It’s World Egg Day

It’s World Egg Day

Get your pans out, put the kettle on and shine your egg cups – it’s World Egg Day! This is the one time of the year when the whole world celebrates the humble egg, and for good reason too. They are tasty, nutritious, affordable and can be used in so many dishes it would take you years to eat them all.

So, what’s the big deal? Eggs are loved all over the globe and each country has their own way of cooking and preparing eggs. From classic Spanish omelettes and Italian bakes through to North African chakchoukas and Indian curries, eggs have some serious culinary heritage.

So what is World Egg Day exactly?

Established in 1996 by the International Egg Commission in Vienna, World Egg Day is the chance for egg producers and promoters to highlight all of the benefits that eggs bring to consumers. Everyone celebrates in a different way! For instance:

  • Bangladesh – 5000 boiled eggs will be handed out for free to local people, together with t-shirts, hats and information packs.
  • Egg farmers of Canada have partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to provide 130,000 kids with gift kits that include egg coupons, recipes and posters.
  • France – 50,000 eggs are to be given away by the French Egg Industry, together with competitions and other events.
  • USA – Nationwide competitions and a special Indiana Jones egg that will travel the world and share global recipes.

Some egg trivia!

So here are some fun egg facts and trivia to help get you ready for the big day!

  • An average person will eat 7,300 eggs over their lifetime.
  • UK egg-fans eat around 11 billion eggs a year. That’s 31 million a day, or 350 every second!
  • Howard Helmer (the fastest omelette maker in the world!) made 427 double-egg omelettes in just half an hour.
  • The largest egg (that we know of) had five yolks.
  • The heaviest egg weighed six times more than a typical egg, coming in at 454 grams.
  • Madrid holds the record for the biggest omelette ever made, consisting of a whopping 5,000 eggs.
  • The furthest that a fresh egg has been thrown without breaking is just over 98 metres, achieved in Texas back in 1978.

 

So what are you doing for World Egg Day? Treat yourself to a nice omelette, whip up a delicious dessert or even try your hand at creating some amazing main meals

British Egg Week is Back!

 

Nipping in just before Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Christmas, British Egg Week is back again, bringing our honoured oval friends into the spotlight once again. Sure, there won’t be fireworks, costumes and presents, but what there will be is a celebration of good food, creative kitchen ideas and smart eating!

Running from October 6th through to the 12th, British Egg Week is all about showing the country just how amazing eggs can be, and how they can make a positive impact on all of our lives.

 

WRAP

British Lion Eggs are partnering up with the WRAP Love Food Hate Waste campaign which aims to reduce food wastage and make the most from what we have. Well, it’s a match made in heaven, because eggs can be added to so many ingredients you might have left over, creating entirely new and delicious meals.

We have teamed up with WRAP and put together some fantastic new leftover egg recipes for you to try out, so check your fridges and see what you can do! For further inspiration, have a crack at our handy recipe generator and you’re sure to find something delicious to try.

Spotlight on nutrition

Egg week is all about letting people know just how they can benefit from incorporating eggs more into their daily diets. One of the most nutritious foods that money can buy, eggs are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fats, all coming from one small but powerful package. With a medium egg containing less than 70 calories, they are an ideal addition to any healthy diet.

For more information on all aspects of egg nutrition, visit our sister-site Egg Info and find out just what makes them such a key aspect of a healthy diet.

 

World egg day

It all comes to a head on World Egg Day, taking place on 10th October where the entire globe celebrates one of nature’s most nutritious superfoods. Every country has a different way of preparing eggs – in India, they go in delicious aromatic curries and in Spain, they are baked into a delicious Spanish omelette. Whatever you choose to make, using British Lion Eggs guarantees the highest quality of food safety.

So there’s a quick look into British Egg Week. Get involved, create some fantastic egg dishes and take a moment to truly appreciate how special these shelled wonders truly are.

Eggy Halloween

Eggy Halloween

Kids will love decorating this snake for Halloween.

