Friday, August 26, 2011

Egg Roulette

This week we find ourselves here at cushions land with a surfeit of eggs... Mr VC's brother called for a visit, and in celebration, Mr VC went out and bought eggs, a million eggs, well 15 for 2 euro, which isn't too bad, otherwise known as a bar gain around here (now you don't need to gain a bar in order for it to be called a bar gain - funny old world isn't it? Anyway, on with the gripping and dramatic tale)
As it turned out - we already had some eggs (SHOCK HORROR) in another packet hidden craftily at the back of the fridge - and of course - those being older eggs - they are due to be out of date sooner than the new ones. Stock rotation would say that you should use up the old eggs first, but we said "To HELL with stock rotation" and cooked up a few of the new eggs in quick succession...
My dilemma today - you'll probably have guessed - is that I now own one egg that will go off several days earlier than the other 12 or so that are still in the big box of eggs, but it is a mild irritant to say the least, to have 3 egg spaces in one box and only one egg in the other - so do you, kind readers, think it would be totally crazy to put the old egg in with the new? In order that I might throw out the old box and save some small semblance of sanity? trying of course to keep it somehow separate or label it - maybe with a packing sticker, so that I can recognise it on opening? or should I wait until an occasion naturally arises for use of a single egg and take out the old egg then? (a strategy that depends on me remembering the old egg - not easy when faced with a shiny big box of new eggs that practically sing to me every time I open the fridge)
or should I simply put the old egg in at random with the new eggs, and trust to fate? perhaps invest in a magnifying glass so that we can read the pink printed use by dates on the side of the eggs? Maybe I could just go now before any of them are out of date and have a big ol' tinned apocolypse fruit omelet? Either way, and no matter what gets decided - this has probably been the worst possible use of the free time allotted to me by baby cushions first long day time nap in a few weeks, and if you've read this far... well you could've possibly done more with the time too. Shame on us.

15 comments:

Tríona said...
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Domestic Oub said...

Hmmmm, eggs. I'm feeding baby Oub some spag bol at the moment. It's the only 7mth+ dinner she agrees to eat. She loves egss tho! So, we'll be round in the morning for her scrambled egg. There you go, problem solved.

The Dead Acorn said...

I would go with moving the elder egg to the large box, where it can perhaps serve as a sort of mentor to the younger ones. You should definitely label it, though, and by use of a permanent marker, just in case Mr. VC decides to play a prank by washing it off and labeling another. Trust no one.

Niamh said...

and... is it tru what they say about bad eggs? If forgotten, will that one bad egg ruin the lot? That bar gain has given you a great opportunity for an experi ment

Titus said...

Place old egg in new box immediately. Should you forget which one it is, there's a simple test you can do with a glass of water. Something about floating.

Niamh said...

or is that apples?

Niamh B said...

Well Oub I waited and waited, had the hob on the go and all, and no oubs arrived!!
Interesting Acorn, and yeah I know what you mean about the possible sabotages, I'll be careful,
Niamh - not sure if it's eggs or oranges, but we shall soon find out - that or we won't.
Hmmm Titus, sounds sciencey... whoop!

The Bug said...

I would have just hard boiled the thing & then marked it with an X (like my dad does) to eat later when I was feeling peckish. :)

Totalfeckineejit said...

Incubate the spare egg, hatch it and call it Wilbur J Edgar Dyson the 4th, raise it as a sibling to baby M cushions and send it to Trinity where it will get a degree in
chicken law and save thousands of chickens from wrongful impersonation.

120 Socks said...

Gosh I missed this post - you need to start putting up pics again, I find I get attracted to the colourful ones the best. I am sure you have sorted out ur egg dilemma by now - but I would have given the older egg to the dog - leaving all well at cushion land and a happy dog to boot! And yes -like you, I cud deffo have done something way more productive with my time- but thats another egg story altogether!

Niamh B said...

Bug, that is fiendishly clever.
Eejit - fiendishly feindish
Socks - the poor old dog gets enough hassle ;-)

Dominic Rivron said...

You could always cook an "Egg Symphony", popular in the French Court at the time of Louis something-or-other (XIV? XVI?).

Take 12 eggs.

Make an omlette with 6.
Scramble 4.
Stuff the omlette with the scrambled egg.
Top with 2 poached eggs.

Niamh B said...

wow, eggy - reminds me of a time we had an english visitor convinced that sometimes for dinner we'd just have 7 different types of spud.!!

Dominic Rivron said...

I once knew someone who tried out self-sufficiency on a croft in Scotland. They said they gave up when they were reduced to eating baked potato and chips with mashed potato.

Niamh B said...

he should've gone out and bought a oack of tayto dominic...
I once survived an entire 36 hours on nothing but penguin bars and water,,, it was hell