Sunday, 1 March 2015

simply eggcellent - new bloggers link up!



... I love eggs.  One of my favourite simple pleasures is a fried egg on toast, the white a little crispy at the edges and the yolk firm yet just runny enough to ooze its golden gloriousness all over the buttered toast and probably my chin.  The poor egg had a bad rap for a few years back in the dark days of Edwina Curry and the 80's health freaks but much like butter we now know that eggs, like all food eaten in moderation, are good for you.  Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods money can buy - they are a natural source of many nutrients including high quality protein, vitamins and minerals, plus a medium egg contains less than 70 calories which is a win win if you ask me.  Eggs are naturally rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, vitamin D, selenium and iodine. They also contain vitamin A and a number of other B vitamins including folate, biotin, pantothenic acid and choline, and essential minerals and trace elements, including phosphorus.  We've been eating them since before chickens were domesticated and are in fact a symbol for life, renewal and energy.

lemon drizzle loaf cake

... as well as the classic fried, scrambled, poached, boiled, hard-boiled and griddled, as every cook knows they are also a wonderful ingredient in so many different and varied dishes, from cakes to quiches, from bread to the classic fiorentina pizza... there are very few dishes where the eggs is not only welcome but a very much needed ingredient and so this is why I thought we should celebrate the humble egg in all its glory!

egg and kale breakfast muffins
ensamaida

how to take part in the simply eggcellent bloggers link-up

it's really easy to take part; all you have to do is create a beautiful recipe using free-range eggs, post it up on your blog and then link back to this post... please include my simply eggcellent badge in the post to help spread the word and use the linky tool below so that I know you've taken part.

I will collate all the posts at the end of every month and produce a special round-up of entries... I may chose to theme the challenge once in a while depending on the time of year and my mood but for March I simply want to celebrate the brilliant egg and all it brings to our lives... maybe we can even teach a thing or two to those egg phobic fools out there!

feel free to tweet and instagram me your pictures using the #simplyeggcellent hashtag and I will retweet and like all those I see... you can find me on social media @belleaukitchen

i'm happy to take previously posted recipes but you'll need to go back to the post and adapt it to link back to this post and include the simply eggcellent logo

roast tomato quiche


frangipane tart






eat and of course, enjoy!


25 comments:

  1. Fab idea. But does this mean RR has been shelved?

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    1. Thanks Janice. I'm popping RR into the deep freeze for a while. It's not entirely gone for ever, I do have special plans for it but I think realistically it was too much of an ask for people every month. Plus I like to freshen things up now and again and I thought this new challenge was a good way to do that! x

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    2. Good idea, will look forward to the 'Special Plans'! In the meantime there is a special mention for you in the new Slow Cooked Challenge post (just published) ;-)

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  2. YAY! FAB IDEA Dom and as you know I also love eggs and have my own chickens! I will promote this for you in my new Herbs challenge! I can't do TTT yet as it is not my turn to host it, but I may use eggs as a theme for April of that's okay as it is Easter and link to you, is that okay? Karen

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    1. you're a sweetheart Karen of course xxxx

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  3. I love eggs! What a great idea for a link up.

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  4. Hi Dom, can I link a past recipe :)

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    1. Hey Matthew, happy for you to link a past recipe but you'll need to go back to that post and adjust it to include a link to this blog and the simply eggcellent badge!

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  5. Eggcellent idea for a new challenge Dom. I've just launched a new challenge today all about pastry, I see potential for some crossover here :)

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  6. Well I'm all for the humble egg and the more free range it is the better. Great idea for a new challenge and as I use plenty of eggs, I have no excuse not to take part. But I'm missing Random Recipes!!!

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  7. I was wondering what happened to RR. Love this new eggcellent idea - I seem to go through about a dozen eggs a week, sometimes more!! I wish I could have my own chickens but I can't. I do make sure I get free range eggs though.

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  8. Very clever idea Dom, just brilliant. I, too, miss Random Recipes, but perhaps I'll just have to get random with eggs!

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  9. Terrific idea, Dom! Eggs are pretty much ubiquitous in cooking ... so versatile! This will be a fun venture! I just made a quiche ... it's cooling on the sideboard for a friend, but I'll wait and post this spectacular cake that I'm thinking of ...

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  10. Great challenge!! I always use free range eggs so I am looking forward to linking up!

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  11. Nice idea, I do love an egg in any shape and size, but somehow RR is a fav. even if I didn't get to enter every month I so looked forward to the roundups. You have even inspired me to conduct my own random RR all on my own!

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  12. Oh, I Like your blog and your style of writing! Also I’d like to say that you have beautiful photos! Great job! I know that it requires so much time to update blog, but keep doing it!)
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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  13. You have me craving eggs now! These recipes are all amazing - especially that ensameida!

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  14. Great idea! Eggs were always wonderful and Edwina Curry was always bonkers! Plenty of scope for all sorts of entries. But what of RR?????

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  16. A fantastic new challenge! Has Random Recipes been archived then?

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  17. Sorry about the double entry, Mr Linky told me my post had failed, so I did it again.......
    Jane

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  18. I use so many eggs when creating patisserie and I always have a stash of egg whites in the freezer. Really looking forward to seeing everything added to the linkup. Thanks for hosting.

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  19. Great idea for a link! I'm hoping to add something later this month. :)

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