Cook in the Moment: Boiled Quail Eggs with Meyer Lemon Sea Salt & Chives

Boiled Quail Eggs with Meyer Lemon Sea Salt & Chives (c)2012

April is National Poetry Month. I was going to tell you that I don’t read poetry, put my head down in shame and admit to the fact that I don’t know much about poetry at all. I’ve never been good at posturing, impressing others with obscure quotes. Ask me my favorite anything: poem, painter, band, etc., and I panic. My mind goes blank. The doubt crawls in and I’m definitely feeling uncool. But then I realized poetry is an inextricable part of my life, always present. Poetry is in the everyday and the momentous occasions. Kind of like cotton, it’s the fabric of our lives.

I learned that April is National Poetry Month because I read the blog Eat This Poem. Okay, so I do read poetry. Nicole announced National Poetry Month and asked readers to share their favorite poem. For once, my answer came to mind immediately. I grew up reading Shel Silverstein, famous for his illustrations and poetry. I’ve carried a tattered, coverless copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends with me since I was a little kid. Silverstein’s writing is a mix of ridiculous silliness balanced by loving guidance and a dash of melancholy. As a kid I turned to Where the Sidewalk Ends for comfort and respite from the anxiety of living in a world I couldn’t predict. I’ve always walked to the beat of my own drum, and reading Shel Silverstein’s poetry reassured me that my music was worth playing. My favorite Shel Silverstein poem from Where the Sidewalk Ends:




Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,

Listen to the DONT’S

Listen to the SHOULDN’T’S


Listen to the NEVER HAVES

Then listen close to me-

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

To this day I still don’t believe in NO. Thank you for that, Uncle Shelby. 

Boiled Quail Eggs with Meyer Lemon Sea Salt & Chives (c)2012

Each week I contribute a column to the Whole Foods Market Cooking Boulder website expanding on one of my 10 Ways Tuesday ideas. In celebration of Easter, and spring, I’ve cooked up a simple hors d’oeuvres, boiled quail eggs served with Heidi Swanson’s citrus sea salt (I used floral Meyer lemon zest) and a sprinkling of fresh chive. For more on the recipe, click on the link below.

Meyer Lemon Sea Salt (c)2012

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  1. what a beautiful poem with great rhythmn and meaning. Well, poetry…I am enjoying my son’s poetry section that he is going through right now. It’s rather ‘cliche-y’ but I do identify with Robert Frost’s “The Road Less Travelled”. I definitely had to make that decision at a young age. I have never regretted taking that road less travelled but often it makes me sad to reflect too much on the other road. However, moving on to quail eggs!! They are adorable. I have only eat them once in my life and they were delicious. (It was in France BTW). What a wonderful weekly ingredient pick.

    • Sarah,

      I think it’s so neat to re-visit the classics we learned in school while you home school your kids. There are times I want to go back and read some of those wonderful books and poems. I’m glad you enjoyed quail egg week!

  2. So very pretty! I definitely understand what you mean about poetry. I enjoyed it in school, but have not revisited in quite some time. I also feel uncool when I hear other people talk about their favorite poems. Shel Silverstein will forever be timeless and bring smiles to faces.

    • Thanks Nicole! I had a lot of fun with this photo shoot. I’m glad you could relate to this post. :)

  3. Those quail eggs are super pretty and I bet they taste amazing with the meyer lemon salt. As far as poets go, e.e. cummings is a favourite of mine, especially “let it go”. I too remember reciting Shel Silverstein as a kid, and I loved that book. Great post, Jess.

    • Renee,

      I look forward to checking out “Let it go” by E.E. Cummings. Thanks for sharing!


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