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Good morning and happy World Egg Day!
If you keep chickens you probably like eggs, and fresh eggs from your own hens are so tasty that they’re worth celebrating every day. But today is eggstra special. Today the whole world unites in honour of the humble egg. No matter where you live or what time of the day it is, a simple egg can be the source of a cheap, nutritious and delicious dish.
From cakes to meringues to a poached egg on toast, eggs are both a key ingredient and a star of the show. We love them. You love them. So make sure you celebrate World Egg Day with one eggstraordinary breakfast.
But before you do….
Since starting out in 2004 Omlet have delivered thousands of Eglus and an awful lot of chickens. Laying an average of six eggs a week, we’ve calculated that our hens have laid over 30 million eggs over the last decade. That’s one heck of an omelette! As you can imagine, with all this eggsperience, we’ve seen eggs of all shapes, colours and sizes, but today we are on the hunt for something eggstra special… will you help us find the heaviest egg laid on World Egg Day?
We’ve teamed up with our friends at the British Hen Welfare Trust to launch a cracking competition to celebrate World Egg Day. We call it The Great Give-a-Weigh, and it works a little something like this. When you collect your eggs this morning, weigh each one before poaching, boiling or frying. Take a photo of the egg on the scales, showing the weight, and send it to us. (The photo, not the egg!) We will convert the weight of the heaviest egg laid today from grams into pounds and donate it to the BHWT, and the owner of that winning egg will be treated to a goody bag full of eggcellent Omlet treats.
Email your photo, post on our Facebook page or send us a tweet, by midnight tonight. And then feel free to rustle up your delicious World Egg Day breakfast! (You can send us a photo of that too, if you want to make us hungry.)
World Egg Day is the perfect day to assess your egg storage. If you keep chickens the likelihood is you have a lot of eggs, and it can be difficult keeping track of how old they are. Some people like writing the dates on, some try storing them in piles of egg boxes, and others go for the easy option of using an Egg Ramp.
Simple and stylish, the Egg Ramp will solve your egg storage problems. No need to date your eggs, just add fresh eggs to the back of the queue and take them from the front. As you remove an egg, the others will roll forward, leaving space for the next eggs to be added. It stores a dozen eggs and you’ll always use the oldest eggs first, ensuring you never waste one again. This eggcessory looks great too. It takes up little space on the kitchen worktop, comes in four classy colours and, made from melamine, you’ll find it quick and easy to clean.
Choose your favourite colour and buy your Egg Ramp today for only £14.99
What do you do with your eggshell when you’ve finished your boiled egg? Estell Makin sent us this old tale:
Never leave your eggshell unbroken in the cup
Think of us poor sailor folk and always smash them up
For witches come and find them and sail away to sea
And make the life a misery for fishermen like me
You have been warned!
Why not celebrate World Egg Day with a sweet treat? This gorgeous recipe for a glorious Egg Custard comes from last year’s Great Omlet Bake Off entrant Kevin Harris. Simply delicious!
For the pastry:
8oz plain flour
Few spoons cold water
For the custard:
300 ml double cream
140g caster sugar
4 gorgeous chicken eggs
1) Make the pastry by rubbing the butter into the flour with your fingers until butter is incorporated
2) Stir in a small amount of water until the mixture binds together
3) Chill in the fridge for 15 mins
4) Roll out thinly and line a loose bottom flan tin
5) Put some baking paper cut into a circle inside the case and some baking beans and bake in oven at 170 degrees(fan oven) for 25 minutes, removing baking beans for last 5 mins.
6) Remove to cool and turn oven down to 130 degrees (fan oven)
7) Heat the cream and milk in a saucepan with few drops of vanilla essence
8) Meanwhile hand whisk the caster sugar with the eggs in a large bowl
9) When the cream begins to boil hand whisk it immediately into the egg mix
10) Sieve this mixture into a jug then pour into the pastry case and sprinkle over the nutmeg
11) Bake for approx. 1 hour, turning around half way through cookin
12) Remove from oven, leave to set and trim the pastry