Friday, January 30, 2009

How Many Eggs is too Many eggs?


I've just had button mushrooms and a three egg/one yoke omelette. Side by side of course, not mixed. Etheline informs me that I eat too many eggs, ( roughly about 12 a week, but usually sans yoke) but I think that's hooey. Yesterday I had 30 grammes of porridge and skimmed milk ( yes, I weigh it, I am that sad), so it's not like I eat them every day.
Really, food should not be a complicated business.
But how many eggs is too many eggs and is that annoying harpy correct?

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Blogger Conan Drumm said...

I'm happy with one a day, boiled. This morning I marmaladed the toast before I started the egg. It's going to be that kind of day.

11:03 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Poor old sausage, but at least you had toast. I have not had toast. I miss toast. I think I will just keep saying the word toast all day until it loses all meaning.

11:08 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Dear Self,
please to remember The Bigger of the Cats is faster than your fingers. Should you need to remind yourself of this stab yourself in the hand with the nearest kitchen knife.
Thank you.

11:21 a.m.  
Anonymous Eolai said...

I realise I'm not the most svelte of commenters, but that's not really relevant - because I used to be, and eggs is eggs is all I'm saying.

I tend to average about 2 a day, and mostly fry the little feckers, yolks and all. If I'm scrambling for with toast, or for in a burrito, or mixed in with pasta, then I can't use less than 3.

Of course one person's large egg is another person's small egg by 2. And now you have me craving duck eggs. Those are hardcore. They're like egg-flavoured eggs.

11:38 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Quite right Eolai! Duck, in all its guises, is delicious to me. The paramour makes roast potatoes using duck fat. It makes them super crunchy on the outside and steamingly fluffy on the inside. Nom nom.
Plink. What I wouldn't give for a roast potato right now. I would give the Bigger of the Cats for sure.

11:44 a.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

Supposedly it's one a day, but then if you are only having egg whites then it's probably ok. Also, what size eggs? I use medium (or small if my hens lay some but they are being lazy at the moment so I have to buy) and would average at about 5 per week depending (it could reach 12 though quite easily).
What do you do with all the yolks? Please don't tell me that you just throw them away?!

11:53 a.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

a mate of mine used to have 4 eggs per day.

mmmmmm eggshellent.

11:59 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Down the drain Babs, down the drain. I hate egg yolk and only use one to give my omelette some substance and then it has to be nuked, totally cooked through. Although I make mine with lashings of chili flakes so it's pretty spicy too. Runny egg yolk is the Devil's smegma.
Morgor, was he keeling over from whatever it is people who eat a lot of eggs suffer rom.

12:04 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Runny egg yolk with toast dipped in...that's the business.

I eat the equivalent of about 6 eggs per week. Between a quiche I make with about 5 (and baby spinach, mushrooms and goat cheese - bliss) and the random fried or scrambled on the weekend...or just one in the microwave with cheese after a work out, it's a good source of protein, cheap, easy, and tasty.

I don't think 10 eggs a week is a problem unless your doctor is worried about your cholesterol. Something tells me your cholesterol is just fine.

12:36 p.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

was he keeling over from whatever it is people who eat a lot of eggs suffer rom.

Nope, made no difference whatsoever.

12:53 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

as long as you're eating primarily the whites, i think you're fine. i'm right up there with you and eat about 12 whites a week....

i heard that 1 egg yolk has your daily cholesterol allotment... but that the whites alone have hardly any.

1:15 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Excellent! I may now, armerd with internet back up, tell Etheline to go get stuffed.
Mmm quiche with spinach and goats cheese, drooool.

2:22 p.m.  
OpenID grimsaburger said...

Too many eggs? If you were eating two dozen whole eggs a week, maybe, but good grief, egg whites have hardly anything in them at all. Besides, working out like you do, you need all the protein you can get, right?

Now, to a more important question: how many whole-wheat chocolate-chip-and-walnut cookies is too many? I'm pretty sure 2 of the 8 pounds I gained last month was pure cookie.

2:36 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Hah, you're eating for two. Admittedly one of the two is pretty small and probably doesn't need cookies, but still, I think you're allowed.
Today's exercise will involve me breaking a pink sweat by running intervals on the mill, and kicking the crap out of Non Memnoch. I love Gingerday.

3:06 p.m.  
Blogger PI said...

The Americans have this thing about egg white omelettes - not sure why. If you are constipated you may be eating too many eggs - the egg that binds etc. If not - you're OK. I guess.

3:53 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I didn't know that, although it makes sense. But no, my fibre and fruit intake is pretty decent.
Egg white omelettes on their own can be a bit dull, but with crushed chili thrown in it's yummy.

4:06 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

When I saw that title, I thought you were going to be writing about the woman who had octuplets.

4:59 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

Nooo runny egg yolk is so delicious!
Toast with butter and marmite dipped in mmmmm!! I can't believe you throw them down the drain (in actual fact its dodgy to do this you should put them into the bin, simple reason - if you put them in the drain and then you put warm or hot liquid down the same drain the egg will cook and block it up and then it's a vile job trying to clear that job up!)
Andraste - Egg and cheese in a microwave...ew!
Thought I don't own a microwave, it just sounds wrong doing that!

