Pancake Day is Here!

Pancake Day is Here!

It’s that time of year once again – pancake day! We love pancakes here at Egg Recipes and have put together a whole bunch of delicious recipes for you to try when the big day comes. From sweet to savoury, these pancake creations are flippin’ good!

New York buttermilk pancakes

In the US pancakes are taken very seriously. Considered a breakfast staple by many, Americans know what they like and more importantly, can tell the taste of a quality pancake when it’s put in front of them. If you’re looking for a true, authentic taste of the big apple then our New York buttermilk pancakes are just the treat. Stack up on a plate with delicious crispy bacon and drizzle over a generous helping of sweet maple syrup before tucking in.

 

Bubble and squeak pancakes

Despite being very different foods (albeit both delicious) bubble and squeak and pancakes share an unlikely bond. As pancakes are the Shrove Tuesday staple because of their tasty knack for using up odds and ends, bubble and squeak has been a signature leftover favourite for generations by mixing unused veg with creamy mash potato. Why not get the most out of the food you have left in the house by cooking up a hearty bubble and squeak pancake, giving your Shrove Tuesday a traditional feel with a modern twist.

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New Year, New Healthy Diet!

One of the best things about a new year is that it gives us the chance to start fresh and set new goals, which, for many of us, usually involves improving our health through more exercise and eating nutritious foods. So whether you’re trying to lose a few inches around the middle, or have simply made a promise to cook some healthy meals this year, we’ve got some great mealtime ideas to get your 2015 onto the right path!

Scrambled eggs on toasted wholemeal muffins:

One of the biggest mistakes dieters make is trying to cut out calories by eating very little for breakfast or nothing at all! Studies by nutritionists and health experts show that eating the right types of food for breakfast can help keep on track.  Why not kick off your day by giving our scrambled eggs on wholemeal muffins recipe a try for a simple and delicious morning wakeup call? With the eggs packed with protein and the muffins high in fibre, this will see you through to lunch.

Quinoa and egg salad with broccoli & seeds:


Whilst salad is a saviour to healthy eaters looking to lose a few pounds, added dressings and ingredients can transform a once nutritious meal into a calorific catastrophe. The secret to a perfect salad is a harmony of food groups, and our quinoa and boiled egg salad has just that. If you’re adding a carbohydrate to your salad then go for grains, and none come much more nutritious than the South-American superfood quinoa; packed with dietary fibre and magnesium, it makes a perfect accompaniment to the green goodness of broccoli and vitamin-rich seeds.

Michelle Keegan’s smoked salmon and asparagus omelette:

If you’ve got one eye on your summer beach body this year then there’s no disputing the power of the omelette to help you achieve your goals. Whether it’s an authentic classic, or iron-rich spinach, the beauty of an omelette is that whatever your preference, you can find a great-tasting omelette to satisfy your taste-buds. If you’re looking for something a little fancier why not give Michelle Keegan’s smoked salmon and asparagus omelette a try for a healthy dinner that loses the calories without dropping the wow-factor.

Liz McClaron’s forget the pastry quiche:

Ditch the pastry and the pounds this New Year by trying Liz McClaron’s quiche recipe for a great tasting and healthy alternative to a classic much-loved dish. Perfect for a speedy lunch or dinner, Liz’s recipe can be made in just 15 minutes and with the combination of eggs and delicious parma ham it’s ideal for those trying to squeeze in some extra protein into their diet.

For more fantastic, calorie-cutting recipe ideas why not check out our low calorie page to get cooking right away.

Adventurous omelette recipes

An omelette is just an omelette, right? Nope! One of the best things about this versatile dish is just how much you can do with the ingredients you have on hand, and how simple it is to create a really tasty main meal without too much effort.

We love a good omelette here at Eggrecipes (obviously), but figured that some of you out there might want to try something a little more adventurous with your eggs. Well, we have a whole section dedicated to omelette recipes but thought we would share some of the more interesting ones here for you to try!

 Perfect Pizza Omelette

When’s an omelette not an omelette? When it’s a pizza omelette! This is a great alternative to those who are fans of pizza, but maybe want to cut away the carbs and breadyness that the crusts and base normally contain. Low carb, high nutrition is the name of the game here, and the whole prep and cooking takes just ten minutes. Follow the above recipe (which is simple and delicious) but feel free to add your own ingredients and create your own recipe the way you want it.

