Eggs, Yorkshires and Sundays
There’s something very satisfying about making Yorkshire Pudding with eggs from your own hens.
Yorkshire Pudding, or Orkshire Pie as PK insists on calling it, is a staple of roast dinners in this family. With plenty of roots planted firmly in Yorkshire thanks to my Mum’s side of the family, it’s something I remember from dinners for as long as I can remember. My kids have certainly inherited the love of them and would eat with onion gravy and nothing else several times a week if they had the chance.
The perfect Yorkshire recipe is hotly debated and I remember discovering in my early twenties that I could make Yorkshires like my Mum’s – fluffy in the middle – if I used two eggs in my recipe, or I could throw in an extra egg and get Yorkshires that open out in the middle, perfect for filling, like my Nana’s were. Making gluten free Yorkshires was something else altogether though, and the first time I attempted them, I followed a recipe supplied by a company who makes gluten free flours. I was confused by the need to make a sort of dough which cooked into something very unpalatable. I quickly abandoned that method and created my own gluten free Yorkshire Pudding recipe which works every time.
But back to my original statement. There’s something very satisfying about making Yorkshire Pudding with eggs from your own hens. Just look at the colour of those yolks! You only get yolks that colour from commercial eggs if the hens have been fed unhealthy amounts of corn.
Despite being loved by chickens, corn is not good for them. An occasional handful is OK as a treat but feeding them enough to colour their yolks is comparable to giving children lots of cheap chocolate – it makes them fat and has no nutritional value. (I make the distinction of cheap chocolate, because I hold dearly to the advice given to me by my GP that a little good quality dark chocolate is great for iron intake 😉)
The beautiful deep, almost orange-y colour of the yolks comes from allowing the birds to free range and eat the bugs and worms they come across, along with providing a nutritionally balanced feed, greens as an afternoon treat and free access to the outdoors.
So next time you buy eggs and see yellow yolks, ask yourself “what were these chickens missing?”.