Posts Tagged ‘eggs’

postheadericon Scottish or Scotch Eggs Recipe – A Family Favorite

One of our ultimate favorite recipes around here is for Scottish or Scotch Eggs. Although I’ve always loved hard boiled eggs, I never knew about this lovely treat until I met the hubby. He was a big fan and taught me how to make them. I’ve tweaked the original recipe he used, mostly in order to make it a bit healthier, but the taste is still amazing.  We like to make them ahead and take them on picnics or trips as they keep and travel well. Plus they are quite filling. I’m sure they will become a favorite in your household as well.

 

Scottish or Scotch Eggs at Red Barn Blue Skies

 

Scotch Eggs

12 hardboiled eggs

2# ground sausage

1 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 cup flour

4 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Peel the hard boiled eggs and set aside.

Mix the sausage and onions together well. Divide into twelve equal portions.

Roll each egg in the flour and then wrap with sausage mixture.

Dip the wrapped eggs into the beaten eggs and then roll in bread crumbs.

Place each egg on the baking sheet and place in oven.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until the breadcrumbs are browned and the sausage is cooked thoroughly.

 

The traditional method of cooking these is to fry them. I decided to bake them in order to cut down on the grease as the sausage provides enough on its own. You can also further spice them up with sage, garlic or other add-ins to make it your own. Enjoy!

 

Scottish or Scotch eggs at Red Barn Blue Skies

postheadericon Extra Eggs Recipes – Chile Rellano Casserole

Today’s offering for my Extra Eggs Recipes feature is a new favorite – Chile Rellano Casserole.
As many of you know, I have chickens. LOTS of chickens. One of the bonuses and sometimes headaches, that goes along with this is LOTS and LOTS of eggs! I have been developing quite the collection of egg-heavy recipes to help use up these lovely little presents I’m gifted with daily. This is one of my (and Mr MoonCat’s) favorites. We pretty much eat this once a week when the girls are laying in abundance. Enjoy.
Chile Rellano Casserole at Red Barn Blue Skies
Chile
Rellano Casserole
1/2
pound hamburger
1/2
pound ground sausage
1
cup chopped onion
3
cloves garlic, minced
2
cans (40z) whole green chiles, drained, seeded and divided
3
cups shredded cheddar cheese
6-8 large eggs
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
1
cup milk
½
tsp Salt
½
tsp Pepper
½
tsp Cumin
Preheat
oven to 350 degrees.
In a large skillet cook the sausage &
hamburger together. Once browned, add the onion and garlic in with
the meat. Once onion is soft, drain the fat from the skillet and mix
in salt, pepper and cumin.
Line a deep 13″x9″ baking dish with
chilies split in half, save the remaining chiles for later; top with
2 cups cheese. Layer in the meat and top with remaining chiles,
chopped up; set aside.
Beat eggs with flour until smooth. Blend in
milk. Pour mixture over meat in the casserole dish.
Bake uncovered
for about 45 minutes until center is done. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup
cheese on top.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes
6-8 servings.
A side note about the Chile Rellano Casserole – it freezes very well. I now make two at a time so I have some to use for freezer dinners.

postheadericon Building a Small Business and Killing Some Trees

As many of you know (and our new readers will soon learn), we’ve recently joined the ranks of “backyard chicken farmers”.  I mentioned my initial desire to have about six chickens in order to provide enough eggs for us and the immediate family.  Well, the hubby and the Dad decided if six was a good amount then NINETEEN would be a GREAT amount of chickens to have.  Men!

Well, all of this has led to a MAJOR over-abundance of eggs and the addition of “farm fresh eggs” to the things that we are starting to sell here at MoonCat Farms.  I am trying to get completely organized and making sure that everything is legal and by-the-book.  One of the first things I started looking into is insurance coverage

It is amazing how much information is out there and just how uninformed I am!  I had no idea the different types of insurance I could or can’t get for our little operation.  The green things we grow are covered in one area and the birds are a completely different ball game.  I’ve learned things I could never have imagined ~ or wanted to imagine knowing.  So for instance, do you know that along with credit scores there are also insurance scores?  (I found an informative guide to insurance score in case you didn’t and would like to.)  Needless to say, I’m doing more homework than anything else right now.

I’ve been filling out so much paperwork lately that I’m afraid I’m responsible for at least two trees being killed.  I’ve always known that agricultural pursuits are highly regulated, but OMGosh!  I have permantly cramped hands from filling out forms in duplicate and triplicate..blah blah blah… I’m nowhere near done either.  Still have banking to go…

On a good note, we have happy chickens who are happily producing lovely eggs.  LOTS and LOTS of eggs.

Have a great Wednesday my friends.

postheadericon Some Chick Pix and a SURPRISE!

I haven’t updated everyone on the girls (and Big Red) in a while so I thought I’d share a few photos from one of the VERY few days of no rain lately.


The hen’s eye view

 

Big Red fascinated by a bit of straw



The death of a straw bale

So, are you ready for a surprise?  We weren’t!  Look….


Aren’t they pretty?

We really didn’t expect the girls to start laying until March or April at the earliest.  I think they’re confused as they aren’t supposed to lay during the very short days of winter.  Given that they’re also only 5 months old, we were amazed to find these beauties in the coop!  My babies are growing up so fast…

postheadericon The Stork aka Dork Brought Us Chickens

Look what showed up at MoonCat Farms yesterday:

Baby Chicks!!  18 of them….
I need to put this out there so people won’t think that besides being a crazy cat lady, I am also a crazy chicken lady.  I planned on starting our chicken farming experience with SIX hens/pullets.  As in 1/2 of a dozen, at least half-grown.  THE MAN aka. Mr. MoonCat is the CRAZY one who brought 18 (actually 19) baby chicks home for his wife to raise.  Gotta love the big guy.. 
The Midge
We need to note that these will end up being pets with names as we are raising them for eggs, not meat.  From the captions on some of the photos, you can see we’ve already started with the process. 
Thelma or Louise
Baby Chook
from l-r: Ameraucana, Rhode Island Red (2), White Leghorn, Plymouth Barred Rock
I was originally getting Ameraucanas, Rhode Island Reds, and BROWN Leghorns.  All three of these lay different colored eggs:  Ameraucanas blue/green/pink eggs, Rhode Island Reds brown eggs, and the Leghorns lay white or creamy eggs.  Mr. MoonCat got 2 of the 3 right. 

Actually the main reason I wanted any color but WHITE Leghorns is because the white chickens tend to be easy targets for predators.  Since we have a cover over the entire chicken run and coop area, that shouldn’t be an issue (we hope).  The Plymouth Barred Rock weren’t in the running and I think those are our “free” birds. 

Aren’t they cute? (for now)
Now, I’ll tell you why it is actually 19 chicks not 18 as we thought or have pictured, but before PETA or some other organization attacks – the hubby had no idea how many chicks were in the box – this was an accident and he was horrified. 
My dad’s friend runs the feed store and stashed a bunch of extra (as in, unknown number of) chicks in with hubby’s 10 chicks that he bought.  Great, except that Chick #19 was found under the backseat of the pickup today.  She’d apparently got out of the box in transit and stowed away.  She was alone in the HOT truck from early yesterday afternoon until late today.  Mr MoonCat called me frantically from the gas station to tell me he had a baby chick that needed immediate attention.  He’d heard a strange chirping over the radio and couldn’t figure out what it was until he stopped for gas!
So, #19 now known as HeartyGirl was rushed home to mama where I gave her sugar water and fussed over the tiny little thing for a few hours.  As soon as I got her pecking at the water dish and taking little drinks, she seemed to revive pretty quickly.  When I placed her in the pen she happily started pecking around with the others.  I made sure she found the water before I left her to it.  When I went out to put the babies in the coop for the night, she seemed to be doing well.
Hopefully she will have a complete recovery from her ordeal.  I don’t know about poor Mr. MoonCat though as he has called three times to check on her since he left the house.   The big softie actually thought he could raise these babies for meat as well as eggs 🙂
enjoying the outside pen

postheadericon We’re Going to the Birds!

Well…Mr. MoonCat and I are being dragged into becoming chicken farmers!   In addition to everything else we’ve got growing around here, we’re going to be mom & dad to poultry!  I’m sure you’re all extremely excited now, but we’re really just going to get a handful of hens and maybe one rooster.  But we’re committed – we want fresh eggs!
I’ve been doing a lot of research on which types of hens I want and have narrowed it down to a few.   I would love to get input from any of you that have or have had chickens.  My dad has a bunch of the bantams out at the ranch that are a real kick and pretty, but I’ve decided I want some of the larger breeds as I may decide to sell eggs at the farmer’s markets this year along with my herbs and veggies. Since you need about a dozen of the little banty eggs to make an omelet, I don’t think that is quite what I’m looking for.  Because we are who we are and know HOW we are, the little chooks will most likely become family pets. So I’ve eliminated the types that are bred specifically for meat as I still don’t like to meet or get to know my dinner.
So what do you think?  Are we even crazy(ier) than before?