Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ode to Satsuma Mandarins and Quail Eggs



> Satsuma Mandarin oranges are one of the highlights of a very cold season in Minnesota. They are delicious snacks and I am not even joking when I confess our family has gone through about 5 lbs a day! All the > local food co-ops are carrying these beautiful, organic fruits, with some offering a better price then others. The best deal I have found is at the > Seward Co-op for 1.99/lb or 1.89/lb if you buy a 25 lb case (which around here might not last the week!). Who needs candy or junk food when they could have a delectable Satsuma orange? And they are so vibrantly orange. The beautiful bowl seen holding these oranges was made by my brother-in-law, the talented potter of > Evla Pottery in St.Paul.



Another snack we've enjoyed are hard-boiled quail eggs. We like them plain, or dipped in a bit of sea salt. I haven't been able to find any information saying they are better for you then chicken eggs, it seems that they are comparable nutritionally. They are fun to eat and appealing to children with their speckled shells with blue inside, and precious, tiny size. I find locally sourced quail eggs at the > Mississippi Market for about 3$ for 18 eggs (they are 1/5th the size of a chicken egg so it's quite easy to eat a dozen). Eliza had fun playing with a round yolk and then feeding it to our dog, Winston, I think she may have even swallowed a small speck herself.





This post is most happily shared with > Gnowfglin's Tuesday Twister!

I am also joining > Kelly the Kitchen Kop's Real Food Wednesday blog carnival!

7 comments:

  1. Yes, those mandarins are beautiful! I think my family could easily go through 5 lbs a day, too, maybe more. :) How fun to get the quail eggs - you've really shared some beautiful dishes this week in the Twister. Not to mention Eliza, the most beautiful dish of all! :)

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  2. thanks so much Wardeh! i am glad to know we arent the only family utterly obsessed with satsumas!

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  3. I love satsumas too. And the quail eggs are so cute. Your little girl is adorable.

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  4. Seeing those satsumas reminds me of a cake Nigella Lawson makes with clementines and almond meal. I might have to dig out that recipe, although it would seem a bit of a shame to cook something that is so beautiful just as it is.

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  5. which of Nigella's cookbooks is the recipe in? love her... I have Feast and How to Be a Domestic Goddess.

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  6. Hmm, couldn't say which cookbook, as I check them out from the library. But the recipe is definitely floating around on the internet.

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  7. Oh my gosh, such gorgeous pictures!

    Thanks for joining in on Real Food Wednesdays. :)

    Kelly

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