Omlet Newsletter 22nd May 2008
Chickens are now so fashionable they have replaced handbags as the seasons must have accessory. In this months edition of Marie Claire, Tassara (the model) is shown wearing a wool crepe dress by Jil Sander, sandals by Lanvin, watch by Cartier and Eglu Cube by Omlet. If you dress similarly to feed your chickens then please send in a photo to Omlet’s fashion guru firstname.lastname@example.org. The poshest frocks will win a rather unusual beauty product.
Chicken Dior’s latest handbag and an eglu cube, modelled in this month’s Marie Claire
The Greeks invented thermometers, the ancient orders of architecture and hula hooping to keep fit but they were a bit slow out of the Olympic blocks when it came to chicken houses. But finally Greek Magazine Euzhn – a global experience of good taste – is letting the good people of greece know that the eglu is available.
According to Pyth-egg-orases theorem chickens were bound to egg-crop-olis up in a Greek magazine at some point.
More breaking news!!
There has been more than the normal amount of sun the last few weeks, which is great news for fans of flip flops and sunscreen. And lets not forget the chickens (do we ever? – Ed) they enjoy the warm, dry days too. The conditions are perfect for some satisfying dust bathing and grub nibbling. But It is vital they have a fresh supply of water at all times so please make sure that their water is topped up.
Eggs glorious eggs
Omlet HQ is getting regular calls from delighted first timers who are waking to find eggs in the nesting box. The longer days certainly bring out the best in chickens and hopefully your hens are among those producing lovely, tasty eggs, perfect for cakes, salads and sandwiches. Why not go for a picnic in the park, on the beach, or at the bottom of your garden where the chickens can join in. Make the most of the Summer and send us some pictures while you’re at it!
It’s Show Time
You might think that appearances in glossy magazines, mixing with celebrities (rumour has it Chris Evans just took delivery of a cube) and general media attention would turn the eglu into a bit of a diva. Quite the opposite, eglus love nothing more than meeting the great British public and so it was at Grand Designs Live where thousands of people came to open the eggport, pull out the dropping tray and deliberate over the colour choice of the eglu range.
The next opportunity to come and try out an eglu or cube and ask the Omlet team questions is at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham NEC from 11th – 15th June. This show is a must for anyone interested in flowers, gardens and sustainable living. It features a huge number of displays and demonstrations as well as the chance to meet Alan Titchmarsh! We will be on stand G172 so come and say hello, there is more information on the BBC website here.
Eirian in full swing demonstrating the eglu cube at Grand Designs Live.
Around the World in 80 Eglus
We were inspired this week when we received some photos from an Eglu owner in Norway. (Perhaps somewhat henvious too.) Green grass, blue sky, gleaming water, the scene is truly idyllic, and we wonder if life could get any better for a chicken than this. It got us thinking about the different gardens, even countries that eglus end up in. Being curious, alright slightly nosey, we would like to know what their homes are like, so, if you live in an interesting place, or, even better, a different country, we would love you to send us a photo to email@example.com.
When you live on a remote fjord in Norway having your own supply of eggs is essential.
All this talk of different countries has given Dr Egghead a great idea for this month’s competition. Those of you who really are chicken mad may have seen our ‘speak chicken’ section on the website, listing 20 different language translations of ‘cock-a-doodle-do’. To see the original page click here.
You never know when you’re going to run out of eggs while camping in china or hiking in hebrew so learning this useful word could be a real life saver. So to help you with your language skills and test your observation, Dr Egghead has carefully compiled a wordsearch featuring cock-a-doodle-do in 10 different languages.
When you have found all the words and can see well enought to type, send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. The prize is a fabulous Gone to Feed the Chickens Door sign. The winner will be randomly selected from all correct entries. Good luck!
Words to Find:
This month’s competition is a word search.
Can you find ‘Coko-a-doodle-do’ in 10 different
languages? Good luck.
Spot the Difference Winners
Blimey eggy riley, your entries to last month’s competition came flooding in like a flock of crazy chickens! Most of you spotted the nine differences, but for those that didn’t the answers are as follows: Omlet van had turned around, plant pot missing, white rabbit missing, drainpipe on side of house missing, woman not holding pet carrier, Eglu door has shut, one window from bottom floor missing, one green box missing, and wheel barrow handle missing. Well done to all of you that got it right!
The first correct entry we received was from Eirian Walsh-Atkins. Congratulations, the blue chicken doorstop is on its way to you. Runner-up prizes will be going to Kate Gandhi and Donna Heaton, for their speedy entries. And we have prizes for four lovely ladies that sent in these hilarious pictures of them going cross-eyed. The things people will do to win an egg cup…
The Omlet Team
All ready to hang on the winner’s door.
Congratulations to Eirian who was the first to spot the differences!
The Rhode ‘Crosseye’-land Red has been laying again.
You can see more photos if you click this link: gallery
“and eyes and ears and beak and nose, head, feathers, knees and toes, knees and toes”
Applications are invited for the world’s first Chicken Circus, tightrope walker already found, jugglers, fox tamers and fire walkers required.
Chickens love to be stroked preferably by 10 hands at once.
We suspect this chicken may be slightly broody.
The chickens hadn’t quite mastered the game of hide and seek.
Joseph and his technicolour chicken.
One question I get asked frequently is “how do chickens and children get along?” Absolutely wonderfully, is my usual answer. Children find chickens quite fascinating and I’m amazed at the time my own lads spend watching and cuddling the hens in the garden. It doesn’t matter how old they are either as the fascination doesn’t seem to fade. Hens don’t take much looking after and children are usually happy to have some responsibility when it comes to caring for them. Whether it’s letting them out in the morning or taking out a dish of treats in the afternoon, I always have a willing helper or two.
Hens are usually very gentle creatures and don’t seem to mind being carried around the garden, tucked under an enthusiastic youngster’s arm like a feathery handbag. However, I’ve explained to my sons that it’s important not to put their faces near to the hen’s face though as they are attracted to shiny objects and may accidentally peck at teeth and eyes if they catch the light. I’ve only been pecked twice by my chickens over the years but I can tell you that a nip on the lip hurts! I’ve always made sure that the boys wash their hands well when they’ve been handling the chickens too to avoid any tummy upsets.
span style=”font-size: medium;”Their teachers and classmates are always interested in hearing stories of our little flock and we often send in photos and news of the hen’s antics along with the odd box of eggs every now and then when we can spare them. It’s been lovely that the boys have been able to explain how happy our chickens are to be free and able to potter around the garden and they have contrasted this with the miserable lives of the battery hens, so many of their classmates have now started to ask their parents to buy free range eggs as a result. Cookery lessons are fun as they take in our own eggs labelled with the date and the name of the hen who laid each egg which tickles their teacher. I’ve heard of customers who have taken their chickens in to school for “Show and Tell” lessons which have gone down a storm because the other children have been so spellbound with the hens and the funny things they do. I haven’t attempted it myself – yet! However, I suspect that it’s only a matter of time!
Tom’s Recipe of the Week
With the days getting longer and the sun on their backs the chickens are producing like there’s no tomorrow.am up for work at 5am so I let the chickens out before I leave. Barbara, dressed in her nightie, pops down to see them every morning, coffee in hand. (The coffee is for her, not the hens.
The combination of long days and sunshine must suit the chickens. They spend their days foraging for grubs, worms and woodlice. I call it Tapas for chickens.
I have been talked into letting Barbara have a small section of my vegetable garden to grow spinach. I didn’t know she liked it so much, then I found out the real reason she wanted it- for her darling chookies. I am loathe to admit it but the yolks are becoming even more orange thanks to the dark green veg. I’m planning to grow some cabbage to see them through the dark winter months. Don’t tell Barbara, she’ll think I’m becoming soft in my old age!
We are getting so many eggs that I have taken to leaving an honesty box outside the front door. At the rate they are going we will be millionaires soon. We still have plenty for us and the family, so here is another special recipe.
Hope you enjoy!
1 large potato
1 medium onion
salt and pepper to taste
1. Grate the onion and potato in a large bowl, sprinkle with sea salt and set aside for 30 minutes.
2. Beat the egg with a pinch of salt and twist of black pepper.
3. When the juices start to gather in the potato bowl squeeze out the excess moisture until the mix is relatively dry. Discard the potato juice. Add the egg and mix.
4. Heat some vegetable oil in a heavy frying pan until it is hot. Drop small amounts of the potato mixture into the oil, making small pancakes. Fry for a couple of minute on each side until golden brown.
5. Leave on kitchen paper until the whole batch has been made.
Delicious served with apple sauce, ketchup or homemade mayonnaise – a recipe that will follow soon.
‘A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’, as Barbara always says. Doesn’t stop her eating them though!
Eglu Owner of the Week
About You: April Chalklin
Your occupation: Livery Yard Manager.
Where and with who do you live? Surrey Hills with too many animals to count and this bloke who’s been hanging around for 15 years.
What time do you get up in the morning? Sparrowcough.
What is your favourite outfit? My Cowgirl jeans and a clean shirt.
What would you choose as your last supper? Very rare steak, mashed potato and good red wine. In fact just the good red wine.
What’s your greatest extravagance? A custom-made memory foam saddle.
Do you have a hobby or a hidden talent? I can speak fluent French and juggle. Hobbies? No.
Who would play you in a movie of your life? Julie Walters.
What song do you most like dancing to? Probably ‘Knock on Wood’ by Amy Stewart.
If you won the lottery what’s the first thing you would do? Be astounded- I don’t do the Lottery!
About your chickens
What are your chickens called? Scaramouche, Fandango, and Bizmillah.
How many eggs do you get a week and what’s your favourite way of preparing them? About 15- must be poached perfectly and laid on a toasted bagel.
Do you get lots of double yolkers? Not really, but we had one that was 110 grammes!
Do you bake more cakes now you have your own chickens? I don’t do baking, ironing, or sewing. A girl’s got to draw the line somewhere.
What do your chickens like more than anything else in the world? Invading the greenhouse.
What’s been the most surprising thing about keeping chickens? How huge the droppings are.
Can you imagine life without chickens ever again? No I can’t, its like having a load of eccentric aunts living with you, and they don’t sit on your sofa and criticize your housework.
“Caught in a newsletter, no escape from reality”
“Bizmillah! No, I will not let you go”
“Beelzebub has some layers pellets for our tea”
Lots of fantastic new chicken products in the Omlet shop!
Bits and Pieces Holder
It’s easy to misplace items in the kitchen. Phone numbers, recipes, keys…the list is endless, but those important bits and pieces magically disappear just when you need them most. You never know, your feathered friends may be secretly sneaking in and taking things, just to watch you flap with frustration, but, more likely, your organisation skills could do with a bit of a tidy up. This hand-painted wooden holder features three hen pegs and two hooks, perfect to clip and hang those little things you don’t want to lose. And it looks as pretty as a picture too! Measures approx 30cm by 11cm.
Egg Cup Hot Chick
Beautiful new ceramic range by Martin Gulliver, including this hot chick egg cup…
Be a hot chick with this elegant, hand-painted, ceramic egg cup…the perfect addition to every breakfast table. Its brightly coloured spots will be sure to wake up tired eyes, and who could resist smiling at that cheeky little face? A great way to keep your egg hidden from greedy eyes until you’re ready to eat it. Presented in a lovely gift box, and matching items are available.
Apparantly spotty is the new black.
Plaque – Beware of the Bantams
Our Beware of the Chicken plaques have flown off the shelves so quickly, and we now have a couple of new additions which we hope will be just as popular…
Why should dog owners have all the fun? Stand out from the crowd with this notice and watch as unwanted visitors head for the hills. Your bantams will flutter their feathers with pride and cluck with delight. Suitable for outdoor use.
You have been warned…
Also available for rabbits, guinea-pigs, chickens and cockerels!
Three stunning new cards featuring unique, eye-catching designs. Pretty pastel colours to brighten someone’s day. All blank on the inside for your own messages, perfect for any occasion.
‘Cheep’ and cheerful!
Each card costs just £2