23 July 2010
Quail Eggs at Camas Farmer's Market
Why is it that tiny versions of everyday items make us smile? I have written about the charms of miniatures before but they never fail to take me by surprise.
Last week at the Camas Farmer’s Market I saw that Reister Farms had quail eggs for sale. At least they had them very early in the afternoon, before I arrived. When I saw the words “Quail Eggs” crossed through and “Sold Out” written to the side I think I took it personally. I have had those quail eggs on my mind all week. Though I know next to nothing about quail eggs I remember seeing a post about them, a picture that was stuck in my mind highlighting the extreme cuteness of these diminutive treasures.
This week I got to the market early, shortly after it opened. I went straight to Reister Farms and asked for a dozen quail eggs. Though I had anticipated my purchase for days I was still struck by how beautiful they really were. Each had a unique pattern of dots and hues, from speckles to large blotches of brown on backgrounds from cream to almost light blue to brown. Shopper after shopper stopped by to comment, if not buy some of their own. They marveled at how large these were, for quail eggs, or how unique the coloring. They seemed almost too pretty to eat. Almost…
After picking up a half flat of beautiful blueberries from MeadowGlenn Farm, a half pound of freshly roasted Costa Rican coffee from Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters,
and buying my favorite flatbread from Truly Scrumptious, covered with red onion, gorgonzola, crushed red pepper and figs, as well as a tiny chocolate chip studded cupcake (more miniature bliss),
I sat down in the grass beside the Camas Library to admire my purchases. Friends joined me. They helped me think of things to do with the eggs. I had to admit I was as eager to photograph them as I was to taste them.
Back home I looked up posts and recipes. I never found the photo I remembered but I did find some great new ideas for how to use these awesome little eggs. Hopefully I'll have more to post about that soon. Meanwhile, here are a few lovely links on the virtues of quail eggs:
Quail Eggs With Black Sesame Seeds and Sea Salt from The Well-Seasoned Cook
Quail Eggs with Smashed Potatoes and Arugula from Local Lemons
Lazy Easy Tea Eggs from Just Bento
Quail's Eggs with Za 'atar from Not Quite Nigella
Quail Eggs with Smoked Paprika from Nami-Nami