“He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.”

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Quest is Over: THE BEST BAKED EGGS HAS BEEN FOUND!!!

Looks like my job here is done! I started out on a quest for the best egg recipe on the planet. Now I've found it, and it's like nothing I've ever tasted before.


But before you go to check it out, I'd just like to thank all of you for having joined me on my quest. See you around!








And because I know you're just dying to find out more…

you can view the FULL TRAILER here.

XOXO
Ode

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ostrich Egg Brunch: Part 2


Now that we've perfected the art of opening an ostrich egg, it's time to discover the different ways you can cook it:

An ostrich egg is perfect for scrambling since its texture is lighter and fluffier than that of a chicken. 

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You could also make a one egg, 12 inch tortilla.

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Or a really puffy fritata.  

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You'd need a really big pan to make an ostrich egg sunny side up, so some people just fry a portion, and bake the rest of it. 

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If you want to hardboil an ostrich egg, it will take you at least 90 minutes. (Note the bottle cap size in relation to the egg!) 

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And if you happen to have a hardboiled ostrich egg on hand, then by all means go on to the next step and make a giant Scotch egg! 

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(You might be interested to know that an Ostrich Scotch Egg made it to the Guinness Book of Records. Read about it here.) 

Whew. This has been an extra long post - befitting an extra big egg, I guess. Yup, that's about the size of it.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ostrich Egg Brunch: Part 1


Brunch for twelve? Here's an idea: serve them an ostrich egg! Note the numbers please. ONE ostrich egg, TWELVE people. Because, the average 7 ft tall, 200 lb ostrich lays 6 inch long eggs that can weigh up to 5 lbs. That would be the equivalent of around 2 dozen chicken eggs.

Behold the mighty Ostrich egg. 


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You want to see it in relation to the other planets, err, eggs - solar system style? From smallest to biggest - quail, chicken, ostrich.
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So how do you cook an ostrich egg? In much the same manner that you cook chicken eggs. But first, you have to learn how to crack it open. Note that the ostrich egg shell is much, much thicker than a chicken egg, simply because it has to be able to withstand the weight of the mother ostrich. But you knew that, right? Anyway, this video from Eugene Monasterio might help.



There are other methods.

You could drill a hole.. or two..or three.

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Or you could whack the egg with the base of a knife.

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A screwdriver and hammer would come in handy too. But you'd need a straw to blow the white and yolk out of the shell.

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Alrighty then. Now that you have filled your bowl close to overflowing, it's time to cook!



Well, almost. Stay tuned to part two of this post for the best ways to enjoy your Ostrich egg!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Salmon Scandal: Egg Caught Cheating on Bacon!


Quick! Word association time. Bacon and.... eggs. That was easy. Now this: salmon and.... eggs!!! Yup,  whether fresh off the grill, or smoked and sliced and straight from the deli, or as patties whipped up from the canned variety, salmon and eggs make a delicious pair. Here, feast your eyes on this salmon and egg smorgasbord. (Click on the captions for the recipes.)





Dear Bacon,

Don't be jealous of salmon. There's room in my tummy for both of you.


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Turning Japanese: Japanese Egg Yolk Sauce


Egg Ninja

Can anything be as versatile as an egg? (Here I go again, singing my ode.) Main dish. Side dish. Dessert. Cooked any which way. We've talked about all that at length. At this point one might be tempted to ask - what else is left to discuss? Well... (insert secret chuckle here) there's a little something brewing on my back burner, but it's not quite done yet. All in good time. 

While we're waiting, how about this? Let's talk egg sauce. I don't mean mayonnaise. I don't mean Hollandaise. And I don't mean Caesar Salad dressing. I was thinking more along the lines of those Japanese egg sauces that take shrimps, chicken or vegetables to a whole new level of yum. 

I found two recipes I'd like to share with you today. The first one comes from allrecipes.com


You will need:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pinch freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated yuzu (Japanese orange), lemon or lime peel

In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks and lemon juice with a wooden spoon. Beat in vegetable oil a few drops at a time, beating well after each addition until the mixture begins to emulsify. When all of the oil has been incorporated, stir in the miso, salt, white pepper and grated yuzu. Refrigerate in a squeeze bottle for convenient application.

You don't have a squeeze bottle handy? You can store it this way:

Japanese egg yolk sauce  
The second recipe comes from About.com :

The sauce is called Kimizu (kimi meaning egg yolks, zu meaning vinegar) and calls for:
2 pasteurized egg yolks
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp dashi soup

Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mixing well. Place the bowl over hot water and heat the sauce, stirring constantly until thickened. Cool before serving. 

Here's what the sauce looks like, drizzled over chicken and purple asparagus:

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If I could say Bon Appetit in Japanese, I would.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Let's EGGSperiment: Odd Egg Combos

Bacon and eggs are a match made in heaven - I'm sure everyone agrees. But life isn't just about bacon and eggs. Sometimes, we eggsperiment. 

Somebody wrote to Yelp.com  raving about jelly on a feta cheese and vegetable omelet. Hmmm. Frankly, I thought jelly on feta cheese might work - but to include a vegetable omelet in the mix.... As I said, hmmm. So I thought I'd go digging around to see what other odd egg pairings might be floating around. 

Here are the top ten, er, interesting combos I found (Hey, no judgement here.): 

1.) egg yolk on fried spam
2.) salty scrambled eggs dipped in maple syrup 
3.) pickle relish with hardboiled eggs
4.) hardboiled eggs and soy sauce
5.) eggs over-easy topped with honey, mayonnaise, slivered onions, sardines, lime jello, all served over a toasted waffle.
6.) eggs and salmon mixed together with rice, black pepper, and fish sauce 
7.) egg salad sandwich with potato chips
8.) salmon fat and/or skin & soft boiled eggs
9.) toasted hard roll with eggs, cheese and - get this - peanut butter!
10.) egg yolks and bananas

Even KFC jumped on the odd egg pairing band wagon, and came up with Mandarin Orange Egg Tarts one Chinese New Year. Actually, I wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into these:


And guess what else I'd like to sink my teeth in? Garlic Lemon Spaghetti with Fried Egg!


Do you have any fave unusual egg combos you'd like to share? Don't be shy. I promise not to laugh. Much ;-)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Egg and Bacon Salad: The Greatest Love Story of All Time

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Romeo and Juliet. Napoleon and Josephine. Scarlett and Rhett. William and Kate.

Great and memorable matches for sure. None of them, however, come close to the ultimate pairing of all time...

Bacon and Eggs.

But they don't have to just sit next to each other on a plate. Like any romance, it's good to toss in a few surprises every now and then to keep the spark alive. Feel free to dim the lights and set out some candles, but skip the rose petals and make them a bed of lettuce instead.