Spring is coming, and the duck eggs are here. Spring is a time of renewal, and this recipe is full of renewal magic. I often feed this to someone who is starting a new venture, wanting to get pregnant, or moving into a new home. The intention you infuse in this dish and just it’s basic ingredients are all about growth.
Notes on this recipe:
Find a gardener who cans her own pickle relish for an extra special magic and tastiness for this recipe.
Don’t put the eggs in the water and then turn on the stove. Follow the directions below. Smaller duck eggs will take between 7 to 9 minutes to cook; larger ones 10 to 12 minutes. Start with the longest time first until you get the hardness you prefer. I enjoy my eggs just barely into hard. But if you don’t want to see any darker yolk, albeit cooked, do the full time.
I prefer the stone-ground mustard. As for the mayo, you could totally be meta and make your own with more duck eggs. But store-bought is fine.
Your chives should be coming up in the garden, and this is a great recipe to add those fresh chives in. However, in a pinch or if you have eggs but the fresh chives aren’t available, freeze-dried is still yummy.
This recipe will make two generous portions.
Two Duck Eggs
Pickle Relish, 1 Tablespoon to 1 1/2 Tablespoons
Mustard, 2 teaspoons
Mayonnaise, 1 Tablespoon to 1 1/2 Tablespoons
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
Chives, a generous sprinkling
Set a pot with enough water in it to cover your eggs, but don’t put the eggs in the water yet. Boil the water. Once boiling, slowly lower with a slotted spoon the duck eggs into the water. Set a timer for 10 minutes (average — see note above). Once the eggs have boiled for the time set, pull the pot off the stove. Slowly drain the water off, gently stream cold water from sink onto eggs and put a handful of ice on them and let them sit three to five minutes. They should be easy to handle, peel, and be perfectly cooked.
Peel the eggs and chop into a bowl. Add all the ingredients in and mix well. Serve on toasted bread in a sandwich or open sandwich, or on a bed of leafy greens. Enjoy.
This recipe may be made ahead of time and enjoyed within two days.