courtesy of tia and maria

Free range eggs don’t come fresher than this thanks to Tia chicken and Maria chicken who happily live in the garden of Mr & Mrs S 🙂

courtesy of tia and maria

courtesy of tia and maria

quail eggs

a clutch of quails eggs

a clutch of quails eggs

This evening I went to Waitrose to purchase some corn on the cob and exited, quite unexpectedly, with some quails eggs (as well as corn on the cob, and a load of other items too – how do shops do that?!  make you come out with far more than what you went in for?).  So tonight we had boiled quails eggs and celery salt.  I won’t patronise by writing out a recipe for this: you simply boil the eggs (1 minute and 30 seconds), remove shell, dip into celery salt, put in mouth, chew and swallow.

rent-a-hen

free-range eggs

some colourful free-range eggs

On the way back from the horses, The Crow and I stopped off at Mill House Farm in Stoke Mandeville (Aylesbury).  Mill House Farm is a family run chicken centre where you can purchase chickens (ones specially bred to lay eggs in a domestic environment), as well as eggs.  Even better, for those who would like their own chicken but can’t, for whatever reason, keep them, (if you live within a 10 mile radius of the farm) you can join their rent-a-hen scheme where, on a pre-determined basis you can collect the eggs that your rented hen lays, therefore ensuring you a constant stream of fresh and tasty eggs.  Eggsellent! (sorry, couldn’t resist)