fountain. I bought them at a yard sale when I lived in Westhampton and have been promising myself for years that I would spruce them up and use them as planters. Well, this is the year! I haven’t decided on a color yet or how to go about it but, I will and when I do, I will definitely be sharing:) And yes, Mr. Turtle has come out of his shell too:) It’s going to be a GREAT season. I can just feel it in my bones:) I’ll be around to all your delicious blogs tomorrow. Enjoy the rest of your day. I’m pooped! Louise:)














52 Nibbles:

Dottie said...

Dear Louise, What a lovely post on the egg. So many wonderful recipes and fun information. I never knew about the Egg Dance" or even about The Medical Eggs. I really loved the Easter messages, a great tradition from Germany. That is why I really enjoy your blog, as you always have such great fun stories to tell. I love your fountain and the chairs. I do hope you are able to use the fountain this spring and summer. It must be so relaxing to hear the water flowing in the fountain. Plus you can't forget Mr.Turtle, he is so cute. Thank you for sharing this very useful information. I hope it is a great season for you and Marion. Blessings, Dottie :)

Kitchen Riffs said...

April really should be National Egg Month. Isn't that when eggs traditionally become plentiful (because of the natural life cycle of chickens using traditional farming methods etc etc -- I might be imagining this, but I'm pretty sure egg production does peak sometime in early spring). Anyway, really fun post -- loads of stuff I didn't know. The Pieter Aertsen picture is amazing! BTW, we're in planting mode here and have all sorts of bedding plants on hand and ready to stick in the ground. But it's supposed to get into the high 20's tomorrow night! And maybe snow. So they'll be staying in the garage for a few days. :-( Really fun post -- thanks.

Mich PieceofCake said...

What interesting facts about eggs! Thanks for sharing Louise.

Marjie said...

We want a fountain, but have not found one large enough to look right in front of our house. And we have to limit the real eggs, because of cholesterol *sob*! Happy Easter week!

Jeannie Tay said...

Interesting read Louise, I too have not heard of the egg dance! Wishing you Happy Easter:)

Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, Louise….can’t believe the remedies made with eggs! Where do you find all of this wonderful information? You always amaze me! Very interesting post, as always! I love the photo of the German eggs! My daughter makes Ukrainian Easter Eggs. They are just gorgeous! Have a great week!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love eggs! They are so healthy, delicious and versatile. Lovely post and recipes.

Cheers,

Rosa

~~louise~~ said...

You are so sweet Dottie. I'm so happy you enjoyed this post as I do have a tendency to get a bit carried away, lol...The fountain is very relaxing. I bought it as a birthday present to myself a few years back and it has become a ritual of Spring. The chairs will be challenging but I will give them a refurbishing try, lol...Thanks for visiting, Dottie...

~~louise~~ said...

I agree on all accounts, John. I'm not quite sure why April isn't Egg Month because as you say, egg production is usually more prolific this time of year. I'm delighted to know you are in planting mode but yes, we too are still expecting below freezing at night so it is best to keep the plants in the garage until the evenings warm up. I too have some bedding plants waiting patiently to get into their new homes. Thank you so much for visiting John...

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed it, Mich. Thank YOU for visiting:)

~~louise~~ said...

Happy Easter Week, Marjie. It took a long time for me to find just the right fountain. Moving it was quite difficult but, we made it! I know what you mean about the cholesterol thing. It's one of the reasons I don't eat eggs as often as I would like! Thank you so much for visiting, Marjie...

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you Jeannie. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Happy Easter Week to you and yours also:)

~~louise~~ said...

I got such a kick out of those egg remedies I just had to share Kathy, lol...Your daughter makes Ukrainian Easter Eggs. They must be beautiful! I do hope you will share some pictures with us one day. Thank you so much for visiting, Kathy. You have a wonderful Easter Week also:)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you dear Rosa...

Shirley Tay said...

My family adores egg dishes, Louise! This reminds me of Easter. I don't celebrate, but I bet you'll be having a good time whipping some eggi-licious food!

Pam said...

Love the cover of the Eggs book by Linda Sonntag - all of the eggs look so pretty.

The Eggs Boulanger sounds amazing.

