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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 6:06pm (Feb 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, the girls have laid their first egg!



    How amazing!

    It was completely unexpected, and I got a real shock when I turned the lamp on and went to say hello to them once we were home - there was just this gigantic egg staring back at me!!



    It's absolutely beautiful, and perfect in every way.

    We don't know who laid it - could it be Quorn, and that is why she has been acting off, or is it Kale, now that she is recovered??

    Funnily enough, both girls hunker down when my hand goes near them, as if I was a boy quail...makes me think they're both ready to lay!

    *so happy*
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 6:06pm (Feb 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I forgot just how exciting it is to discover that first egg...I fell over myself running up the stairs, yelling for Lyle :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 7:08pm (Feb 19th 2016)
     
    Yay thats such good news xxx They cost a fortune in Waitrose xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 7:43pm (Feb 19th 2016) edited
     
    Isn't it pretty? You won't need a very big bit of toast for it though... :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 9:52pm (Feb 19th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    NN I wish that I had brought 3-4 quail girls home as they are so wonderful, maybe though if I'd half a dozen I'd have enough to sell the eggs?! :tooth:

    CC I've never really seen a quail egg before, I've certainly never scrutinised one, so it was amazing to look at it up close and take note of the patterning. In contrast to the quails bodies it is ginormous too!

    Hoping Ms Quorn will start laying now and then she can feel better.

    I *think* it was Kale who laid this egg, although there's no way to know. Her comby bit (quail don't seem to have 'proper' combs) has been red for longest, and she has been hunkering down longer than Quorn.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 10:55am (Feb 20th 2016)
     
    lets hope you can get an allotment so you can have a few more that would be lovelyxxxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 10:55am (Feb 20th 2016)
     
    lets hope you can get an allotment so you can have a few more that would be lovelyxxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 4:36pm (Feb 20th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha I think we could fit several hundred at an allotment, although then I think we'd have to alert DEFRA :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 7:51pm (Feb 21st 2016)
     
    It's bigger than I thought it would be! Stupid question but what do you do with it? Surely not big enough to boil for eggy soldiers, or fry to go with a plate of chips ...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 8:41pm (Feb 21st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate most people eat them boiled. Or you can add them onto pizzas (Lyle had half a dozen on one pizza, the only other time he's had quail eggs!!), make an omelette with a lot of them, even make mini scotch eggs with them!!

    Uh guys, LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENED!!!!!!!

     photo egg2_zpsmc81qaa7.jpg
    :gasp:

     photo egg4_zpsdcplwugn.jpg

    So we got one egg, then none, then TWO today!! This means they're both laying :bigsmile:

    I'm assuming this is Quorn's first egg, so I hope she feels better now *crosses fingers*
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 10:02pm (Feb 21st 2016)
     
    Heyyyyy thats wonderful bless them they are such pretty little eggs Let us know how you decide to eat them. you could make a little egg mayo starter with some nice crispy iceberg lettuce xxx Oh yummy I could just eat that right now xxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 9:30am (Feb 22nd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN, it's so exciting! I really want to make scotch eggs with them NN, I've seen people do it with quail eggs...not sure what we'd use for meat, I thought we could smush up some Linda McCartney sausages haha! Just worried I won't like them as I haven't had quail eggs before...still, Lyle would be happy with that, more for him :tooth:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 1:24pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    Thats all scotch eggs are Red eggs wrapped in sausage meat then egg and bread crumbed and deep fried although you could probably do them in the oven to make them a tad healthier. If you like eggs and like sausages you will love them. Quail eggs taste just like hens eggs only one bite instead of several. Years ago my brother used to keep pigeons and mum used to collect the eggs and use, never did any of us any harm. Just got to remember an average hens egg weighs two ounces with out shell that is... so all you do is weigh them up if using for a cake or some such.Go on have a go its fun to try something new xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 1:30pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think we're going to try making them for tea, to go with some eggy bread...egg overload, three quail eggs and some chicken eggs :bigsmile:

    Oh hey you posted this recently, hi NN if you're still here!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 3:06pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    I am still about Red it is the only new years resolution I made and I am so enjoying keeping to it. Take a picture of your tea wont you xxx !!! We got tuna fish casserole lovely comfort food none to good for my waist line. Hey I dont have a waist line any more Ha ha
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 5:19pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think I speak for everyone when I say I'm really glad to see you back again :)

