Living a balanced green lifestyle

Green Eggs and Ham

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Actually, this post has nothing to do with green eggs and ham. I thought I’d throw you for a loop today.

So why did I give it that title? My blog is about living a balanced green lifestyle. So that explains the word green.

I just responded to a thread on a topic totally unrelated to my blog (it was about staffing companies), and my egg avatar popped up alongside my reply. It looked kind of weird. Putting words to my avatar, here’s what I saw:

  A white dish with a deep red-orange ball sitting on the right edge of a large yellow circle.

“What would someone think when they see that photo?” I thought to myself.

It might raise an eyebrow.

My Avatar Explained

It is a picture of an egg that I had brined in a salt solution for about 30 days. The egg was one of my hen’s eggs. Our hens were always free-ranged on pasture, so they got their full supply of grasses, carotenes, and such. So their egg yolks were usually a nice, deep color. When the egg is brined, the egg yolk comes out as a solid ball.

The egg white, as you can see, is no longer white, but a rich yellow color. And that’s the large yellow circle you see.

The image was so lovely that I had to take a picture of it and text it to my sister, who had given me the recipe.


Now for the “ham” part of today’s title. When someone says “green eggs,” you automatically attach “and ham” to it. Everyone knows that.

Thanks, Dr. Seuss, for burning those words permanently in our minds.

Brined Egg Recipe

Well, first, what does one do with a brined egg? Second, I was going to share the recipe here, but I think it’s saved on my other computer.

We’ll continue this conversation another time when I find the recipe. In the meantime, please take my word for it. A brined egg yolk has such a sensory texture to it — nothing at all like how it is when you cook it the usual way. It brings me back years ago to when I was a kid and got to enjoy one of these egg yolks hidden in the Chinese sticky rice dumplings wrapped in giant bamboo leaves.

You may not know what I’m talking about, so here’s a YouTube video of someone making sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves.

In conclusion, as my family sometimes accuses me of getting plumb off the subject, let’s try to wrap this up. If you have never experienced a brined egg, I hope some day you will. That’s what you see in my avatar. It’s both lovely to look at and to eat.


Author: Comic Mom

I believe kids should have comics that are fun and don't have dark themes or questionable content. I also believe we--including kids--can achieve way more than we allow ourselves to. When my son was 8, he began drawing a comic strip, which kids loved. I encouraged him to turn his comics into a book, and he did. I published his first book shortly after he turned 14 and his second book when he was 15.

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