Eggs were everywhere just two weeks ago, weren't they? Around Easter, they seem to grow on trees!
Well, in my world, eggs are more than holiday fodder, they are a staple. While I've never set out to eat them every day, I enjoy them in various ways throughout the week, and as I was eating egg salad tonight (see "comfort food" below), my previous "E" thoughts were completely eclipsed by the egg.
When I think of breakfast? Eggs, in many forms. I eat them every weekend, for sure. You should see how many photos of eggy breakfasts I have on my phone!
When I think of picnics? Deviled eggs. (And potato salad with eggs, of course.)
How many other ways can eggs be whipped up? Let's see: poached, coddled, soft-boiled, scrambled, baked (you must check this recipe out), in omeletes, quiches, soup, eggnog, custards, frittatas, tamagoyaki, and a couple of lesser-known variations: the egg quesadilla (a favorite of mine!) and gribiche.
And that doesn't even begin to touch the number of dishes that rely on eggs for their scientific properties, which add to the binding, the leavening, and if you separate the eggs, the volume of a recipe, as well.
I had a friend, once upon a time, who developed a distaste for eggs. I can't think of another way to put it: she suddenly couldn't stand them in dishes--claimed she could taste them in baked goods--and the thought of a whole cooked (boiled) egg really repulsed her. The odd thing is, she is also the person who taught me to make egg gravy. I don't have the timing down--this is more than 20 years ago now--so I don't know which came first, the egg gravy or the distaste? Luckily, her lack of love for the egg did not stay with me as anything other than a memory.
Eggs have taken a bad health rap in the past, but it mostly appears those days are over and the high protein content outweighs the previously condemned high-fat and high-cholesterol nature, and so we're able to happily consume, guilt-free (ish).
I can't pick a favorite way to eat eggs, can you? Let me know!
What's this A-Z business about? Check out my kick-off post. And stay tuned for the random joy and nonsense I concoct during the month of April!