    Hahaha we had vegetable skewers in wraps for lunch today, ruining it all with eggy bread and mini scotch eggs for tea!! Better to be cuddly though ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 9:57pm (Feb 22nd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I present you with home made scotch eggs, where we didn't follow a recipe at all :rolling:

    We basically mushed a vegetarian sausage in a bowl, added most of a hen's egg (chicken, not quail), then added more sausages until the mixture was sticky but not at all runny. Then I moulded it around a boiled quail's egg, and we cooked it (I didn't want bread crumbs, which Lyle said they're supposed to have).

     photo scotchegg_zpssdqv7wvu.jpg

    Ewww haha

     photo scotchegg1_zpsnm3if82d.jpg

    Cooked until goldeny brown aaaand...tada!

     photo scotchegg2_zps59qxn1nk.jpg

    I made a humongous one with like an inch thick layer of sausage, it was so good :rofl:

     photo scotchegg4_zpsdhhqyyfu.jpg
    I call that a success :)

     photo scotchegg3_zps2o55ts6g.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 10:02pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    Wow well done they look stupendously yummy and such a nice way to use the first Quail eggs. Glad I looked in before going up to bed now xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 11:41pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    The first pics I thought "yuk", but they look scrummy when they're cooked! Glad you enjoyed them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 1:51pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    Mallory loves eggy bread pizza. Named like that as she would only eat pizza and it was a way to get her to eat something different. Funny thing is she only eats it when I make it goodness knows why, Might be because I let her make it with me. She can crack the eggs without getting shell into the mixture now so that saves me time..... Easiest way to get a bit of shell out is with a bigger piece of shell used like a scoop by the way. G/North calls it French toast and eats it with sugar on which really turns my stomach over..... it must be the American in him !!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 5:08pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northWow well done they look stupendously yummy and such a nice way to use the first Quail eggs. Glad I looked in before going up to bed now xxx


    Thank you!! We did them no recipe haha just made it up as we went along :bigsmile:

    Posted By: KatebThe first pics I thought "yuk", but they look scrummy when they're cooked! Glad you enjoyed them.


    Thanks Kate, they were yummy!

    NN, what do you mean by eggy bread pizza? Is it pizza with egg friend on them, or eggy bread with cheese on top? Lyle is VERY interested as he loves stuff like that!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 5:09pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh I forgot to say, we had our 4th egg today :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 5:39pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    Well done, Red - they look fabulous...yum... Good job NN is back - she always has a good recipe up her sleeve!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 7:32pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    Eggy bread Pizza is just plain eggy bread !! thats bread dipped in egg and shallow fried. I just call it that cos she will eat pizza. Sorry about the confusion. You can dip cheese or ham and cheese sarnies in the egg and fry they same way. I used to do that for a simple but nourishing supper for my boys when they were young. Looks like they got into the swing of laying now Bless them. I dont know what Chewbacca is up to she was laying a fair treat but has suddenly stopped. I had a look round the garden in case she is hiding them. She is making encouraging little chirrups as she eats her food so I hope she is not deciding to go broody this early
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2016 10:03am (Feb 24th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha oops sorry for misunderstanding :tooth: Well that's set Lyle a challenge now (he loves exploring food stuff) - eggy bread pizza!! He fried pizza once after reading some people eat it like that; terribly unhealthy but he said he liked it :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2016 9:09pm (Feb 28th 2016)
     
    Eggy Bread?? Looks like what we call French Toast over here. Is it the same thing?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2016 5:59am (Feb 29th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah I think it is the same thing Lynn, I recall Lyle telling me that other places call eggy bread french toast!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2016 5:21pm (Feb 29th 2016) edited
     
    I thought French toast was when you split a slice of toast into two thin thin thin slices then toast the other side. Mind you, I am to cookery what a duck is to chartered accounting so don't let me sway you!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2016 5:25pm (Feb 29th 2016)
     
    Nope, I've looked it up - what I was on about is Melba toast. Sorry!:iamwithstupid:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2016 9:00pm (Feb 29th 2016)
     
    I always thought French toast was when you toasted one side and put the butter on the other (untoasted) side, but we had a discussion at work and everyone else said it was eggy toast but I don't see how you can dip in egg and then put in a toaster!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2016 6:43pm (Mar 3rd 2016)
     
    G/N and Lyle have it right..that is French Toast in USA...it's one of my favorite thing. :face-smile: