In which a very old question about chickens and eggs is answered

The egg definitely came first.

Specifically: this egg
It's gigantic. I pity the poor Minerva who laid it earlier this morning. Here is the large egg compared to two normal eggs.

The Minervas have been providing plenty of eggs for us through the winter. There's a light on a timer in the Winter Palace, and the hens clearly stay awake late so that they can produce beautiful eggs.

Here's the "egg journal" for January. We were in Oregon one weekend and the neighbor collected the eggs those days, so they didn't get logged.

Yes, plenty of eggs for us and for our friends. I take a dozen or two to work every week so my co-workers can enjoy some, too.

The huge egg inspired me this morning. I decided that it was time to make a Cackleberry Casserole. It's a little more work than an ordinary omelet, but sooooooo nice.

In a one-quart buttered casserole dish, a few ounces of shredded cheddar cheese, about 1/2 inch deep.

Chopped vegetables. My favorite is chopped mild chiles, but I didn't have any in the house and didn't want to change out of my jammies and drive to the store, so I used stuff on hand--in this case, a yellow pepper and some crimini mushrooms.

The huge egg was a double-yolker, so I only needed one more egg for the casserole. You can use up to six eggs for a 1-quart casserole, depending on how "eggy" you like your food. With all the eggs that the Minervas produce, we usually use 6!

The vegetables go on top of the shredded cheese.

3 eggs (or two if one is a Minerva Double-Yolker!) mixed with 1/2 cup heavy cream.

My eggs were so fresh that the yolks didn't break easily, but I finally got the whole thing to mix together, and then poured the egg/cream mixture on top of the veggies and shredded cheese.

A little more shredded cheese on the top.

Into the oven at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Broil for 2 or 3 minutes at the end to toast the cheese on top.

It's delicious. I've also doubled and tripled the recipe, which leaves lots of leftovers for lunches. It would also be good with ham, green pepper, and just about anything else that goes well with eggs.

Life is good!


  1. Poor Minerva! Ow.
    Hmm...I should arrive right around noon, the smell is killing me. Wow that looks good!

  2. Yeah, poor girl!

    It's a crustless quiche! I've done those before. Homegrown eggs are so much better than anything at the grocery store.

  3. C'mon over, ladies. The peppers are sweet, the mushrooms have a faint smokey flavour, and the cheese is perfectly toasted.

    With a little bit of sourdough toast and some homemade plum jam, it's just about heaven.

  4. Did you ever figure out for sure if that one chicken was a he or a she?

  5. Well, the highest number of eggs we've gotten in a single day is 11, so somebody might be a slacker, but since nobody has cock-a-doodled or attacked me, they are probably all girls.

    I just wish I could identify the double-yolker girl. She deserves an extra handful of corn (and an ibuprofen)!


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