Huckleberry Farms, Kathy McDonald

If you go to the Arcata Saturday Farmers Market — then you know Kathy McDonald.  She sells chicken eggs from her white van, but chicken eggs are not unusual at the market… she also has these tiny beautiful quail eggs in miniature packages…I’m sure they would be on the menu for hobbits and fairies…but what about real full-sized people?  According to Kathy, many restaurants are starting to use her eggs — sushi at Tomo, or imagine little splashes of egg on a pizza at Folie Douce…she told us she tried a pizza of her own — bacon and egg…with those tiny little quail eggs (now aren’t you wondering where we could find miniature bacon to go with that?)

To hear an interview with Kathy — click here!

Pizza Crust — this is a very simple recipe, I like it because it is fast, easy — and uses herbs right in the dough for more powerful flavor.  The recipe is actually called focaccia bread and is from allrecipes.com

2 3/4 cup flour; 1 tsp salt; 1 tsp white sugar; 1 Tbl yeast; 1 tsp garlic powder; 1 tsp dried oregano; 1 tsp dried thyme; 1/2 tsp dried basil; 1 pinch black pepper, stir together — then mix in 1 cup water and 2 Tbl olive oil.  Knead, either with dough hook or by hand.Let raise 20 min.

Bacon and Egg Pizza!

Pizza with egg #1...just 9 more to go!

I use a paste of pesto spread on the dough and also tomato paste is good — then moz cheese — and bacon and little bitty quail eggs! I bake at 500 degrees F on a pizza stone — this makes 2 pizzas — and only bakes for 10-15 min. (keep an eye on them!)

BTW those little strips of green are bell peppers…not my idea but they weren’t bad in there with all that bacon and eggs…

Factoids about Kathy’s Quail — did you know they only take 17 days to hatch once the eggs are laid (we are hoping for some baby quail photos soon…can you imagine how cute they are?!) and they begin to lay eggs of their own in only 7 weeks from hatching out.

Factoids about quail eggs:

Quail egg nutrition is 3-4 times greater than chicken eggs.  Protein is higher; vitamin B is higher, iron and potassium is higher — twice as much vitamin A and B2.  Quail eggs have cholesterol, but it is HDL…the “good kind” — and are known to be brain power foods.

And what about the libido — quail eggs are said to enhance the libido and improve sexual health — good for the skin and hair too.  Is there anything this little egg can’t do?

Pizza Update — the Bacon and Egg pizza was fabulous — I highly recommend it –the only part that proved challenging was cracking the tiny eggs…we finally figured out that cracking them on the edge of a butter knife worked best.  The tiny eggs are so beautiful and the pizza was a gourmet treat.  Thank you Kathy, we loved our pizza!

If you are looking for Huckleberry Farm quail eggs, check out Wildberries, Eureka Natural Foods and Co-op in both Arcata and Eureka.  Kathy will be at the Arcata Farmers Market on Saturdays too.  Stop by and say hi to her…and pick up some of those eggs!