Thursday, September 3, 2009

I Am a Trained Naturalist. And Cook.

Readers may remember this tree and my ambivalence about getting rid of it:
Well, the drought this summer has finally gone and done it in and I find that my ambivalence about it has done gone as well. So with a three-day weekend staring me in the face, I decided it was a good time to do the dirty deed and dig it up.
But when I went to water it in (you should never, ever try to dig in west Texas dirt without watering it first; failure to do so could break a shovel), I found these among the suckers at its base:

Now, the Big Walu and I don’t do any golfing, and as far as I know, the schnoodles don’t either, so I’ll admit to being baffled at first as to what they were doing under the tree. But I am a trained naturalist, as you well know, and it wasn’t too many minutes before it hit me what was really going on here.

These must be squirrel eggs!

Yes, that’s right. My arch frenemies have gone all broody on me and started hiding their eggs under trees. I have read about this in books, but have never actually had the good fortune to see it for myself in the wild. What a coup this is indeed.
Now, I’ve been reading a lot of posts lately, such as this one by Karen at Greenwalks, about how good fresh eggs taste, and they’ve made me so jealous I just want to spit like a camel. As y’all know, I’ve wanted some chickens of my own for just about the longest time, and so all these posts about fresh eggs merely serve to torment me. But when I found these gems under the tree, I knew I had a chance to experience a little fresher-than-fresh egg nirvana of my own.

Frying up the eggs:

I like my eggs on dry toast so as to fully taste their eggy goodness:


Here is a picture of me eating the eggs:


Oh, sorry. I think the camera slipped a tad. Here’s a better shot:


No, that still didn’t get it. Let’s try one more time:

Ah, yes, there we go. I thought I could detect a hint of pear layered with a soupcon of grassiness. In all, they were delightful, if a bit on the bouncy side, and everything a fresh egg is cracked up to be.

20 comments:

  1. LOL! Squirrelly squirrels for sure!

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  2. Hilarious! We find golf balls hidden in our garden - by the foxes, who really do think they're eggs, poor deluded creatures.

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  3. Can I use that recipe in the book I'm writing? I'll credit you, of course!

    I've just passed along the Kreativ Blogger Award to you. Despite the silly name, it's a thoughtful one. The scoop's on my blog (skip down to the bottom of the post) at http://tinyurl.com/l6czoa

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  4. ROFLMAO!! Dang, I wonder if the co-op would be interested in selling squirrel eggs? I know a driving range where squirrels lay those things all over the place, every day!

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  5. That is just TOO funny. :-) I've never heard of such a thing. I hope you enjoyed them...and that's a mouthful. Hee.

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  6. Gail: Indeed.
    Victoria: foxes, huh? Now that's interesting...
    Susan: You are most welcome to the recipe. I added some chipotle tabasco for flavor, so be sure to mention that.

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  7. D.A.: check with the co-op. You know, if you harvest some from the driving range, it could be a significant source of income...
    Nancy: Oh my yes. It's a little known fact that squirrels lay eggs and hide the, I consider myself very fortunate to have seen the phenomenon with my own eyes.

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  8. What a good chuckle for the weekend Susan, have a good one!

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  9. Very curious. I've found a similar squirrel egg in my garden. I brought it in the house and placed it on a towel - and put a warm light over it. I waited, and waited...but nothing happened. So I made egg salad out of them. It was on par with egg salad that I've made out of chicken eggs...

    (Okay, I fully recognize that I just made a BAD, BAD joke - but it's late and it's been a long week and don't I get credit for trying??? Plus, the comment about the foxes, who really think they are eggs - now that is interesting! I'd like to know more about that!)

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  10. Very curious. I've found a similar squirrel egg in my garden. I brought it in the house and placed it on a towel - and put a warm light over it. I waited, and waited...but nothing happened. So I made egg salad out of them. It was on par with egg salad that I've made out of chicken eggs...

    (Okay, I fully recognize that I just made a BAD, BAD joke - but it's late and it's been a long week and don't I get credit for trying??? Plus, the comment about the foxes, who really think they are eggs - now that is interesting! I'd like to know more about that!)

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  11. Keep those golf balls! I hand them out to my bodywork clients to release tight foot muscles (or calf, or whatever). I never have enough of them...(Fun post, though).

    Aside from that, I've invited you to participate in the MeMe meme. The original meme asks you to list 7 things about yourself, and then list 7 blogs you like. I've taken some liberties with it... And you are very welcome to do what you like (ignore, participate, modify...)

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  12. Keep those golf balls! I hand them out to my bodywork clients to work on tight feet, calves, what have you.

    (great post, though. Glad you got to work some kinks out of the massater)

    Aside from that, I've invited you to participate in the MeMe meme. The original meme asks you to list 7 things about yourself, and then list 7 blogs you like. I've taken some liberties with it... And you are very welcome to do what you like (ignore, participate, modify...)

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  13. Thank you for the wonderful post. It started off my Friday morning on a good note. Integrated Squirrel Management. I like it.

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  14. I heerd squirrel eggs is good eatin'

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  15. I heerd squirrel eggs is good eatin'

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  16. I hope you tested them for freshness. Squirrel eggs sink in water if they've gone bad. They're not really harmful but you can get a humongous Adam's apple swallowing one.

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  17. http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/intelligenttravel/2009/08/ground-squirrel-photo-crasher.html?source=email_inside_20090903

    Don't feel discouraged, Dr. T.... you're not the only one in the world who is terrorized by squirrel intruders. Maybe you should make a support group!

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  18. You are hilarious :)
    I love the ongoing squirrel saga.

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  19. How funny is this? I'm not a naturalist, but I do live near a golf course (in Los Angeles)and recognize golf balls for what they are.

    Still...feeling the need to distinguish between golf balls and eggs might limit my writing ability, and imagination. I'll have to think about whether I'm too old to shift my perspective.

    Susan

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  20. HA! Hilarity. Best laugh all day. I can't believe you put those on your toast, not to mention in your mouth! Don't you know that squirrels carry all sorts of horrible diseases? Maybe my squirrels migrated to Texas, I haven't seen them too much since the raccoons came to stay. And believe me, you would probably think nice thoughts about the squirrels if you had raccoons. Or maybe you do, but they're too crafty to leave their eggs lying around.

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