“Probably one of the most private things in the world is an egg until it is broken.” ~ M.F.K. Fisher
WHAT DO YOU KNOW OF EGGS? by Nancy Jentsch Today’s pumpkin-colored yolks scramble with bubbly beaten whites, the foam a color Kandinsky would drool for. Frying eggs sizzle serenades harmonize with salty bacon sport accents of poblano and cheddar their taste delicate as their shells. If this is all you know of eggs it is sufficient. As for me, blessed with hens, my hands wonder at the warmth each egg entrusts exquisite as any snowflake or rose And in my dimpled basket their pastel rainbow— tans, blues, greens— seals an understated promise. ~ Posted by permission of the author. Copyright © 2022 Nancy Jentsch
I love all the mouthwatering sensory details in this eggsquisite praise poem and wish we had our own hens to better appreciate the beauty and wonder of fresh eggs.
They’re truly a superfood — packed with nutrition and so versatile. When you hold a warm egg in your hand, you cradle possibility. An egg shell is fragile yet strong enough to contain the beginnings of life.
About writing this poem, Nancy said:
We raise chickens of various breeds and I enjoy looking at the eggs, feeling their warmth and using them to cook and bake with. I guess you could say that they satisfy all the senses – even the sense of hearing when you crack them open or they sizzle in a pan. Another thing I particularly like about our eggs is how each one is unique. I think I wrote the poem after collecting an unusually beautiful array of eggs in my basket.
Nancy’s mention of Kandinsky reminded me that frying eggs is indeed an art form, aptly demonstrated by Michele Baldini at The Eggshibit.
A doctor-in-training based outside Mexico City, 20-something year-old Baldini started cracking as a teenager with his eggceptional creations. Do you think Kandinsky would approve?
Breakfast never looked so good. Now, about that salty bacon . . .
🍪 THINGS WE EAT GIVEAWAY WINNER! 🥝
After polishing off a dozen cookies, Mr Cornelius consulted his friend Monsieur Random Integer Generator about choosing a winner. Naturally M. Generator required 200 dozen chocolate chip cookies as payment. We were happy to oblige considering M. Generator’s global reputation as a numeric genius and his meticulous eating habits (he never leaves behind a single crumb). After consuming his 148th cookie, he was happy to report that the winner of a brand new copy of THINGS WE EAT is:
🥁 drum roll please 🥁
🎺🎺🎺 trumpet fanfare 🎺 🎺 🎺
🍎 KATHERINE DAVIS!! 🥑
🎉 CONGRATULATIONS, KATHERINE!! 🎉
🍏 WOOHOO!!! 🍇
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to eat all 26 foods featured in the book . . . in one weekend!
Thanks to everyone for commenting, and thanks again to Sylvia and Janet for creating another fabulous ABC poetry book!
The lovely and talented Margaret Simon is hosting the Roundup at Reflections on the Teche. Shimmy on over to check out the full menu of poetic goodness being served up around the blogosphere this week. Have a nice weekend!!
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