Cooked Radish Leaves

2013-10-22 - Quaglia e Verde di Ravanello


Radish Leaves

A product normally discarded is any time as nutritious and palatable as Spinach, Silverbeet or Chard

20 g Butter

20 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Small Onion (Finely Chopped)

2 Cloves of Garlic (Finely Chopped) – Optional

1 Fresh Chilli (Finely chopped) – Optional

Radish Leaves, including stems (Washed and coarsely chopped)

Put Butter, Oil, Onion and Garlic in a pan and fry over low heat until onion is soft and sweet. Ad Chilli and Radish Leaves and cook until leaves are just soft – not too long.

Quail with Pancetta and Sage

2013-10-22 - Quaglia con Pancetta e Salvia


Quail with Sage and Pancetta

40 g Butter

40 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Onion (Finely Chopped)

4 Cloves of Garlic (Finely Chopped)

100 g Pancetta (Diced)

10 Quails



1 Cup of Good White Wine

20 Sage Leaves

2 Litres Chicken or Quail Stock

1 Capsicum (Cleaned and cut into strips)

1 Ripe Tomato (Cut onto cubes)

Put Butter, Oil, Onion and Garlic in a pan and fry over low heat until onion is soft and sweet (about 15 minutes). Turn the heat to high and ad the Pancetta and Quails. Brown Quails on both sides and ad Salt and Pepper to taste. Ad the wine and cook until wine has evaporated then turn to medium heat and ad the Sage. Cook for 5 minutes then ad 1 Litre of stock and simmer for 15 minutes.  Ad Capsicum and Tomato and simmer until quails are well soft.  Keep adding stock to keep it well moist. Quails must be turned and basted with the sauce frequently.

Serve with Polenta !!

Egg Storage Position before Incubation

2014-04-19 - Quail Eggs StorageSmall End Up Storage
Eggs are normally stored in the large end up position. In this position, the embryo is located
beneath the air cell. After oviposition, the egg loses water and the air cell increases. It is
hypothesized that the embryo has a higher chance to dehydrate or to stick to the internal
eggshell membrane when the egg is stored in the large end up position rather than in the small
end up position.

Research has shown that when eggs are stored longer than 7 days, the decline in hatchability
can be reduced by 15% when eggs are stored in the small end up position instead of the large
end up position. This is due to a reduction in early and late embryonic mortality. The positive
effect on hatchability depends on several factors such as breeder flock age, storage conditions,
quality of the egg components, and embryo viability.