Annabel Karmel’s Ratatouille Omelette

Another European fusion, Annabel Karmel’s ratatouille omelette recipe is a real winner. This classic French dish makes for a fantastic main meal that will win over the kids thanks to the popular animated film of the same name and is a great way to introduce a whole host of vegetables into their diet. Perfect for kitchen starters and veterans alike, this quick and easy recipe takes around 30 minutes from start to finish and is a great starting point for those looking to get more adventurous in the kitchen.

Quark Cream and Mixed Berry Soufflé Omelette

Anyone for dessert? How about trying your hand at this lovely soufflé omelette with a mouth-watering combination of quark cream and mixed berries. Light, fluffy, tangy and tasty, this recipe has less than 300 calories per portion and makes for a quick and easy dessert that satisfies any sweet tooth without compromising on taste.

Smoke Salmon and Asparagus

Seafood is well known for its health benefits, and when combined with eggs you’re looking at some serious nutrition! Have a go at this smoked salmon and asparagus omelette, or if you prefer something a little different we have a fantastic King Prawn option for you to try. Colourful, vibrant with flavours that fit together perfectly, this is a perfect dish for those looking for something light, but satisfying.

These are just a few ideas that we have plucked from our arsenal of omelette ideas. To see the full list, check out our comprehensive Omelettes, Frittata and tortilla recipes and cook yourself up a feast!

How long should you boil an egg?

Boiled eggs

 

Ok, so we all know that boiling an egg isn’t rocket science – boil the water in a pot, put your egg in (gently!) and then take it out after a few minutes, right? Well, yes, but the time you take to boil the egg can drastically change the outcome, so we thought it would be a good idea to outline how long you should boil an egg depending on your preferences.

Soft cooked – Soft cooked eggs have runny yolks, but the white is firm. Runny eggs are Ideal for dipping toast soldiers or put on top of other foods to let the yolk spread amongst the other ingredients once cut into. To soft-boil an egg, use the following times:

  • 3 minutes for a medium egg
  • 4 minutes for a large egg
  • 5 minutes for an extra-large egg

Medium cooked – Medium-cooked eggs have a firmer, creamy golden yolk which is still a little bit runny, with the white remaining firm.

  • 4 minutes for a medium egg
  • 5 minutes for a large egg
  • 6 minutes for an extra-large egg

Hard-cooked – For firm yolk and white. Avoid cooking them for too long otherwise the protein in the white toughens and becomes rubbery. When hard-cooking eggs, using fresh eggs isn’t recommended as they are difficult to peel so eggs that are coming close to their ‘best before’ date will peel most easily. For hard-cooking your eggs, here are the times:

  • 7 minutes for a medium egg
  • 8 minutes for a large egg
  • 9 minutes for an extra-large egg

Starting hot or cold?

So, do you put the eggs in the water once it’s already boiling, or do you put it in cold water, and then bring it to the boil? There’s a lot of debate about this, as some people tend to do it their way, but the consensus seems to point towards boiling the water first, instead of starting off cold. This may be down to the slowly warming water causing the membrane to stick to the shell, which makes peeling more difficult. One thing we will say, is when lowering the egg into the pot, be careful or the egg will crack!

Recipe Ideas

So now you know how long to boil your eggs, but what can you do with them? Here are some suggestions

Devilled Eggs – Ideal appetisers for dinners and snacks for parties

Boiled Egg with parmesan shell – Give your boiled egg a delicious, crispy outer coating

Paul Merrett’s Scotch Egg – Create your own version of this British classic.

Boiled Egg Salad – Perfect as a late lunch or starter

Want some more ideas? No problem – we have a whole load of boiled egg recipes, so put the kettle on and go check them out!

Eggs on famous faces!

 

They say that you shouldn’t play with your food, but no one ever said anything about making art with it! Whilst eggs aren’t quite a traditional means of creating portraits, we thought that it would be fun to get TV celebs involved in British Egg Week, and make them omelettes based on their likenesses. Our chefs/artists got to work and cracked some eggs before rushing them out to their new famous owners.

Well, it was a great success! We managed to get our eggy masterpieces to the likes of Alan Titchmarsh, Lorraine Kelly, Matthew Wright, Nick Grimshaw and more. People all over the country tuning into ITV, Channel 4 and Channel  5 were treated to some eerily accurate depictions of their hosts.  The result? More than four million people were reached and British Egg Week was trending on twitter. People loved the idea, and best of all, the celebs did too.

