Thursday, December 6
Egg shells are determined by the breed of hen and have no impact on nutrition. Egg yolk colour is defined by the what the chicken eats.
Everyone has a favourite food. Some of us have several. One of mine, without a doubt, is the Day #4 locally featured food item: the mighty egg. White, brown blue, scrambled, deviled, or poached, I would rather give up wine than give up eggs (I can't believe I said that). Not only are eggs delicious and nutritious, they are also a kitchen marvel. Eggs can be used as: a leavener to lighten cakes & cookies, create structure in meringues, help bind and emulsify mixtures and enrich & thicken custards.
As a festive treat, I've taken the basic principles of eggnog and turned it into a tart. Eggnog tarts are made with brandy, nutmeg and vanilla pastry cream then topped with real whipped cream. A flaky, butter tart shell holds all the eggnog filling but a spiced graham crust would work well, too. The lemon yellow colour in the filling comes from the farm-fresh egg yolks. Brushing the pastry shells with egg before baking ensures a golden coloured crust and helps prevent the pastry from becoming soft.
Order your tarts from Elgin Harvest!
12 Eggnog Tartlets (two-bite size) $10
12 Eggnog Tarts (3-inch) $15
Here Are Some Egg Facts:
Know your eggs.
Link to Egg Farmers of Ontario, Programs and Procedures 2012
Note: the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires that all eggs used in a restaurant come from a government inspected grading station. For personal use, visit a local farm and support your local community. Just like buying produce from vegetable farmers, ask questions about how the eggs are produced and chickens handled. Know where your food is coming from.
At this point in Canada, there are no legal definitions to what "free-range" or "free-run" means. If this matters to you, ask your egg supplier what their farm defines it as.
Farm Gate Sales- Farm Gate Sales An egg sale transaction that takes place right at the farm - where the eggs are produced on the producer’s own farm, are clean and not leaking and are sold or offered for sale only on the farm premises to consumers for their own consumption.
Where to get eggs:
Eating. Drinking. Sharing.