QUAIL EGGS ET AL

'Q' IS FOR QUAIL EGGS
Yesterday was an extraordinarily busy day, I used my timer trick which seemed to help by reminding me that there are not enough hours in each day, but other than that the timer worked out swell.  Yesterday was also a shipping day for Besotted Brand, which I always enjoy, maybe a tad too much as the shipping encroached on my other responsibilities like taking my photo for the first day of Souvenir Foto School. I knew I was going to shoot quail eggs as my first subject, what I didn't know was how hard it would be to find quail eggs in the greater Los Angeles area. If I failed with my shoot last night it was not so much the quality of the shots (which I didn't mind), but the fact that I don't think I was able to capture how flippin' cute quail eggs are.  They are so tiny and delicate, just taking them out of their miniature carton I was able to crush the little shell with the slightest of pressure. I am totally in love with quail eggs, but I wouldn't eat them. Who would?  It seems like such a waste, they are about the size of a cube of sugar, how many quail eggs would you need to eat to even know you had one?  Have you eaten quail eggs before?  If so how? Why?  Just curious, not judging...

{debbie} (February 2, 2012 at 3:20 AM)  

i have actually... many a time. i'm asian so hmm.. they sell quail eggs canned, believe it or not. have it pretty often. not sure how other folks eat it, but i grew up having it as an ingredient in certain soups. quite honestly, i like it. not gonna lie. quite tasty. the yolk is much creamier than chicken eggs. i probably have a can sitting in my lazy susan. ok, maybe i've gone into a little too much detail. ha ha!

chia (February 2, 2012 at 5:46 AM)  

I'm Malaysian and grew up eating quail's eggs for steamboat/hotpot meals. They're absolutely delicious boiled. In one bite you get both yolk and egg white! Have never tried them in any other way, but I can imagine that frying them individually would be really cute. I wouldn't waste them by making omelettes or half-boiled eggs of course! I've not eaten them for ages as I'm now living in Europe. Love the spotted patterns of the eggs in your photo, I have to admit I've never really scrutinized them before because they were always served unshelled.

jaime (February 2, 2012 at 9:00 AM)  

You should blow the inside stuff out and save the shells. Not sure if this is even possible with how delicate they are but they would make great "accessories" in your product shots.

Cheers!

Toi –  (February 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM)  

Where does one get quail eggs? Especially in LA. I don't think I could easily find those in middle America, so I can't imagine how hard you had to search for those.

I love the picture though. And I think it does show off how tiny and delicate they are. They look like delicate little pebbles. So pretty.

{debbie} (February 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM)  

i've done exactly what jaime suggested when my parents would bring them home fresh when i was little. you carefully poke a hole on both ends with a needle and blow out the inside and let it dry. then you'll have quail eggs to photograph all year around!

Dorkys Ramos (February 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM)  

Mom used to get these tiny little eggs when we were children and we'd eat them hardboiled. They were so cute and great as a little snack with some salt sprinkled on them.

Love your shot for the letter Q!

Miss B. (February 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM)  

I am going to try them, and I did find them at a Japanese store! I didn't know it was an Asian delicacy. I really love so many things at the Japanese market, packaging is awesome.I am going to try blowing these, I am worried I will break them with my giantess (well, I am a giant compared to a quail egg).

McMaster and Storm (February 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM)  

quail eggs & eating them aside.....

I want to see your office--I need inspiration & a kickstart. I have a vintage department store coming next week {tons of glass drawers--it's purty}
uugh, my main problem --getting everything organized so there is room for the piece.

I love quail eggs for decoration--although haven't eaten any. yet.

xo
k

Miss B. (February 3, 2012 at 2:36 AM)  

Okay, I will shoot the office this weekend and try not to get the ugly light fixture in! It's really pretty awesome if I say so myself;)

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