Omlet Newsletter June 24th 2005
Next week on GMTV you can see the latest must have eggcessory for your garden. James delivered a brand new green eglu and two starstruck Gingernut Rangers to Eric Knowles from the Antiques Roadshow. For the last few weeks Eric (a chicken novice) has been looking after his girls and keeping a diary which you can see on ITV next Tuesday. If you are trying to work out which one is James, he’s the one on the left!
In other showbiz news. Omlet attempted to sponsor Britains great tennis hope, Tim “the tiger” Henman at Wimbledon this year but he was too expensive. After this years performance he might be within budget!
More of James’ bad jokes to cheer you up…
Q: How do ghost’s like their eggs?
(Do you know any good jokes? Please, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Barbara’s Weekly Diary!
Lots of egg = lots of fun…
Did you know that it takes around 25 hours for an egg to be made! Amazing, isn’t it. They look so simple from the outside but they are actually made up of 5 parts – the germinal disc or blastodisc which is inside the yolk, the yolk, the albumen or white, the shell membrane or skin and the shell. They provide us with protein, iron, phosphorus, iodine and contain vitamins A,B, D and E but no vitamin C. Free range eggs with their wonderful golden yellow yolks also give us more vitamin B12 and folic acid than battery eggs. The shell is actually covered with tiny holes so it can easily absorb strong smells.
I came across a recipe the other day which used up a glut of eggs which had been accumulating in my kitchen. Believe me, it is absolutely delicious for a special occasion!
Homemade Lemon Curd
4 egg yolks
300g caster sugar
Zest and juice the lemons. Beat the eggs, yolks and sugar together until the sugar has dissolved. Add the butter, lemon juice and zest and heat gently in a pan, stirring all the time, until thickened then pour into clean warm jars and store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. If the mixture curdles in the pan during heating, plunge it into a sink full of icy water and beat like mad!!
(next week: A great recipe with lots of lemon curd!)
This Weeks Star Photo
Although afraid of flying Matilda’s
falcon training was coming on well.
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What’s on the forum?
Is she broody or ready to lay? – Gina
“One of our girls has started to lay over the last 2 days, but we don’t know which one. I’ve been spying on them all morning, and all I can see is Louise being very stubborn sitting on the nest and refusing to move. Thelma is in the Eglu with her stomping up and down. Is this normal when they lay an egg……..or is Louise broody?
“They do some very strange things when they are about to lay, Bunty runs round the garden shouting to everybody then lays an egg.” – Nicola
“When mine 1st started to lay, Henno was in and out in and out in and out and hey presto an egg had arrived. It’s just fab, isn’t it?” – Laura
“Jenny became very vocal – announcing to the world that an egg was on the way so expect them to be a little odd for the first week or so until they get used to this strange new sensation!! Izzy still sits for a while on her egg but she’s not broody – just rather proud!!” – Kate
“Yes, we had the in & out, not sure what to do, then about an hour sitting. It must be a strange sensation for them to begin with, it soon settles down. Chuckles used to keep checking up on Penny when she’d gone into the Eglu, holding her handbag outside the door, I think.” – Sheila
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Have an eggcellent day,
Johannes and the Omlet team!