Can you believe over 11 million hens are still confined to barren battery cages here in Australia? Paying that little bit extra for cage-free eggs can make a huge difference to the lives of layer hens – who are beautiful, smart and inquisitive creatures.
While spending time with your ‘mother hen’ on Sunday, celebrate cage-free hens by treating your mum to something sweet using cage-free eggs.
This fabulous twist on Pavlova is delish … it’s an adaptation of a recipe from ‘cage-free hen fan’, Jamie Oliver (where he also adds toffee and fresh mint leaves – yum)!
Pavlova with Hazelnuts and berries
8 cage-free egg whites (RSPCA Approved eggs are best)
220 grams of castor sugar
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tsp white vinegar
200g thickened cream*, whipped
2 tbsp icing sugar (whip through cream)
2 cups of mixed berries – raspberries and blueberries are great
1 x cup hazelnuts, roasted in the oven and roughly chopped/crushed
For serving top the meringue with cream, berries and nuts, then layer with 2nd meringue and repeat.
* Dairy – The sheer scale of commercial dairy production in Australia has led to some serious animal welfare problems in the dairy industry. Contact the makers of your favourite dairy products (be they milk, yoghurt or cheese) to find out more about their standards for bobby calf and cow welfare.