Marin Sun Farm Eggs
Marin Sun Farm Eggs come from Rhode Island Red and White Leghorn Crossbred chickens who spend their days in grassy pastures and eat a varied diet. You can buy them at the San Francisco Ferry Building Farmer's Market, $6 for a dozen. Recently I have been having a craving for fresher eggs. First, the eggs they use at Tabla, who make a habit of buying their ingredients fresh from local farmers, piqued my interest for that old-fashioned eggy, eggy taste. Next I became smittten by the two eggs on my Pizza at Pizzetta 211. They use Rosie's Farm eggs and, wow, did they taste good. After that, I decided, no more lazily picking up a carton of eggs at Wholefoods, I had to get to the market and find the freshest eggs available instead.
Marin Sun Farm's eggs included a blue one in their carton. The romantic in me finds the idea of a blue-shelled egg quite exciting. It's like finding a piece of hidden treasure. The colour of the shell makes no difference to the taste, however. All of the eggs had the most intense, gorgeous, deep, golden yellow yolks.
First clean and trim a bunch of leeks. We used the tiny, baby, end-of-season leeks we picked up at the farmer's market last weekend. Fred specifically asked me to cook them well. He's not always into California-style crunchy vegetables. When it comes to leeks I agree with him. When I ate a version in Paris last summer, they were a little undercooked and I got a string of leek caught in my throat. I thought I was going to die.
Simmer the leeks until soft, drain under cold water and then pat dry on kitchen paper. Place eggs in cold water, bring to boil and then leave in a rolling simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the pan, run under cold water, peel and quarter. Serve with your favourite vinaigrette. A really hot, mustardy one would be our choice. Made with a big dessert spoon dollop of Dijon, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup of oil, sea salt, black pepper and, if you remember to buy it, a finely minced shallot.
Pricey at $6 a dozen. But the quality, the colour and the taste were very, very good. Yum! Marin Sun Farm Eggs