May just happens to be Egg Month. Why, I cannot say. It seems April, with its Easter holiday, would be more apropos, but no. Maybe after torturing eggs in vats of colored chemicals in April, May attempts to remind us of the beauty of a simple egg. Or, maybe hens like May best. Who knows?
I am a fan of the egg. To take time in the morning to make a scrambled egg, toast, and coffee feels luxuriously lazy . . . and tastes yummy. How nice that a food I enjoy is actually (shocker!) good for me.
According to the ENC (Egg Nutrition Center), a large egg provides 6 grams of protein, and not just any protein. “The highest quality protein in the food supply”, with a 97% digestibility rate and the “amino acid pattern almost matching the human requirement for essential amino acids.”
The egg is delicious, nutritious, and (most importantly) affordable. It’s also adaptable. The Incredible Edible Egg offers oodles of recipes.
Still think the egg is rather boring? Take a look at how Japanese parents make sure the hard boiled egg, a staple in Japanese lunch boxes (or bento boxes), appeals to kids.
And in your spare time, you could create a masterpiece from the part you don’t eat. Ha!
Beyond that, I promise you will never meet a more metaphorical breakfast food. Egg-head, ‘egg on your face’, ‘good egg’, ‘nest egg’, ‘walk on egg shells’, and ‘put all your eggs in one basket’ are a few of the eggs-pressions we use, as well as these classic philosophical gems:
“Although I cannot lay an egg, I am a very good judge of omelettes” –George Bernard Shaw
“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” –C.S. Lewis
“The present is an egg laid by the past that has the future inside its shell.” –Zora Neale Hurston
“What is my loftiest ambition? I’ve always wanted to throw an egg at an electric fan.” –Oliver Herford
“An Egg to day is better than a Hen to-morrow.” –Benjamin Franklin