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World Egg Day October 24th – and it’s not Easter!

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For all you egg lovers out there, this day is for you - it's World Egg Day!

World Egg Day was established at the IEC (International Egg Commission) Vienna 1996 conference when it was decided to celebrate this 'ultimate convenience food' on the second Friday in October each year. A day to honour how fantastic the humble egg really is and help raise awareness of the unbeatable benefits that eggs offer. Where people around the world come together and rejoice - well not quite! But there are events held internationally, like seminars, cook-off's and festivals that remind people of the goodness and versatility of eggs.

As you can probably imagine, eggs have been used in feeding families since the year dot, and with good reason. According to the Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Eggs they are packed with protein and loaded with nutrients with many health benefits. These making them pretty much the perfect food. You even have a choice of eggs, from the obvious chicken, there's also duck, goose, quail and even ostrich eggs being the most common. All these different eggs give you something different.

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The use of eggs in cooking and baking is immense. If you only eat eggs for breakfast then you are seriously missing out on some wonder recipes. Although we have to say that a bacon and egg butty is our favourite!

Apart from the typical boiled, fried, scrambled or poached, eggs are the staple ingredient in many dishes such as omelettes, souffles and pancakes, to name a few. They also have their own signature dishes, like 'Devilled eggs', Scotch eggs', pickled eggs, the famous Christmas drink 'Egg nog', and the classic 'eggs benedict'; find these recipe's and more at BBC Good Food.

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Have you tried herbs with eggs? These can be a delightful addition to your egg dishes to spice them up a bit. For example; Parsley is slightly peppery and delicious sprinkled over an omelette. Chives have a mellow onion flavour and go well with scrambled eggs or mixed with parsley in a mayonnaise to go with hard boiled eggs or in an egg salad. Coriander has a distinctive taste and is another great herb that goes well with other ingredients like curry powder. It's worth experimenting with different herbs to find a taste that appeals to you.

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Eggs are incredibly versatile in baking. Many recipes use the whole egg but the yolks and the whites of the egg can also be used separately. Whites of the egg (protein and water) contain tiny air bubbles and are the key ingredient in meringues, causing them to be light and fluffy. However, the yolks (nutrients, vitamins and fats) will add colour and flavour as well as act as a thickening agent.

Here are a few 'egg-cellent' tips for World Egg Day;

If you drop an egg on the floor, simply sprinkle it heavily with salt then scoop it up with some kitchen roll

Find out whether the egg is fresh; place it in a bowl of water. If the egg floats to the top, it's past its prime and shouldn't be eaten. When it lies on the bottom, it's still fresh and good to eat. Or it may stand upright, in which case it is still good to eat but use it sooner rather than later.

After boiling an egg, place straight in to cold water. This will make it easier to remove the shell.

To avoid the greyish ring around the yolk of a hard boiled egg; don't overcook it and cool it quickly by placing in cold water

When you crack an egg and some of the shell stays with the egg, remove it easily by scooping it up with half of the empty shell, not chase it around with a spoon or your finger!

When poaching eggs, pour a little drop of vinegar into the water it will help your egg stay together

Eggs cook quickly and continue to cook after you have removed them from the heat. Remove a few minutes before the ending of your cooking time

'Egg sayings'

Now eggs must be pretty special (hence World Egg Day) as we can't think of any other food that has so many references relating to them. We're not sure when these 'egg sayings' actually started or where they came from. Here are a few that were sure you will have heard of and probably used yourself;

"You have to break a few eggs to make and omelette"; Something negative will happen so that that something positive will happen

"To walk on eggshells"; You have to be very careful not to offend someone or do anything wrong

"Cant boil an egg"; Unable to cook even the easiest of meals

"Nest egg"; Money that you put away and save

"Chicken or egg situation"; When its impossible to say which of two things came first

"To have egg on your face"; You're embarrassed about saying or doing something

"You're a good egg"; means you're a nice person

"As sure as eggs is eggs"; Something is certain

"Don't put all your eggs in one basket"; You shouldn't put all your resources in one place or you could lose everything

And let's not forget the good old egg jokes (groan); Here are a few funny-yolks to brighten your day;

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Who tells the best egg joke? - Comedi-hens

What day of the week do eggs hate? - Fry-day

How do monsters like their eggs? - Terri-fried

Why did the egg go to school? - To get egg-ucated

So, are you going to celebrate World Egg Day? I think we may, it would be a shame not to!