Friday, March 26, 2010

Eating Eggs

Eggs and Daffodil
I’ve been enjoying eggs, for a number of reasons.  Well, the first reason is the most obvious—they’re just so good!  But like a solid crime, you need to examine means, motive, and opportunity to explain my recent egg binge.

Marilyn the Chicken Traci's Chicken
Means: The ability to cook eggs
My means have been greatly improved with spring break.  While I didn’t get to go away on vacation, my neighbors did.  And they graciously left their chickens at home.  And asked me to tend them.  Which means gathering their eggs: three eggs with plump, orange yolks every day.
Sylvester with Chickens
Sylvester the cat would like to help gather eggs
Motive: The reason I had to make eggs
I realize I should accept responsibility for my actions, but there were others—three of them—who (sorry) egged me on.  One was a twitter conversation yesterday, initiated by Francis Lam of Salon Food (and 2010 James Beard Award Nominee) with this simple tweet: ‘Egg salad. Discuss.’  I must not have been wearing my glasses, because I read it as ‘Egg salad. Make it. Now. And eat it.’
Egg Salad with Arugula and Anchovies 01
Egg Salad with Arugula and Anchovies

Also yesterday, I finished reading What We Eat When We Eat Alone by Deborah Madison and Patrick McFarlin (her painter husband).  It’s a charming book, full of people’s confessions of their solo-dining adventures, wonderful illustrations, and recipes.  Of course, reading a book like this makes you consider what you eat when you eat alone.  Me?  Eggs.

Finally, in the evening I caught up on some blog reading.  Eleanora, on Aglio, Olio, and Peperoncino wrote that yesterday was Zuppa Pavese day—a little historical background, and then a picture of the soup, consisting of nothing more than (or should it be no less than?) chicken broth, bread, egg, Parmesan, butter, and olive oil.  What more could a person want?  I’m just sorry I missed the day—I’ll put Zuppa Pavese’s half birthday on my calendar. 

Sylvester Egg Salad Anchovies
Sylvester thinks he should at least get some anchovies for all his help
Opportunity was easy.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Soft Cooked Egg

And the binge? It’s really not so much, just one or two a day.  Soft cooked in the morning, with buttered toast.  Over easy with barely wilted spinach on the side for lunch.  Egg salad, open faced with arugula and anchovies.

If you think about it, not much is more perfect than an egg.  If you combine it with the most perfect bread, butter, salt, and greens you really can’t lose.


h. hart said...

This is a post after my own heart--eggs are my very favorite food, and absolutely what I eat when I am alone. That egg salad sandwich looks incredible, and may have just inspired lucky that you have such super fresh eggs to binge on!

Giovanna said...

It was wonderful...but now the neighbors are home, and they make good use of their eggs. I'll have to wait until my next trip to the farmers market (soon enough!).

Rural Eating said...

Great post! Eggcellent photos! I eat eggs alone, too, just worked on my omelet making technique for a solo dinner on Saturday. But arugula and anchovies is inspired.

Thérèse said...

Missed this last week - eggscellent photos indeed, & the post made me hungry for egg salad! My favorite solo egg dinner is scrambled eggs with Spanish chorizo. And an arugula salad. said...

So happy you enjoyed the girl's eggs. One of Gabe's favorite ways to enjoy the eggs is coddled with a sprinkle of kosher salt and little soldiers for dipping. Love the pictures of the ladies and of course Sylvester!

Giovanna said...

Eggs are just such a perfect food--I'm sorry for people who can't eat them, and really have a hard time understanding people who dislike them!

Traci, what are soldiers for dipping? Pieces of toast?

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