The Humble Egg
June 17, 2010
Until a few weeks ago, I had never experienced what an egg was truly supposed to taste like. That is, until I bought my first carton of straight-out-of-the-coop eggs at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Normally Drew and I buy the local, organic, cage free, vegetarian fed, and so on, eggs at the store near our house. And those are good eggs; tasty, good for the animal and the environment and you get that nice tingly feeling inside when supporting the local economy.
But they’re not GREAT eggs and there’s still a bit of a disconnect between you and the person growing your food. No matter how local, there is really no match for the intimacy of the farmers market. Of looking people in the eye, the people who grew or took care of the food you are going to nourish yourself with, and handing your money directly to them. It is the ultimate form of community, of feeling like you are a part of something much larger than just yourself.
But let’s get back to the eggs, shall we. I am not here to preach to you, dear reader, but I guarantee that if you taste the difference between a truly farm fresh egg versus one you get at the store, you too will be a convert. You can hold me to it. The bright orange yolks, thick meaty whites and complex flavor, flavor I don’t yet have the vocabulary to describe, give the humble egg a bit more to brag about.
So here is my recipe of the week for you. No need to write it down, unless you want to, it’s only 4 ingredients. The ultimate version is when everything is purchased at the market, but it’s also very delicious when your fridge is almost empty and you want something easy to make for dinner.
The Farmers Market Egg Sandwich
One piece of thickly sliced bread (ideally some type of hearty wheat bread full of seeds and interesting flavor)
A slice of delicious cheese, my favorite being sharp cheddar or blue (optional)
A handful of chard sautéd with some slivers of garlic until wilted (or spinach or kale or anything leafy and green and tasty)
One fried egg sunny side up, it looks prettier that way
Take your bread, toast it if you’d like. Place the optional piece of cheese on top and then the greens followed by the egg. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
Enjoy! Makes a simple quick dinner or a hearty breakfast to get you through a long day.