I have a secret that I would like to share with all the lovely readers and supporters of this blog.
I have discovered the most amazing eggs in Cape Town. They are called, very appropriately,Happy Eggs . These little golden wonder orbs are laid every day by very happy chickens, clucking their way around a paddock in Sweet Valley, Constantia.
That really is the name of the valley.
These eggs taste simply delicious, and why wouldn’t they? When you see where the hens live and how they scratch and peck around their grassy field all day you can understand why their eggs would have to taste amazing. And they do. Take my word for that.
Ingrid Regnass has been raising and tending to her chickens for the last four years.
She has sixty chickens in total and two big roosters one called Henry, and other, Chicken Licken’.
They don’t like each other, in fact, they are enemies.
In the meantime, the hens get on with laying their eggs, usually at around 10am each morning. Their home is a really lovely wooden shed. Fresh sawdust is put down daily.
The hens sleep at night in their little box sections and funnily enough, all lay their eggs in one or two of the cubicles only. Being the nurturing types that hens are, they tend to go to lay the eggs in pairs, clucking advice and encouragement to each other as they produce their goods.
I could move in myself and feel happy. Between 30 and 40 eggs are produced every day.
Ingrid’s husband, Mickey, built the hen’s wooden home.
So why does Ingrid do this? “It’s a way of getting back to nature. It’s a way of making a difference.
Some days when I’m cleaning out the pooh I wonder, is it worth it?”
I interject, “It’s so worth it, you’ve made a big difference to me, I’m getting to eat your amazing eggs’ Ingrid smiles ”That makes me so happy, you see it is worth it”.
She continues, “Look, I don’t make a profit, it’s not about making money for me”.
In fact, Ingrid thinks everyone should have a few chickens in their back garden.
When Ingrid is not looking after her chickens she is dealing with clients who come to her because she a therapist of some renown, helping people to get balance back into their lives.
But it’s not all harmony on the farm, there are predators, who would snatch a hen in a split second.
Mongoose are a problem, and caracals, or rooicats, come down off the mountain to see if a free lunch is available. A large net covers the run to protect the hens from Sparrowhawks, which swoop out of the sky.
I ask can I pet one of the hens. Ingrid picks up one and I stroke its downy feathers.
Do you know how good it feels to soft boil one of these eggs and crack it open to see the gooey gold contents spill over the cracked shell?
They taste richer and better than the regular supermarket bought eggs. The yolk is large and yellow, and the eggs are all slightly irregular. Some are smaller, some are more pointy, just as nature intended.
So come on Clare where do I get these eggs ? Ok, this is the tricky bit. The best place to buy is from Ingrid herself.
You can drive to her place and buy them. Ingrid’s contact number is 082 925 0076.
The Organic Shop in Constantia Shopping Centre sells them also.