Cloud Eggs

Cloud Eggs

Serves 2/4

  • 4 x large eggs
  • 50g grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 x slices Parma ham
  • 2 x spring onions
  • Salt and white pepper
  • Fresh oregano and chilli flakes
  • Preheat the oven to 220c/424f/gas 7
Line a large baking tray with some non-stick parchment paper
Wipe the spring onions and thinly slice
Thinly slice the Parma ham
Separate the eggs- keep the yolks separate in egg cups
Whisk the egg whites till stiff
Fold in the grated parmesan cheese and season with some salt and pepper
Spoon the egg whites into four mounds, then flatten slightly with the back of a spoon - make a well in the centre of each
Put the egg whites in the oven for 3 mins
Gently spoon an egg yolk into the centre of each egg white and bake for about 3 to 4 mins - till the eggs yolks are set
Serve the egg clouds sprinkled with the spring onions, Parma ham and some chilli flakes and oregano
Great served on toasted sourdough bread

Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 6 mins

E is for Egg

"Although I cannot lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes." - George B. Shaw
"If I have to lay an egg for my country, I’ll do it.“ - Bob Hope
"An egg is always an adventure, the next may be different.“ - Oscar Wilde

- An egg is a single cell
- Don’t forget to make a hole in the bottom of empty hardboiled egg shells, otherwise witches will use them as boats
- The largest throw of a fresh egg, without breaking it, is 98.5 metres
- Howard Helmer is the fastest omelette maker and has made 427 in just 30 mins
- Fresh eggs sink in water, stale ones don’t
- The largest egg ever was 31cm round the long axis and had 5 yolks
- China produce the most eggs , approx 160 billion a year
- There are about 150 species of chickens
- Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D
- An egg shell has as many as 17,000 pores over its surface
- The Chicken was one of the first domestic animals, appearing in China in 1400BC
- Fresh or hardboiled? Just spin, if it wobbles then its fresh, if it spins then its hardboiled
- Eggs contain all the essential protein , minerals and vitamins, except Vitamin C
- A versatile cooking ingredient, they can cause a soufflé to rise and custard to thicken
- The yolk also contains choline, which is essential for te formation of brain tissue and the prevention of heart disease
- There are approx 29 million laying hens in Britain
- The average person eats 172 eggs a year , so by the age of 60 you will be past your 10,000th egg
- There is no nutritional difference between brown or white eggs
- The breed of the hen determines the colour of the egg
- As the hen ages her eggs get bigger
- As a nation we eat 26 million eggs a day, placed end to end they would reach from the earth to the moon
- Other popular eggs for consumption are duck, ostrich, gull and quail
- The food the chicken eats mostly decides the colour of the yolk, chickens fed on white cornmeal will produce yolks almost colourless
- If you boil an egg while singing all five verses of the hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers then it will be cooked perfectly when you come to the Amen - Allegedly!
- Emu eggs range from medium to dark green and weigh about ¾lb they are mostly yolk and taste very mild

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