Rosita Vargas said...

Interesante post Louise lindos huevos decorativos..Feliz Pascua y Bendiciones,abrazos

Nellie said...

We love eggs here, and often will prepare poached eggs when our granddaughter is visiting. She has been known to eat as many as three! Love the story of the Egg Dance! Thank you for sharing such interesting information.

~~louise~~ said...

Eggs are just so versarile, Shirley, full of protein and egg-cellent in general. I'll be coming up with something "eggy" for Marion for Easter, I'm just not sure of what, lol...Thanks for popping by...

Gloria Baker said...

ah how I love eggs and espeically the twins they love (and hubby too) poached eggs!
Love your stories Louise and recipes! Thanks for sharing always is fun read your posts Louise:)

Linda said...

Love poached eggs...
Those home remedies are hilarious!
You must spend so much time researching your posts ~~Louise~~
Great job!
Happy Easter to you and yours...
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Debra Eliotseats said...

Very timely post, Louise. I love the Ukrainian decorated eggs from Sonntag's cover. Your yard is sprucing up nicely!

SissySees said...

I want a new water feature for the boys' garden! Thanks for the reminder.

I love eggs in almost any form... but not hard boiled, unless they're egg salad. Go figure!

Liz Berg said...

I think April SHOULD be egg month! I love those old medicinal uses for eggs...wow!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Egg-cellent post, Louise! I must say I'd be reluctant to attempt that Egg Dance, and would probably fail miserably! I love that recipe for Eggs Boulanger, and the photos of the different decorative eggs are eggs-quisite! :-)

~~louise~~ said...

That book is brimming with egg-citing information and pictures, Pam. I love the cover too! Those Bakers' Egg sound so egg-stravagant, I'd love to make them also Pam...Thanks for visiting...

~~louise~~ said...

Feliz Pascua a usted también Rosita. Estoy tan contenta de que haya disfrutado de este post. Fue tan divertido para compartir. Muchas gracias por caer por ...

~~louise~~ said...

So glad you enjoyed it, Nellie. Three poached eggs, oh my. I haven't had poached eggs or Eggs Benedicts in a very long time. Might be a great breakfast for Easter Sunday! Isn't the Egg Dance fascinating? I got such a kick out of it:) Thanks for visiting, Nellie...

~~louise~~ said...

I think its wonderful that the twins enjoy poached eggs, Gloria. My kids wouldn't eat them when they were little and now one is allergic to eggs and the other is a vegetarian:) I'm so glad you liked this post., Gloria. It was such fun sharing...Thanks for dropping by, Gloria...

~~louise~~ said...

Awe gee, thanks Linda:) Aren't they soooo funny. It was such fun sharing...Wishing you and yours a Joyous Easter, Linda. Enjoy your houseful!

~~louise~~ said...

Aren't those eggs amazing, Debra. It really is a charming little book:) The yard is looking a heck of a lot better than what it was but there is so much more to do. Thanks for visiting, Debra...

~~louise~~ said...

A fountain Channon? Go for it! Personally, I think it is so much easier to take care of than a garden pool although, I don't think I could resist one if the "price was right." You are so funny Channon. How can you not like hard boiled eggs but do like egg salad. Must be a mayo thing, lol...thanks for dropping by...

M.D. Johns said...

I need to make Eggs Boulanger! What a great to use up my last potatoes.

I'm hungry for egg salad now, too. My favorite!

~~louise~~ said...

I totally agree Liz. I think I read it was in February before they changed it to May. Perhaps they will get all their eggs in one basket and straighten it put for next April! Those remedies are hilarious! Thanks for stopping by Liz...

~~louise~~ said...

LOl you are so funny, T.W. I resisted all of those egg additions and here you are using them carefully placed, lol...I wouldn't even attempt that Egg Dance especially in the evening when I've had my night time cocktail. The Bakers' Eggs is very enticing. I may just need to give it a try! Thank you so much for popping by T.W...

Katerina said...

Thank you so very much for all these beautiful things you shared with us about eggs. I have already printed the recipes to try them out as I will have many hard boiled eggs after Easter! I wish to you and your family a very Happy Easter with love and laughter!

