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I just poached a SWAN EGG. It was huge and awesome.

JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 07:08 AM

Have any of you on this board cooked one of these? If so how did you cook it? I have one more.

Jeff B Bannister

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  1. sunshine842 RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 07:23 AM

    It's probably important to mention about now that, depending on species, possession of migratory waterfowl eggs is a state and federal offense in much of the US.

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      MandalayVA RE: sunshine842 May 4, 2011 07:38 AM

      If it's legal to raise swans there's nothing wrong with eating the eggs should you choose.

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        sunshine842 RE: MandalayVA May 4, 2011 02:26 PM

        I did do some googling...including in JB's home state....before I posted that.

        *depending on species* would leave some leeway for exceptions, but before we have someone wading through wetlands to score a couple of swan eggs....

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          Querencia RE: MandalayVA May 5, 2011 08:48 PM

          So is it that if you own the swan it is legal to eat the eggs but if the swan is wild it's not?

      2. MGZ RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 07:46 AM

        I have no advice for you on preparing your second egg. Nevertheless, I wanted to note my general approval of one of the most 'houndish posts I've seen in a while. Very cool. Enjoy and let us know what you decided to do with it.

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          cathyeats RE: MGZ May 4, 2011 09:13 AM

          Agreed. Super hound-ish!

        2. Glencora RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 08:04 AM

          How about a very large deviled egg?

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            escondido123 RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 08:20 AM

            Could you give us some more detailed description, maybe how it tasted?

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              darrentran87 RE: escondido123 May 4, 2011 10:01 AM

              I want pictures! haha

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                JB BANNISTER RE: darrentran87 May 4, 2011 11:42 AM

                Here is pic of the Swan Egg.

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                  darrentran87 RE: JB BANNISTER May 5, 2011 02:12 AM

                  Looks epic.

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                JB BANNISTER RE: escondido123 May 4, 2011 11:46 AM

                I thought it was very rich. I poached it in a tomato sauce then finished it in under the broiler.

              3. ttoommyy RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 10:05 AM

                About how many graded large hens eggs it is equivalent to? Maybe a frittata?

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                  Harters RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 12:57 PM

                  Where I am it would be illegal to have swan eggs.

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                    mnosyne RE: Harters May 4, 2011 02:45 PM

                    Isn't that because the Queen owns all the swans?

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                      Harters RE: mnosyne May 4, 2011 03:45 PM

                      Not strictly true - at least not these days. But we still manage to preserve some of our archaic past. The technical thing is that the monarch owns all swans on open water but its only applied on parts of the River Thames - so I guess I could own one as a pet

                      The answer why it's illegal in the UK is much simpler - it's against the law to collect eggs from just about all wild birds and has been since 1954. Punishable by a £5000 fine and/or 6 months prison - per egg. And it's a law taken seriously - a number of egg collectors have indeed gone to prison in recent years

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                        JB BANNISTER RE: Harters May 4, 2011 03:56 PM

                        the egges were bought in an Asian Market. $8.50 a piece.

                  2. Veggo RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 04:29 PM

                    Never had one, but poached in tomato sauce may be a good running start for a neat huevo ranchero or motuleno, a magnum. Strange birds, nasty as they are pretty.

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                      King of Northern Blvd RE: Veggo May 4, 2011 04:45 PM

                      Yes, I'd think twice about trying to steal an egg from a swan. I've gotten too close to a nest a couple of times and boy did she let me know it..haha..

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                        benbenberi RE: King of Northern Blvd May 5, 2011 07:55 AM

                        Swans have been known to kill people who get too close to a nest. Stay clear!

                        (One of the scariest paintings in the world is in the Rijksmuseum, of an angry swan. You'd swear it was about to leap out of the canvas and savage you. Brrrrr!)

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                          alanbarnes RE: King of Northern Blvd May 5, 2011 10:30 AM

                          Once I was rowing a skull on the Charles River and got too close to a swans' nest on a bridge piling. The scars (physical, not mental) lasted for years.

                      2. JB BANNISTER RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 06:22 PM

                        I am taking a 1cup pasta sauce and 1 cup of wine. I reduce it until it is thick.. I a full tablespoon or so of cream cheese and stir until melted. Drop egg in and cover for a few minutes. I finish under the broiler of my toaster oven.

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                          sushigirlie RE: JB BANNISTER May 4, 2011 11:38 PM

                          I don't cook them. They remind me of my BF for some reason.

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