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18 June, 2006

Finding the golden egg

Anyone who has ever kept chickens will know what lovely, intelligent, sociable creatures they are. After having a fluffy feathered ball hop onto your lap at feeding time, it becomes unthinkable to ever eat battery eggs again.

So it was quite distressing when Geant stopped selling free-range eggs some weeks back. They still haven't reappeared, nor can they be found at Spinneys.

After over a month of egg-free living, it was time to venture further afield. To travel far north from the familiar surroundings of Cell Block G to hustling, bustling, perma-gridlocked Satwa. For there lies the holy grail of hen-friendly consumption: the Organic supermarket.

And what a fantastic surprise: the Organic store sells ten large organic free-range eggs for Dh20. Geant used to sell six tiny ones for the same price. Au revoir Geant, hello Organic store. Though in its defence, Geant has finally wised up to the fact that there is more to life than bottled flageolet beans, and is now stocking a better range of "world" (ie non-French) cuisine.

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27 Comments:

Blogger GCCBee said...

SD -

There is an outpost of the Organic Grocery & Cafe at the Emaar business park across from DIC. Impossible to find parking but closer than Satwa.

18 June, 2006 08:29  
Anonymous ba lucci said...

OMFGBBQ I loooove free range eggs! You can tell a good egg by the smell of its yolk (hint: there shouldn't be one). But SD fdaitich, you racist against teh french lol!!!!oneone

18 June, 2006 10:01  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

Anyone who has ever kept chickens will know what lovely, intelligent, sociable creatures they are.

Hmm. I preferred geese. Much more sociable, and laid much biger eggs. Unfortunately, they laid much bigger droppings across my garden, too.

18 June, 2006 10:14  
Blogger nzm said...

Yup - heading north on SZR, take the new Interchange 4.5 turnoff. I think that it's either the first or second turn on the right that puts you into the business park between SZR and the Greens.

Just follow the Organic signs and you'll get there. Going on a weekend (Friday) is easier - plenty of parking.

18 June, 2006 13:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you guys are barbaric!

how would u like it if someone ate your children before they were born?

Dont you think the chicken that lay that egg had some hopes and feelings to see her hatchling grow up some day?

18 June, 2006 15:31  
Blogger Shaper85 said...

anonymous @15:31

I don't think those eggs are fertilized so really what you eat are not unborn chicks, but the expulsion from a hens menstrual cycle.

18 June, 2006 15:48  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

how would u like it if someone ate your children before they were born?

If you're talking about somebody eating my children before the fertilisation process...

18 June, 2006 16:17  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Hmm. I preferred geese. Much more sociable

God no. My aunt's geese were horrible, savage animals. They would chase us across the garden and peck and bite in a vile way. We ended up staying in doors just to avoid the horrid things.

I long to eat goose for Christmas one year just to get my revenge.

18 June, 2006 16:18  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Dont you think the chicken that lay that egg had some hopes and feelings to see her hatchling grow up some day?

I know, and that's why I christen every egg I eat, with a nice name like "Yellow-Fluff" or "Chickie". Then I make a little cross out of lolly sticks and write their name on with felt-tip pen. Then I bury each eggshell in a shady part of the yard outside Cell Block G, and put the little cross over it. It's not much I know, but I expect the hen appreciates it, wherever she is.

18 June, 2006 16:21  
Blogger Tim Newman said...

My aunt's geese were horrible, savage animals. They would chase us across the garden and peck and bite in a vile way. We ended up staying in doors just to avoid the horrid things.

Hehehehehe! Exactly! They'd chase away bloody snotty-nosed kids and annoying salesmen. :)

18 June, 2006 16:26  
Blogger intestinal blues said...

I love chicken and even if they hop on my thighs or breasts, I'll have them on my platter!

18 June, 2006 20:56  
Blogger Doubleletter said...

errr, do you mean 'Giant' ? :S

18 June, 2006 21:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doubleletter

Giant supermarkets are in the US
Here you have the French Geant

18 June, 2006 22:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing that you guys are so into eggs I thought you should out this website:- www.youtube.com/watch?v=773Rv8pZeOs

ps enjoy its eggcellent.

19 June, 2006 01:43  
Blogger Taunted said...

Ah yes, the classic "Chicken and Egg" story.

So what did come first anyway?

19 June, 2006 08:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aha! After adgvw few blood boiling threads, it’s finally tea break. How do you like your egg Sir, sunny side up?

19 June, 2006 08:27  
Blogger gone2352352352345634 said...

Gallus gallus domesticus > *
When it comes to food . . .

19 June, 2006 08:46  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's Giant in Sharjah too...

19 June, 2006 10:19  
Blogger A Yahya said...

Now i am going to be craving for eggs for the rest of the day.

19 June, 2006 10:21  
Anonymous lonely poo eater said...

Eating eggs is murder. Menstrual murder. SD I'm ashamed of you. How would you like it if chickens ate your menstruations for breakfast?

19 June, 2006 14:54  
Blogger MuFi101 said...

Talking about eating somebody's children before the fertilisation process...

LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

19 June, 2006 15:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I'm glad I'm not the only one who's noticed that free-range eggs had all but vamooshed.

Found out why though:
http://archive.gulfnews.com/nation/Health/10047988.html

All free-range eggs I've bought here have been imported from France, which then unfortunately brings up the question 'Cruelty or food miles'?

19 June, 2006 18:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eating an egg isn't murder. Do basic biology.

To beome a chick it needs to be FERTILISED. Eggs are produced whether or not they're fertilised.

19 June, 2006 18:36  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Choithram 'Jadeed' in Al Ain sells organic free range eggs that come all the way from Sussex. The price isnt so good- 18 dirhams for 6. Nevermind, I'll be able to enjoy those free range eggs without the hefty price tag soon. What about you SD? Are you going 'home' for the summer?

20 June, 2006 11:28  
Blogger Taunted said...

So is eating eggs the same as women who, erm, swallow?

20 June, 2006 13:44  
Blogger Harsha said...

ROLFL!!

Anon@ 18 June, 2006 15:31

u sound just like my grandmother!

and thank u , shaper, tim and poo eater

may i seek permission to use ur comments as replies to my grandma the next time she taunts me!

20 June, 2006 21:28  
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20 June, 2006 21:57  

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