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Egg salad variations on a theme and what to do with egg shells

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What creative endeavor can you do with egg shells besides walking on them? You can compost them. Or you can paint on them. You can crush them, color them, and use them in a collage. You can build with them, feed them to plants and trees if they're pulverized for their calcium content by crushing them. Or you can make mosaic crafts on paper with them, and that's just for starters.

A great science project for kids in elementary schools in Sacramento is to learn how to compost egg shells in a plastic bag to use as for improving the minerals in the soil of school gardens during the winter so that come spring, kids can plant their own vegetables and learn to like eating vegetables or fruit in school or community urban gardens, or even their own backyards.

Sacramento gardens are full of that red clay soil that produces small plants. So you can show kids in school projects how to make compost to help your vegetables grow by recycling your food, hair, and paper garbage, including all that dog and cat hair. Instead of throwing a lot of garbage away, if it's not hazardous to your edible plants, compost it to fertilize vegetables, fruit, and trees in your yard or plant containers.

Your food garbage such as egg shells and coffee grounds make great compost to fertilize fruit trees and vegetables in your yard. The reason is the nitrogen in the egg shells and coffee grounds. Also egg shells are rich in calcium.

The coffee grounds also can be used directly in the garden to make a lightweight mulch. Crush the egg shells before you put them around your fruit trees and other edible plants. The crushed egg shells also repel snails and slugs from your plants. See Composting Blog » Blog Archive » Tips for Composting Eggshells.

There are more than 100 food items you can compost for green health. See the site, 163 Things You Can Compost. Even old newspapers can be composted for your yard or garden. Besides animal and chicken manure, potato peelings, burlap bags, paper towels, sawdust, fruit peelings, face tissues, tobacco waste, nail clippings, Ivory soap scraps, fish bones, and grocery receipts, there are 163 garbage items listed, including old watch bands (but not watches containing hazardous wastes) that you can turn into compost to fertilize your garden. But don't compost any type of hazardous waste containing lead, mercury, or perchchlorate in watches, for example. For green health's sake compost the old popcorn, hair, and Sunday comics instead.

Or you can make egg salad with a flair in perhaps Marco Polo's traveling style

Tired of the usual hard boiled eggs mashed with mayonnaise? Try curried egg salad in a style found since medieval times along the Silk Road from the Bosporus to the Indus. Marco Polo may have dined on this cracker spread the day after Easter Sunday with all those hard boiled eggs to consume. Here’s how to start. Begin with a dozen hard boiled eggs that are cooled and peeled.

Thinly slice and dice the eggs in a bowl. Add a pinch of cumin, ¼ teaspoon of mustard, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric, ¼ teaspoon of coriander (chopped or seed), ¼ teaspoon of curry powder, ¼ teaspoon of chili powder, juice of one lemon or lime, ¼ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, ¼ cup diced red onions, ¼ cup of diced celery, ¼ cup of diced roasted or raw red bell pepper, ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley, ¼ cup chopped cilantro, ¼ cup of chopped mint, ¼ cup shredded raw carrots, ¼ cup of tahini (sesame seed paste).

You can make your own tahini by blending hulled sesame seeds with a ¼ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of lemon juice, and a little water in a blender to the consistency of a thin paste. Or buy the tahini (sesame seed paste) already made from your supermarket or health food store.

Mix all ingredients and sliced eggs together. Spread on Ryvita rye crackers, toast, or any type of crackers and top with shaved Parmesan cheese, a pinch of chopped cilantro or Italian parsley. You can melt the cheese under the broiler or on your stovetop in a covered frying pan greased with a bit of olive oil. Heat only until the cheese melts. Or serve this egg salad on a bed of baby spinach or arugula. Serve warm. Sprinkle with dulse.

Hedef egg salad Silk Road style

An alternative way of presenting Hedef egg salad Silk Road style would be to spoon the salad over a bed of cold cooked whole grains, such as quinoa or cooked barley that has been tossed with vinegar and oil and chopped carrots, celery, red bell pepper, and parsley. Sprinkle top with sesame or sunflower seeds and dulse. Serve cold.

In winter, this salad would be served with pomegranate juice on the side. In spring, serve with a glass of chilled cherry juice. It's perfect for picnics. Instead of eggs, you can use the same ingredients for variety another time to mix with canned fish. If you're not salt-sensitive, salt to taste with mineral or sea salt, or sprinkle with pepper. If you're salt-sensitive, sprinkle with dulse and add more lemon juice or chopped red onions.

For more info: See more egg salad recipes from places along the Silk road at the Tulumba site. You also may wish to check out the site, Recipe Zaar. Or see the Diet Recipes Blog.

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