World Egg Day

Happy World Egg Day! This day is an opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of eggs. Find some of the benefits here. World Egg Day began in 1996 and is celebrated annually on the second Friday of October. Of course, we are going to celebrate it too by making ‘Scotch Eggs’. Who hasn’t heard of Scotch Eggs? A beautiful soft boiled egg wrapped in meat with a crunchy layer. BUT have you ever eaten one or made one? I hadn’t. Neither ate one nor made one so I decided to make one to celebrate Egg Day. I love watching Masterchef Australia and I have been wanting to make the scotch egg Sarah Todd made ever since I saw it. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to get quail eggs around here AND with a pretty tight budget, I couldn’t really afford to buy salmon so I decided to make “regular” scotch eggs. Instead of sausage meat, I bought organic beef from grass fed cows (I can get this pretty cheap; that is: cheaper than from the supermarket) and mixed some spices through it. I soft boiled my eggs and let them cool. A dear friend of mine gave me a gift card of 12.5 euros with which I could buy all kinds of organic stuff. I bought my eggs with them because I wanted good quality eggs. Unfortunately, they were hard to peel. Just like the cheaper ones I normally have. That makes it hard to make Scotch Eggs with a beautiful soft centre. Also, my ground beef was probably to warm because it kept falling apart and they turned out really big… Like REALLY. I decided I’d skip the idea of making Scotch eggs and call them Dragon Eggs because they were so huge. I carefully laid them in a lined bread tin and placed them in the oven. The recipes I checked stated it should need 30 minutes. I placed them in for 28. When I got them out of the oven I saw cracks all over and there was nothing pretty about it… NOTHING! I felt like a failure at first but THEN I got creative and called them ‘Hatched Dragon Eggs’. They looked exactly the way they should!

Scotch Egg, Roasted potatoes and Green beans

This is the best among the lot (I made 4). I’m a little bit disappointed that they didn’t turn out the way I wanted them. Also, I used Jamie Oliver’s recipe for scotch eggs and added extra salt to my “sausage” mix (I added sausage spices to my ground beef). This was a very big mistake. Also, putting them in the oven for 30 minutes is a big mistake. When I make them again, I won’t add the extra salt and will only bake them in the oven for 15 minutes or so because they were really dry. Other than that, the taste was really nice (apart from it being salty). I know the mistakes and I know how to fix them: no extra salt, shorter oven time, cook the eggs in the morning and let them cool completely and chill the ground beef after I have added the “sausage mix” because the beef kept “crumbling” and was really soft. I needed it to be tougher. I learn from my mistakes 🙂
By the way… I wonder if these can be veganized (is that a word?) Challenge Accepted.

So what are you going to do for World Egg Day? Care to share in a comment down below?

Don’t forget, tomorrow is World Porridge Day. Want to know what I have done for this day? Come back tomorrow to find out!

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