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Well I am still here but its rather hectic so writing on my blog has been pushed down my ‘to do list’ i’m afraid. We have had the wall taken out where the modem was so no internet for a while but I’m back online now. I missed surfing but its no biggie, however my teenage son was in a bad way and even muttered something about ‘going out’ once or twice. He’s back to himself now though and we can have a proper conversation… through MSN of course!
I’m going on holiday in a couple of days but after that I hope normal service will be resumed. I’m off to Spain for a few days to catch a bit of sun. Actually thats not true, I don’t get sun tanned, I just lose my bluey whiteness! People always want to sit next to me on the flight home because I’m so pale and I make their tan look great!
I’ve been checking on the wild apples and they are coming on fine. The blackberries are well into bloom as well so it won’t be long before I can start this years supply of jams from the wild. I hope you are all busy collecting jars. I manage to get most of mine from friends and family, its amazing how many jars they can save in exchange for a nice pot of jam lol!
I’ll see you all when i’m less pale……..
As you know I had to find a new home for my chickens which meant I had to find a new source for my eggs. I tried the farmers market but I wasn’t keen as the man who sells the eggs also sells battery eggs. I didn’t actually realise this until I looked closely at the eggs and saw the number 3 stamp which means caged hens. The eggs were just advertised under ‘fresh farm eggs’ so i can imagine some people would buy them thinking they were from happy hens… this is a farmers market after all!
Anyway now life is good again. I’ve found a lady who is supplying me with fresh eggs from her little hen family. The hens are free to roam and are well looked after so its good for everyone.
So why am I telling you this? Its all to do with my yorkshire puddings! I’ve always had success with yorkshire puds that are well risen but for the short period when I was having to buy my eggs from the supermarket (I was buying large organic ones and looking for the longest sell by dates) they were just average. I didn’t think much of it as I don’t really measure my ingredients so the recipe is never quite the same.
Maybe its a silly idea but I wonder if eggs from happy hens are slightly different? Could the fact that caged hens may be stressed make any difference? I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this but I have to say i’m happy that I’m getting good puds again and I’m eating eggs from happy birds.
I just wish I could get them to stay in a nice round shape lol!