Saturday, June 30, 2007

too beautiful to eat? no

These are quail's eggs. Until today I'd never eaten them. Until today I'd never seen them. But now I have, and I fear I may become addicted.
The farmers' market in Barryville, NY (along the Delaware River) has 4 food booths, a wood carver, Sam the Blacksmith, and $5 pony rides. In other words, it's s-m-a-l-l. But the vendors get to know you, which comes in handy when they have something special, like QUAIL'S EGGS! I was struck by their beauty as soon as I saw them; they look like jewelry or sculpture to me. But being a carnivore (with a healthy appetite) I decided to try a carton ($1.75 for 10 eggs). A quick web search told me that boiling for five minutes would give me hard boiled quail's eggs, which I added to my lunch salad. They are petite (5 quail's eggs = 1 chicken egg), and very fluffy. Seriously, the yolks taste like they're whipped...that's how light they are. They're a little harder to shell than regular eggs, but if you roll them on a cutting board, the cracked shell will peel right off.
I almost feel bad, eating something so small and pretty. Almost.


At July 2, 2007 at 6:02 PM , Blogger molly said...

i've always loved how those little quail eggs looked. we used to sell them in our shop (hallow, of course). but i had no idea they were that ultra tasty, too! oh gads, one more thing on this earth to eat...

At August 10, 2016 at 4:31 PM , Anonymous Gail said...

Quail's eggs are so pretty.


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