Monday, April 13, 2009

Hungry Hungry Seagulls

Photo by Goflorp.

SQUAWK SQUAWK! (Squawk is a weird word, by the way.) These days, I've been listening to a lot of Band of Horses, Grizzly Bear, Deerhunter, Bat for Lashes and Arctic Monkeys. So, in honor of animals, Seagull gets its spotlight today. Seagulls often get a bad rep for crashing your beach snooze fest or dropping trash on your head, but let's forget about that for the moment...

Did you know that seagulls' eggs are nutty and have a fishy, strong flavor? Whatever the taste, they sure are visually appealing ("mottled light-green shells and dark-amber yolks," so sayeth Gourmet magazine). In northern Norway, gulls' eggs are considered a spring indulgence and are usually dished up hard-boiled, with plenty of beer to slosh it down. Native American chefs prefer to fry or scramble the eggs. St. John, a London restaurant, makes hard-boiled seagull eggs with celery salt.

But don't go overboard. Seagull eggs are high in toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), harmful environmental pollutants.

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