5:36 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I eat lots of eggs but am rather icky about the yolk, chicken embryos bluuuuck. That white stringy bit sickens me so I always scramble them and you’re hardly going to make one strangled egg so I usually cook about three. Emmm I’d day I eat about 12 as well. Can’t be that bad still here ain’t we

Nonny

5:50 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Babs- it's not so bad. I just break an egg into a dish, cook it for about 30 seconds, then throw a slice of cheese on top and cook for another 15-20 seconds. It's just like a fried egg without the butter (mmmmm...butter)...you know those egg and cheese sandwiches that are so popular at Dunkin' Donuts? Just like that only without the bread.

You're supposed to have some protein within a half hour of working out, and I've found this to be an easy, quick way of getting it.

6:22 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Kim, I want no part of that madness, 14 children, single, leaving in a two/three bedroomed house with her folks, oh yes. Oh no.

Babs, Nonny, if I could find chickens that could lay eggs with no yokes I'd be laughing. Some blasted eggs have double yokes, double the ming.

Andraste, you especially need protein after any kind of compound lifting, repair repair. In about an hour I will have a steak as big as my head and baked beans, a moat of baked beans.

Right now, back to the really REALLY boring work of trying to dry clothes. Bah. Stupid rain. I was hurtling back form the gym, but to no avail, everything is drowned.

7:23 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

I think the price of eggs is no yolk. You'd be cracked to shell out the price of a half dozen eggs, particularly on a fry-day. I get eggceptionally eggercised by this issue. As the Spanish farmer said to his hens...Olé. I'm thinking at this stage you are sensing fowl-play? You want me to stop, don't you....I'd say you are terri-fried.

Oh, come on Jonathon Ross, why are you on so late?

9:30 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

I love the double yolk ones! It's from an abnormal reproductive cycle, the hens that lay these are apparently in their last days of laying according to my dad, I don't know if there is any truth in that though...
Nonny, the "stringy" bit is easily eliminated if you COOK the egg correctly, as in for the correct amount of time, if frying an egg I never turn them I always baste them, this is probably really bad for me, but as I normally poach (and never microwave - still ew!) it's not so bad.
Also Andraste - you cook fried eggs in butter?? Really? I cook mine in grapeseed oil and before I drop the egg in I saute a clove of garlic and the drop the egg right on top, soooo tasty!
Oh FMC - you can get pasteurised egg yolk in a bottle in the supermarket as far as I know, and it's what bakers use mostly when making things like pavlova or meringue or anything else really that calls for lots of egg white and no yolk, you can also get egg yolk in a bottle which they use for making creme anglaise etc;

9:58 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Babs honey, you know a LOOOOOT about eggs, I salute you. And I also thank you for the tip on looking out for bottled egg whites, hurrah for no yolk.

Docky, for the love of Mike, have you no shame? Don't bother answering, I don't eggspect a reply to THAT!

Night gremlins.

11:21 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

Well I think there's something wrong with alla yeez.

Having something deeply wrong with yourself will help that along plus some rather fabby alcohol. I feel cool.

luvya fmc!

You're the fecking best!

You can have no idea how long it took me to sort out the spelling for this highly important entry.
Dammit and ddooozy. I feel the boozy.

Oh Jesus what the fuck is up with people like me? Across the nationlike.

Buggrit. Fuck us all. Apart from the people I* like obvious;ly. Prolly us too. we know it's a coming

9:36 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

heh. It's saturday morning now, I can ONLY imagine how you're feeling Miss Sam.

11:03 a.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

FMC - I am a chef it's my job to know these things, though I did do a project on eggs in college so that's how I know so much, I am a sponge for soaking up the information, no matter how useless it seems at the time!

11:57 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Mmmsponge. Upside down steamed sponge pudding with custard.
The bloody paramour had a breakfast roll filled with heartstopping fat and bacon and christ knows what else, I had porridge. I'm feeling decidedly cheated.
I must away to go running in a short while, cheated.

12:05 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I eat two eggs a month.

My grandfather ate two every morning with bacon and had an incredibly strong heart.

3:15 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Bacon and eggs is my preferred breakfast, but I've been trying to ease back on the fried food of late.

12:35 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

Mmm custard!
Every morning I have porridge with blueberries, flax seed and honey, even though it's yum I would kill for a fried (runny) egg on batch loaf, tonnes of butter and marmite and a giant coffee...such a dreamer, I would be an elephant!

12:41 a.m.  
Blogger Michael said...

Hmm lately I've been craving eggs. 5-6 egg omelet with chili and cheese. I know, saturated fat and cholesterol. But I'm thin. Might as well enjoy it. I have a bone infection that will kill me, faster than the other bad things in my life.

5:00 p.m.  
Blogger Pam and Bill said...

Hello!
I'm a little late to the party...so to speak, but wanted to put in my two cents worth.

Eggs, poor, much-maligned food. Believe it or not, although eggs, chicken eggs, contain an incredible amount of cholesterol
(201 mg's per egg), they also contain a natural enzyme, a phospholipid that inhibits the absorption of the cholesterol. (The cholesterol is in the yolk, but read on before you start tossing those yolks.) Unless of course you monkey with it like seperate the white from the yolk or genetically engineer or process it in some way. See the study here: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2001-10/ksu-ksu102501.php

So eggs, eaten as a whole rather than parts, offer complex, complete nutrition and inhibit cholesterol absorption.
Don't throw those yolks out.
There is so much more to eggs than what you get in main stream media.

Pam

12:33 p.m.  
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