Bagel Snake

Serves 4
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 10 mins

Tuna salad topping
1 x 200g can of tuna in oil (drained)
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp crème fraiche or Greek yoghurt
2 scallions, finely sliced

Egg salad topping
2 to 3 large hard boiled British Lion eggs (8 minutes)
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp snipped fresh chives
3 tbsp salad cress
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Decoration
cherry tomatoes, halved
chives
1 stuffed olive, sliced
strip of sweet pepper

Method

  1. Slice the bagels in half and then cut each half down the centre to form a semi circle.  Cut out the head of the snake from one of the pieces of bagel and the tail from another. Mix the ingredients for the tuna salad topping and mix the ingredients for the egg salad topping. Spread half the bagels with tuna and half with egg.
  2. Decorate the tuna topping with halved cherry tomatoes and the egg topping with strips of chives arranged in a criss cross pattern. Arrange the bagels to form the body of a snake. Then attach the head to the snake’s body and arrange two slices of stuffed olive to form the eyes and cut out a forked tongue from the strip of sweet pepper.

Father’s Day

Father’s Day

With Father’s Day (20 June) coming up, the kids and I will do what we’ve done many times before and prepare a special breakfast for dad. And this year we’ve picked a healthy option – a recipe for poached eggs and ham on a bagel has been especially developed by nutritionists to offer a perfect start to the day for men. Get it here!

 

Eggy election snack

Eggy election snack

I’m sure I won’t be the only one staying up late to watch the outcome of the election tonight. Try this healthy snack to help keep energy levels up:

Egg and cress dip

Prep: 5 mins + cooling
Cook: 7 mins
Serves 4

6 large British Lion eggs
4 tbsp low fat mayonnaise
50g/2oz watercress, chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper
pitta bread, carrot sticks breadsticks etc to serve

  1. Place the eggs in a medium pan of cold water. Place on the hob and slowly bring to the boil. When boiling simmer for 7 mins. Then drain, rinse in cold water and tap the shells all over, leave to cool.
  2. When cold peel away the shells. Roughly chop the eggs and mix with the mayonnaise, watercress and seasoning. Spoon into small tubs and chill until required.

Egg Flip and Potato Pie

Egg Flip and Potato Pie

 

Sue Warner from Guildford won the Slimming World recipe competition! Her brilliant dish is pictured above.

National Eggs Benedict Day

National Eggs Benedict Day

Today is National Eggs Benedict Day!  I’m a big fan of this classic dish which may just be the perfect brunch.

Eggs Benedict

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients

For the sauce:
45ml/3tbsp white wine vinegar
75g/3oz butter, melted
2 large British Lion egg yolks
salt and freshly ground black pepper

To complete:
4 large British Lion eggs
4 slices ham
buttered toast to serve

Method

  1. For the sauce:  Place the vinegar in a small pan and simmer until reduced by half. Place the egg yolks and vinegar in a small heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of gently simmering water. Whisk the egg yolks until the mixture is thick enough to leave a ribbon trail when the whisk is lifted. Gradually whisk in the butter until the mixture has thickened. Season to taste. Remove the bowl from the heat and set aside.
  2. To complete, pour 5cm/2in water in a large frying pan and bring to a gentle simmer. Carefully crack the eggs into the simmering water and simmer for 2-3 mins or until the eggs are poached to your liking.
  3. Place 2 pieces of buttered toast on each plate, top with the slices of ham, then place a poached egg on top. Spoon a little of the sauce over each and serve.

The egg fried rice competition

The egg fried rice competition

Egg fried rice

Many Brits probably see the Chinese New Year (14 Feb) as an excellent excuse to eat some lovely Chinese food – and there is nothing wrong with that!

But in my family the celebrations get serious to the point of competition, as my husband Paul’s mum is half Chinese.

Paul’s uncle is widely thought to sit on the best recipe for egg fried rice in the family, but his mum isn’t far behind! Here is her yummy recipe which serves four:

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Flip out for Pancake Day

Flip out for Pancake Day

My kids love pancakes and Pancake Day is a particularly big event when everyone has a go at tossing their pancakes. Next week (16 Feb) it’s that time again.

The tradition comes from the practice of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday to mark the start of Lent, the 40 days of fasting before Easter Sunday. Today, it’s a good way to limit food waste and save money.  And there is so much you can do with leftovers – try making bubble and squeak pancakes or this apple and chocolate crisp recipe.

Here’s a recipe for traditional pancakes. We always go for sweet toppings in my family; favourites include chocolate sauce, strawberries, bananas and cream.

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Valentine’s breakfast

Valentine’s breakfast

It’s less than two weeks until Valentine’s Day, and I’m sure some of us are already panicking at the thought of having to prepare a lavish dinner.

I’m taking a stress-free route this year by surprising my husband with a special breakfast instead. With February 14th falling on a Sunday, you can even make it brunch.

Try this recipe for Eggs Florentine with a romantic twist (lovely served with a glass of Champagne or Prosecco):

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