We have fifteen happy little hens.
So we eat a lot of eggs. I mean, a LOT. Cecily went through
a lengthy list of all the foods that Aneliese and she “wuv”, and finished with,
“ But I don’t wuv eggs”. Point made.
Our hens, when they aren’t hiding
out and laying under the barn, give us about 12-15 eggs daily even as we move into
the colder season. That amount will drop soon and then we will be missing our
eggs. For now though, we eat about a dozen or so a day and I sell whatever is
Our chickens’ roam freely around our property scavenging,
they get any food scraps, and a small supplement of grain and ground up eggshells.
I must say, they are a beautifully healthy flock and they produce hard-shelled,
bright orange, and gorgeous eggs. That is, if you are into eggs. Since I am, I do things like make eggshell toothpaste and start seeds in eggshells.
Back to the “I don’t wuv eggs.” issue that we have found
ourselves in. By eggs, they mean scrambled, fried, or hard-boiled because to
the girls those are eggs in their original form. This has basically forced me
to get creative with egg disguise and so I make quiche, frittata, egg muffins,
rice pudding (heavy on eggs), custards, egg fried rice and so on.
Then one day I pulled out the ultimate, which we call Eggie
Pancakes. The girls crack in a dozen eggs for me, I work my magic, and they eat
pancake after pancake. They are just a little thicker than crepes in texture
and really, they taste great with syrup, bananas, fruit sauce, or on special
days whip cream. It’s an easy breakfast
that I feel good about feeding the girls and that they love. Plus, it uses 12
¾ c. Milk
½ c. White Rice Flour
2 tbsp. Butter (melted)
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. vanilla (opt)
Pre-heat skillet. Beat eggs and mix in the other
ingredients. Pour about ¼ of batter onto hot skillet and swirl in a circular
motion until it is the desired size. Cook for about 30-40 seconds or till
golden on one side, turn and cook for about the same on the other side.
*If we are really in a hurry, we make what we call ri-rye
where we cook the pancake on one side, flip, and then cut into pieces while
cooking. This way we make them a lot bigger and split it between the girls.
**Now, I know that eggs have gotten a bad rap for quite a few
years but did you know that even the naysayers are starting to acknowledge that
they were actually wrong? Even the cholesterol in eggs is now considered “good”.
Eggs, including the yolks are good for you! As a source of 14 essential
nutrients including choline for brain development, function and memory, vitamin
D, E,A, B12, zinc, iron, folate and protein for healthy bones, tissue, body and
brain, along with being a relatively inexpensive food, you can’t go wrong! Did you know that Health Canada has recently released new infant feeding guidelines which suggest whole eggs being one of the first foods introduced?
Do you have any recipes that use a lot of eggs? I’d love to
add them to my egg repertoire.
I’m joining this week’s Your Green Resource with this recipe.