Eggs, what they mean to us

blue-egg

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Eggs might seem like a simple food and they are. They are a perfect package of fat and protein that most of us know how to prepare in a way that is delicious and is often a comfort food as well.

Eggs are also a complex food. I can tell you as a reproductive cell biologist, when it comes to reproductive organs and cells, nature has been extremely creative and solved difficult problems with excellent designs.

eggs - test shot

The egg shell itself is beautifully shaped to take quite a lot of abuse. The shell and membranes beneath are permeable to allow certain gasses in and other gasses out.

The yolk and white are there for a reason, to make cute baby chicks. We take advantage of these two things in ways that leverage the unique chemical properties of albumin (whites) and fats (yolks).

secret egg

I think its possible to write whole novels about eggs, but I wont, not today.

Today, as a member of the Blogher reviewing community, I have an opportunity to offer the following contest where you can win a $100 Visa gift card and 6 months of free Eggland’s Best eggs!

To enter, you have to submit a comment on this page with your favorite egg recipe that doesnt just use eggs but also showcases eggs!

You may also blog and then leave a link to your post in the comments below.

You can not enter more than once though.

The winner will be chosen by using a random number generator.

See the details at the bottom of this post.

To kick this off, I am going to post three of my own egg recipes for your entertainment purposes.

Egglands Best shoot - dippy eggs and soldiers - prelude

The first is a childhood favorite of my husband’s, who’s father is British.

Dippy eggs and soldiers.

Its VERY simple.

Make toast sticks.

Egglands Best shoot - dippy eggs and soldiers

You put your cold eggs into warm water for 10 minutes.

Bring some water up to a boil.

Egglands Best shoot - dippy eggs and soldiers

Put eggs into boiling water for EXACTLY 5 minutes and then remove immediately to cold water.

Serve while still warm.

Egglands Best shoot - dippy eggs and soldiers

The second one is one I ate as a kid, growing up with a mom from the mid-west.

Toad in a hole

Egglands Best shoot - toad in hole

I made mine with homemade bread that I had carved a hole in. I toasted it a bit and then put it into a medium pan with melted butter.

I then cracked an egg into the hole and let it cook until firm on one side and then I flipped it to cook the other side.

Egglands Best shoot - toad in hole

The last recipe is completely different!

We had an excess of eggs two summers ago so I pickled them!

Humble Garden: Pickled homegrown eggs

Pickled Eggs

Hard boil enough eggs to fit in a quart jar.

Make your brine:

  • 1 1/2 C vinegar (partly fig infused)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • crushed white pepper
  • crushed allspice seeds
  • turmeric

Boil and reduce enough to fit into quart jar with eggs. Cool it and pour over cool hard boiled eggs.

Put it in the refrigerator and allow to infuse a couple of weeks. DO NOT leave this out at room temperature.

Humble Garden: Pickled homegrown eggs

The contest will begin at 1/18/2010 9:00 AM PST and will end 2/8/2010 5:00 PM PST.

Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.

Rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US-residents, aged 18 and older.
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
  • You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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