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Louise,
A lovely egg post! The decorated eggs are just beautiful!
Your fountain is just lovely and I can imagine having a cup of tea in your lovely garden!
Thanks for stopping by my garden. I was laughing at your comment! Haha!
The trap we set up last night, is still empty! We'll see about tonight!

Catherine said...

Dear Louise, All that is said in this post as tribute to an egg is true! We would all be lost without the egg! I personally love eggs. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch or/and dinner!
I don't know either about the medical used though either. ..
The fountain looks beautiful and the chairs will make lovely planters. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

~~louise~~ said...

Go for it, Mimi! Please share when you do:) Thanks for stopping by...

~~louise~~ said...

Thank YOU for visiting, Katerina. I can see you serving any one of these recipes with that gorgeous, crusty Sourdough Bread you baked! Wishing you and yours a Joyous and Happy Easter, Katerina...

~~louise~~ said...

I wish I could create such beautiful eggs, Joyce. Perhaps one day:) Your garden post had me laughing so hard. I can't imagine what that varmint could be. It will be interesting to find out who is attacking your Chili Plants, lol...Keep me posted:) And thanks fro dropping by...

~~louise~~ said...

Hi Catherine,
I do think we take eggs for granted. Can you imagine what it would be like not to have all the wonderful things we eat minus eggs? I too could eat them at every meal. In a way, we probably do. I'm a bit perplexed about the chairs but I will figure it out, I hope, lol...Thank you so much for visiting, Catherine...

Gloria said...

I always feel relaxed reading your post..so much information & fun in every post...Lovely post ..

Nee said...

Hi Louise , I really enjoyed this post , who knew there was so much of information about the egg and the recipes is astonishing . The lowly egg has a great history , I think this wonderful post is right on time when we will be using more eggs than usual .
The fountain is beautiful waiting for Spring to really come co the birds can bath in the waters in the bowl . The chairs is a nice addition ... maybe get some large pots to sit inside them , maybe plant some herbs or small flowers , that would be so keen .
Have a happy Easter and (((HUGS))) to you and Marion and lets not forget all your family . Thanks so much for sharing :)

~~louise~~ said...

Thank you for your kind words, Gloria. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post:)

~~louise~~ said...

There was so much I wanted to share about eggs Nee, I really had to control myself, lol...I think I will put some pots and grow something, I haven't decided what yet but I'm leaning toward Moon Flowers. We'll see. First I have to get them presentable. Now that would be "Keen", lol...Wishing you and yours a Happy Easter, Nee. Marion just wants one chocolate bunny, lol...

Juliana Levine said...

I have never heard of egg dance...sounds fun, blindfolded...
Like the various recipes for the eggs, especially that we will have lot of leftover hard boiled eggs.
Thanks for this informative post Louise...have a Happy Easter dear :D

Johanna GGG said...

what a fun post - I can't claim to be tempted by any of your recipes - have never liked eggs despite often feeling it would be such an easy meal - but I do find them fascinating and I love all the egg literature. And I think if you have some spare time you could do the egg dance in your lovely garden. Me, I will be looking forward to my favourite eggs of the year - chocolate easter eggs

I Wilkerson said...

Eggs for the sick... you know my poor college daughter is away at school (too far to get home for Easter) and to make things worse, was just diagnosed with mono. Poor girl has such a swollen sensitive throat that even eating applesauce hurts. I will have to suggest eggs! Didn't know you might actually minister to the sick with this post, did you! Happy Easter Louise!

Brandi said...

You know what?! I actually love the chairs as they are. They are very shabby chic. Maybe and some color with outdoor pillows. Do you plan on sitting on them?

~~louise~~ said...

You know what, Brandi, I agree! I think I will leave them as is and add a bit of com or by buying some new planters! I'm not using them for sitting, I'm going to put plants in them! Thank you so much for your feedback. I really, really appreciate it!

Amelia said...

Hi Louise, love your egg-cellent posting, very impressive. Thanks for sharing the wonderful eggs story and poems. I always love to drop by your blog and enjoyed all the classic and vintage stories, pictures and recipes too. They are really very delightful. 2 thumbs up for you, keep up the good job.

Have a nice day.