Goose eggs – all you need to know + a delicious salad!
Goose eggs are almost as impossible to get hold of as the proverbial wild goose, hence sending someone on a wild goose chase for something! My first encounter with goose eggs was last year when I bought two of them at Giovannis in Green Point and I served mine on a delicious wheat risotto and the other egg was cooked to perfection by Anel Potgieter using the sous vide method!
Goose eggs are very scares and until recently I did not know why! A saying that I have never heard before also refers to these eggs being so scares so if you are losing a game you might very well find “nothing but goose eggs next to your name!” As I have mentioned, it was only recently, after chasing from pillar to post after goose eggs that someone finally had the guts to tell me: ” Mam, you will find geese only lay eggs in August!” Let me tell you it is worth the hunt, these eggs are so rich and delicious and you will forget the trouble you had getting them!
I found a few very interesting facts about goose eggs:
– geese lay their eggs in Spring so in South Africa it would be around August and September
– geese lay most of their eggs in the morning and collection should be at least 4 times a day.
– geese lay a clutch of 5 – 6 eggs and then starts to incubate them!
– geese choose a partner when they are just 3 years old and they stay with that partner forever. Together they raise new families every year. If one of the mates die, the other will wait for years before finding a new partner or sometimes even stay alone until they die!
– goose eggs are huge and the equivalent of up to 4 normal eggs
– they are richer and more flavorful with a vibrant yellow yolk, because a large part of their diet comes from foraged food
– when using goose eggs for baking, be aware that the big yolks can make your cake dense and moist and you can fix that by adding an extra egg white!
– to see whether the egg has an embrio in it, take the egg into a dark room and shine a candle or flashlight through it. If there is an embryo forming, it will have veins and possibly even the shape of an embryo!
Cooking times for goose eggs:
To soft-boil the eggs, simply place it in boiling water for 7 – 8 minutes. The yolks will be runny in the center and soft around the edges. My eggs in the salad, was boiled for exactly 8 ½ minutes so my whites were a little firmer!
To hard-boil the eggs, the eggs must be placed in boiling water and boiled for 14-15 minutes. Although the yolk will never become completely hard like a boiled chicken egg, the white will be very firm!
Goose Egg and Bacon Salad
2 goose eggs
6 rashers of bacon
250 g green beans – lightly steamed or 6 baby tomatoes
2 big handfuls of fresh salad leaves
2 thick slices ciabatta
40 ml lemon-infused olive oil
salt and pepper
serve with Balsamic Salad Dressing, recipe here!
First make the croutons. Slice the bread into small cubes ( 1,5 x 1,5 cm). Place in a plastic bag with the lemon-infused olive oil and some salt and pepper. Shake the bag so that each piece of bread is coated with olive oil. Heat a pan on the stove top and fry the croutons to crispy goodness. Cool and keep ready! Now, fry the bacon however you would normally do it. Either in a pan, or on a baking sheet in the oven or in the Philips Airfryer! Boil the goose eggs as per the instructions above and peel. To assemble your salad, place the salad leaves on two plates and top with the tomatoes, croutons and bacon. Lastly slice the eggs in two halves and place on top of the salad and serve with the salad dressing!
For a delicious breakfast idea: Toast a piece of bread, top with some delicious sauteed mushrooms and serve with a oozing poached egg on top. Here is how you poach a goose egg!
Tomorrow morning just after the 9 o’clock news, I will be back in my seat at RSG studios, sharing this easy recipe with you! Get ready to be amazed! I will also in weeks to come take you into the kitchens of other bloggers, chefs and interesting South Africans this year. So buckle up, it is going to be an awesome ride. Tune in 100-104FM or listen online here!