Gabriel keeps a flock of chickens and enjoys eggs for lunch...
I am the proud owner of a flock of chickens—in fact, we are talking close to 100 chickens or thereabout. As you can imagine, fresh eggs are never far away from my kitchen. I love eggs: fried, poached, boiled, and scrambled. Omelettes, frittatas; you name it, I love it! I also like to take standard recipes and transform them into something special. But I also want my meals to be simple, easy and quick.
Today I made egg salad—a typical starter from way back in the day—but I've spiced it up with a little curry powder, chilli powder, lime juice and edible flowers. I have a veggie plot where I grow herbs, although of course herbs can grow in a pot on your windowsill, so no excuses! And the flowers are simply from rocket leaves and coriander, as well as onions going to seed. Presto!
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- 4 medium fresh eggs
- Handful fresh rocket leaves
- 2 small beetroots, cooked and peeled
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon lime juice, freshly squeezed
- Sprinkle onion seeds (or snipped fresh chives)
- Fresh edible flowers, corriander and rocket
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- Boil the eggs to a hard-boiled consistency. Run cold water over the eggs until they are cool enough to handle, peel away the shell and cut each egg in half.
- In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, curry powder, chilli powder and lime juice, and blend well. Add a little water if you need to loosen the mixture.
- Arrange the rocket leaves on a plate and add the beetroot. Place the boiled egg halves in the middle of the plate.
- Drizzle overy the curried mayonaise and decorate with the onion seeds or snipped chives and add the corriander and rocket flowers. Serve immediately.
I appreciate that it could be lunchtime and some of the ingredients listed might not be in your fridge. Use lettuce or whatever salad greens you have. Chop a few peppers or add some sliced tomato. Don't add onion; the flavor is too strong and raw onion saturates delicate dishes. Some red onion varieties are sweet and baby spring onions are more subtle. But big old chunks of raw onion, no thank you!
The wow factor here is the curried mayonnaise, and I also wanted to show you how simply dressing a plate can enhance the whole dish and take it to another level, even if it is only boiled eggs. However, if you are going to impress a friend then you need to go shopping!
I have used silkie eggs in this dish. They are smaller than the normal hen egg; hence the five halves as opposed to four halves in the top photo. I also like to use duck eggs, and quail eggs will also work wonderfully. Eggs are very versatile and make a nutritious snack or meal. Eggs contain high-quality protein and improve good levels of cholesterol. And of course they are filling and inexpensive making them a good food source for the whole family.
© 2021 Gabriel Wilson