If you want to make your own omelette art, you might want to get the basics down first. Fear not, for we have just the page for you! Get lessons from the experts on how to make an omelette and before you know it your culinary creation may just make it to The Louvre.

So want to see our creations? Of course you do… Click ‘Read more’ to see them all!

 

Lorraine Kelly Egg Tortilla

Lorraine Kelly Egg Tortilla

 

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It’s World Egg Day

It’s World Egg Day

Get your pans out, put the kettle on and shine your egg cups – it’s World Egg Day! This is the one time of the year when the whole world celebrates the humble egg, and for good reason too. They are tasty, nutritious, affordable and can be used in so many dishes it would take you years to eat them all.

So, what’s the big deal? Eggs are loved all over the globe and each country has their own way of cooking and preparing eggs. From classic Spanish omelettes and Italian bakes through to North African chakchoukas and Indian curries, eggs have some serious culinary heritage.

So what is World Egg Day exactly?

Established in 1996 by the International Egg Commission in Vienna, World Egg Day is the chance for egg producers and promoters to highlight all of the benefits that eggs bring to consumers. Everyone celebrates in a different way! For instance:

  • Bangladesh – 5000 boiled eggs will be handed out for free to local people, together with t-shirts, hats and information packs.
  • Egg farmers of Canada have partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to provide 130,000 kids with gift kits that include egg coupons, recipes and posters.
  • France – 50,000 eggs are to be given away by the French Egg Industry, together with competitions and other events.
  • USA – Nationwide competitions and a special Indiana Jones egg that will travel the world and share global recipes.

Some egg trivia!

So here are some fun egg facts and trivia to help get you ready for the big day!

  • An average person will eat 7,300 eggs over their lifetime.
  • UK egg-fans eat around 11 billion eggs a year. That’s 31 million a day, or 350 every second!
  • Howard Helmer (the fastest omelette maker in the world!) made 427 double-egg omelettes in just half an hour.
  • The largest egg (that we know of) had five yolks.
  • The heaviest egg weighed six times more than a typical egg, coming in at 454 grams.
  • Madrid holds the record for the biggest omelette ever made, consisting of a whopping 5,000 eggs.
  • The furthest that a fresh egg has been thrown without breaking is just over 98 metres, achieved in Texas back in 1978.

 

So what are you doing for World Egg Day? Treat yourself to a nice omelette, whip up a delicious dessert or even try your hand at creating some amazing main meals

British Egg Week is Back!

 

Nipping in just before Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Christmas, British Egg Week is back again, bringing our honoured oval friends into the spotlight once again. Sure, there won’t be fireworks, costumes and presents, but what there will be is a celebration of good food, creative kitchen ideas and smart eating!

Running from October 6th through to the 12th, British Egg Week is all about showing the country just how amazing eggs can be, and how they can make a positive impact on all of our lives.

 

WRAP

British Lion Eggs are partnering up with the WRAP Love Food Hate Waste campaign which aims to reduce food wastage and make the most from what we have. Well, it’s a match made in heaven, because eggs can be added to so many ingredients you might have left over, creating entirely new and delicious meals.

We have teamed up with WRAP and put together some fantastic new leftover egg recipes for you to try out, so check your fridges and see what you can do! For further inspiration, have a crack at our handy recipe generator and you’re sure to find something delicious to try.

Spotlight on nutrition

Egg week is all about letting people know just how they can benefit from incorporating eggs more into their daily diets. One of the most nutritious foods that money can buy, eggs are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fats, all coming from one small but powerful package. With a medium egg containing less than 70 calories, they are an ideal addition to any healthy diet.

For more information on all aspects of egg nutrition, visit our sister-site Egg Info and find out just what makes them such a key aspect of a healthy diet.

 

World egg day

It all comes to a head on World Egg Day, taking place on 10th October where the entire globe celebrates one of nature’s most nutritious superfoods. Every country has a different way of preparing eggs – in India, they go in delicious aromatic curries and in Spain, they are baked into a delicious Spanish omelette. Whatever you choose to make, using British Lion Eggs guarantees the highest quality of food safety.

