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Thursday, 3 May 2012

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with warm lentils in honey-mustard dressing, a poached egg and a sprinkle of Parmesan.


Gull eggs
The egg in the picture above is a common or garden hen's egg.
I did not purchase gull eggs for


this reason.


I did wonder later how on earth one comes by gull eggs. I thought it was illegal to take eggs from wild birds.
I visited Daylesford with Ali after a morning chatting in Chipping Norton.
My children were rather alarmed at the prospect of my meeting 'someone off the internet' but I was confident that Ali would not turn out to be a nutter. She didn't. Phew.
Thank you Ali for a lovely day and for not being a nutter.

29 comments:

  1. I dashed headlong over to Ali's blog to seek her verdict on whether or not you are a nutter, Sue, but disappointingly she doesn't say. However, on the evidence of not buying a gull's egg, I'd venture a guess myself that you probably aren't.

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  2. Five quid for an egg? Good grief.

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    1. I worked out I'd need at least 15 to feed us all (they're little).

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    2. Interested to hear your thoughts on Daylesford Sue (and Ali) I can't help popping over now and then like a guilty pleasure but the Harry Enfield "I saw you coming" sketch always springs to mind.
      Lovely asparagus/lentil dish, must try that now the lovely (and inexpensive 'gras van is back in Evesham.

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    3. Lovely, lovely stuff -food, kitchenware and clothes- but very expensive. I know organic is expensive, but I felt this was expensive expensive if you know what I mean.

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  3. My husband reckons all bloggers are nutters ... and I'm hoping to meet lots more of them ;D

    As for the gulls eggs ... apparently there is such a thing as a licensed egger, working in various marshes around the country. So now you know ;D

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    1. Thank you Annie, I did wonder. They used to be collected during the war when hen's eggs were rationed, apparently they tasted fishy.

      Congrats on your giveaway win by btw.

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  4. And then the phone would ring, or something would happen, and your perfect £5 egg would be a hard-boiled bullet!

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  5. I know very poor people of yester year ate gulls eggs because they had too but £5 a pop and why?
    Your lentil, poached egg and asparagus looks gorgeous.
    I may try to replicate.
    x

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  6. Gull eggs! Never heard of such a thing. Though I must admit I would have been tempted to buy one - just for the novelty.

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  7. What a lovely combination of lentil, poached egg and asparagus. I'm not sure I would want to eat a gulls egg. We thought that the seagulls were going to nest on our roof this year, the resident jackdaws seem to have seen them off for the moment.
    Sarah

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  8. Yum, we are lucky enough to have Evesham asparagus growing on our allotment (in Evesham!)-not convinved about the gulls eggs, something about it makes me a touch queasy-but trust Daylesford to be selling them! great place for a wander but eye wateringly expensive.Glad you and Ali had a lovely day.

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  9. I am still waiting got out local asparagus to be ready, though I have the day old eggs in ready...

    I think I should not be tempted by Gull's eggs.

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  10. Oh yum - I want that for my dinner tonight!

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  11. Pati from London8:32 pm BST

    Never heard of gull eggs but look a bit like quail eggs, don't they? Are they as small? Too pricey but intriguing..... Your dish looks very appetizing....mm..... how did you cook the lentils, just boiled them with a bit of salt? x Pati

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    1. Bigger than quail's eggs Pati -about the size of a plum.

      Yes I just boiled them (no salt) and then tossed them in the dressing. I love lentils.

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    2. Pati from London8:31 pm BST

      I love them too! Thanks!!

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  12. gull eggs ive got them on my roof!! where my ladder rach

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    1. You could make a fortune!

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  13. The thing is we are all 'like-minded' nutters aren't we!?

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Fleur xx

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  14. I have to say, when we stayed with friends in the area I did rather enjoy my jaunt to Daylesford! I have never seen Gulls eggs for sale anywhere.

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  15. You mentioned spending a morning chatting in Chipping Norton, that's pretty amazing as I lived in the village of Deddington and the town of Banbury for most of my childhood and that's really near Chipping Norton!

    I love lentils and yours sound lovely with honey and mustard dressing. I like the look of the asparagus with them and freshly grated Parmesan too!

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  16. Anonymous8:56 am BST

    Oh how I wish Heston/Delia/Hugh or some other persuasive cook would make gulls' eggs THE fashionable ingredient. I live in Hastings and love to see gulls on the cliffs - but nesting on my roof, squawking deafeningly all daylight hours, ripping open rubbish bags and spreading the contents everywhere, pooing all over my car....well, control by eating seems a very good idea to me. But at £5 a go? Perhaps this is the money-making scheme I've been looking for; I'll get the ladder out and get up onto my roof..... AnnaC

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  17. Your asparugus and lentils sound delicious , and much more glamorous than the lentil soup we've just eaten !
    And as for gull's eggs ? Maybe not ....

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    1. We've just eaten lentil soup too! Not glamorous but tasty.

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  18. Gull's eggs, surely they would taste fishy? Not suprised you didn't fork out for that particular 'luxury'! xx

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  19. I had gull eggs once, as a treat. They are not different enough from other eggs to warrant the expense (tbh I find that with most eggs). Not fishy though. Very deep coloured yolk. They are collected under license - only a very few people are allowed, and I believe the licenses are not renewed nowadays, as the birds' populations are not stable. So in a few years, they may be gone from the shops. PS it's only black-headed gulls as far as I know.

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    1. Interesting, thanks for that Scyrene.

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