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Review & Giveaway: Take a box of eggs

Take a box of eggs When you have a fussy eater like I do in Little Bean, you will try anything to get some ‘good’ food into them. One of the foods that I consider good, would be eggs as they are full of protein. Even better if they simply refuse to eat meat. Eggs I find can be quite adaptable as you can easily hide them in some foods without Little Bean even noticing. Of course, life with Little Bean couldn’t be so simple that she would like boiled egg and soldiers (my childhood favourite) or even scrambled eggs (Beanie Boy’s favourite) or Omelette, oh nooooo not Little Bean, she won’t even attempt to try something like that.

The part where I generally fall down with cooking is lack of imagination, because I’m not a big fan of cooking I don’t tend let my imagination run very far, I need prompts and ideas. A couple of weeks ago an email landed in my inbox which immediately perked up my interest, the title “Take a box of eggs”. Initial thoughts were ‘egg decorating for Easter’? Nope too far away, so not wanting to make my brain fizzle out with the stress of thinking (come on I am pregnant!!) I decided to just read the email and see what they had to say. “How would you like to review the new Dairy Cookbook: Take a box of eggs”. Now I remember Dairy Cookbooks from waaaaay back when I was moving out of home and my Mum gave me her old copy of the Dairy Cookbook and it was brilliant, nothing too fancy, just plain and simple cooking – right up my street! So I said “yes please”.

When the book arrived I was pleasantly surprised to find a cookbook not much bigger than a DVD case, perfect as I’m running out of storage space in this house. I also like the fact that it is spiral bound with a covered spine so it’s got a bit more chance of lasting more than just a couple of months AND you don’t have to fight with the pages to keep them open (never good when working with eggs as it can get verrrrrry sticky!!). The book is divided into user friendly sections; Introduction, Toasts & Snacks, Vegetarian, Fish, Meat, Bakes and Desserts (always save the best until last!! Each recipe gives a breakdown of the preparation time, standing and cooking time. The number of calories and fat per portion as well as a QR Code which you can scan into your Smartphone to add to your shopping list.

Take a box of eggs

Now I would love to say that I have converted Little Bean and that she is eating happily from the Vegetarian, Fish and Meat sections but who would l be kidding. I’m taking things slowly and we have been doing a little more of the recipes from the Bake section and she even tried some French Toast the other day, we still had to put tomato ketchup on it but I can let that slide if she is eating more eggs.

Another recipe which I have found that Hubby and I liked for a snack on a Saturday lunch time is the Bread and Cheese Bake. It looks rather like Bread and Butter Pudding but it’s more savoury and a little bit delish!!

Take a box of eggs

Serves 2


Wholemeal bread with pumpkin seeds or multigrain 4 slices

Butter 40g (1 1/2 oz) softened

Mature Cheddar cheese 110g (4oz)

Spring onions 4, trimmed and finely sliced

Mixed dried herbs 1/4 tsp

Eggs 2

Milk 300ml (1/2 pint)

Cayenne pepper or paprika for sprinkling

1. Spread the bread with butter and cute each slice in two, lengthways

2. Butter two 500ml (18fl oz) shallow baking dishes. Arrange overlapping slices of the bread across the dishes and sprinkle with the cheese, onions and herbs.

3. Break the eggs into a bowl, add the milk and whist together. Then carefully pour over the bread in each dish. Place the dishes on a baking tray and leave to stand for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.

4. Bake the puddings for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and set. Sift with cayenne or paprika and serve while piping hot.

Cook’s tip: This bread and cheese pudding is quite rich, so serve simply with a mixed leaf salad sprinkled with seasoned rice vinegar.


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  1. Karen A Barrett
    October 18, 2012 / 5:08 am

    Quiche for me, so versatile.

  2. October 18, 2012 / 5:59 am

    Omelettes for me – wth cheese and ham! Yum

  3. Sandy Ferguson
    October 18, 2012 / 11:12 am


  4. Zaggora Girl
    October 18, 2012 / 12:28 pm

    This book looks great, we love eating healthy food, and making it taste great at the same time! 🙂 What was your favourite recipe from this book? 🙂

  5. Katrina Day
    October 18, 2012 / 2:42 pm


  6. MumtoC
    October 18, 2012 / 6:15 pm

    I’ve got a very sweet tooth so anything like fairy cakes, muffins etc – but my hubby also makes a great omlette (with ham/bacon and cheese) so that takes a close second. However C won’t entertain eggs of any sort, which surprises me as he tries most things! I’d love to read about and try new recipes 🙂

  7. katrina
    October 18, 2012 / 6:17 pm

    does french toast count 🙂

  8. kim plant
    October 18, 2012 / 7:47 pm

    muffins cant resist x

  9. Tracy K Nixon
    October 19, 2012 / 6:18 am

    I love Gypsy Toast – when you dip bread in egg yolk, milk and pepper then fry! Yummy!

  10. October 19, 2012 / 6:34 am

    I love a well made omelette with cheese and pickle, mmmm 🙂

  11. October 19, 2012 / 6:48 am

    My parents have chickens so I get loads of fresh eggs. This book would be great to give me ideas of what to do with them.

