To celebrate the birds who've begun filling the city with their chatter & singing again, I thought I'd share a little copper wire nest I made. I began with a loose spiral and then started weaving/winding/twirling shorter pieces through. At first I planned to leave the ends loose—sticking out in the way that twigs often do in a bird's nest—but instead ended up 'curling' the ends a bit, which seemed to suit this looser interpretation.
I considered featuring quail eggs in this month's recipe, but never did quite manage to develop the ideas I had in mind. Inspired by the spring theme of nests, I wondered about making mini tarts, just big enough for one barely cooked quail egg + a sprinkle of chopped green onion & aged Pecorino. We've also been eating sweet potatoes quite often lately (oven roasted with herbs or in pancake form), which led to visions of a dish composed of a bed of bitter greens, crispy 'shoestring' sweet potatoes & poached quail eggs. Eventually, the pretty little speckled eggs will need to be used up, so there will definitely be some experimenting to come...
That leaves me with offering the recipe for our 'Easter Egg Salad Sandwiches' which, as I noted in this past entry, are distinguished from regular egg salad sandwiches by timing only. I've updated the recipe slightly (below). Incidentally, the background is one side of the copper pencil holder shown in the 'still life' in my last post—I was finally able to photograph the copper items during a recent burst of sun.