High anxiety as 
our eggs are in 
One Basket

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An inspector has called. Well, at least I think one has. Whilst the Young Mistress and I were away at the weekend on a rugby tour (yes, a rugby tour), Gamford had put out the old toy box at the gate with a good few boxes of eggs in for sale, as per the usual sketch at the weekend.

When he brought it back in, empty, there was a small, glossy card with pictures of boiled eggs, halved, sitting in egg cups on the front.

On the reverse it says: ‘One Basket: an Egg Review Blog’ with web address, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and email details. I must say, I was impressed.

Is this the calling card of the egg equivalent of Indiana Jones? A man on a quest to find his perfect egg. Or maybe a woman. In which case it would be the egg equivalent of Lara Croft, wouldn’t it?

Anyhoo, I am now on eggshells (bet you could see that one coming), because this presumably means that One Basket, whoever he or she is, has taken a box of eggs to boil, fry, bake or poach and review. Eeeeek!

Will our shells be too thin? Too thick? The eggs too matt or too shiny? Too small? Too chunky? Too brown or too blue or too white? I guess we’ll find out soon.

But it did get me thinking about our eggs, and why people buy them.

Until we had chooks, I was happy with those giant, beige supermarket offerings. But I wasn’t very happy with how they were obtained.

Now there are many more free-range and even organic eggs available in the supermarkets, but as good as they might be, sheer logistics mean they will never be as fresh as the ones we, and others like us all over the UK, have for sale at the gate. Ours can be laid and popped straight in the egg box – still warm – and sold within minutes. Now, that’s fresh.

I suspect as hard as they try, the supermarkets could never match this. At their oldest, our eggs could have been laid a couple of days before.

Another thing the supermarkets selling their fancy-pants coloured organic/free-range eggs often can’t match us on is price.

I was astounded to read recently that M&S weren’t selling just ordinary eggs (to mis-quote their famous advert), but that they were selling what they call Special Breed eggs. Launched last month, they come in a box of six – two blue, two white and two dark brown – for the incredibly special price of £3. This is in comparison to the mixed box of six Shoogly eggs, for a mere £1.50.

OK, OK, so ours aren’t a uniformly perfect size and matchy-matchy on the colouring like the M&S Stepford eggs are, but I think it would take a Special Breed of person to pay 50p an egg.

z See if we make the grade – www.onebasket.co.uk or on Facebook: One Basket.