Oct

28

The Incredible Edible New Zealand Egg

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We moved to New Zealand to find the good life. We found the good egg.


The New Zealand egg, fresh from the hen, sporting a good bit of  whatever that is that is cleaned off of American eggs before they reach those pristine styrofoam cartons, big as life and, oftentimes, neither fully white nor fuly brown, could easily be a metaphor for all that is great about the NZ lifestyle. Gorgeous, delicious and not always what you expect.


The eggs here are dirty. At least the ones I’ve been getting. Whether they’re from a nearby farm stand or our neighbor’s chickens, they’ve got a bit of this and a bit of that that I’d rather not think about on the shell. Not to mention a feather or two on occasion. Nothing a quick wipe with a vinegar-soaked paper towel won’t fix, though. My NZ lifestyle’s a bit dirty as well. Mucking about in the vege garden gets one a bit dirty. And everyone’s got a vege garden. Loaded with cabbages and brussels sprouts and all manner of things that New Zealanders seem to actually eat! I’m not complaining… these are the sorts of foods I love.


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The eggs here are big! Or very small! At least that’s been my experience. I’ve found a few mediums here and there as well. When my recipe calls for 2 large eggs, I’ve got to think a bit and rummage around in the egg basket for what I imagine the equivalent of 2 large eggs is at that moment. One of the rather large ones and one of the very small ones ought to do. And the banana muffins turned out great! My life here seems to be a bit like that, too, so far. Making do with this or that and having things turn out great.


The eggs I get come in a few colors as well. Of course there’s white and brown. But the white eggs don’t seem nearly as white as their American counterparts. And my brown eggs range from lightly beige to full on brown. And green. I love the green eggs. They’re not terribly green, mind you. Just a lovely green cast that makes you stop and look.


But what’s really amazing about NZ eggs is the way they taste. First take a look at a freshly cracked egg. The yolk is nearly Halloween orange. It’s that way from the hen’s diet. She’s likely eating bugs, greens and whatever she can scrounge up. The way nature intended. That yolk is going to be full of beta-carotene and omega-3 fats. Much healthier to eat. And the taste is not like any eggs I’ve had before. Believe me. You just have to try one…


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We also get duck eggs from a friend. These are lovely. They’re about the size of the largest chicken eggs I get. But do really look different. The yolks are the same bright orange. But the whites are quite clear. And they cook up quite bright white!


So lately it’s been eggs for breakfast — fried and scramble — and eggs for lunch — hard-boiled and deviled. I’ve even made some gorgeous mayonnaise. Maybe I should fix eggs for dinner tonight. Fresh herbed frittata it is!

Jan

22

The ultimate local food in Florida

Grapefruit is the ultimate local food in Florida. These beautiful, sweet, red fruits came from a friend’s backyard tree. This time of year, when citrus is plentiful around here, I have one every morning with my breakfast. All of those claims about grapefruit helping keep your weight down really do seem to be true. I’m not sure how it works, but every time I commit to losing a few pounds and have a grapefruit before breakfast (and sometimes dinner) it’s so much easier.

Filled Under: breakfast, food

Jan

9

Brown Rice for Breakfast


It’s becoming obvious that breakfast is a popular topic around here. A healthful breakfast really does set you up for the day. For most people, breakfast should be a combination of complex carbs and protein with a bit of fat thrown in for staying power. Common American breakfast foods such as cereal, donuts and other sweets are out.

 

So around our house, unconventional breakfast foods work out the best. A favorite is brown rice with healthful toppings of one sort of another. My husband prefers a fried egg, my daughter just a bit of sea salt and I prefer a bit of shredded cheddar cheese with a dash of sea salt.

 

Making brown rice can be a bit daunting… unless you have the right tools. Enter the super-duper Japanese rice cooker. Some rinsed brown rice, water up to here, set the timer for bright and early the next morning and you’re all set. The delightful aroma of freshly cooked nutty brown rice and a healthful breakfast await.

Filled Under: breakfast

Jan

8

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is amazing breakfast food if you do it right. Quick and instant oats are mere convenience foods. Meant only to save time, these oat incarnations are close to tasteless and textureless. But whole oats are quite another thing. They are low on the glycemic index which means they won’t raise your blood sugar quickly. They have staying power. On the days we have oats for breakfast, I can go quite a while before needing a snack.

 

Buy some Irish-style oats and start the night before. Add oats and equal parts warm water to a pan. Add a tablespoon or so of whole milk. Cover and leave out overnight. In the morning add the same amount of water again and a pinch of salt. Bring it up to bubbling on the stovetop and bubble, stirring, for three minutes.

 

We add heavy cream, nuts and dried fruit. Delicious!

 

Husband has informed me that my photo of our breakfast is not very appetizing! Sorry about that!

Filled Under: breakfast

Dec

11

Smoked Shrimp

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Smoked shrimp are new to me. Bought at a Farmer’s Market in Largo, these shrimp were smoky and delicious. Made a fantastic breakfast paired with fresh Plant City strawberries bought from the same market.