This term in cooking we are learning all about eggs! They are a quick and healthy food, and very versatile.
In our first cooking session, we cooked eggs in different ways - scrambled, poached, fried and soft boiled at different timing intervals. We looked at the eggs before, during and after cooking and compared the changes and how different the final product was - even though they are all eggs! We also cracked and compared eggs from a supermarket to eggs from Mrs Clarke's garden hens. The garden eggs were beautiful colours and the yolks were so much more vibrant than the supermarket eggs. In future weeks we will be making omelettes, lemon meringues and a sweetbread made with eggs (hot cross buns - just in time for Easter!).
Mrs Clarke invited us to find out more about where eggs come from by visiting her garden hens. We walked from school to Mrs Clarke's garden and met her many hens. They all looked very different! There was one smaller hen called Frazzle who was hand-reared so she allows Mrs Clarke to hold her. The hens have lots of space to run around although they have a coop for night time to keep them safe from foxes. Inside the coop there was a special nesting area where the eggs are laid. We collected eleven eggs and couldn't believe how different they looked. Mrs Clarke explained that humans have different coloured hair and hens lay different coloured eggs! While we were there, a hen laid an egg! It was very eggsciting :D At night time the hens roost on a perch inside the coop. One hen showed us how she roosts! Very helpful!
The hens hid from us in bushes, where we peered in - and found what we thought was another nest! Mrs Clarke explained that the hens have made a hollow in the ground that they use for dust baths - to keep their feathers clean. Before we came back to school there was time for a drink and biscuit, and we could ask Mrs Clarke any final questions about chickens and eggs. It was great to have first-hand experience of the source of our food. Thank you Mrs Clarke!