So there’s a quick look into British Egg Week. Get involved, create some fantastic egg dishes and take a moment to truly appreciate how special these shelled wonders truly are.

Egg and Coconut Curry

 

Eggs are a popular ingredient in curries and are often used as a source of protein across India and vegetarian communities. This egg curry with coconut milk is super-simple to create but makes for a great alternative to everyday curries that you’ve had before.

There’s a whole lot of flavour here, with onions, garlic, curry paste, pepper and other ingredients that come together to make smooth and dynamic dish. Serve with rice and naan for the full effect!

Like the sound of that? Here’s what you need (serves 4)

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 onion, peeled and very finely crushed
  • 15-30ml / 1-2 tbsp curry paste
  • 15ml / 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk
  • 8 large British Lion eggs, hard boiled and shelled
  • 60ml / 4 tbsp vegetable oil

Egg curry

Method

  1. Fry the garlic and onion in oil in a saucepan for 3 minutes until soft but not browned.
  2. Stir in the curry paste and tomato purée and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add a little salt and pepper and coconut milk and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  4. Add the hard-boiled eggs and let them heat in the sauce for 5 minutes.

 

And there you go! Serve and enjoy. If you like this, we have some other great curry recipes for you to try, including:

Gizzi Erskine’s Keralan Egg Curry

Dean Edward’s Fiery Egg and Spinach Curry

Vivek Singh’s Omelette Curry

 

Chakchouka Recipe

ChackChouka (or Shaksshouka) is a popular breakfast dish in North African countries such as Tunisia and Algeria. Traditionally served in a cast iron pan with bread it has been a staple recipe for family throughout the region. Some food historians have said that it was first created in the Ottoman empire before starting its journey through the Middle East. It is similar to the Mexican breakfast dish, Huevos Rancheros, but keeps the egg yolks whole instead of being scrambled.

This dish is bursting with flavour thanks to the peppers, garlics and paprika and is perfect to serve up as a family breakfast. We recommend you give this brilliant dish a go and impress everyone lucky enough to get a bite!

 Ingredients – Serves  4

  • 45ml/3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 green peppers, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 5ml/1 tsp paprika
  • good pinch cayenne
  • 2.5ml / 1/2 tsp ground
  • cumin 4 large tomatoes, skinned and diced
  • 4 Large British Lion eggs

What to do next

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the peppers and cook until soft.
  2. Stir in the garlic and spices and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomatoes then make 4 indentations and drop an egg in each.
  4. Cook over a low heat until eggs are set.
  5. Serve immediately.

Good, right? Well, if you liked that we have some more world recipes coming up. In the meantime, why not have at being more adventurous and have a go at one of our stir-fry and curry recipes

All About Scotch Eggs

The humble Scotchegg; a quintessentially British snack that is currently enjoying a culinary renaissance, with pubs, butchers and even top Michelin star restaurants all creating their own renditions of the country’s most treasured snack.

Saltcod, crayfish, and pork, chili and chocolate are just a few of the hundreds of Scotch-egg recipes that are now in abundance across the British Isles. Whilst experimentation has led to a flurry of choice, at its best a Scotch egg is all about raw simplicity: a hard-boiled egg wrapped in a hearty sausage mixture, covered in glorious golden breadcrumbs.

So whose idea was it?

Many have tried to lay claim to the Scotch egg – some accounts trace it back to North Africa, whilst others say that it originated from Indian Cuisine. Closer to home, some opinions point at Yorkshire where the locals coated eggs in fish paste and called them ‘Scotties’.  To add further speculation the London department store Fortnum & Mason claims to have been the original creator behind the Scotch egg back in the year 1978.  One thing’s for sure – despite its name, the dish didn’t come from Scotland!

scotched eggs

Today, Scotch eggs are as popular as ever and are a staple at any picnic worth its salt. Pubs and supermarkets all sell their own creations and experiment with different fillings and coatings. What they differ in ingredients they share in taste and there’s really not much better than tucking into a hearty, satisfying Scotch egg.

Get cooking in the kitchen

So, fancy a crack at making your own? It’s easier than you think and you can add your own personal touches if you’re feeling fancy! Scotch eggs are great for many occasions: Whether you’re looking for a rustic dinner party start, a picnic-crowd pleaser or just looking to try something in the kitchen, then try out one of our Scotch egg recipes and keep the legacy alive!