One of our Copper Marans Chickens, Veronica or Betty, I don’t know which, has given us a deep purple-brown egg.
That’s it on the right. On the left as a normal medium sized egg. These are very valuable eggs ($30 a dozen) and are supposed to be the best tasting eggs in the world. (The character James Bond (from the Ian Fleming books) demanded that his omelets were made only with Marans eggs, all other varieties considered to be of lesser quality.) We won’t get enough to sell them separately, so the eggs we sell from the driveway may have a Marans egg from time to time. The Marans are not great layers so we might get 6 a week.
Here is a recent picture of the Marans. They have feathers on their feet and since we can’t tell them apart, we call them the “Fuzzy Feet”.
Eggs James Bond Recipe (Requires Copper Marans Eggs)
For four individualists:
12 fresh eggs
Salt and pepper
5-6 oz. of fresh butter.
Break the eggs into a bowl. Beat thoroughly with a fork and season well. In a small copper (or heavy bottomed saucepan) melt four oz. of the butter. When melted, pour in the eggs and cook over a very low heat, whisking continuously with a small egg whisk.
While the eggs are slightly more moist than you would wish for eating, remove the pan from heat, add rest of butter and continue whisking for half a minute, adding the while finely chopped chives or fines herbes. Serve on hot buttered toast in individual copper dishes (for appearance only) with pink champagne (Taittinger) and low music.