  12. Stuart Hargreaves
    October 19, 2012 / 6:56 am


  13. Phil Darling
    October 19, 2012 / 7:13 am

    Eggs benedict for me

  14. Hannah Kate
    October 19, 2012 / 7:26 am


  15. ashleigh allan
    October 19, 2012 / 7:31 am

    eggs benedict

  16. Rudy Roversi
    October 19, 2012 / 7:51 am

    Definitely eggs benedict 🙂

  17. Tracey Peach
    October 19, 2012 / 7:52 am

    A egg & Bacon Omelette

  18. Rachael Jess
    October 19, 2012 / 8:10 am

    I love eggy bread! I do, I know its nothing exciting but I just love it and now I’m giving it to my little boy too who also seems to love it 🙂

  19. stephanie tsang
    October 19, 2012 / 8:34 am

    I love scrambled eggs on toast

  20. sarah
    October 19, 2012 / 8:41 am

    eggy bread, most saturdays its a bit of a family tradition

  21. Amy Ripley
    October 19, 2012 / 9:06 am

    Eggy Bread is lovely!!!

  22. Amanda Hurst
    October 19, 2012 / 9:07 am

    Banana omelette…2 egg’s beaten with sugar and cinnamon, cook like an omelette, then add sliced banana and honey or maple syrup. Great for breakfast. : )

  23. Allan Smith
    October 19, 2012 / 9:26 am


  24. Nina McFadden
    October 19, 2012 / 9:42 am

    Scrambled egg with smoked salmon and Toast.

  25. shane weir
    October 19, 2012 / 11:05 am

    Scrambled egg with beans – a family classic

  26. Belle
    October 19, 2012 / 11:55 am

    Eggs are so great-very versatile. We get through loads in our house-baking, scrambled, poached…the list goes on!

  27. Barrie Phillips
    October 19, 2012 / 1:19 pm

    Eggy Bread

  28. October 19, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    Cheese souffles

  29. Anne Tomma
    October 19, 2012 / 3:00 pm


  30. Jaci
    October 19, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    omelette – yummy 🙂

  31. Gillian Holmes
    October 19, 2012 / 7:11 pm

    Simple boiled eggs for breakfast

  32. Solange
    October 19, 2012 / 7:21 pm


  33. jennifer thorpe
    October 19, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    quite simply, fried eggs on toast with brown sauce. 🙂

  34. David Greig
    October 20, 2012 / 1:19 am

    Scrambled egg for me!

  35. Mickie Bull
    October 20, 2012 / 1:20 pm

    Omelettes with things in like cheese and bacon!

  36. spamum
    October 21, 2012 / 9:21 am

    My girlies love a flan – homemade with eggs from our 3 chickens – yummy x

  37. Elizabeth Johnson
    October 21, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    you can’t beat an omelette!

  38. Jan Atkinson
    October 21, 2012 / 2:59 pm

    Carbonara Pasta 🙂

  39. Louise Bowman
    October 21, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    Yorkshire Puddings

  40. October 21, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    Well my favourite egg dish is a Spanish omlette but now I’ve seen the cover of this book I REALLY want to try stuffed peppers with eggs – nom!

  41. Aimee
    October 21, 2012 / 8:29 pm

    My favourite thing to do with eggs is just to simply poach it and serve with some bacon wrapped asparagus. The perfect breakfast

  42. Gillian Davies
    October 22, 2012 / 12:24 pm

    I love eggs, but my favourite has to be poached eggs, yummie.

  43. Cath
    October 22, 2012 / 2:38 pm

    My favourite is an egg custard.

  44. October 22, 2012 / 4:02 pm

    asparagus and poached eggs

  45. Alison
    October 22, 2012 / 9:28 pm

    My favourite egg dish is a bit naughty its a bacon and egg fry up on a sunday!

  46. Sue
    October 22, 2012 / 9:40 pm

    omlette of any variety, have at least one omletter meal a week

  47. lzelli
    October 23, 2012 / 9:48 am

    Vegetable frittata – yum!

  48. olivia kirby
    October 24, 2012 / 12:44 pm

    Lentil and egg curry. The kids love omelettes though.

  49. Laura Cooper
    October 25, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    I love eggs but i’m not very inventive with them and tend to resort to scrambled eggs on toast!

  50. Leanne Timmins
    October 26, 2012 / 3:59 pm

    pancakes x

  51. cheryl lovell
    October 27, 2012 / 4:00 pm

    Chocolate melt in the middle pud 🙂

  52. Keeley~x~Louise
    October 30, 2012 / 1:40 am

    I have fried egg on toast every single day around 11am!
    I like fried, scrambled, boiled, poached. Any eggs will do lol

  53. Diane Carey
    October 30, 2012 / 8:00 am

    Quiche or simple boiled eggs with toast

  54. Catherine Miller
    October 30, 2012 / 11:07 am

    I love eggy bread 🙂

  55. Jackie ONeill
    October 30, 2012 / 2:15 pm

    love eggs so tough choice but absolutely adore fried egg and ketchup sandwiches

  56. Janice Mackin
    October 30, 2012 / 3:03 pm

    Cheese omelette. Yum!

  57. Hilary Grey
    October 30, 2012 / 3:45 pm

    Am I allowed to say “cake”? 🙂

  58. Alison
    October 30, 2012 / 6:30 pm


  59. Nicole
    October 30, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    Chessey scrambled eggs

  60. Kristian
    October 30, 2012 / 10:42 pm

    Spanish Omelette

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