One week from today, Michael J Fox returns to TV as Mike Henry, a popular NYC news anchor who retired early due to his Parkinson’s diagnosis… but now his family wants him to return to work, they’re really sick of him serving kale in every meal.
I’m looking forward to Michael returning to TV, especially that he wont be hiding his PD. The show isn’t about Parkinson’s, but the dynamics of his character’s family and how they’re affected by the disease. I hope that it’ll bring new awareness of the disease to every home, and get rid of a lot of bad misconceptions. Oh and more funding for the cure!!!
So to celebrate Michael’s return — I thought it would be fun to throw together a dish that had elements of the show and the MJF Foundation. Enter my Duck Eggs with Butternut Squash & Kale Hash — kale for Mike Henry’s obsession with the food, and butternut squash for the bright orange that’s the signature color of the MJF Foundation. The duck eggs represent brain health, as they’re high in Omega 3’s & other important nutrients. It’s completely primal — I love it!
This is my first time cooking with duck eggs — I picked them up at the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday because they were a great price, and Jeff had told me about a month ago that he really wanted to try some. We were both surprised to learn that the “whites” aren’t opaque once completely cooked — their semi-transparent state actually caused us to cook them to medium (instead of easy) before we realized that the whites were cooked.
Also, I’m a total newbie to kale. I made kale chips as soon as I got home from the market, but the thought didn’t occur to me that cooking kale in the oven — even when mixed with something else — would still cause it to crisp up. So originally I had cooked the squash and onion, tossed the kale in, added the eggs and popped it into the oven — which caused crispy kale. My thought process was that kale would wilt in the oven like any other green, but uh… it didn’t, duh. The second time around I cooked the kale in the pan until it was wilty, and it turned out perfectly!
This dish is perfect for any mealtime this fall — and I really urge you to find duck eggs instead of settling for chicken eggs! The duck eggs have a flavor that plays so well with the squash and kale, it’s wonderful! Not only did I have it for dinner last night, but I had it again for a super late breakfast… ahem… lunch today.