Egg on a stone slab

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Eggs were only available to hunters and gatherers during the birds’ breeding season and they were certainly considered a delicacy and a welcome dietary supplement. If they were not eaten raw straight away, a very simple method was to cook them in the hot ashes of the campfire.

Tip: Don’t just use chicken eggs. Quail eggs cook very quickly and are particularly popular with children.

Here is a recipe for an omelette, which you prepare on a stone slab that you have previously placed on the embers of your fireplace:

You will need

  • untreated firewood
  • a slab of slate, granite, or soapstone
  • a bowl in which to beat the eggs
  • a small bundle of brushwood or a fork

Before you start, set up the fireplace, light it, and let it burn down.


  • chicken, quail, or duck eggs
  • lard
  • herbs


Heat a stone slab over the embers, grease it and carefully pour the lightly beaten eggs onto it and leave to set. The omelette is particularly tasty if finely chopped herbs are mixed into the beaten eggs. If enough wild herbs are used, salting is unnecessary.

We also tried making a fried egg: