Sunday, November 14, 2010
Eggs From Mum
My mother will still occasionally bring food by the house. She wants to make sure I'm well fed. This time we got some fresh eggs from her hen house and a huge bag of winter chard... some Vietnamese ham, Banh-mi sandwiches and some roasted pork. I think I'm good for the winter thanks mom!
I LOVE fresh eggs. We used to raise chickens for eggs when I was little and mom has recently taken up the hobby again. The yolks are an amazing orange color, not like the pale yellow ones from store bought eggs. The taste is also much richer... you can definitely tell the difference when making things like Hollandaise sauce.
They are fun to keep and not too much work. The only downside is the smell and noise... and having to decided what to do with them when they stop producing or fall ill. You can grow very attached. My grandfather ran a farm and my grandmother/mother have done a lot of slaughtering. If I had the choice I would much rather kill my own food. All of the "family's" slaughters have been done very respectfully and quickly. My grandfather would say a "thank you/prayer" to each animal before it was killed. The focus was to do it as cleanly and quickly as possible and no other animals were ever present.
I'm a meat eater and struggle with the idea. I know what "meat production" is like in the US and how animals are kept and how they're killed. We mostly eat chickens and when we buy meat we try to stay to the free range, organic, yada yada... It's not an issue of "it's wrong to eat animals" with me, but I do have a problem with how they're treated. We go through phases of not eating meat, but I'm a bacon ADDICT and have HUGE MEAT CRAVINGS! Imagine a starved out vampire next to a juicy neck. LOL
Well thanks for the eggs mom! I'm hoping to have enough yard space to have our own chicken coop one day.