Fork Spoon Knife is the personal blog of Asha where she chronicles her journeys in food through stories, recipes and photographs. She can also be found doodling and sharing her experiences as below.

 
                        

4.28.2010

Where the eggs are Bleu ....

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Have you seen these beautiful eggs before? I had seen these eggs before, gracing Helen's and Bea's photographs and was on a lookout for them. Then, late last year I spied them at a stand in the farmer's market. I chatted with the lady selling them to find out more about the eggs and their intriguing color, but, surprisingly, she didn't have much information to share. Apparently, some of her hens laid blue eggs and she sold them since everybody seemed to be crazy after them..

Anyway, I was going to be travelling shortly after that and so, sadly, couldn't satisfy my curiosity then. Imagine my joy when I found these lovely blue eggs on the shelves of Gristedes!! I grabbed them without a second thought (the $3.40, for 6 eggs, price tag notwithstanding).

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I am not much of an egg eater. We go through a few cartons a month, yes, but that's mostly from my baking and not so much the Sunday omelette or egg preparation. But, in order to really compare the taste, I decided to go with a simple fried egg.

As soon as I cracked open the egg, I noticed that the yolks were HUGE! And, of a deep yellow hue. The yolk to white ratio was very skewed relative to the standard brown or white eggs. Then I tasted them! Oh! they are indeed different; lighter (I can't figure out how, given above point) and so much milder without any of the egg-y after-taste.

If the smell and after taste of eggs, typically put you off, I definitely recommend trying these blue beauties. Next I am going to bake with them and see if there is any perceivable difference...

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My lunch today was a Masala fried egg with a simple salad and toast. It was perfect!

P.S. Information from the carton - These eggs are laid by Ameraucana hens of Platine Bleue, descendants of the hens domesticated by the indigenous people of Chilean Patagonia.


Masala Fried Egg

(I picked this idea up at the cafeteria of my grad school. This used to be the only way, I'd consume eggs for breakfast!)

For each egg:

1 T finely diced onion (I mean real fine)
1/2 green chilli, finely diced
1/2 tsp chopped mint
pinch of chilli powder
salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients together. Crack open the egg on the pan. When the white starts to become opaque, slit the yolk with a sharp knife and quickly pat all the above mixture into the yolk.

Flip the egg to cook for a minute on the other side and serve


Easy Lunch Salad

Handful of mixed greens
grape tomatoes, sliced in halves

For the vinaigrette:
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 T olive oil
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients and fold over the salad leaves and tomatoes. Optional: Add toasted walnuts.

15 comments:

  1. Stunning photos Asha! I've never seen blue eggs around here, it still feels weird to find the white shelled ones eheh :)

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  2. I love blue eggs and have always sought to buy them when I can. Every Easter as a kid, my eggs if they weren't painted garishly with psychedelic prints, were a shade of duck egg blue. Lovely pics...we can get them here in England quite regularly even from the supermarket. I think they're called Cotswold eggs although I never saw any around when I was in Cotswold. Anyway, super yummy eggs here. x

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  3. Isn't it intriguing?! Whenever I can, I like to buy eggs from farms. I'm always surprised by the beautiful range of colors when I open the carton.

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  4. Beautiful dish. They sell the blue eggs at Whole Foods now too.

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  5. the eggs look lovely! havent seen such eggs b4!

    and ya... I miss the campus cafeteria!!!! :(

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  6. Now I'm wishing I would stumble on some blue eggs at the market.

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  7. I am here for the first time and loved ur blog to the core! The pics are refreshing and well shot. The pics of egg have been beautifully taken. Amazing!

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  8. Hullo Asha, u have a lovely blog here;-)
    that picture of the eggs is beautiful :-)))

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  9. We have 10 laying hens on our farm, and they only give us blue eggs. The occasional orange or WHITE?? egg are few and far between. Once you get used to these eggs the white ones you've been eating your entire life will never be the same. I live away from home at college and I have a hard time eating eggs, along with many of the other foods we grow and raise on our farm.

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  10. Wow, blue eggs, that so neat! They are just gorgeous!

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  11. There are 2 chicken breeds which lay blue/green eggs, the Ameraucana which is pretty common, and the Araucana which is much less common. There is also a third "breed" which is really a mixed breed referred to as an "Easter Egger" which often lays blue-green eggs.

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  12. @Anonymous (1 & 2) Thanks soo much for all the information. I find these eggs soo fascinating. Love to learn more about them. I only wish they were more easily available!

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  13. the new address is looking good and so are these eggs! - looks like comments are back too!

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  14. Blue eggs? Whatever next?
    But think I might go for them should I ever find them here 'cos I like the sound of not "eggy"! :)

    Congrats on the new address, btw.

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  15. Beautiful eggs and I love your photographs! Love the new site too. Everything pretty for you, Asha! Wouldn't mind some of that lunch though!

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