Thursday, 14 October 2010

Goose Eggs - Look at the Size of These

I bought some goose eggs at Tibbs, the greengrocers in Teignmouth.  Tibbs is a bit of an institution - a 'proper' greengrocers, none of that fancy organic stuff, just a family run business selling honest fruit and veg at good prices, local where possible.

So, after paying for my veg, I was surprised to be asked if I wanted some goose eggs.  They were enormous.  They were also hidden away behind the scales, and there seemed to be something almost 'under the counter' about the experience.  Oh, definitely yes, but decided to just take three rather than six.  £1.25 for three seems pretty good value as they are the equivalent to 3-4 normal sized hen eggs.  I shall use one in a Victoria Sandwich and the other two as giant fried eggs.  The egg from our chicken looks so teensy in comparison.




10 comments:

Choclette said...

The poor egg cup seems to be struggling under such enormity. Looking forward to finding out how you get on with using one in baking. A picture of the fried egg would be fun too.

Angie said...

I've never tasted a goose egg. Hubster's mum used to buy duck eggs but, though much bigger than a hen's egg, they're nowhere near a goose egg.

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I have a inquiry for the webmaster/admin here at grazingkate.blogspot.com.

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Northern Snippet said...

Lovely.We're selling duck eggs over the bar at the same price as these.We sell more of them than the hens eggs.
The whites make fantastic meringues.

Anonymous said...

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I would appreciate if a staff member here at grazingkate.blogspot.com could repost it.

Thanks,
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Grazing Kate said...

Hi James and William, yes, you can ask a question, but if you leave your comments anonymously it's a bit difficult for me to get back to you!
Yes, you can use the info from the blog if you refer to it with a link to my site. Thanks
The results of goose eggs in a Vic Sponge and Apple Cake (see my previous recipe) were great. Different texture - the batter seemed quite thick and there were a couple of air holes in the sponge that you don't usually get with hen eggs, but overall, enjoyed using them. Really difficult to crack though - almost smashed my fave ceramic dish - my advice is to crack them against something metal like a saucepan.

Georgia Stewart said...

Aw you've made me all nostaligic now! When I was a child and we lived in Cornwall our family knew a farmers family. When we visited they used to give us enormous goose eggs and I can still remember the taste much to my surprise! They were much richer, more savoury and sort of creamier than chicken eggs.

I want to keep chickens. I even bought a book on chickens as pets. Is it ok to keep them in a small garden do you think?

Phil in the Kitchen said...

I love goose eggs - they make the very best scrambled egg. Congrats on getting them at that price - I've paid far more. Watch out for shrapnel when cracking them, though.

Grazing Kate said...

Georgia - thanks for your comment. Yes, I think you can keep chickens in a small garden, as long as they have a bit of space and plenty of daylight - some people keep them in really small runs (although I don't like doing that), but even a small patio in theory is OK. We have three of them which give us (family of four) loads of eggs. Check out the Eglu website for loads of tips and very expensive chicken houses - I don't have them but friends swear by them as you can hose them down to clean them.

Hi Phil, glad I got a bargain! Yes, cracking them was certainly an experience - you have to absolutely whack them and yet be kind of delicate at the same time. A tricky skill.

Don Pearson said...

Tibbs is indeed a Teignmouth institution, surely worth a blog entry on its own except that it is already so busy and crowded that one might, selfishly, prefer to keep it a secret from the world beyond Teignmouth.

I have loved goose since I was a child when we always had it as Christmas dinner. I still eat the occasional goose egg, normally as a one-egg omelette.

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