Eggcellent Recipe Ideas with Compassion and Love
When I was approached by the British Hen Welfare Trust and asked if I would support Free-Range Friday, I was delighted to accept on many counts. Firstly, I am a “Chicken Mother” to some lovely, feisty, feathered broads known as the Coronation Chickens, you can read all about them here and here; and, I can assure you that once you have kept chickens, and have seen how happy they are scratching around in the earth as well as chasing insects, you will NEVER consider buying non free-range eggs or chicken ever again. That coupled with the grim discovery of just how bad conditions must be when you adopt ex-battery hens – it is a real shock when you see them, no feathers, raw bottoms and scared of light and open spaces – battery farming is an abomination and should never have been allowed to run for as long as it did in the UK, it’s simple, NO excuses at all! Sorry! It is a cruel and unnecessary form of bad animal husbandry…..and it makes my blood boil. But, things are looking up and it’s all down to the efforts of the British Hen Welfare Trust and all the kind and compassionate people who have re-homed ex-battery hens.
It’s seems simple to me, the quality of food you eat is linked to the quality of farming and care; you only have to see the sad pale colour of a battery farmed egg compared to rich golden yolk of a free-range one to see an immediate comparison, apart from the obvious cruelty implications. And, that is why I have always supported free-range egg production, even before I started to keep hens, I would rather buy less or go without eggs than buy battery farmed ones! But, let’s move on to the idea of Free-Range Friday. The aim of Free Range Friday is to raise funds and awareness for the British Hen Welfare Trust by asking individuals, companies and community groups to hold a get together with friends, family or colleagues and cook or bake using free range eggs. Fundraising packs are provided which include all the materials to get you started such as; invitation cards, posters, stickers and a handy guide full of ideas of how to make your event a success. Funds will be raised by guests making a donation towards their Free Range Friday, whether that’s a breakfast, brunch, lunch, picnic in the park, tea time pancakes or 5 course dinner. I think it is a BRILLIANT and FUN way to get involved, and I am happy to promote and support it through Lavender and Lovage.
And, as it is also British Farmhouse Breakfast Week, what better Friday to promote this great cause than today! I always eat breakfast, whether I am on a diet or not, and eggs always feature regularly on our breakfast menu. I have decided to share some of my breakfast egg recipes today, all made with home-grown free-range eggs, and all EGGcellent of course!
(All the recipes below use free-range eggs)
That’s all for today, I do hope you have enjoyed my eggs recipes, have a GREAT weekend, see you later, Karen.
BECOME A CARING CONSUMER
There are several ways in which you can help caged hens indirectly:
By becoming a caring consumer
By word of mouth
By the written word
Egg on the free range farmers
Many supermarkets acknowledge the growing trend towards ethical eating and as well as offering free range shell eggs, offer processed food products containing free range eggs or egg derivatives. Please support these hen friendly supermarkets, take the time to tell a member of staff that is why you choose to shop there or fill in a customer comments form so you can be sure that management get to hear your views.
Start crowing about free range farming
Talking about caged hens is one of the best ways to enlist support. Tell your family, friends and work colleagues they too can help take a hen out of her cage simply by selecting products that use eggs from welfare friendly sources.Of course, those of our supporters who offer free range retirement to some ex-bats have the perfect excuse to spread the word about their feathered family members; in fact left to their own devices, the hens will do a pretty good PR job themselves!
Drop a line
There are many ways in which you can help caged hens by writing to:
Your local MP
Your local supermarket