Monday, 23 January 2012

Egg House

I dream of having wandering chickens in my garden one day, pecking away at the garden slugs, snails and bugs- natures pest control.  The landlord of the house that I am moving into has given me permission to dig up and grow things, but he wasn't quite sure of granting us permission for keeping chickens.  The house is on the corner of a busy road that leads to the motorway, so I don't know if it would be a good idea anyway.

Right now though I give you full permission to laugh out loud at me.  I have no chickadees, and no chicken coop, but what I do have is a egg house.  Yes you read right an 'egg house'.  I saw this stylish wooden egg house, otherwise known as an egg holder - ooh maybe eight years ago in the now closed Woolworths.  I think it cost me £4.99 and holds 18 eggs.  It conjured up memories of High School.  I remember making an egg rack and a bookshelf in Woodwork.   I was quite proud of them both. 

I have also taken quite a liking to those ceramic ones that a shaped like a hen, but I don't trust my husbands clumsy hands.  He has been known to drop and smash things, by accident of course.
I know some people put their eggs in the fridge, I prefer to put them keep them out of the fridge, so that they are always at room temperature. I can't always afford organic, but the eggs always, always have to be free-range.

Here a couple of egg based recipes from my blog in 2009. The Vegetarian Scotch Egg and Baked Mexican Eggs in Tortilla Cups.   By the way, what kind of egg holders do you have in your kitchen?

21 comments:

  1. I am on the look out for one of the wire baskets shaped like a hen for keeping eggs in. I have wanted one for ages.

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  2. I love that egg house!! I have nothing that fun to keep the eggs in.

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  3. I do the same with regards to eggs - I never put them in the fridge as I too always like them room temperature. I just don't see the point of putting eggs in the fridge really. :)

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  4. Hi Shaheen. Here in Florida if we were to keep our eggs in an egg house we would return home from work one night to find hard boiled eggs! Unfortunately our food practices revolve around preventing spoilage. What I would give for a natural food cellar and wine cellar.

    But... I would probably have to be willing to give up 70-degree Winters too, I might expect.

    Love the blog post! Thanks for sharing it with us. Psst... If you ultimately do get chickens please do train them well (stay in the yard).

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  5. Oh remember Woolworth's where you could get almost anything at a good price...them were the days!
    I'm of the same mind Shaheen about chooks. I'm so tempted to have a few pecking about the place. My daughter bought two last year and loves having them around. She's in Scotland. There's a constant supply of fresh eggs that she knows exactly what's gone into them.
    They are named after me and her to be Mother-in-Law!
    Not sure I like that idea... I can't decide if that means we're like young chicks or old cluckers! Think I know which really :(
    Enjoying seeing all your kitchenalia. x

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    1. So funny the chooks are named after you and her mom-in-law to be. Kinda sweet in a funny way.

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  6. Non sapevo che ci fosse anche la casina della uova.
    Ciao

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  7. I too have a little egg house, but as we usually have lots of eggs I use mine to hold egg cups.

    They sit happily in the little holes and are relatively safe from Lovely Hubby, who, like your man, has been known to drop things on occasion!!

    If you let your new landlord see your veggie garden up in action and then approach him again to let you keep chooks, you would mostly likely find that 3 little hens (especially if you get Bantams, who give the most delicious eggs) would be fine in an enclosed run that you could move around the garden. Eglus are brilliant and only take up about 8ft by 4ft. You could just let them out to free range when you wanted them to and you were there to watch their antics.

    Sue xx

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    1. Thank you so much Sue.
      I will keep that in mind, and thanks for recommeding the Bantams. My parents kept chooks when I was small, its was in an enclosed area though and safe for them to roam. I've rad a bit about eglus, but a bit costly, but if I keep chickens its an expense that is necessary of course. Warmest of wishes to you x

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  8. lovely egg house!
    take care during home moving..
    Justyna

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  9. How I miss good old Woolies, you could buy just about anything there. I love the little egg house, it's so cute, and I agree with you about free range eggs, I won't buy any other.

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  10. For some reason that egg house is so darn cute! I remember finding it very strange when I traveled in Ireland that people did not refrigerate their eggs - I had never seen that before. How long can you keep them that way without spoiling?

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    1. Hello RuckusButt,
      I tend to use my eggs by the sell by date, so have never encounted spoiling of eggs, so cannot really answer your comment - sorry.
      Hope your well. Its always good to hear from you.

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  11. This is a blog i will love to follow. Cooking is my second passion.

    XX

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    1. Thank you so so much ilovemyhouse x

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  12. I love your egg house Shaheen! I too dream of having hens one day but until then have to content myself with bought (free-range) eggs. I don't have a cute egg house but I do have a sweet little shelf unit with different egg cups in it on my kitchen wall.
    My Chap sounds similar - best quote ever - 'I'm not heavy handed, things just break'!!
    All the best for your move and Yay for the digging up the garden permission! x

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    1. So fab to hear from you Ruth.
      'I'm not heavy handed, things just break'!! - yeah right!

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  13. Great to hear you'll be able to grow again in your next home.
    Oh I do so miss Woolworth. Everything you could ever need, and stuff you would never need, but always at a great price. Wilkinson has filled that market somewhat but stores are not everywhere. RIP Woolies!
    Onwards and upwards for veg growing resumed!

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    1. Thank you Scarlett,
      Yes I am real pleased about that.
      Started packing boxes, due to move home in two weeks - yipee.

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  14. That is SUCH a great egg house! I have one the same, and also several egg stands and egg plates, with indentations in them......I am a bit if a hoarder when it comes to Kitchenalia and have loads of it! Glad to see you are the same!

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