When I was growing up in County Clare my grandparents used to keep hens. Not chickens. Hens.
I’m not sure how many hens they had, but we always had fresh eggs which we knew were 100% natural and would probably have qualified as “organic”. Back then, in the 1970’s, the concept of “organic” food hadn’t made it as far as Ireland, or if it had, it definitely hadn’t made it as far as West Clare.
Unfortunately these days I have to go to a shop like everyone else to get eggs, and of course things have moved on quite a bit. Nowadays all the eggs have “best before” dates stamped on their shells and the packets are covered with nutritional information.
But the eggs still taste great – as long as you avoid the really cheap ones.
As I mentioned previously, I like to make scrambled eggs to start my day when I can. Usually that means weekends only. This weekend, however, is a long weekend here in Ireland, as it’s Easter. I may not be indulging in chocolate covered goodies, but I will be having eggs for breakfast every morning of the three day weekend.
There’s all sorts of good things in eggs, apart from their wonderful taste. Eggs are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D, but they also are a good source of protein.
They’ve also got vitamin B, iron and a bunch of other good things.
Of course if you eat a lot of eggs it can have a negative impact, with some studies pointing to eggs as being bad for cholesterol levels. However, like most things, if you eat them in moderation it won’t do you any harm!