googie eggs

Sunday, 19 August 2012

When I was a child, we called eggs 'googie eggs'. According to the Australian National University, the term comes from the Scottish 'goggie' which is a child's word for egg. Whatever its origins, one thing is certain - when I ate googie eggs as a child, they were something else. They were intense in flavour, with a yolk as gold as sun - and fat and plentiful, too.

Ella has been at me for some time to get some chickens for the backyard, but seeing as though I recently killed a very hardy pot plant through neglect, now is not the time to introduce a hen house to the family, as much as I'd love to.

That doesn't stop me from vicariously enjoying and envying the hen houses of others, and my dear friend Jennie McClelland of Posie fame fulfills my every need when it comes to vicarious living - even down to the delivery of her own hen's eggs, snug in an egg carton tied with ribbon and topped with a cock's comb bloom.

I squawked like a chook when Jennie handed me this fragile bundle - and like all things au naturelle, the googies inside this package are variant, 'imperfect' and absolutely and utterly beautiful.

Jennie had even hand-dated them so we can take advantage of their fullest freshness, though I suspect these eggs won't even see the day out - we plan to use them up this very afternoon; and will keep you posted on what we create.

Thank you, Jennie. Your poultrific treasures are welcome in our fold any time.



Posie Patchwork said...

Oh my pleasure, sharing the bounty Tania. I didn't even clean those eggs, our hens are just lady like & pop out those eggs clean. I loved that every single egg was possibly laid by a different hen, so some are white, pearl, brown & off white, what a brilliant variety. The children date them too & often write who they think laid them, or little stories, it's the most adorable thing ever. I'm just off out into the coop now as the same Spangled Hamburg who laid an egg in the pea mulch sack yesterday, just laid another one. So i've found some old pink wooden boxes i used to use at markets, to use as laying boxes on top of the hen house, as ours like to lay during the day. We had eggs for breakfast, they were fantastic, i even think they make my cakes & cookies rise better, i won't go on about the meringue we have!! Oh this Summer, when everyone is in full laying capacity, it will be icecream in the KitchenAid, can't wait, love Posie

Sue M said...

Hello Tania, so glad to have found your blog! I am 1/2 way through reading Beijing Tai Tai (purchased in Merrimbula last week) and don't want to finish it - it feels as if I am listening to you! I have just returned from 3 weeks in China - one week spent with my brother, sister-in-law and 2 kids - in Shanghai experiencing their expat life. Congratulations - your book is wonderfully real!

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