I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. I spent most of mine cooking, that is improvising my cooking. I also had some drama, not too serious but scary (more on that in a moment). I failed to plan for Easter (that’s not the drama I’m talking about). I more than failed to plan, I didn’t even give it a thought. It’s not that it snuck up on me; I knew Easter was right around the corner, but I just didn’t get it done, the planning that is.
My grandson and not daughter were visiting us on their Spring Break, all my energy and planning went to their visit. After they left it was back to work for me and I that’s how I came upon my situation of having nothing planned.
I wasn’t worried, I keep a well stocked kitchen; I foraged my freezer, pantry and refrigerator and actually put out a decent Easter meal. We traditionally have ham or lamb but I didn’t have any of those things. No matter, it wasn’t about what we had, it was about being and feasting together.
When my grandson, Alligator, was visiting we colored duck eggs. Since I’m lucky enough to have fresh duck eggs supplied to me on a regular basis, I thought how much more fun it would be to color big eggs. Go big or go home.
We got this cool little kit that you put the eggs in and then spin them. It kind of gave the eggs a tie dyed look.
Alligator was good for about four eggs and then his 3 year old attention span flew the coup (I hope you laughed at that). Naturally mom stepped in and finished the job; I think she may have enjoyed it more than Alligator.
After they left for Salt Lake I was left with a bunch of colored eggs. I needed a starter for my meal, so I looked back to my early days when deviled eggs were vogue, they are still a family favorite. We’re not exactly vogue anyways, so they suited us just fine.
Before we got too far into the Easter day, we decided to take the dogs to the dog park (here’s the drama part). On our way there, the Summer pup decided to ‘Summersault’ out of the truck while we were driving.
STOP! STOP! STOP!
That was all I could muster. I was watching in the side view mirror, horrified that my little dog was being drug down the street (she had a leash on that was hooked to the inside of the truck). I saw her get behind the tire and thought she was going to die for sure. McGyver stopped as fast as he could. We ran out into the street and snatched her up right away.
A nice gentleman in a red pick up with two large dogs in the back, stopped behind us and blocked traffic. I don’t know who you are, but thank you.
Summer was bleeding from various places, a quick check told us nothing major was wrong. We took her home and gave her a bath to clean out the road/tire grime and to get a good look at her injuries. She ended up with a black eye, fat lip, split toe (no stitches needed) and plenty of road rash.
After her bath, she couldn’t wait to hit the floor and try to rub all that good smelling dog shampoo off of her. Please pay no mind to my carpet that needs to be vacuumed. I certainly didn’t have time to vacuum if I didn’t have time to plan for an Easter meal.
We ended up with some drama but also a reason to be really thankful for; our Silly Summer Dog was okay and I didn’t die of a heart attack watching the whole thing!
Summer is modeling the “As seen on TV” Total Pillow.
Back to the deviled eggs. My inspiration came from shrimp cocktail, a timeless appetizer in our family, also. I mixed up my egg filling with a little horseradish sauce (cocktail part) and topped the eggs with a butterflied shrimp. Cocktail shrimp meet deviled eggs. They fell in love immediately and gave birth to a bunch of deviled shrimp. Not really, but that would be cool if they could!
(Chicken Egg compared to a duck egg)
I used only three eggs because there were only three of us. Actually I did that because McGyver would eat them all in one sitting if I would have made more and the consequences would have been, ahem, odiferous. In other words it wasn’t just portion control, it was self defense.
Interesting item: one of my eggs looked beige or lightly tanned next to the other eggs. I scoured the internet to see if it was okay to eat. I discovered that sometimes the iron in your water can cause the reaction or sometimes there is a small blood clot in the yolk and when you boil it, it leaches into the white and discolors it. I cut the egg in half and sure enough, there was evidence of a little blood clot. I used the egg and the yolk and made sure that McGyver ate them (I was a little grossed out by it). I’m happy to say that he did indeed survive, heck, he didn’t even notice.
Has anyone ever had an off color egg?
- 3 duck eggs, boiled and peeled
- 2 tsp. mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. horseradish sauce
- 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
- 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
- few grinds of black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
- Smoked paprika
- 6 shrimp, cooked, peeled and butterflied
- Cut peeled eggs in half long ways, using a small spoon scoop out the yolk into a medium bowl. Using a fork, mash the yolks until they resemble fine granules. Mix in the mayonnaise, horseradish sauce, dry mustard, salt, black pepper and minced fresh rosemary until well blended and creamy.
- Pipe or spoon into the egg whites. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and top with a butterflied shrimp.
- Note: Chicken eggs can easily be substituted, I’m not sure but I think you may be able to double the amount of eggs depending on their size.
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