We only have three Hens at the moment; Richard above, and the two lazy Maran Bimbos.
Richard lays a good sized egg every day, the Bimbos are still too young (I presume), even though they were sold to us as 'point of lay'.
Richard is almost a pet, she sits/shits by our feet, follows us around constantly, and behaves rather like a dog. She is a Hen with identity problems.
These are her eggs, and they're beauties.
Thank you Richard, your generosity will be rewarded in gastronomy heaven.
p.s. And here it is; Lady Magnon used three of Richard's eggs to make a 'light-as-air' sponge cake yesterday, with Gariguette Strawberries and thick cream.
Oh boy.... Lead me to the confessional.
Of all the things I miss from the farm, it's the hens I miss the most: not only the eggs but their entertainment value.ReplyDelete
Richard is very amusing.... if a bit messy.Delete
Beautiful eggs by Richard which helped you to ake a wonderful cake!ReplyDelete
She's a good girl.Delete
What a handsome hen Richard is.And *sigh* those eggs look yummy!ReplyDelete
I don't think eggs get better than hers!Delete
What happened to your flock of pretty "almost black" chooks ? Did they fall prey to a pesky varmint?ReplyDelete
We bought 4, but 2 died. The two (Bimbos) that have survived look very healthy; thank goodness. Keeping Hens is not always easy.Delete
Nothing beats fresh eggs. Even a week old they seem fresher than shop bought. Poached egg from one laidd that day clovered in salt and pepper is a particular favourite of mine!ReplyDelete
Now you mention it, I might have one poached for lunchDelete
Doesn't Richard get on with the other two - is that why he's free-ranging? You can't get better than fresh eggs straight from the nest and that cake, pretty darn gorgeous if you ask me.ReplyDelete
She's a bit aggressive with them. I'm sure that time will tame her a bit, but for the moment we keep them apart.Delete
I'm thinking the same!Delete
Sorry that was meant for the poached egg comment above - my phone makes me look more foolish than I am in real life!Delete
4 bimbos became 2. Fox been around?ReplyDelete
Disease. The grim reaper.Delete
I like to see the knife. Thank you.Delete
My previous hens were characters too. They even tried to climb into the dogs bed. They were forever trying to get into our house. Our current ones have not developed characters. Two lay well and our Sussex refuses to lay.ReplyDelete
Apparently 14,000 ex battery hens need rescuing in Sussex this week. Shame I don't have room
Yes, I heard about the great Sussex give-away. Take the Hens to the people who want them, rather than making the people go to them. Good idea.Delete
Very nice sponge!ReplyDelete
It was really good; even Lady M was surprised.Delete
Richard looks great on the green grass , did he share the cake, hmm yummy, with you ? Gariguette strawberries are the best no sugar needed but wipped ??.cream yes !ReplyDelete
You're right, Gariguettes are the very best... and the aroma is wonderful too.Delete
I'm surprised you didn't find them too sweet SARA.Delete
I'm a sweet addict....but Garguette strawberries are natural " sweeties" Mrx. Rachel.Delete
Sweets are for girls.Delete
Yes even older girls. LolDelete
I wish i could have hens here. I like the egg cup, recently I was looking for eggs cup here and could not find in the shops. I wonder why.ReplyDelete
We had poached eggs yesterday. My favourite way to eat them, though I do like dippy eggs too.ReplyDelete
Some hens have great characters don't they?
Splendid eggs. Well done that hen.ReplyDelete
That sponge cake looks soooo good! And I like your little egg trivet.ReplyDelete
Home made; it requires a piece of wood and a drill. Voila!Delete
That cake looks seriously wicked. We have to buy our eggs but at least we can pick our own strawberries!ReplyDelete
Ripe ones? Ours are only just in flower.Delete
Oh yes, we've got a bumper crop this year. Just started picking them this week. Got some later ones too. Worth all the hard weeding last year.Delete
I am surprised that you are eating something sweet, however, I can't imagine resisting a beautiful dessert like that.ReplyDelete
I do have my weaknesses, it was irresistible.Delete
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What a lovely way for an egg to end up.ReplyDelete
She'd be proud!Delete
Nothing like fresh eggs. Now I want strawberry short-cake. :) DebReplyDelete
well . . . . i need that recipe if you,ve got time between eating those lovely eggs. thanksReplyDelete
I believe it was a Mary Berry recipe..... her book has become Lady M's bible.Delete
Her name is Richard and you wonder if she has an identity problem?ReplyDelete
Not guilty; it was two of my small grandsons who named her!Delete
Richard is lonelyReplyDelete
She needs another hen companion..........three hens not good ...as two often bond together
I think she quite likes the other two, she just wants to boss them around.Delete