Eggs, Eggs Everywhere (Hard-Boiled Egg Recipe)

Eggs abound. The colored plastic kind, the chocolate kind and the eggs in my chicken coop. My chickens taught me that eggs have a season. The natural production of eggs depends on the length of light in a day. The short days of winter nearly shut down egg production in my backyard coop. But the long, luscious days of almost spring bring me fresh eggs by the half dozen.

The egg section of the grocery store doesn’t recognize the natural rhythm of the hen. We, the consumer, demand the flavor of eggs year round. The market responds with gigantic hen houses that never experience darkness.

The water footprint of a single egg is 23 gallons of fresh water. An egg in my backyard and the conventional egg packed in styrofoam have the same water footprint. The difference is in the details. My backyard chickens are fed organic feed, supplemented with kitchen scraps, carrot and beet tops from my favorite veggie vendor at the Oxnard Farmers Market and the occasional grazing in my garden.

Backyard chickens isin’t for everyone. But great tasting eggs that don’t compromise the integrity of fresh water systems are available at a farmers market near you.

I’m celebrating the egg season with Egg Salad Sandwiches on my homemade wheat bread (a.k.a. Mama’s Bread). I’ve finally figured out how to hard-boil an egg without the whites of the egg bursting out of its shell. Here’s how:

The Perfect Hard-boiled Egg

Boil water, enough to fully submerge an egg.

Place eggs in boiling water for one minute, cover.

Turn off stove. Let the eggs sit in the water for 12 minutes.

Remove eggs from water and they are ready.

I add a dash of curry powder to my Egg Salad Sandwich to make the flavors sing.

Eat less water at your kitchen table!

Be well,


Posted at Small Footprint FridaysSimple Lives Thursday, Real Food Wednesdays

2 thoughts on “Eggs, Eggs Everywhere (Hard-Boiled Egg Recipe)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s