One of my fishing buddies gave me a box of local breed chicken eggs – a very welcome present. These are very good eggs, with a nice deep yellow yolk and rich taste. With a surfeit of eggs one of the first things I made was tortillas; that is, tortillas española – a family favourite.
Closer to home I also made some ajitsuke tamago – literally ‘flavoured eggs’ which are a mainstay of Japanese restaurant ramen but can be eaten as-is and goes with most things. In essence they are soft-boiled eggs that are stewed in dashi or ramen soup till it seeps into the whites which take up both the flavour and colour of the steeping-liquor.
Eggs are also good for baking: I put some in my homemade pão de queijo, which came out very nice.
The last of the eggs was despatched in an Indian dish – to be precise, a Parsee-Indian dish called ekoori, which is essentially scrambled eggs with a decidedly Indian flavour (recipe: Madhur Jaffrey). I made this with my garden cherry tomatoes straight off the vine, and as a breakfast dish is pretty hard to beat.
Whilst plucking my tomatoes, amid a cloud of greedy mosquitoes trying to feed on me, I noticed a praying mantis lurking on the plant: always a welcome sight, and the first I have seen of the season.